Is it Just Me, Or Is Putting Flutes On A Handgun Barrel a Dumb Idea?? -- Photos

Is it Just Me, Or Is Putting Flutes On A Handgun Barrel a Dumb Idea?? -- Photos

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    Is it Just Me, Or Is Putting Flutes On A Handgun Barrel a Dumb Idea?? -- Photos

    Here are some photos of the new Browning Buckmark Pro Target Light pistol.

    Is it just me, or is putting flutes on a handgun's barrel just an ugly and dumb idea??

    What do you think? Would you buy this pistol?

    This looks so very wrong to me. Maybe I am too old-fashioned and not hip enough.








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    I am with you on this. If they are doing it for weight purposes, there are better ways, like thinning the whole barrel a touch. It just seems like a solution to a problem that never existed. Seems like all manner of crap will get into the edges of those making it more difficult to clean. It doesn't win on the cool factor in my book either.
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    Actually they have made aftermarket barrels for that are colored and fluted for Ruger mark 1 2 and 3 pistols for awhile,I think it looks sexy
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    Kind of put it in the same boat as this.....

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    I think fluting can look classy or trashy depending on the gun and how it is done. I particularly like it on the Smith 640 although I don't feel it is worth the extra cash - so I didn't go with the fluted model.
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    Knightrider - the serrations in the forward end of that slide are there to assist with racking; they are not decorative per se. Depending on the strength of the springs and hand positioning used, a user might want more traction on the forward end.

    For example, people with strong hands and grip can usually slingshot that kind of slide, but those with less power might need to use the "shoulderblade" trick, which can require holding the forward end of the slide.
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    No, I wouldn't buy that pistol, but I can see me buying this pistol
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    I think it's OK. Now a red dot on a Glock, I think that is really silly.
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    I don't know. I admit that Ruger looks better than this Browning. But flutes still seem a bit strange to me.



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    Lots of styling gimmicks on firearms. Sort of like the vent rib on the Colt Python. Which serves the same purpose as tail fins on '59 Cadillacs.
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    You know, fluting is kinda like the tail fins on the 50's and 60's cars. Just what's "in" at the time.

    It is said by some a barrel cools down faster with fluting, but who tries to shoot 50 shots in 10 seconds?
    I will admit there is some occasions when fluting can be useful. If you have ever went prairie dog hunting, you do know you can shoot two or three hundred shots in a day.

    The market tries to produce items that the customer likes/wants. If you like it, go ahead and get it.
    I do agree some guns look better with fluting, but IMHO the fluting works about as good as the tail fins helped steer the old cars.
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    Question

    As I understand it the flutes in a barrel are supposed to dissipate heat better so the barrel cools down faster. It gives more surface area that the air can flow around and remove heat. Does it work? I don't know. To me it seems as though they would weaken the barrel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksholder View Post
    I think fluting can look classy or trashy depending on the gun and how it is done. I particularly like it on the Smith 640 although I don't feel it is worth the extra cash - so I didn't go with the fluted model.

    I believe that S&W Pro Series Model 640 that had flutes failed very miserably in the market. I've seen the S&W factory pics of it, but never seen any pics from anyone saying that they actually bought it. It is no longer in the S&W lineup, and it would probably be about impossible to find one even used, so few were made.

    S&W should fire the product manager that thought that gun up. Flutes on a Snub Nose? Dumb.



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    The only weapon I have ever seen where fluting served a useful purpose would be the Clovis Spear Point. However, the folks that used this weapon have not been seen lately, oh in about 25,000 years.
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    Yuck! The barrel lug doesn't even mate with the frame on that Pro Series Model 640. Looks like some mongrel revolver cobbled together in someone's garage. It really needed to fail. It's too hideous to spend big money to acquire.
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