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6 Best Non-Glock Polymer Frame Handguns

Looking for a polymer frame handgun that isn’t a Glock? We cover what makes poly pistols so great and our list of the best ones.

Polymer frame pistols are some of the most popular handguns on the market.

Over the last 50 years, these “plastic guns” have become a favorite with law enforcement agencies, our friends in the armed forces, and the everyday carry crowd.

Even the naysayers and gun purists are slowly coming around to them!

Glock? Sig Sauer? Smith & Wesson? Which poly pistol has captured your heart?

There’s no better time to jump on the poly pistol wagon.

Polymer frame pistols are slim and lightweight, even with double-stack magazines, and remarkably resistant to corrosion and harsh environmental conditions.

Plus, they tend to have nifty modular designs (yes, aesthetics matter) and are generally more affordable than their metal rivals (cost also matters).


Glock is famous for inventing and popularizing the poly pistol during the 1980s.

These days, however, there’s plenty of competition in that particular market; in fact, most major pistol manufacturers offer at least one polymer frame model.

Today, we’re going to give these “not-a-Glock” poly pistols the attention they deserve.

After completing some intensive research, we’ve identified the 6 best polymer frame pistols on the market, and are delighted to report the standout features that catapulted these models to the top of our list.

The Best Non-Glock Poly Pistols

1. IWI Masada

IWI, or Israeli Weapons Industries, isn’t the biggest household name for civilian carry weapons, but they are favored among military and paramilitary forces the world over for their combat-ready firearms.

While you probably recognize the IWI Tavor SAR and the IWI Tavor X95, you may be surprised to learn that Israeli Weapons Industries also manufacturers one of the best poly pistols on the market.   

The IWI Masada is a short-recoil handgun that’s roughly the same size and weight as the Glock 19.

However, while both pistols are chambered for 9mm, the IWI Masada boasts a standard capacity of 17+1 rounds while the Glock 19 is isolated at 15 rounds. 

The IWI Masada is designed with a simple 3-dot sight system, but IWI makes it super easy to add optics; in fact, it comes with mounting plates (along with the necessary screws) to equip optics like the Sig Sauer Romeo1, Leupold DeltaPoint, Trijicon RMR, and the Vortex Venom.

Masada front cuts

This model also has an integrated Picatinny rail under the barrel, so you can mount your favorite pistol light or laser sight.

And that’s just scraping the surface. There are so many features and perks to recommend the IWI Masada—which is a good thing because we like being spoiled!

Finger gun

There’s no denying that this handgun is a striking little number.

Manufactured with fiberglass-reinforced polymers, the rugged IWI Masada was designed to withstand military use and comes highly recommended as a modern carry or duty firearm.  

The IWI Masada has front-slide serrations to improve racking, a low-profile barrel that reduces recoil, fully ambidextrous controls, a textured grip, and three interchangeable backstraps to fit hands of all sizes.

It’s also lightweight, easy to conceal carry, has excellent ergonomics, and delivers an accurate and reliable shot.

Masada Ambi Controls

Our only complaint about the IWI Masada is that the trigger is middle-of-the-road in terms of quality and efficacy. That’s pretty standard for striker-fired pistols, though.

For the record, this trigger is perfectly serviceable for EDC, so don’t let our criticism stand between you and the poly pistol of your dreams.  

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For our detailed, hands-on review of the Masada, check out IWI Masada: Optics Ready G19 Killer? We became big fans of this poly pistol during testing, so sally forth and be prepared to fall in love!

2. CZ P-10 C

Next up, we have another direct competitor of the Glock 19: the CZ P-10 C.

CZ P10C and a box of 9mm
The CZ P-10 C OR is an optics-ready compact 9mm designed for EDC.

This award-winning model is Česká Zbrojovka’s (“Czech Armory”) interpretation of the modern striker-fired polymer frame pistol. It earns that “C” by being the “compact” model in the CZ P-10 line.

Aside from the standard CZ P-10 C, CZ-USA also offers Optics-Ready (OR) and Suppressor-Ready (SR) versions. You know, in case you want that something extra.

We’re quite fond of the Optics-Ready model!

Treat Yo Self

There are many things to love about this compact pistol, but let’s start by praising its size and ergonomics.

