Finally found a use for a "pretty" gun


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Brett Bellmore
August 26, 2005, 09:49 AM
I've never been much for those fancy engraved monstrostities. Give me black plastic and a matt finish any day. But I finally found a use for one my dad won in a card game, and gave to me as a gift before he died.

I was chatting with my girlfriend, and the subject of hunting came up. "You own guns?" she said, in a tense sort of way. I allowed as I did, and ended up hauling them out for her inspection. The atmosphere got colder with each gun... Until the chrome Colt revolver with gold plated cylinder, and exotic wood grips, came out.

You should have seen her eyes light up! Now she's cool with me owning guns, so long as if we marry, I'll teach her to shoot THAT one. LOL

I guess gold plated cylinders DO have their place in life.

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HighVelocity
August 26, 2005, 09:51 AM
aye aye aye.... What is it with women. It's all about the bling. :D

Mnemesyne
August 26, 2005, 09:56 AM
Didn't you know? it's so it can match our jewelry silly :p

Shiny metallic for those off days, and gold accents for when we're feelin kinda bold :D

CAS700850
August 26, 2005, 11:48 AM
Okay, there may be something here. I taught my wife and her best friend to shoot, and both preferred the stainless guns to the blue/black guns. Took her friend shopping for a handgun, and she chose a stainless Ladysmith with the splinter-type wood grips. She threw a fit when I told her to get some "ugly" black grips, but spent the extra bucks for a set of larger wood grips. And, a co-worker wants a stainless 1911 with wood grips, not one of those "ugly Glocks." She's probably going to settle for a Sig 239, but is insisting on some "nice looking grips."

Baba Louie
August 26, 2005, 12:03 PM
Feminine aesthetics are on a different level than most masculine appreciation of things that go bang. Black or blue and dangerous = mean & too much dark power. Shiny and pretty = dangerous (if need be) but looking good.
Kinda the white hat black hat thing, I reckon.
Two of the ladies I work with who enjoy shooting have either Sig 230/232 in stainless and an HKUSPc in stainless.
Both are deadly accurate with their precious, shiny pretties and for some strange reason don't seem to like shooting my blued/parkerized handguns with the exception of the Ruger MkII and Buckmark. Those are ugly but fun.

waterhouse
August 26, 2005, 12:05 PM
I've had the same experience. They hate the SIGs and 1911s and 870s and remmy 700s, but my dad's over/under with the little gold inlay pheasants is always a big hit. I did once get a "that's really neat" out of my HK P7.

"Those black ones look scary. They look like they were designed to kill people."

Zundfolge
August 26, 2005, 12:25 PM
Feminine aesthetics are on a different level than most masculine appreciation of things that go bang. Black or blue and dangerous = mean & too much dark power. Shiny and pretty = dangerous (if need be) but looking good.
:eek:
I think Baba Louie has illuminated a critical part of the female psyche there thus creating a moment of epiphany for myself and hopefully many of you other married male gun owners!

GunGoBoom
August 26, 2005, 12:28 PM
Pretty guns.... for barbeques, and easing the minds of silly people of the fairer sex. Got it.

If you're the same Brett Bellmore who's been posting round here for a long time ( :) ), I'd strongly suggest a 5-year minimum engagement period before walking down the aisle - this will give you MUCH more (apparently needed) time to sooth her trepidations about weapons. Maybe a pink KelTec P32 is in order as well.

benEzra
August 26, 2005, 12:35 PM
My wife is really picky about firearms aesthetics. She was a moderate anti when we were first married, but when I kept a friend's Glock 17 for a time while he was finishing college and living in the dorms, my wife told me "I don't like guns, but if I were ever to get one for myself, I'd want one like that." She later became the proud owner of a Glock 26 and got a CCW permit. :rolleyes:

She also picked up an immaculate Russian SKS (1952 Tula), which is absolutely the most beautiful SKS I've ever seen. She removed all the cosmoline with Murphy's Oil Soap and lots of careful scrubbing, then polished the stock with furniture oil (why didn't I think of that when I had a wooden stock on my mini-14??) and it looks like a high-dollar finish; it's original, just cleaner than most, and it shines.

