I actually agree with much of what you say. Each aluminum framed handgun must be looked at through its own unique design and history as some do indeed last longer than others. But some of my remarks are universal. I have never owned any aluminum handgun that did not wear its rails down faster than a good forged steel frame gun. Admittedly frame rail can sometimes cause not much more than 10 per cent loss of accuracy but its the potential to chip and or disintegrate that is far greater than in steel frame guns.Bhp9, some of your points are fair. Certainly no gun is perfect—certainly that applies to Walthers and the P88. And, no doubt, P35s are very accurate guns. My MKIII is a great gun and I do shoot it very accurately. It may indeed be as accurate as my P88c.
In my hands, my P88c seems more accurate. But that just could be a function of my hands and my eyes. Who knows. In any case, the P88 is definitely not inaccurate and I’d venture to say it’s among the most accurate of production service pistols.
The source of the derision on your posts comes from your unilateral statements about things like aluminum frames being unsuitable for handguns… or your unsolicited, out-of-the-blue pontification on the “myth” of P88 accuracy. It’s simply ridiculous to say aluminum alloy is unsuited for handguns. Sigs and Berettas can do 6-figure round counts with no frame cracks. Now, I’m not sure a P1 or a 39-2 could do that… but those aren’t exactly M9s.
If you find the P88’s accuracy unremarkable, that’s a fair opinion. But if you bring it up in a mocking, condescending way… out of nowhere… it just seems like you’re saying it to seem jaded.
Anyway, I too am a BHP fan and I can understand why you think so highly of those guns. But, if pressed, I think I’d take my P88c over the BHP.
Quality of aluminum is another factor. In the 1972 test Note Conducted between an aluminum frame Smith M39 and the Walther P38 proved the Walther had the better grade aluminum and better design as it came through the test without major breakage while the Smith actually disintegrated at only 5,500 rounds for both pistols. Not that the Walther designed frame did not have problems as it suffered frame wear and a mushrooming of the recoil abutment. This was later improved by putting a steel hexagonal pin through the frame to absorb the pounding of the slide in the very last of the P38 manufacture before it was discontinued. It was carried over into the P5 design as well as other design improvements too numerous to mention here.. But that is another story. This type of technology was not lost on later designed guns from both German and Italian designers. It though in no way equaled a steel frame gun and as much as I find plastic pistols rather repulsive some plastic designed pistols also incorporating this technology were able to last longer than aluminum framed guns with the same technology, probably because of the carbide buttons used in the frame to slide contact which cut way down on frame to slide wear. Of course some plasticky designed frames can flex and crack sooner than aluminum frame guns which goes back to each design being unique with its own set of problems.
I would further go out on a limb and say when a gun is dropped on concrete the plasticky framed gun will flex and if it does not flex too much it will survive the drop without cracking but the aluminum frame gun will often crack. Being fair cast steel guns often crack as well when dropped while forged frame steel guns many times will survive the fall better but no gun is totally immune from serious damage. I therefore put aluminum framed guns on the bottom of the list as surviving a fall.
In conclusion I do agree with you and that is that no handgun is perfect and all have their problems. What I do object to is glossing over the problems or deliberately trying to hide or ignore this information as to not hurt the prospective buyer or owner's feelings and promote a harlequin view that every handgun ever made is perfect in every way and lets god forbid never hurt handgun sales by telling the truth about any of their design deficiencies. Lay it all out on the table so the prospective buyer can decide if he can live with both the advantages and disadvantages of his chosen new handgun purchase.
And now for the surprise ending. I do not carry a High Power rather I carry a plasticky pistol despite throwing up every time I see or handle one. Why? Cost, reliability, availability of spare parts, and rust elimination of the frame, and much lighter weight for a more comfortable carry all day long. I have from time to time carried old fashioned steel frame .380's for extremely hot weather but will admit that there are plasticky pistols that are the same size and available and lighter in weight and often way cheaper in price but again in small .380 plasticky guns I have indeed seen plasticky framed guns crack.
For pride of ownership and long lasting accuracy I prefer the forged steel frame gun, for carry I prefer plastic. Cast steel and forged aluminum frame guns are at the bottom of my list even though I own both in many brands and models. And no I will not be selling my Walther P88, I like the workmanship and snob appeal so if you wish go ahead and throw rocks at me for succumbing to snob appeal. My P88 was and always will be nothing more than a display piece and range toy. And surprise so will be all my High Powers as well. Although I hate plasticky guns with a passion time moves on and they have too many advantages to ignore as long as you remember to take your stomach medicine before carrying them.