The CZ P-10 C is about the same length as the Glock 19, but about a quarter-inch wider and five ounces heavier. It also has the same 15-round standard capacity as the G19.

Hey, sometimes bigger really is better…even though we’re talking about a compact model.

Bigger & Better
Sometimes this theory applies!

Many gun enthusiasts have become fans of the CZ P-10 C due to its unique dimensions, light palm swell, deep beavertail, and interchangeable backstraps—rejoice, you get three!

These elements combine to create a compact firearm that is super comfortable to hold, even for those with larger hands who may need a more customized fit.

CZ P10C trigger

Most striker-fired pistols tend to fall short when it comes to trigger designs, but not the CZ P-10 C!

This trigger was specifically designed to minimize creep and stacking.

It delivers a smooth pull, a clean break, and rebounds with an incredibly short reset, so you can make that follow-up shot with both style and ease.   

Honestly, that “C” should stand for comfort.

The trigger is within perfect reach, the generous trigger guard is undercut to provide a nice grip higher on the gun, and the controls are accessible without needing to adjust your grip.

CZ P10C and target

The bottom line is that the CZ P-10 C surpasses the Glock 19 in every way that matters.

It grips better, points more intuitively, shoots faster and more accurately, and is constructed with superior components, including the trigger, the ambidextrous slide stop (be still my heart), and the glow-in-the-dark 3-dot sights.

Like the Masada, the CZ P-10 C has serrations on the slide to help with racking, which is smooth and easy.

When you aim this gun, you can’t help but feel confident in yourself and your shot.

Mind you, the grip texture is a little sharp, particularly for the sensitive of hand, so you may want to glove up or put a sleeve over it.

Sure Fine Whatever

The barrel, which is pretty burly, like wow, is made from cold hammer forged steel.

This was a brilliant manufacturing tactic by CZ; they were able to increase accuracy by using a cost-effective process that won’t eat your wallet.

CZ P10C and a fresh mag

Of course, this handgun isn’t perfect for everyone. Talk about an impossible feat.

But what’s great about the CZ P-10 C is that most of its issues—notice that I don’t say problems—are purely subjective.

For instance, it has a 4.5 to 5-pound trigger pull weight and a bit more take-up than the Glock 19. A few shooters have also reported that the slide catches a bit firmly.  

This might be a no-go for some people, but not others. Regardless, you should keep these details in mind if you’re researching which “not-a-Glock” poly pistol is right for you.

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Still on the fence? We won’t leave you hanging. Our friend Kat completed a detailed, hands-on review of the CZ P-10 C OR, so head on over to CZ P-10 C: Compact Optics Ready 9mm EDC.

3. Heckler & Koch VP9

Let’s move on to a striker-fired poly pistol from our favorite German manufacturer, Heckler & Koch.

H&K made some brilliant design choices with this handgun.

The HK VP9 is about the same length as the Glock 19 but closer in height to the full-size Glock 17. For perspective, that puts it somewhere between a full-size and a compact pistol.

One of the HK VP9’s most standout features is its modular grip, which allows you to switch out the backstrap and the side panels for up to 27 different configurations.

Adjustable grip panels!
Holy customization, Batman! We get adjustable grip panels!

This pistol has ambidextrous controls, but the paddle-style magazine release is a little high and may be difficult to manipulate without adjusting your grip.

But you can always experiment with those 27 configurations to create a set-up that’s perfect for you.

And speaking of magazines, the HK VP9 has a standard capacity of 17 rounds and comes with two mags. The VP9 is chambered for 9mm, but the VP40 variant is chambered for .40 S&W.


Another notable component is the 4.09” cold hammer forged barrel with a polygonal bore.

This unusual bore shape serves two critical purposes: it increases bullet velocity and allows the barrel to stand up to wear and tear.

And don’t worry about equipping your favorite accessories. You can use the Picatinny rail under the barrel to mount lights, lasers, and so on.

Love Me

The slide is lined with deep serrations at the front and rear, as well as little polymer tabs on the sides to help with racking.

No joke, these tabs are terrific if you’re wearing gloves or have wet hands.

HK VP9 Trigger

The HK VP9 has a curved trigger with a safety lever and a pull weight of about five pounds.

Personally, we find it a little average, even for a striker-fired trigger. It’s ridged to help with traction, but that’s the only positive detail worth mentioning.