She once went to the range with her SKS over her shoulder, bayonet extended, in high heels and a gorgeous red dress, with full makeup (I think we were going out to eat or something after). You could see spotting scopes all up and down the line turning to watch her target when she shot. :D

Kalashnikov
August 26, 2005, 12:37 PM
I'ts not just women who like pretty shiny guns. I personally love the stainless look with wood grips. Of course I'll still take a black rifle in a heart beat.

GunGoBoom
August 26, 2005, 12:38 PM
She once went to the range with her SKS over her shoulder, bayonet extended, in high heels and a gorgeous red dress, with full makeup (I think we were going out to eat or something after). You could see spotting scopes all up and down the line turning to watch her target when she shot.

:D :what: :evil:

Bobo
August 26, 2005, 12:59 PM
With most men, "function" reigns over "looks".
With most women, "looks" reigns over "function".

Not many guys would wear high-heels -- their "function" is absolutely terrible.
Women wear them because in spite of this, they "look" good.

Vive la difference!!

Fly320s
August 26, 2005, 01:18 PM
You could see spotting scopes all up and down the line turning to watch her target when she shot.
Are you sure they were watching the target? :evil:

With most men, "function" reigns over "looks".
With most women, "looks" reigns over "function".
Until it comes to choosing a mate, then those roles reverse. :D

As for my wife, she prefers my black stainless Springfield over all my plain-john guns.

Brett Bellmore
August 26, 2005, 01:42 PM
If you're the same Brett Bellmore who's been posting round here for a long time ( ), I'd strongly suggest a 5-year minimum engagement period before walking down the aisle - this will give you MUCH more (apparently needed) time to sooth her trepidations about weapons. Maybe a pink KelTec P32 is in order as well.

Carpe diem, GunGoBoom; Guns aren't such an important part of MY life, that I'd let a beautiful woman half my age slip away. It's not even a close call.

AirForceShooter
August 26, 2005, 01:43 PM
Thank God:
I raised my daughter right.
1911 in basic blue, it's what she carries.
I gave her that 1911 when she was 14. When she was 18 she had it reblued at her own expense. did it again when she turbed 21 and got her CCW. she didn't want to be seen with a beat up weapon.
Funny part I shoot a SA 1911 Loaded in stainless. She won't be seen shooting it.
were were once in a gun store and she saw a Taurus .380 Stainless with gold trim. I offered to buy it for her. Her reply was to ask if I thought she was a Hooker.

lucky_fool
August 26, 2005, 01:45 PM
GunGoBoom - I keep telling my wife she should get one of those pink KelTecs, and she keeps telling me she prefers 'em black and scary.

I'm trying to convince her because I want one - I just can't get over the comedy factor of having that cute little pink gun next to the evil black guns in the safe. :D

Chipperman
August 26, 2005, 01:46 PM
"Until it comes to choosing a mate, then those roles reverse."

:p

Rembrandt
August 26, 2005, 02:16 PM
Get a pre nuptual agreement signed before showing your collection to "girl friends".....many are looking for "MRS" degrees. Ironic, I know several divorce lawyers who have some real nice gun collections.

GunGoBoom
August 26, 2005, 02:31 PM
Guns aren't such an important part of MY life, that I'd let a beautiful woman half my age slip away. It's not even a close call.

Hmmm, have you ever been married before Brett? I think you *may* be wearing rose colored glasses, and underestimating the ability of a person to make your life a living hell - they're called 'wives'. :) Just sayin..... Remember, no matter how good looking some woman is, some guy, somewhere, is tired of her bulls**t. And you may be too someday. I didn't say let her slip away. Just make it easy to make the split in the event it doesn't work out, until you REALLY know her. Sure didn't sound like you do yet, since she just found out about your guns... To do that (make it easy), it is a requirement that you not 'sign on the dotted line', so to speak. If it's not a close call, then it's not a close call - I wish you the best of luck - but just offering a warning for ya. Perhaps you know all this stuff already - perhaps you're far wiser than me; dunno.

