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    Tactical Tupperware... It's The Future! LOL

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    I can agree with Gary and Bumper: I love my Glock 17 even though I have to clean it in the dishwasher :D

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    Until about a week ago, I carried a Glock 26 exclusively. Functional but ugly...fugly, right?

    Then I bought the S&W nickel model 36 along with an MSP Paddle and a K.L. Null shoulder rig. So, it's flashy and I love it's looks, but it will see carry duty.

    But the most beautiful handgun I own is still my Beretta 92G-SD. Before I owned my first handgun, I fell in love with the Beretta 92, it's just a beautiful pistol, and it performs well. I dedicate this gun to IDPA shooting, so had Ernest Langdon (formerly Langdon Tactical Technology) do his magic with a competition trigger job--this is one sweet shooting pistol.

    I like functionality, but it's nice when it looks sharp too....
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    I carry a black pistol (HK USP Compact) that a lot of people would call an ugly duckling. However, part of the reason I went with the HK in the first place is that I thought it was a good looking gun. No accounting for taste I guess.

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    I recently got into a debate with a "black gun" guy who insists that anything else in inferior, and that anyone who carries something not quite as ugly must be "compensating". Well, I for one, never liked the glocks, not because they are ugly, but because I don't like the grip, and I naturally shoot other models better. If you care for a quality weapon, it will be every bit as reliable. (care= not filling it with salt, sand mud, and having the discipline to clean it now and a again). I could care less if my carry weapon impresses anyone, as long as it is reliable, easy to carry and I can hit what I aim at with it. Impressing other people is pretty low on my list at this point in life.
    Heck, my station wagon cost me $200 and my wife won't be seen within 50 ft of it.
    (granted the pushbar and the 31" truck tires don't help)

    Do I think glock makes an ugly gun? Absolutely, but has anyone looked at a keltec lately?
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    Beauty in handguns

    I'll admit that beauty in a handgun is largely subjective, and people will differ tremendously in what they like and don't like. And beauty may not be that important in a tool of any sort, since how well it works and does its job is probably more important.

    But after a while we all develop some preferences in what looks good and what doesn't. Here are mine:

    Looks good -
    - Polished blue steel, like a Colt Python
    - Wood grip panels of unusual grain and color
    - The lines of a Colt Single Action Army revolver
    - A matte stainless steel finish
    - The lines of many 1911 pistols
    - Professional engraving on a pistol

    Looks ugly -
    - Glocks
    - Springfield XDs
    - Odd colors on a pistol - green, tan, etc.
    - Pearl grip panels
    - Beretta 92

    Here is my idea of a really good looking gun - a polished stainless Ruger Vaquero with ivory grips:


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    Do you really care what it looks like?
    Not really. Ditto on the "... if it goes bang" comment, above. I don't enjoy the "swoopy" and top-heavy designs of some of the newer autos. A good 4" revolver or an older 1911 has that certain je ne sais quoi. A 1911 screams classic lines. A Desert Eagle screams of a business purpose, as does the HK MP5, the AR15, a shorty AK47. But, so long as it works and suits the need, it's worth consideration.

    The abbreviated Glocks aren't my cup o' tea (photo right, below). Now, there are ugly guns, and then there are truly ugly guns (photo left, below) ...
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    I like em all..regardless of race,color or creed.

    About the only thing that annoys me is flaking chrome. I like polished stainless much better.

    CCW9mm...
    is that a Splatmaster pintball gun of the old days ? I havent seen on in a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    CCW9mm...
    is that a Splatmaster pintball gun of the old days ?
    Dunno. I searched Google for "ugly gun" and that little gem popped up. Looks like it coughed up one too many paint balls.
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    no it does not matter as long as it will go bang when you need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Dunno. I searched Google for "ugly gun" and that little gem popped up. Looks like it coughed up one too many paint balls.
    Yep , one of the first paintball guns to be marketed.
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    This is America the land of free and the brave. It is also the land of opportunities, which means that “You can have both”, looks and reliability.
    I fell in love and married my wife because of her all around wonderful qualities and attributes. One of her attributes is that she is a gorgeous Godly woman. I plan on spending the rest of my life with her.
    The same goes with my handgun, I got both, looks and quality.
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    Although I prefer to own/carry "black" guns, I appreciate the look and qualities of a stainless. I can even appreciate the fact that stainless guns are superior in some ways. I want one, honestly, but I just haven't bought one for some strange reason....
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    Great topic.

    Different guns are all cool for different reasons. Sometimes guns that may not be as visually appealing as others are beautiful simply because they represent near-perfect functionality and purposefulness.

    One example is the XD---some may think they're ugly. Admittedly, they're not as attractive as some, but they freakin' W-O-R-K, and any aesthetic work on them would be superfluous. Accurate, reliable, easy to shoot.

    Certain Colt SAA's and clones are great to behold, and are no doubt functional as well. Ditto with some custom and higher-dollar 1911's.

    A great gun that looks good will generally cost more than a great gun that doesn't, and that's pretty much the only difference it makes to me.

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    Gotta admit, you can't put these on a 1911

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