If you want a cleaner break, switch out that standard trigger with a reputable aftermarket option. After that minor fix, your HK VP9 will quickly become the darling of your collection.

Aside from that minor complaint, we’re big fans of the HK VP9. This pistol is accurate, super reliable, and takes just about any ammo.

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The HK VP9 has ushered in a new era of HK lovers since its unveiling at SHOT Show 2015.

Ready to join the party? Check out our hands-on review HK VP9: Better Than Glock? to see if the HK VP9 is the poly pistol for you!

4. Polymer80 Builds

The next “not-a-Glock” option is a bit of a cheat, I admit.

Complete Polymer80 Parts
Complete Polymer80 Parts

Say you’re happy with the basic Glock platform, but want to change it up with a little customization. Or maybe you’re just a creative hobbyist who likes experimenting with builds.

In either scenario, a Polymer80 build may be the path for you.

As the name suggests, Polymer80 makes polymer lowers that are 80% “complete.” You take on the role of a manufacturer by milling and filing it to perfection.

Ready to Mill Polymer80
Ready to starting milling?

Polymer80, Inc. allows you to purchase kits, parts, and accessories without the hassle that usually comes with buying a firearm.

Incidentally, that 80% isn’t just fun industry slang; it’s the ATF cutoff for determining if something qualifies as a firearm.

You are building a customized handgun, so you need to stay compliant with local laws.

Some states have banned 80% lowers. When doing your research, keep an eye out for any regulations regarding the building and registering of firearms.  

Nope! Don’t be a doofus.

The milling and building process can be a little intimidating to first-timers.

Fortunately, Polymer80 pistol builds are a practical, straightforward, and accessible starting point.

The standard kit comes with a polymer frame (grip, trigger guard, etc.) that you need to finish milling. And since it’s polymer, you don’t even need a drill press (though having one is certainly helpful).

Just remember to take your time and make sure you’re being precise. You can take polymer away, but you can’t add it back, so the main goal is to get it right the first time.

Sandpaper Polymer80
Anyone can do it!

This process isn’t hard, especially if you’re patient and semi-capable with hand tools. But it can be time-consuming, depending on your skill level.

You may be wondering if the final product is worth your time and effort, or what makes a build superior to the standard Glock.

After all, the Glock is hands-down one of the world’s most popular and reliable handguns.

Completed Polymer80 Glock Frame
Completed Polymer80 Glock Frame

Polymer80 builds have pretty much all the benefits of a Glock, but are cheaper and have more comfortable frames. Plus, you can tailor it to your specific needs and preferences.

Want a lighter trigger? Go for it.

You can buy the frame and slide assembly from Polymer80 or combine a Polymer80 frame with a different Glock slide assembly.

I Like Options

But your first step is to choose the correct frame size. If you want to build a full-size Glock, aim for the FP940v2. But if you want a compact model, like the Glock 19, get the FP940Vc1.

The typical Polymer80 lower features a double undercut trigger guard, aggressive grip texture, extended beavertail, and a notable thumb edge.

These elements provide for enhanced ergonomics, improved recoil mitigation, and an ideal grip angle.  

Of course, some components vary depending on which kit you choose.

Best 80% Glock Frame
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5. Sig Sauer P365

We never get tired of extolling the virtues of the Sig Sauer P365.

This 9mm subcompact poly pistol stole our hearts at SHOT Show 2018 and quickly became one of our favorite concealed carry weapons.

Let’s be honest: most subcompacts are too small to handle with ease and comfort.   

Facing a saturated market, the big brains at SIG Sauer knew they had to manufacture a pistol that proved to be an exception to this rule.

The end result is an exceptional little firearm that’s easy to use, fun to fire, and great for concealed carry.

Sig Sauer P365

What’s not to love?

The grip is well-textured, the controls are easy to reach, the palm swell ensures a comfortable fit, and the trigger guard is undercut to give you a better and higher hold on the grip.

And the trigger? This little pistol has one of the best triggers among all the subcompacts in its class.

Its design incorporates the SIG Sauer XRay3 day/night sights, which offer excellent visibility.

The front sight has a high visibility ring around a tritium vial, while the rear sights are blacked-out aside from the tritium vials on the right and left sides.

The rear sights are also ridged to prevent glare in bright conditions.

Sig Sauer P365

The Sig Sauer P365 is a tiny handgun with a surprisingly large ammunition capacity.