71Commander
August 26, 2005, 03:15 PM
My wife only likes high gloss blued guns. No bling-bling for her. :D :p

chaim
August 26, 2005, 04:58 PM
Thank God:
I raised my daughter right.
1911 in basic blue, it's what she carries.
I gave her that 1911 when she was 14. When she was 18 she had it reblued at her own expense. did it again when she turbed 21 and got her CCW. she didn't want to be seen with a beat up weapon.
Funny part I shoot a SA 1911 Loaded in stainless. She won't be seen shooting it.
were were once in a gun store and she saw a Taurus .380 Stainless with gold trim. I offered to buy it for her. Her reply was to ask if I thought she was a Hooker.


AirForceShooter, is there any chance that your daughter is Jewish and single? :evil:

Dionysusigma
August 26, 2005, 05:25 PM
Chaim, careful there... :uhoh:


;)


I wonder how it'd affect the female population if someone were to come out with holsters that match the purse/ shoes/ whatever with a gun that matches their jewelry. I can imagine a woman using a nickel (or maybe gold... depends how it would hold up over time)-plated SIG P232 with a set of nice wood grips, with a nice leather holster that goes with her handbag.

Hmm...

GLOCK19XDSC
August 26, 2005, 05:33 PM
Heh. My wife would probably like holsters, etc. made by Brighton...

Ky Larry
August 26, 2005, 05:46 PM
My wife has been lusting after a Galco leather purse. Maybe I should start saving my pennies for Christmas. We should all be glad Prada and Fendi don't make holsters. Talk about expensive. :eek: I can hear her now:" But honey, it matches my new shoes."

bamawrx
August 26, 2005, 07:47 PM
airforceshooter,

Posts like that make me want to have a daughter one day. But, I am happy the one coming is a boy.

AirForceShooter
August 26, 2005, 09:44 PM
she's jewish but not single.
Sorry,
and no sister. Thank god I only had one daughter. They can kill a Daddy in no time.

AFS

Standing Wolf
August 26, 2005, 09:44 PM
No ugly guns around here; no ugly women, either. Well, actually, I have to make an exception for my ugly air pistol.

The_Antibubba
August 27, 2005, 01:25 PM
Hmmm...I wonder what the market would be like for a line of Manolo Blahnick holsters? :cool:

BenEzra, you don't, ah, have pictures of that, do you? Kinda sounds like a cover of "Blue Press". :D

JohnKSa
August 27, 2005, 02:35 PM
My wife isn't taken by stainless & chrome, but she DEFINITELY knows what she likes and doesn't like when it comes to guns. Functionality certainly plays into the equation, but she's NOT going to have anything that doesn't "look right". ;)

I can "get over" appearance issues if there are other aspects (functional/design/etc.) of the gun that appeal to me but she doesn't even consider it.

Dr.Who
August 27, 2005, 02:43 PM
Okay, Okay, post a picture of the Bling Thing....

Brett Bellmore
August 27, 2005, 07:19 PM
http://home.tir.com/~bellmore/images/Picture20.jpg

And the "blingthingee":

http://home.tir.com/~bellmore/images/cute.jpg

Preacherman
August 27, 2005, 10:09 PM
:D

I'm enjoying this thread, but also have fond memories of a certain lady friend of mine back in South Africa (many years before I became a clergyman, I hasten to add). She was a really stunning beauty, with a figure like those you see in the magazines (or so I'm told, never having looked at such things myself, of course... where's that tongue-in-cheek smilie when you need it? :evil: ).

Anyway, I took her to the range with me one day. She was quite an accomplished shooter in her own right, and told me that she regularly outshot male shooters. Impressed, I asked her to come and shoot a combat course with myself and some buddies, most of whom were police and military types, who used guns "the hard way" all the time, and as a result took their shooting very seriously.

She arrived dressed in pink tights, a mini-skirt, and the lowest-cut camo top I've ever seen. It was the kind of top which one is "almost wearing", if you get my drift - and with nothing underneath it. She proceeded to "study the course" by walking through it with all the guys, who spent far more time looking at her than at the course. Furthermore, as each shooter went through the course, she made sure that she was strategically placed so as to be highly visible, and would jump up and down as he started, to "encourage" him. As a result, she outshot them all, except me, because I (knowing her already, so to speak) was paying attention to the course. She never quite forgave me for that... :D

chaim
August 28, 2005, 12:54 AM
and no sister. Thank god I only had one daughter. They can kill a Daddy in no time.

Hmm, I have a friend with three little girls (15mo-5yrs). I hope they don't end up killing him :what:

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