Do you really care what it looks like?
Kind of a light hearted topic, but hey not everything has to be so serious.
I've got this friend who I'm slowly trying to convert over to the Dark Side, and God help him I can tell he's a 1911 guy and he doesn't even realize it. Give it time...
Anyway part of his attraction to that platform is he's just one of these guys who likes everything to look nice and neat. Seriously, it's just his deal.
Now I appreciate a good looking gun, although I have a rather wide definition of it. Yobo 1911s look awesome. I've seen some old Model 10s with 50% of their bluing gone from holster wear that I consider good looking. I think Ruger revolvers look good, distinctive yet understated.
And then there's this.
My carry gun looks like something a Lego man left in the crapper after a bout of bad constipation and then someone slapped a trigger on it. Don't get me wrong I have come to respect this gun and those like it very much and I carry this one every day. I love how it feels and how it points how it carries so flatly and how it functions, but it looks like garbage.
But I don't care, and in fact I'm glad I think it's ugly looking because it helps me take it more seriously as a mere tool. Plus if I scratch it, which I have, several times, I don't care. If I drop it on asphalt and kick it across the parking lot, oh well.
When I went carry gun shopping, aesthetics was pretty much the bottom of my list. It had to feel right, it had to have a certain manual of arms, it had to be the right price, and it just had to be easy to carry.
But there's the other side of the coin. Not everyone is satisfied with the Lego man poop like I am. I see the pictures posted here, some of you carry rather stunning pieces.
And I'll admit it, I enjoy the lines and design of some of my other firearms. My 625 (curse you again Bud White) is probably my favorite as far as appearances go, and its appearance is part of its appeal. And at times I dream of a sleeker form factor, so I can see how maybe someone would choose what many would consider a "purty" gun for a reason other than it was "purty".
When I was helping my mother select her house gun, she wanted nothing to do with anything stainless. Blued guns for her and nothing else.
When my sister came to shoot, the only black gun I got her to fire was a little .22. She didn't want to touch any of the black guns.
So I'm guessing for some people, there is something to this.
I can't say this is wrong or right either way, it's your gun it should conform to your whims.
In fact, by choosing what I consider to be an ugly gun for the purpose, I am validating someone who chooses a more attractive gun, because I'm admitting I'm too much of a sucker for a "purty" gun to carry one! Ha!
Is this a completely dumb consideration? Is the topic not really worth discusing? At first I thought so too, but on further consideration of my own experiences I don't think so. Back to my friend...
This guy will probably never swing over to the Dark Side, but he largely ignored my interest because, and I'm not making this up, any gun of mine he saw was my ugly evil black guns. A picture of a stainless Kimber piqued his interest.
I got my sister to shoot some .38 Specials out of a shiny stainless Ruger, because it was shiny and stainless and looked right to her. She probably won't come to the dark side either but she now knows she fired a real revolver and nothing bad happened.
Are those bad things? I don't think so. Maybe they're minor things in the grand scheme of the universe, but they're not bad.
Looks don't matter...usually.
Whenever I buy tools, cars, appliances, etc., looks are usually pretty far down on the list of important features. At the top are things like price, reliability, parts and service availablility, cost of ownership, etc.
However, when I started my search for a carry/IDPA gun to replace/supplement my Kahr P9, (I wanted at least 10 round capacity for IDPA) one of the first that I considered was an XD-40. That is until I saw and handled one for the first time. It looked bulky and I was sure that it was one of the ugliest pistols that I'd seen...other than the Ruger P-series. I told myself that looks aren't supposed to matter but I failed to convince myself and passed on the XD-40.
So...after looking at Glocks, Sigs, 1911's, S&W, Walthers, a Steyr, and everything in between, what did I end up with? Yep, an XD-40. Sometimes they just have to be given a chance to grow on you I guess. I couldn't be more happy with my decision. I've had it almost 2 years now and it is my primary carry, IDPA, plinking, and bowling pin gun. My P9 hasn't been shot in a year and a half and my CZ75 for 2 years. I really like the XD.
Bulky? Not really. It just looks that way. With a Bulman FDS holster, it's very easy to conceal and comfortable to wear. It is an excellent combination of gun and holster. For me at least.
So I'm glad that looks only clouded my judgement temporarily. YMMV.