GUN What is the lifespan of polymer frames

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  1. TylerTX

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    One of the things I like about guns is that guns from 100 years ago are still around and functional. Has anyone released studies about the lifespan of polymer frames. I mean if I buy a polymer frame gun now in 30 years or if I pass it down to my kids will it be full of stress cracks etc.?
     
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    Im sure it will be fine.
     
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    it'll out live you
     
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    Metals have fatigue lives too :dunno: I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  5. EvilSS

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    Like any gun their lifespan will depend more on number and type (i.e. good vs shitty ammo) of rounds fired than age.
     
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    Actually I was wondering something similar..

    My 9mm USP Compact can handle +p loads, but I never run them, for fear of the extra wear and tear on the gun (and also because I have no need for +p)
     
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    the half life of a polymer frame is lower than the half life of a human being.
     
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    It means Good, factory ammo won't wear out a gun faster than shitty joe-bob's random powder charge ultra-corrosive reloads. I don't see how that could have been confusing.
     
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    Christ your dense.
     
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    Shitty, blow-uppy ammo would be the worry in any firearm. It is the bane of polymer frames.

    I have a feeling that since polymer frames these days take just as much abuse as steel frames, you'll see them lasting just as long. They don't rust, so people are less apt to just throw the gun away or destroy it if they find it in a hundred years, since at least half the thing will still be in great shape, even if you bury it in saltwater and then hang it up to dry.
     
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    At a low enough impact level though metals can take virtually an infinite number of stress cycles and not get any fatigue damage.

    No clue if forces on the frame of a gun are that low. I'll try to ask a ME friend about it.

    I'm pretty sure though that polymer frames will end up lasting longer than some of the metal ones out there.
     
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    You have shot corrosive handgun ammunition in the major calibers?
     
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    Do you honestly believe there is actually a brand of ammo called "joe-bob's random powder charge ultra-corrosive reloads"?
     
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    No but I can't tell if you are joking or not. You label them as ultra corrosive when in fact they are probably not. It sounds that you do not know what you are talking about with regards to corrosive ammo.
     
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    they'll last long enough to keep me happy
     
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    if your worried about the stock then just get both. :hsughno:

    its all about personal prefrence
     
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    Why are you even asking then? Why are you trying to argue about a fictitious, exaggerated "brand" of ammo that I used to make a point? Have you been sniffing glue or something?
     
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    You already have the opinion of one ME :)
     
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    I have no doubts that any of the guns I have right now will last well beyond my lifetime. and I include a future purchase of an XD .45 ACP in that :run:
     
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    No need to include corrosive in there though. Just makes it sound like you have no clue what you are talking about. shitty joe-bob's random powder charge reloads gets the desired point across fine.
     
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    Guess it's my fault for thinking it was exaggerated enough that everyone could easly figure it out.

    That being said, it is perfectly possible for any random numb-nuts to reload ANY caliber with corrosive powder. Hell, it's perfectly possible to reload any caliber with chocolate pudding.
     
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    Don't know what effect corrosive stuff would have on the polymer might be less damaging on polymer stuff then all metal :dunno: only shoot corrosive stuff in my combloc and some of my old milsurp rifles. Doubt you could even find any corrosive stuff in 9mm or .45.. Anyway with thousands of rounds through them I dont see any of my polymer frames giving out anytime soon.
     
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    Jebus H-christ we are not talking about corrosive ammo. Are you guys on drugs today?
     
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    They don't sell pudding for reloading either, but are you saying I couldn't fill a cartridge with it?
     

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