Shiny Guns?

Shiny Guns?

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    Shiny Guns?

    I think I have convinced myself that a shiny gun is a benefit in most self defense situations. Prior to an encounter with a couple of gang bangers, who were interested in acquiring my hard earned money, I always thought the "tactical" colored gun was so much better.

    When confronted by the thugs, I found it was very difficult for the bad guys to realize that I was actually armed because they couldn't see the olive drab colored gun in the dark. Once they realized I was armed, off they went into the night.

    If I would have had a brightly polished gun, I'm sure the encounter would have broken off much sooner. I'm interested to see what everyone else thinks.

    The olive drab color would be great if I was involved with covert ops, but that isn't the case at my age!

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    That's one way of looking at it. However, darker colored handguns usually allows for better conceal carry. Shiny object tend to be seen easily & that generally not the goal.
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    Shiney generally means stainless generally means Heavier. I want something that functions vs. having something that goes Bling bling.

    I agree with Cocked i have open carried with a black gun and people just miss it think its a cell phone or pager. With a bling bling people would more often notice even if it was just a lift of the shirt. How do you think Kevin Costner did it to Frank Niddy in "Untoachables" JK

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    I think a simple statement like, "I have an gun! One more step and I'll......" would solve the situation. You fill in the blank. The vast majority of the time you don't want the gun noticed so darker is probably better in most cases but I don't have a firm opinion one way or the other.
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    The BG wont have a hard time seeing the muzzle flash of my Glock. I wont pull my weapon to threaten people with. I will only pull it out to shoot at a deadly threat with. Color will not make any difference. A reliable gun is all I want.
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    I Was Just Thinking The Exact Same Thing...

    Quote Originally Posted by falkon View Post
    The BG wont have a hard time seeing the muzzle flash of my Glock. I wont pull my weapon to threaten people with. I will only pull it out to shoot at a deadly threat with. Color will not make any difference. A reliable gun is all I want.
    The muzzle flash would be EASILY seen...

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    I would also say that there are reasons that most guns designed for CCW are dark colors. Those reasons are being brought up here.

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    I like my shiny Para P12, its dropping it and the fear of screwing up that shine is what gets me...
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    I like my Para P16 too. Great for IDPA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whw View Post
    I think I have convinced myself that a shiny gun is a benefit in most self defense situations.
    No need to convince yourself. "most self defense situations" make it a moot point to consider the color of your weapon. I'm not going to hold it out just for the BG to have a look see at. If it's drawn, it's for one reason.
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    IMHO its a non issue , Shiney guns are nice for LE since the VCA can see that he is at gunpoint , and as a LE you show guns a lot more than you shoot guns . As a ccw holder i wont be holding anyone at gunpoint and ordering compliance ,. If they run away fine and if they lay there an leak fine, but if they dont want shot they best be in reverse when they see me reach for the grip .
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    I agree with what has been voiced. I don't carry a concealed weapon as a deterrent; I carry it as a means and tool in the preservation of my family's and my own lives. Voicing my intent in regards to the BG's actions should be the deterrent.

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    Thumbs down Shihhy guns

    I don't think that a shinny gun makes any difference. Shinny guns are nice looking but tend to get beat up in a hurry. A dull colored gun is an asset to someone carrying CCW due to the fact that it blends in.

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    If the price is right and it is a 1911 I don't care what color it is. I have 3 stainless and a couple of black pistols and a couple of green ones and one blue one. As long as they go bang when I pull the trigger and the threat dissapears thats all that matters.

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    About half of my carry guns are shinny (SS) and half are not. I'm not to worried about the color of the gun.
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