Do Looks Matter to You in SD Guns?

Do Looks Matter to You in SD Guns?

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  • I would not be caught dead with an ugly gun - I don't care how it shoots it's how it looks. I would reject a potent carry weapon if it was ugly.

    20 7.07%
  • All things being equal, if it shoots well and fulfills the mission I'd like it if the gun is attractive but it's not a deal breaker.

    149 52.65%
  • I don't care what it looks like - I shoot 'em and carry what performs best for me no matter what it looks like!

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    Do Looks Matter to You in SD Guns?

    I read threads about carry guns all the time and someone invariably will interject that they find this or that gun butt ugly and would reject it on that characteristic...which always seems to shock me. Who would accept or reject a carry weapon based on "good looks" or a lack thereof? I voted for functionality in my hands - I don't care about color or bling or "lines". I want potent firepower and I could care less about "pretty".

    So vote and explain yerself...and thanks in advance for your opinions and perspective!

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    Colors, maybe.

    I would not go out and spend my hard earned money on a pink gun, lady airweights, EAA Witness', the pink walther .22's.

    BUT- if my wife had a pink gun (she does not), I would be more than happy to defend my own with it.

    If I found a pink gun laying around "in extremis", I would also gladly pick it up and use it.

    otherwise, no, looks has very little effect for me.
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    I usually carry a Glock, so clearly not.
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    Not a whit
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    Personally, I would never carry or refuse to carry a gun based on asthetics. Reliability, ergonomics, my ability to shoot it, capacity, caliber, etc. all come first.

    However, if I view all other factors as equal aesthetics could play a role. I am not blind and I do find certain guns more aesthetically pleasing than others. It isn't a determining factor, but I will not lie and say I don't notice.
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    "Ugly" is in the eye of the beholder. And there are degrees of "ugly". I'm with DingBat - a pink gun is pretty darn close to a deal-breaker for me, while the ugliness of a regular Glock is not. I would use a pink gun if it were my only option, but I would not buy one ever. Luckily, we don't live in a world in which the stores are full of nothing but pink guns! On the other hand, if a Glock appealed to me in terms of my needs for a firearm, its ugliness would not dissuade me from buying it. There's ugly, and there's intolerably ugly.

    ETA: I voted for the second option. If, however, you substituted the word "pink" for "ugly" and left out the part about "caught dead" (because pink is better than dead), then I would have picked the first option.

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    I prefer good looking 1911s and revolvers especially when I open carry, but occasionally carry my Glock G20 SF or my FNH FNX-45 Tactical in the field or in the woods for their fifteen plus one capacity.
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    The only look in a gun that I care about is the one I have when I am aiming it!!
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    One aspect that initially drew me to the PX4 was that I thought it was good looking gun. Then I held it in my hand and knew that was the one for me!
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    Some people do. If I were given a hot purple gun studded with rhinestones, I would not carry it.

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    Some would claim that Glocks are ugly but look at how many people carry those. Reliability comes first for me. I consider looks but it's not a top tier requirement. With that said, Hi Points are the ugliest guns I've ever seen, but that's so many other reasons not to buy one. But I will say that as a woman, I will not carry a pink or purple gun. It would just feel more like a novelty than something to be trusted with my life. No disrespect at all to anyone who does like those type of firearms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darbo View Post
    One aspect that initially drew me to the PX4 was that I thought it was good looking gun. Then I held it my hand knew that was the one for me!
    Well...I'll have to admit that I also find the Beretta PX4 SC to be attractive. But I own and carry one because of how it performs for me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

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    Looks for me is a secondary consideration. I do have a couple of "pretty" guns that I carry. One daily (P938) and one just got moved to house duty (two-ton P226). The rest are all black, aside from the grey grips on my P229. I do OC a good bit, so a good looking gun isn't a bad thing to me. But looks don't determine what keeps me safe for the most part.

    ETA: Since my initial post, I've been offered a CZ P07 on trade for my SP2022. I realized that no matter how reliable or awesome they are to shoot, they are just plain ugly. The controls are huge, as is the trigger guard. I'm sure they're great, but I just can't get over that.
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    I guess I'm vain I carry a HK P30, and want a 1911
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    To many fine looking and reliable pistols to be had. To be saddled with a ugly glock . Besides ugly they also feel terrible in my hand . I will keep my 1911's and S&W revolvers.
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