When a new firearms holster line, product or accessory is debuted, invariably the first commercial offerings are designed to support the world’s most popular sidearm, Gaston Glock’s revolutionary and ubiquitous polymer and steel, self-loading GLOCK pistol. Today there are dozens of emulative polymer-framed handguns on the market that combine light weight with pound for pound strength superior to steel. So it follows that the world’s first metal receiver for polymer, plastic and nylon-framed firearms is initially being offered for full-sized GLOCK 9mm, .40, .357SIG and .45GAP pistols only. Will CCF RaceFrames build aluminum, stainless steel, or titanium “RaceFrames” for Springfield Armory XDs, Smith & Wesson M&Ps and Walthers in the future? CCF’s Larry Gaglio will only say, “Time and sales will tell.”
One might also quip, “So what, who needs metal frames anyway? And aren’t polymer guns the wave of the future?” Yes, you may be right, but there are still whole bunches of shooters out there that still prefer solid steel and, to a lesser degree, metal alloys over polymer firearms. And CCF intends to satisfy that demand. Creating quite a stir at the 2006 and 2007 SHOT Shows, CCF has been ironing out production holdups and will offer the aluminum alloy and stainless steel frames to the public and law enforcement for sale as you read this. However, 12-ounce titanium frames will remain a special order item and be subject to market demand and prices. Titanium has a strength-to-weight ratio about 50% higher than steel, which means that for the same degree of strength the part can be much lighter than steel.
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by Walt Rauch / Sep 1, 2007