It’s often compared to the Glock 43 due to its size and effectiveness, but when it comes down to ammunition, the Sig Sauer P365 easily wins the war.

It boasts a whopping 10+1 rounds while its rival is limited to 6 rounds.


The Sig Sauer P365 comes with a 12-round magazine and two 10-round magazines: one features a pinky extension while the other fits flush to the mag well.

This is good news for two reasons. Not only do you get three excellent magazines, but you can also use 12-round mag or the 10-round with the pinky extension to further elongate the grip.

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To learn more about our SHOT Show Cinderella, check out Sig Sauer P365 [Review+Video]: Why So Popular. This hands-on review explains why this itty-bity poly pistol is the CCW champion.

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6. Sig Sauer P320-M17

Let’s switch gears and wrap up this list with a full-size 9mm poly pistol from Sig Sauer.

The Sig Sauer P320 was Sig’s first foray into striker-fired pistols. But it was such a strong start that the US Army quickly adopted a modified version of this model called the Sig Sauer M17.  

Which finally brings us to the Sig Sauer P320-M17, a civilian-legal iteration of the M17 that keeps most of the spiffy military modifications.

The Sig Sauer P320-M17 features a stainless steel slide that’s treated with PVD, mil-spec controls, and is equipped with a SIGLITE front sight and a Night Sight rear plate.

Unfortunately, there is one downside to the Sig Sauer P320-M17.

Because the optic cut reflects the MHS contract, some red dots are incompatible with this pistol. For example, you can equip the ROMEO1 PRO but not the ROMEO1.

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The Sig Sauer P320-M17 has a modular frame with three different grip sizes. The grip vaunts solid ergonomics and a nice texture that isn’t too aggressive.

Magazines load and unload into the pistol super smoothly. It comes with two 17-round magazines, but they may take some breaking in before you can get that last round in.

The controls are ambidextrous and easy to access.

It has an external manual safety, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but was one of the US Army’s requirements.

However, Sig does manufacture non-manual-safety models if you want to explore other options.

Okay, so there is only one nitpicky thing that I can’t bring myself to love: The Sig Sauer P320-M17 only comes in coyote tan. Couldn’t they have made a nice black?

New Military Standard
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If you want to get the lowdown on the Sig Sauer P320-M17, read our hands-on review Sig Sauer P320-M17 (Civilian Version).

Parting Shots

That completes the list of our favorite non-Glock poly pistols!

All in all, these are six high-quality firearms that are known for being accurate, reliable, and easy to maintain and operate. From IWI to Sig Sauer, you can’t go wrong with any firearm on this list.

FN503 lined up L to R, Sig P365, FN 503, Glock G43
Sig Sauer P365, FN 503, and Glock G43

Of course, these aren’t your only options. Polymer frame pistols have become quite popular since the Glock 17 hits US shores in 1988.

Don’t be afraid to explore your options or even get creative with a Polymer80 build!

What’s your favorite poly pistol? Are you a member of the Glock club or do you prefer something else? Have questions about any of the poly pistols we discussed here? Let us know in the comments.

Check out our other pistol reviews to explore the world of handguns. And if you’re in the market for a Glock, be sure to take a look at our picks for the 4 Best Glocks [Across Calibers & Sizes].

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  • Commenter Avatar
    Charlie Goodson

    FN was not mentioned because??? Same for S&W, Ruger, Girsan (yeah, look it up) and a few others.

    It's one thing to play favorites; entirely different thing to be short sighted, biased, and basically ignorant of major brands making major contributions, But it's OK, we just consider the source and move on.

    August 27, 2022 10:27 am
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    Steve Sheridon

    Seriously- no M and P 2.0? M and P 2.0 with Apex forward Flat faced trigger kit- finest handgun ever. Glass trigger almost like a 1911.

    Mine has done almost 22,000 rounds with zero failures (Yes I count!) (once my slide didn't lock back on empty).......

