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Why the desire for a polymer magazine?



Polymer magazines need to be wider for the same capacity, which in turn means the pistol's grip needs to be larger. Polymer magazines don't drop free as reliably. Polymer magazines require a polymer mag catch, as a metal catch will quickly wear away at the locking notch of a polymer magazine.



There is a reason why no other gun companies use polymer mags except Glock.



The M&P mags are actually very well designed, thin, lightweight, and high capacity. If you are having problems with the finish, then complain to Smith that they need to use a different finish. Plenty of companies phosphate their magazine. You can also nickel or chrome them.



In the meantime, running a Tuff-Cloth or similar rust preventative over your mags should help them from developing any problems.
 

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ToddG said:
Why the desire for a polymer magazine?



Polymer magazines need to be wider for the same capacity, which in turn means the pistol's grip needs to be larger. Polymer magazines don't drop free as reliably. Polymer magazines require a polymer mag catch, as a metal catch will quickly wear away at the locking notch of a polymer magazine.



There is a reason why no other gun companies use polymer mags except Glock.



The M&P mags are actually very well designed, thin, lightweight, and high capacity. If you are having problems with the finish, then complain to Smith that they need to use a different finish. Plenty of companies phosphate their magazine. You can also nickel or chrome them.



In the meantime, running a Tuff-Cloth or similar rust preventative over your mags should help them from developing any problems.


I haven't had any problems, but I have seen blued guns that are carred and they always rust over time from sweat and wear. They should at least put the smae finish that is on the barrel.
 

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I still don't understand why anyone "hates" a certain pistol make. Nor can I comprehend why others decide their brand is the best ever made. I owe neither Glock or S&W ANYTHING. I have both an M&P and a Glock purchased three weeks apart.



I take both to the range and each has equal time. I like both for different reasons but my Glock is delegated to CCW and I suspect that the M&P will always be limited for paper use only. My decision as to which pistol excels at this time was not made on any preconceived "love" of either make but only on my own performance tests and comparisons (and also not influenced by any forum postings from glockaholics or glock-haters....it is quite easy to pick either by the outrage and insults that spew freely from both forums).



I hope that S&W improves the M&P to a degree of reliability that Glock now excels in. Competition makes for better products and all shooters will benefit.
 

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Discussions like this bring to mind which truck is best, Ford, GM, Ram, or a foreign brand. There are advocates and detractors on all sides of the debate. Fact is, were it not for Glock, there wouldn't be an M&P, or any other poly framed auto loader, regardless of brand. Glock's a proven commodity, with a track record backing it up. I prefer S&W, but if my M&P's morphed into equivalent Glocks overnight, I'd be OK with it.
 

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I'll never own a Glock due to the grip angle that is significantly different than most everything that preceded it.

They just feel, and point, wrong for me.

Additionally, I think if you carry a handgun for defense you need to just pick one or the other - Glock or M&P - due to the differences in grip angle. There certainly may be situations where you need to draw and fire quickly, or are in low-light conditions, where you either don't have time to consciously align the sights or can't see them. In those cases you are relying on experience, training, and feel to get on-target.

If you only shoot at the range, and just like to collect pistols, owning both may be fine.
 

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I'll never own a Glock due to the grip angle that is significantly different than most everything that preceded it.

They just feel, and point, wrong for me.
I’ve owned five glocks, but the last was sold years ago, for exactly that reason.

I’ve never had any problems with M&P mags, and still have the first ones, bought back in 2007.

As far as M&P reliability; I know mine will go over 1500 rounds between cleanings, because mine have done that several times during training courses.
 

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I agree with what Rick M and jkv45 said above. I can't stand the grip angle on Glocks, and don't care for the polymer mags.
I recently got a G48, and it has less of a "Glock" grip angle, is super slim and lite weight, and I have 3 of the 15 round steel mags for it.
It is the only Glock I like, all the rest of my pistols are M&P.

When I clicked on this thread, I was sure a 13 year old thread was revived by a newbie with 1 or 2 posts, but I was wrong.
 
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