"Beauty" AND Functionality?

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    "Beauty" AND Functionality?

    Since I am a newbie and only been seriously carrying for five months I have a question somewhere in this thread.
    One very well known Austrian gun manufacturer has a reputation for dead on dependability but the esthetics are lacking bigtime. Another American manufacturer produces a thing of beauty for all types of 45's but is known for having a host of jamming problems.
    Question: Can you have both beauty and functionality in a carry gun? I know, who cares about beauty when a BG is about to take your head off. But, after scouring Combat Carry and other forums, I am understanding why grown men (and women!) lay down two weeks pay for a gorgeous handgun.

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    ''Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'' - for many folks.

    Clunky and chunky can still appeal to some but true enough, some of the ''classics'' can and do have both beauty and functionality.

    I come down on the side of functionality matters most - aesthetics are a bonus.

    Being old and having teethed on revo's, I can look at a M27 for example and see a good mix of the two attributes - but with semi's there is a wider spread, from near fugly all way up to beautiful, and still functional.

    Then too we have budgets to consider ....... is it worth (to some folks) paying a lot more to have beauty as well? Obviously for many it is ..... but this comes back to the individual and what they want for their money.

    Other point too - for CC it will be rare that a gun's beauty will be apprecated by many others!
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    I think you can appreciate aesthetics along with functionality, but as Chris said, it's all in the eye of the beholder. When it makes a difference in choice is when the demands of function are satisfied. For example, do grips made from one type of exotic wood perform better than another (assuming the same strength and durability)? Probably not, but some are certainly more pleasing than others. I wouldn't put ugly grips on one of my handguns, unless I gained a functional advantage. Then it's no longer an aesthetic choice. If you can have both, why not?
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    Hey, I think my glock is more beautiful than I am, so I not going to complain about its looks! As far as functionality - we are on the same level - a perfect match!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMan View Post
    Hey, I think my glock is more beautiful than I am, so I not going to complain about its looks! As far as functionality - we are on the same level - a perfect match!

    I gotta agree with DMan.. I think my Glocks are gorgeous I wouldn't trade them for any other gun..

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    When you truly need your weapon to save your butt, you will find far more beauty in functionality. A carry gun is not for display, its for low down and dirty work. A pretty gun will be beat up and scratched up rather quickly if its carried daily.
    I like the purty guns just as much as the next guy, put a carry gun and a safe/range queen are two very different things.
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    I think the custom Hi-Powers from places like Novaks are the sexiest pistols around and pretty functional tools. My Glock is a thing of beauty to me. It's a form follows function beauty but I like the looks of it. Pythons are beautiful works of art but given other choices, I wouldn't carry one.

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    Help me, Chris. What is an "M27"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aznav View Post
    Help me, Chris. What is an "M27"?
    Smith & Wesson Model 27.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aznav View Post
    Help me, Chris. What is an "M27"?
    Here's a 3 1/2" Nickel 27
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    Did you ever stop to think that we think guns are only beautiful because we're "used to" looking at them and we happen to appreciate them?

    To my Wife any gun is considered to be about as beautiful as a pick-axe or a snow shovel.

    So is ANY company making handguns as 100% reliable as they are beautiful? Of Course.
    That company would be KORTH Firearms.

    Each one completely hand built and fit with Ultra Supreme Precision.

    Their Bottom Of The Line handgun is 5 Grand though.

    Click Here to visit the KORTH Photo Gallery.
    You Must See The Korth Gothic On Page 5.

    Their photos do not do justice to their firearms.
    Geesh...you would think they could afford a better digital camera.
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    For less money than a Korth you can still get a very pleasant looking gun from Sig. The P239 is one of the guns available as the SAS (Sig Anti Snag) model, the wood grips and melt-job are standard on SAS models.
    .40 caliber only.


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    Model 27...Waaaaant one!

    Lord, that thing is pure eye candy!
    ps. just went to the Korth site... this is really not fair.
    pps. the 239 may be more in my pocket book category...and looks great!

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    aznav - as Rod said yes - S&W M27 - .357 mag N frame Smith.

    Let me add to Dave's lovely pic of his M27 - the 5" of these two is my fave as for me it has beauty in form and proportion, as well as huge functionality. I like the long tube too





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    I like pretty guns but when it comes to ccw I want a gun that has flawless operation and I don't have to worry about it rusting or getting dirty.

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