    June 2, 2022 12:28 pm
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    Timmy Green

    Glock is worried. Colt has been purchased by CZ and who knows in what direction that will go? A lightweight, compact, easy to shoot and operate 10mm handgun for EDC is coming. Polymer framed, scandium slide pistol with a new recoil absorbing operating system. Browning's recoil operating system has served well, it's time to move beyond it's inherent limitations. A short recoil, gas operated system will better manage 10mm recoil. Forget about Desert Eagle gas operation, that is to complex, heavy, and bulky. I have a proprietary operating system that will expand the 10mm market further across the spectrum of shooters. Hunters, competition shooters, everyday carry, law enforcement, military; all these markets will have a viable choice in 10mm. Smith & Wesson has already demonstrated interest and has my contact information. My firearms experience started in the US Military, growing into firearm accessory inventions such as the Angle Degree Indicator (stolen by Ward W. Brien) and others. Now, I'm focused on the development of more capable firearm operating systems, with greater recoil control being a cornerstone. Yes, the 10mm was ahead of it's time and Colt saved it from obscurity. I will help this upcoming cartridge reach it's full potential.

    February 24, 2021 2:45 pm
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      Deez Nuts


      May 29, 2023 12:52 pm
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    I love PewPew Tactical but this article is hilariously short sighted. You go as far as mentioning an 80% Glock as an alternative to a Glock? Then you stair at us straight in the face, bring up IWI and CZ but don't mention anything from S&W (not surprising as there is almost zero mention of the brand anywhere on the site), FN, Walther, Ruger, Springfield, Taurus or Canik. Don't get me wrong, everything in the article deserves a mention, but if you're going to write an article titled "6 Best Non-Glock Polymer Frame Handguns" you can't blatantly ignore the most obvious choices. I mean there are 3 LE departments local to me that use M&P 9s, but I guess I'll go get that 80% Glock kit instead...

    November 28, 2020 4:33 pm
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      Dean C.

      Thank You!

      Go S&W - I like the M&P Compact model.

      May 22, 2021 5:17 pm
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        Gabriel Castillo

        Very good choice

        September 26, 2021 9:36 am
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        Gabriel Castillo

        I don't see any mention to the Ruger?

        September 26, 2021 9:37 am
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    Carlos Noda

    I own a Glock 19 and it's a great gun BUT I prefer my cheaper SIG SP 2022. I shoot the SIG way better and I can't explain why. For some reason I shoot DA/SA better. Thinking of checking out the IWI option.

    October 2, 2020 7:31 pm
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    Paul Dalton

    Why were the American made S&W M&P 2.0 polymer pistols not included?

    September 27, 2020 11:47 am
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      don’t feel bad they hide from ruger and bitch about the recall but most have moreover have a ruger american 9 duty and will put it up against all others i tried a few before buying and everybody who try’s it likes it how about that a american gun in america

      October 8, 2020 2:14 pm
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      don’t feel bad they hide from ruger and bitch about the recall but most have moreover have a ruger american 9 duty and will put it up against all others i tried a few before buying and everybody who try’s it likes it how about that a american gun in america

      October 8, 2020 2:16 pm
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    ...and they’re almost as good as a Glock!

    September 27, 2020 9:21 am
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    Edward W Wells

    I shoot Vp9 LS at the range and carry a Vp9sk.
    I'm still holding out for that ceramic Glock though...

    September 25, 2020 5:49 pm
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    Mike W Long

    I am really starting to feel the bias when I read these reviews. Once again the FNX/FNS is completely skipped. Another that is hugely missed here is the Beretta PX4 storm series. They have been a very stable and great to shoot family of firearms. I loved them so much I actually have 4 of them, 3 9mm in 3 sizes and 1 45. Add in the missing springfield and S&W lines and I become a loss for words.

    September 22, 2020 7:53 pm
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      The only blip on the FN radar is the fiveseven and FNX 45 tactical, FN handguns are just not popular except these two. Plus these were all 9s. The px4 series is garbage compared to any of the handguns listed. Although the Walther PPQ is used by German special forces and is pretty popular, i was sort of surprised not to see that.

      September 25, 2020 4:25 pm
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    Tom Jamison

    I have become a fan of Springfield Armory. I ditched my G43 for a Sig P365, and ditched that for the Hellcat OSP. My opinion, having fired them side-by-side repeatedly, is the Hellcat has the edge: Better trigger, handles +P if that's your thing, and well built overall. With the RMS Shield on it, this is a top notch carry gun.

    September 22, 2020 9:08 am
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    Douglas Andrew Gracey

    Seems like nobody makes a trigger that does not need replaced. Why? Is this why they all have 15+ round capacity? I have had people talk about breaking in there poly pro pistol after 500 to 1000rounds. Is this for real?

