How traditional/modern are you?
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February 21st, 2006 06:14 PM
How traditional/modern are you?
You know, that funny post about steel vs. plastic set my mind to wander and I've come to realize that in firearms, I'm a sort of pseudo traditionalist. I like traditional features and platforms, but I want modern conveniences.
For example the double action revolvers I like so much are easily 100 years old in design, but I favor stainless steel models with modern rubber grips and modern sights.
On working guns I usually want synthetic and stainless, but I have my fair share of wood and blued too. My small sample really runs the middle of both trends nicely. I've got everything from old blued rifles and shotguns with wooden stocks in traditional designs to a modern flat top AR15.
That doesn't surprise me too much really, because as I mentioned my favorite guns are old designs with modern conveniences, materials, and improvements.
I know a lot of traditionalists. Blued finish and wood stocks on long guns, blued 1911s and revolvers with wooden grips... and I have to admit it looks nice and rustic.
But I'm also well acquainted with people like a good friend of mine who likes black shiny plastic and wants everything to look like it belongs in a movie.
As I sit between the XD and the M1 Carbine, I straddle both worlds however. I guess appearance just doesn't matter as much to me.
Where are you on this spectrum?
February 21st, 2006 06:21 PM
I guess im more modern. I really like the lazer grip idea, tac lights ect. and am more of the Plastic kind of guy. But I also like some metal frames like the 1911. But being a "youngster" im more prone to choose a gun that tickles the sences. I really like S.W.A.T style tactical pistols and shotguns, but at the same time sometimes i feel like checking out an old revolver.
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February 21st, 2006 06:23 PM
Interesting. I carry a 1911 in stainless with micarta grips through the week and a blue single action revolver on weekends. I think that leans me pretty far toward traditional...
February 21st, 2006 06:39 PM
Very traditional. 1911 wood grips, M1carbine, M1 Garand, I like the older look.
February 21st, 2006 06:56 PM
I like blued guns for looks but prefer stainless or plastic guns for carry
I like especially the old School blued Guns the colt royal blue or the old stainless blued
I usually end up with Rubber Grips because they fit my hand the best
February 21st, 2006 06:59 PM
I like tradition, but also appreciate classy modern designs (SIG comes to mind). What I don't like are gimmicks of any kind or too much plastic.
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February 21st, 2006 07:03 PM
I lvoe them both and would roll around in a pile of any vintage quality firearms if only it wouldnt scratch me up so bad!
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February 21st, 2006 07:31 PM
I guess I fit the classic tradition, however If someone were to give me a 'plastic' gun I would keep it around for a plinker so I could save the wear on my classics.
February 21st, 2006 08:47 PM
SS for cary blued for everything else
February 21st, 2006 09:59 PM
I guess I'm a mix. I'm a big fan of synthetic stocks on my waterfowl guns, all the other long guns wear wood. Handguns are a mix of blue/wood and stainless/rubber. At the end of the day, the lever rifles and the M1 give me a warm fuzzy that the duck guns just can't match.
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February 21st, 2006 10:28 PM
Traditional 1911 platform with a hint of modern customizing, sites, dehorn, trigger, etc, for a better carry gun.
I am not much for the tactical plastic but I respect the reliability of them. but every now and then something comes along, like say! the XD 45 that has me giving it a good look and possibly a step closer to possibly someday picking one up! but I wouldn't bet on it.
Blued for the beauty and SS for carry.
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February 21st, 2006 11:00 PM
I love all guns, however, I'm partial to the shiny ones. So I'll take stainless steel over blued every time I'm given the option.
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February 21st, 2006 11:11 PM
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Hmmm quite a mix here - but several folks I think I share ground with.
From an age standpoint very traditional - and this means mostly i guess older classic revo's etc. Plus too ''ol slabsides''.
From carry POV tho I come right into late 20th and early 21st centuries, whereby my choice is based on sound ergonomics, reliability and performance, coupled with capacity.
I am there fore a mix - aesthetics take me traditional but function over form brings me modern for carry. I want the best for my purpose regardless of age - it just happens to be modern.
I may even <cough> get a Glock eventually
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February 22nd, 2006 12:01 AM
I like both...traditional arms like the M1 and 1911, and new stuff also. My Rock River AR and DSA FAL, Benelli shotgun, and HK USPc are all enjoyable to handle and shoot.
If it's RELIABLE...I like it!
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February 22nd, 2006 01:20 AM
A bit of both. I like blued guns, own tactical hardware and gear (AR, HK ,tac vest, ect) Also wear a cowboy hat and carry SA sixguns sometimes.
I am not a shiny gun guy. Shiny reflects, which isn't good hunting or other applications.
I won polyer guns and traditional wood and steal too.
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