Originally Posted by Unregistered
I can never get over how silly the magazine release is on H&K polymer pistols.
As far as my experience with reliability goes, M&Ps and Glocks are really quite amazing. The CZ pistols as well, although I can't stand the way they look...
Keep in mind, I usually put about 3000 rounds downrange a month during the summer, and some of the guys I shoot IPSC with easily do 5000-6000 a month. Reliability issues come up a lot quicker for competitive shooters if they exist...
So with that experience, I don't really like Kimbers nor the newer S&W revolvers. Pins have broken in the latter where they should not, and are not designed to given that the pin was actually forged as part of the frame...
I pretty much agree with all of this, but I'd make a couple comments.
As far as the mag release on H&Ks, I'd agree it's odd compared to standard releases, but it's quick to pick up, and it becomes reflexive in a short while. I prefer my Glocks, but my HKs get their time too, and people notice their style.
As far as style, that's where I think guns like Kimbers come in. I wouldn't, at this time, choose one as my primary or for competition, but they're entertaining to shoot and fitting as parts of larger collections.
When it comes to CZs, I can't get past their looks either. I can't justify them in any collection I might own.
If you want reliability, just think how many Glocks appear in IPSC events. They just work. I've stove piped twice, but that gun was getting a lot of dirt/sand from some nonstandard shooting positions (on side, around barricade in a course). I don't blame the gun.
That last part is not meant as a disagreement or reply to your post, rather as a concluding statement.