My XDs was my first polymer pistol. I like it very much. I don't think the recoil is bad at all, and at the realistic ranges I would use it at it is more than accurate enough. I did get it in .45, based on nothing more than I like the .45. My other .45 is a full sized 1911A1.
To me what a pistol is made of is less important than reliability and accuracy for the task.
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I absolutely agree with Mr FyredUp about reliability and accuracy over materials. However, if you have pistols that you KNOW are reliable and accurate but don't fit and feel as well as pistols that you KNOW are accurate and reliable and also feel as though they are an extension of your body, you must chose the second group.
Especially if they've kept you alive and coming back home for almost half a century.
To me a pistol is a personal choice. I know many here tout the wonders of Glocks but I just don't like them. They don't feel right n my hand. That doesn't make them a bad gun, just a bad choice for me.
FyredUp, I'm with you when it comes to Blocks. Life's too short to shoot ugly guns.
Yup guy's,,,i can't agree more, the plastic guns just don't feel right when I shoot them and I can't get anywhere the consistency as I do with a steel gun. I still say it's about the balance, at least for me it is.
I only have one plastic fantastic, the 380 Bodyguard, and in that size gun there's no real difference in feel to me than a steel one of the same size. I get into the larger frame ones though and I shoot like a friggin armature!!!
Lots of folks love them,,but not me. Yes even though I like the Bodyguard,,,,real steel is ,,,STILL,,, the real deal!!! To me.