Do you really care what it looks like?
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December 13th, 2006 12:50 PM
When I traded in my 2003 F150 for my 2006 I hated the look of the 2006. It was ugly in my eyes. Now that I am use to it, I can't remember why I thought it was ugly, I even think it is pretty now. I was the same with firearms. My first buy was a Kimber Tactical pro. I paid around $1000 for it. It looked beautiful and felt great. I could not imagine anything else in my hand. Now I have many hand guns in my collection but the only name brand I have more then one of is Glock. I thought Glocks were the ugliest things in the world. My buddy kept telling me how great they were but nothing that ugly could be great. A year later I was in the gun shop and I made an impulse buy. A G23. It was the the best decision I ever made, It felt wrong in my hand and it was ugly. After putting a few hundred rounds through it I realized it was not that it didn't feel right, I was just not use to that feeling. I carry a Glock everyday and just for the record they are beautiful.
I just picked up an XD45 compact and it never looked so good.
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December 14th, 2006 03:48 PM
I was going to say I don't care, but just looking at my CCW holster exposes that for the lie it is.
I have priorities in my carry gun (reliable, accurate, no manual safety, same trigger pull for every shot), but I have to like the look too. If it isn't pleasing to my eye I won't be 100% happy with it. So, looks are a factor even if it isn't the primary one.
December 15th, 2006 02:25 AM
Beretta's are pretty nice looking. I am fairly new to shooting. At first, I really wanted something that looked "boxy" or "aggresive" such as a GLOCK or XD. Now, I realized that form follows function. My new Beretta Cheetah has the right functions for me. The fact that I think it looks pretty just happens to be a plus.
December 15th, 2006 02:49 AM
Rocnerd when I was thinking of handsome handguns the Sig SAS series was EXACTLY what came to mind *whistles*. I can't think of a better looking gun and I hope to own one some day.
My take is the gun has to be reliable and it has to be a shooter first and foremost, but carrying around something with you every day I want it to be fairly attractive, to be an extension of myself and my personality. Its like fast cars... why do guys get nice paint jobs on their blistering fast muscle cars? It doesn't make it go any faster, any more reliable...but the aesthetic appeal is just a plus of a reliable and deadly accurate firearm.
Form follows function surely, but if you have an excellently performing firearm, whats wrong with it being good looking too?
December 15th, 2006 03:08 AM
As others have said, looks aren'tthe #1 priority. However, there are plenty of high-quality good looking guns out there... so why not.
I think my Sig 226 looks great, but I'd really like something custom and cool someday... the handgun equivelent of a new Mustang GT 500.
"I am a Soldier. I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight." GEN George S. Patton, Jr.
December 15th, 2006 07:46 AM
You know to be real honest if I had the money for a pistol with 100% engraving and Ivory grips I would carry it just because I've always wanted a pistol like. So on some level the looks are important. Although my Springer 1911 isn't a bad looking weapon as it is. The priority is and always will be am I able to wield it effectively.
"[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."
December 15th, 2006 10:25 AM
For a carry weapon, beauty is found in function. Visual appeal is a bonus. I think my Kimber Ultra CDP II is a beautiful firearm, but it was its functional configuration that led me to choose it as a carry piece. It has everything I require for that purpose. The same is true of the antler grips I added -- smooth for comfort but with a great gripping surface, and good-looking to boot.
On the other hand, my little P3AT's looks suit it. My young bride's black FNP9 is elegant in its functionality. But there's also a lot of appeal to my Colt Trooper MKIII in lustreless nickle finish. And I love the no-nonsense appeal of my Uzi and ARs.
If you appreciate weapons for the job they do, I guess you can have it all!
"We're paratroopers. We're supposed to be surrounded!" Dick Winters
December 15th, 2006 11:17 AM
Glocks are nice guns. The only problem I have with them is I can't shoot them as well as I can my 1991A1.
Oh BTW my gun is 1911 design, yet it's finished in matte black. Does that mean I can be on the darkside?
December 15th, 2006 11:36 AM
That sound about true. Why not?
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