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Please PM if things are OK
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Previously known as "cjm5874"
I guess the older I get the lazier I get. Worrying about the guns finish, especially when worn up next to my sweaty body, is not something I need, so most of my guns are now stainless. I almost waited for the bi-tone XD-45 but when I fondled the all black 4" Service Model, I fell in love. It has a finish that is supposed to handle all destructive forces quite well.....we will see if that is true.
Dont get me wrong I clean my guns after every shooting session, but having to wipe them down so they wont start rusting, after just handling them, is something I abhore.
I have seen a few revolvers, blued that have really got my heart a thumpin......but most of the time I like the matte stainless finish.
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Gentlemen, y'all managed to hit one right between the eyes.
Ya see, I've been going back and forth for about two months now, debating endlessly between a CZ-P01 and the new XD-45 Compact.
What's the problem?
Well, the CZ is a "solid" metal pistol, a good-looking gun; it's a "man's gun", if you will. It has a good reliability record, but would require some gunsmithing to get it to my standards of action (e.g., trigger job, etc.).
The XD looks like a friggin' toy. Now, I know it's not a toy, but dang it(!), the feeling can't escape me. I also have researched it thoroughly and have found it is a reliable weapon with a very good out-of-the-box trigger.
I've shot a CZ-75 and an XD-40 and I liked both about equally, so no tie-breaker there. Buying the CZ-P01 will give me a 9mm pistol; the XD-45 Compact will give me the added "punch" of a .45 caliber pistol (which I can shoot as comfortably and accurately as the 9mm). Either way, I can shoot them.
It all hinges on that most insidious of monsters: vanity. Which pistol do I want to be seen with, eh?
I feel low....
I really don't care what my pistol looks like, as long as I pull the trigger and it goes "bang". I don't carry it to impress anyone, and I don't carry it to intimidate anyone. I carry it to protect myself and my family, not to win any beauty prizes. I hope no one ever sees it in public, unless I'm at the range.
If I wanted to win the "Baddest M-F in the Valley" competition, I'd carry an M-2 .50 cal machine gun with twin bandoliers of rounds wrapped around my chest ...(of course, I wouldn't carry it far - damn thing weighs a ton...)
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Springfield XD 9mm Sub-Compact
Taurus PT111 Millennium Pro 9mm
I guess I'm of the breed that likes a little bit of everything. Most of my semi-auto guns are "black guns", whereas I have some blued and some stainless and some nickle revolvers. For CCW, form follows function. Glock, SA XD, and Kel-Tec are my primary pieces. For fun guns, looks can come into question.
Two guns I've wanted since I was a kid are a 1911 and an AR. For me, they absolutely MUST say "Colt". Why? Because that is what was around when I was growing up; it's what I've always wanted. It is also comforting to know both are fine weapons.
Then there are guns that are just beautiful, such as a deeply blued old S&W or Colt revolver, a Stainless Beretta 96 Inox, a case colored lever gun, and many more. (NTM a S&W 629 Stealth Hunter)
For CCW purposes, I like the "stealth" image of black guns.
Does looks matter, yes. Will the lack of looks stop me from buying a peticular gun, heck NO! I buy what I like. And that can vary greatly.
just my .02
"Never underestimate the power of the force!"
I still have my 1911 but the two weapons I carry the most are both Glocks (G-23 & G-27). They just work, and work real darn well!
ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!
"A superior Operator is best defined as someone who uses his superior
judgement to keep himself out of situations that would require a display of his
I want my guns to look purposeful. Either stainless or blue is fine, with a slight preference for brushed or matte stainless. I'd prefer a black frame on a plastic gun. No fancy engraving, no gold, nothing that looks expensive without adding to function.
Adding a rail under the front has turned many fine looking firearms in ugly guns.
Last edited by mzmtg; December 12th, 2006 at 12:47 PM.
I never understood peoples facination with what a firearm looks like. Its a tool, not a decoration.
I never hear mecanics argue over wether Dewalt or Craftsmen tools look better.
I use Glocks, 'nuff said!
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I enjoy the fine lines of guns as much as the next guy. However for my working pistols black is beautiful
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As long as I can beat the bad guy with my pistol in case I run out of ammo I don't totally care about looks. The thing is you can't do that with combat tupperware.
"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
They are left in full possession of them."
Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." ~Alexander Hamilton
Sure you can, you'll just need to use alittle more umph!
Yeah! Have you ever had a piece of plastic break in your eye?
Hurts like hell!
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