Silly question: Black or Silver Gun?

Silly question: Black or Silver Gun?

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    Silly question: Black or Silver Gun?

    Do you care what kind of finish your carry gun is? Is it mere preference or does it matter for some tactical reason?


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    Black for me. Really in case of inadvertent exposure. A flash of silver would catch the light or catch the eye, the black may be missed with a black belt

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    I really dont think it matters much. Some will say that a stainless gun is more visable... yeah, it might be. The flash and report are going to get more attention than the finish.

    I tend to prefer dark matte finished pistols, I cant tell you why though. Its just what I like.
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    Don't really give it much thought. However, looking at my gun collection it is apparent that I have a preference to dark matte finish weapons as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    The flash and report are going to get more attention than the finish.
    Well, there is THAT of course!

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    I've pondered on that myself actually.

    I think sandblasted Stainless...or chemically darkened Stainless is pretty much the ideal for firearms if there is such a thing as anything being ideal in the firearm world.

    Blasted Stainless is not very light reflective at all.
    Certainly polished Hot Bluing would reflect much more light than polished Stainless ---well you might just as well call that a mirror.
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    I have a stainless 1911 that has a Rogard finish. It cuts the flash and sort of darkens the finish of the stainless steel. That being said, my EDC is blued steel.

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    A flash of silver would catch the light or catch the eye, the black may be missed with a black belt
    A black gun against my white skin sticks out like a sore thumb. If my light colored shirt gets wet, a black gun sticks out like a sore thumb.

    When my silver gun leaves the holster the muzzle flash sticks out like a sore thumb. When I clean my silver gun, you gessed it, the powder sticks out like a sore thumb.

    Buy the color you want, I prefer silver but either will be fine.

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    I want a gun with a chameleon finish... that would be cool.
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    i want an invisible gun!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stormbringerr View Post
    i want an invisible gun!!
    I got one for my BBQ gun... it wasnt such a great hit. Nobody commented on it.
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    I have an affinity for brushed stainless with contrasting matt finish....1 Kimber special edition eclipse pro...1 Kimber Eclipse Ultra. There's just something about the look that says, "Buy me!!!" I am weak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    ...or chemically darkened Stainless ...
    I had Barrkman "blacken" the slide on a STS Government Model, 20 some years ago QK, it's held up quite well considering it was my daily carry piece for many years.
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    I think a shiny gun goes against the idea of "concealed" carry. I like black or blued best. SS would be good for marine environments or similar high humidity areas of use, but for where I'm at, black is my choice.

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