    September 22, 2020 8:34 am
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    Mr. Bradley

    There is a black option for the M17. It's called the Bravo.

    September 21, 2020 11:08 pm
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    What about that little Taurus that you LITERALLY BURIED in you 'cover photo'?

    I read through expecting to see at least a mention....alas.

    I trust my little pistol that could. PT-111 G2C. Shes a real beaut' and considerably easier on my wallet.

    ....a polymer 80? Tsk tsk tsk...

    September 21, 2020 4:36 pm
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    Shoot em up

    I could never understand why FN never makes any of the lists online. For polymer pistols FN is all I use fns-9c and fnx-9 have been extremely reliable chews up and spits out anything I feed them and are accurate my buddy has the FN 509 and says the same thing about his

    September 21, 2020 9:08 am
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    Paul F Danek

    Shocked you didn't include the Walther PPQ

    September 21, 2020 8:48 am
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      I agree with Paul Danek. I own A sig P320 RX compact, a Sig P320 Compact, two H&K VP9 sk' s, and misc other handguns. I like all of them but non compares to the Walther PPQ M1 for me. I love the mag release and the trigger is exceptional.

      September 21, 2020 9:48 am
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        I have heard the trigger is the best!

        September 22, 2020 7:56 am
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    Stephanie Leigh

    What about the Canik.. while still unknown, it’s an amazing polymer frame handgun, and imo the best out of the box trigger... price point is great too

    September 21, 2020 7:00 am
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      I like the Canik too

      September 21, 2020 4:38 pm
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    No one ever gives it any love but the Ruger American has a great feature set especially for lefties.

    September 21, 2020 6:51 am
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    Jürgen Baumgart

    Walther PPQ is by far the best Polly gun in my book. Great trigger from the factory, and super easy to fine tune up to 1911 standard. Have three differnt PPQ modell. I have tried out other gun brands but can’t find anything better.

    September 21, 2020 6:31 am
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      There's no doubt that gun belongs in this list...and right up at the top, too.

      September 21, 2020 7:33 am
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    Douglas L Dicketts

    I don't know why there was room for a build kit but no mention of Springfield's XD series especially the XDMs. You might be surprised at the feature list for these pistols.

    Ok only so much space for the article got it.

    September 21, 2020 5:17 am
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    I'm missing the S&W SD9VE/SD40VE in the line up. Great pistol for people who are on a budget.
    The stock trigger isn't something to write home about but the pistol functions flawless without a hickup. APEX Tactical also offers trigger/spring upgrade kit and +3 mag extentions.

    September 21, 2020 3:46 am
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    Jim Hovater

    I hate to break it to you, but Glock DIDN'T 'invent' polymer handguns. That distinction belongs to HK and their P9S.

    September 21, 2020 3:24 am
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    I love my P365 and the wife's 43, but my old XD9 is still great. My TP9 SFX is my favorite by far though...in spite of its geographic origins. I like the trigger, grip and sights better than the 365...just doesn't quite fit the front pocket holster as well. Noobs' only risk these days is that there's so many good choices they don't know where to start. Probly why sooo many first timers default to the 19. Start simple, then branch out to less boring but equally functional options.

    September 20, 2020 9:39 pm
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    Interestingly, H&K was the first one out with a polymer pistol—not Glock—with the P9 (and its replacement, the P9S) in 1969 and the VP70 in 1970—a full decade before Glock came out with the 17 in 1980. Still have my first semi-auto pistol, the P9S in .45 ACP.

    September 20, 2020 8:44 pm
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    john s

    Walther PPQ should have been on the list as well...better than the glock in everyway EXCEPT not as many aftermarket accessories, but unlike the glock you do not have to change the trigger or sights.

    September 20, 2020 8:02 pm
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    They're all seriously ugly, and I have a VP9, a P365, a PPQ, and a M&P .45. You can have them all; I'll keep my P220.

    September 20, 2020 6:34 pm
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      Jim Hovater

      I carried Glocks as an LEO. I now PREFER to carry a 1911.

