This is kind of an old thread, but wth, if you have something to say, say it! (And you did
I spent about 30 years in a plastics company, and have a lot of experience with that stuff. The right materials make a difference, and it seems like every day somebody introduces some new material with even better properties in some uses.
However, I did have to replace the grip (most of the plastic part on the bottom half of the gun) on a P3AT a couple years ago. I'd guess that the material was a little cold when molded, but I'm not sure. My S&W Tupperguns seem to have held up just fine, though.
There's a sticky at http://forums.buckeyefirearms.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=10097
that you should have a look at, but it's not mandatory, and may be sleep inducing. IAC, it'll give you some idea of who's here, and how this place works. Or, at least, information on who the little dog in my avatar is. And the attack cats....
I never fired a Dardek, btw, but remember when it was introduced. "Popular [something or other]" did an article on the thing back in the 50's. A solution for which no problem existed, or some such. For the guys who have no idea what we're talking about, the Dardek used triangular plastic shell casings (or, I think, could support a .22 rimfire inserted into a plastic holder). They lived in the grip, and moved up and around the revolver's cylinder as it was fired. I think reloading was fast, but the small semi's seem to have gotten reliable enough to take over the market. Ugly gun, too
Congrats on the daughter's graduation. Becka's still tearing up Columbus as a nurse.