We all know the old clique, "beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder", right?
With that in mind, I would like to know what one handgun stands out
in your mind as the most beautiful handgun in the world. Please, please list
only one handgun, past or present that YOU think deserves this title. And,
please only submit one entry per member~! I know that we could fill pages
up with this question, but I'm doing a comparison of all guns; and would just
love to know what you think deserves this title?
I will kick things off- after careful consideration, my vote go too the Smith
& Wesson model 39-2, the single-stack, DA/SA favorite of the 60's amd 70's.
I like its sleek look, clean apperance. with its factory walnut grips with the
S&W logo. Its just something about this weapon that draws my immediate
attention. Its too bad, that is was dropped from the S&W catalog in favor
of the high capacity model 59's. I have owned many, including a beautiful
factory nickel model 39-2, with S/N A222567 that I let slip thru my hands
UNFIRED. You know what, I wished I had it back. Well, yesterday (05-11-
07) I acquired an excellent blued model 39-2 with S/N A661XXX which I
am proud to own. Once I get it cleaned up the way it should be, I will
take some outside snap shots for all to enjoy. In the meantime, I would
love to know how you all feel, in regards to your one and only favorite
handgun. Please give us as much history related to your choice as is
possible. Thank you very much in advance~!
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May 12, 2007, 11:07 AM
thats a tuff one I have a birdshead vaquero I'd sure take to dinner.LOL
May 12, 2007, 11:47 AM
Revolver: Colt 1860 Army
May 12, 2007, 11:52 AM
Smith And Wesson Model 66
May 12, 2007, 12:14 PM
Nickel S&W 36 dash nothing with light blond magna grips.
I saw one once (belonged to a friend's father) and I have never seen another one exactly like it since. I think that if I saw that perfect revolver in a gun store somewhere I wouldn't even ask for the price, just whip out the credit card.
May 12, 2007, 12:23 PM
the most beautiful handgun i ever saw was a .44 magnum auto mag...... i love the vent rib and cylindrical (spelling) shape of the reciever on these great handguns.... the next has to be a 6" s&w model 27.... i have one and it's the gun i'd wanted since i started shooting.... the tapered barrel,the rib down the barrel,the fine checkering on the top strap and barrel rib and sights,the serated backstrap behind the grip panels,and the semi wide taget hammer and trigger make it one the most desirable guns for (me any anyway)......
May 12, 2007, 12:30 PM
Easy one; blued Smith & Wesson Model 27, my personal favorite is the 8-3/8" barrel.
May 12, 2007, 12:37 PM
In one word ~ Beretta ~
May 12, 2007, 12:45 PM
I'm a sucker for a 1911.
May 12, 2007, 12:49 PM
As a machinist I have to put my vote in for the Borchardt.
May 12, 2007, 12:57 PM
1911 Gi 5"
May 12, 2007, 02:02 PM
Not my guns (I wish they were).
Both photos and guns are the property of Tom Harvey.
For just looking... that old pre 1970's colt deep beautiful finish.
-What was that custom maker... pre WW2 put a lot of forward weights on his 1911's.
Something like Sweeny?
I LOVE his work, but am having a brain fart and can't remember his name. (And Don't know where I've got the books it's in right now)
May 12, 2007, 02:35 PM
Quote: Not my guns (I wish they were).
Both photos and guns are the property of Tom Harvey.
Smith & Wesson Registered Magnum:
They just got em..
For anyone living here in So. Calif, there are, at least, 10 - 12 pristine pistols, snub nose, to full size, all calibers, like the bottom pic, of all size revolvers from an Estate Sale, at the following place in their original boxes and the wax paper (looks like) they came in under each of them:
Evan's Gunsmithing Shooters World
Orange County, Calif.
Believe me, they're all old jems, and in pristine condition.
May 12, 2007, 03:22 PM
The first one to strike me as just plain beautiful is the blue Colt Python :cool:
May 12, 2007, 03:49 PM
Revolver : Python, no doubt !
Pistol : well, more difficult. I would say Luger .
May 12, 2007, 04:26 PM
It's hard not to gaze upon a Colt WW2 1911 or SA revolver and not be taken in by the impact thruout history these guns have had on our countries evolution which makes them very significant. But the most beautiful is the H&K P7M8 dressed up in Nill walnut grips.:what:
I really can't say. My opinion seems to differ from week to week. If it even takes that long to change. I get short stints of being hooked on the looks of one gun or another, until something else catches my fancy and I move on.
May 12, 2007, 05:28 PM
Two that have always been most appealing to me are the Python and Hi-Power.
May 12, 2007, 07:04 PM
1911 with out a doubt.
May 12, 2007, 07:07 PM
One word: Korth
May 12, 2007, 10:07 PM
3rd Series Colt Match Target.
May 12, 2007, 10:11 PM
3 or 4" barrel Model 27 or Model 29 - like Lee Marvin's in Point Blank.
Looks tough, but has great lines and that deep bluing.
May 12, 2007, 10:35 PM
+1 on the Colt 1860.
5" S&W Model 27 with a Tyler T-grip and diamond magna stocks. Classic.
