Smith&Wesson News and Reviews

Smith&Wesson News and Reviews

Non Polymer Sub $600 Quality Handguns?


Smith & Wesson 5904

Smith & Wesson 5904

Over at one of my other sites a new member asked for a full sized handgun recommendation based on the following criteria.

  1. It must be made of metal with a preference for stainless steel
  2. A rail for a laser or tactical light is a must
  3. 9MM
  4. 15 round magazine capacity
  5. Adjustable sights
  6. Needs to look good

His use for the gun is home protection and range shooting.

Upon reading his forum post I thought for a moment and realized that in 2011 a handgun like this no longer exists. Gone are the days of the Generation 3 Smith & Wesson’s and the like. Has it become impossible to manufacturer a handgun to these specifications and price point?

The closest handgun I could come up with is a Beretta 92A1. It get very close to the price point but lacks adjustable sights.


Beretta 92A1 M9  Semi Automatic Handgun

Beretta 92A1 M9 Semi Automatic Handgun


Of course we all know he could be well served with a Glock 17, Smith & Wesson M&P, Springfield Armory XD


Opinions are welcome and encouraged.