It’s not a question of reliability, I understand it’s cheap and practical, but I don’t like the feel of the rifle in my hands. Since you mention polymer, I agree that it is in the same category. I have a Glock and a steel frame CZ, and while the Glock is reliable, the feeling of shooting the CZ is much more enjoyable. It just feels much more substantial. Another comparison I would make is between a Glock 44 and a Ruger Mark IV. Much prefer shooting the Ruger, no question, just due to the feeling of holding and shooting the gun.