      September 21, 2020 3:26 am
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      VP9 Tactical is killer - mounted optic, threaded barrel for suppressor, internal guide rod laser sight, plenty of 20 rd mags available - extremely accurate out of the box, takes almost any ammo, comfortable to shoot, and easy to carry concealed

      September 21, 2020 4:30 pm
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    Phillip Thibodeau

    My favorite poly pistol is my Sig P320 X5, which uses tungsten loaded resin for the grip frame. Really damps recoil and helps getting the sights back on target quickly.

    September 20, 2020 6:27 pm
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    Tom Larabee

    After reading a lot of reviews, and watching the torture tests on YouTube, I decided on an IWI Masada. So far, I don't regret my decision at all. The hardest part of the purchase was finding one for a reasonable cost. I was just happy to find one for $2 over the MSRP of $480 including shipping to Alaska.

    September 20, 2020 6:22 pm
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    Steven Fine

    I'm surprised you missed the whole Walther line. The PPQ has one of the best triggers and an all around great gun. The CCP is a great low-recoil, easy racking compact that is a great pistol for people with small hands, arthritis and for women.

    September 20, 2020 6:11 pm
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      Willliam Ramhold

      I agree, I have a Walther PPS M2. Fantastic grip.

      September 20, 2020 6:31 pm
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    Not one mention of Springfield?

    September 20, 2020 5:51 pm
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    I have a Glock 43. Considering the Smith and Wesson Shield EZ .380 and the Sig Sauer P 365. Suggestions comments.

    September 20, 2020 5:44 pm
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      Depends on your needs. The EZ shield has a lower capacity, but a lot easier to rack. I carry the P365 and I love it. Easily concealed and high capacity with quality trigger. Hard to beat imo.

      September 20, 2020 7:42 pm
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      Irving Cryderman

      I have had many semi automatic handguns. I purchased the Sig P365, by far the finest semi I have ever shot or owned. I previously had a Shield, very nice gun, but no comparison to the Sig. Just my opinion.

      September 27, 2020 4:39 pm
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    Big Joe

    Sig P320 XCOMPACT 9MM great weapon. Love the modularity.

    September 20, 2020 5:44 pm
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    Are you sure about the P365 coming with a 12 round mag in addition to the two 10's? Mine came with only two 10's. I bought mine in April '20.

    September 20, 2020 5:40 pm
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      Troy Schulz-Behrend

      I got mine last year it came as stated in a "tac pac" three mags a sig holster and a case. Was way more than $4.99 though. Love it!!! Carry every day.......

      September 20, 2020 5:48 pm
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    Dexter winslett

    Pre Clinton lock 629, all steel.

    September 20, 2020 5:11 pm
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    John p Mattei

    Sig 365 xl beats them all, at least for me. Best fit, I shoot it the best, eats any and all ammo, very accurate within my range of 25-30 yards, easy rack, great texture, extremely concealable, and over al, great handling, shooting feel etc. But then. I am repeating myself, aren't I ?

    September 20, 2020 4:55 pm
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    Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact should've definitely been on this list. But to each their own.

    September 20, 2020 4:23 pm
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      September 20, 2020 4:31 pm
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      Harry Courtright

      It’s ridiculous to have a list of the best polymer guns and not have a 2.0 compact or a shield on it. Especially when they’re including the vp9 and polymer 80. I have to say that I’m starting to lose faith in this site.

      September 20, 2020 5:43 pm
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    I would add the Walther PPQ Q4 in the pack too. It's got an excellent trigger right out of the box!

    September 20, 2020 2:14 pm
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      you are 100% right

      September 20, 2020 4:07 pm
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      Dave Kornfeind

      Absolutely...I own the PPQ M2 and absolutely love it. Recently shot it back to back with a VP9 and would definitely choose the PPQ.

      September 20, 2020 6:05 pm
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    Timothy R Quinlan

    Having shot the P10c, CZ’s P07 (owner) and the Sig P320 within the same week I would take the P07 first, followed closely by the P320 and the P10c. The P07 feels a little sturdier and I prefer hammer fired pistols in general. They were all comparable in accuracy and ergonomics but the P07 just fits my hand perfectly, no other way to say it, and I wear XL gloves. This is with the large sized blackstrap. All 3 are very easy to shoot pistols.

    September 19, 2020 3:55 pm
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    The M17 DOES come in black. You’d be looking for the M17 Bravo. Same specs, but black, not coyote tan.

    September 19, 2020 2:26 pm
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