May 13, 2007, 12:02 AM
When I first me Alabama Dan back in 72 he was the proud owner of a mint
Smith & Wesson,blued model 57,41 magnum with a 4 inch barrel. It was a beautiful thing to behold and shoot. As the great Bob Hope sang it "thanks for the memories".
May 13, 2007, 03:00 AM
There's a reason my first gun as a 1911. It wasn't so much the history,or the shootability. It was the presence that platform has on me. Absolutely beautiful. As to a specific 1911, well... I like so many varieties that I'll just leave it at the platform.
May 13, 2007, 03:20 AM
Colt Commander satin nickel with Cocobolo grips and its all mine.:evil:
May 13, 2007, 04:10 AM
No matter how hard you try to make a Glock look better....:D somethings just aren't meant to be.
Any Colt Python with 4" barrel. If i ever get to own one, i'll shoot my TV with it and watch the gun instead
May 13, 2007, 08:06 AM
Wish I had a color photo to do it justice....the Browning Medalist (Renaissance version) is without question, drop dead beautiful. Elegant lines and styling, grips and forearm gracefully done in highly figured carved walnut. Engraving by the Leige masters is icing on the cake. Unfortunately only a few hundred were ever made....most of those are in locked away in collectors vaults.
May 13, 2007, 08:36 AM
I think the most beautiful handgun in the world is the Walther P38
May 13, 2007, 08:50 AM
SA Colt Army with case hardened receiver with polished blued parts.
May 13, 2007, 09:04 AM
My beloved no' 3 bergman. It is a close call, but i'll leave it to someone else to to add the c96 mauser.
May 13, 2007, 12:59 PM
Colt Single Action Army. Color case hardened frame. Ivory grips.
Blued Colt Python 4"
Smith & Wesson Model 19 4"
May 13, 2007, 01:05 PM
My 5.5" Single Six in stainless. For me, its lines are just perfect. Cary Chapman's spalted maple grips set it off perfectly.
Also my 1935 vintage Smith 38/44. Excellent condition with some holster wear. It had the wrong grips when I got it so I had a set made up by our very own Executioner, aka Patrick Grashorn. Wow.
I can look at both of them for hours.
May 13, 2007, 10:36 PM
May 13, 2007, 11:04 PM
Model 104 High Standard Supermatic Trophy.......American made works of art.
Also look here
A few I like;
May 14, 2007, 12:27 PM
May 14, 2007, 12:40 PM
my vote go too the Smith
& Wesson model 39-2
Ala, I think you are on the right track.
Same family, different generation.
May 14, 2007, 12:48 PM
Agreed, Texshooter! For sheer beauty, the Browning Hi-Power. Not jazzed up, not engraved, just clean, lovely lines.
The Lone Haranguer
May 14, 2007, 06:35 PM
Only one??? :rolleyes:
Well, if it's only going to be one, let it be a six-inch Royal Blue Colt Python.
Before anyone says anything crude, let's think about this. The government called upon a small division of the General Motors company whom knew nothing about firearms (but a hell of a lot about mass production) to design and build a large number of simple pistols that would be dropped across german-occupied areas for the citizens to use for defense. Millions of these were made for the citizens of those countries.
It is absolutely beautiful that our government decided that throwing free ammunition and firearms to citizens who were victims of oppression was the right thing to do. This weapon literally stands for the right to bear arms.
May 14, 2007, 08:36 PM
The most beautiful gun to me is one that goes bang with every pull of the trigger, even under the most extreme conditions, and I'm able to hit my target with it.
May 14, 2007, 08:45 PM
The S&W Model of 1955 does it for me:D
-Not mine but a beautiful example belonging to one of our customers.
It's small, has some light bluing wear, and it shoots a relatively "humble" .32 ACP cartridge, but I have absolutely fallen in love with the 1950's vintage Beretta Model 1935 that I recently bought. I think it's one of the most attractive pistols I've ever bought.
May 15, 2007, 12:17 AM
I am a S&W fan, but I have to go with a blued 6" Python as the most beautiful.
May 15, 2007, 12:22 AM
That is one beautiful, insightful, and true sentiment.
God bless the Liberator, and those who found strength in her.
May 15, 2007, 12:37 AM
Webley Mark VI for revolvers. May not be the prettiest bluing, but that big ol' thing has got class in spades. Followed by one of those old Smith Registered Magnums.
As for cutesy/pretty gun, Mauser HSc, Walther PPK(and PPK/s), and the Baby Browning.
I tend to prefer guns that are out-of-the-ordinary, I guess.
May 15, 2007, 12:46 AM
A royal blued Colt with fire blue accents... model unimportant, though the 1903 32 ACP comes to mind, as do the SAA and the Lightning, and 1878 DA.
Colt made a number of models like that pre WW2; and to me, remain the standard of excellence.
May 15, 2007, 01:07 AM
For me, I have to say the Colt Trooper MKIII that my mom bought for my dad after he got his first police job. It started a legacy of law enforcement and gun ownership in my family and still bears the holster wear of many years of use. There are at least three good stories I know associated with that gun, one about how my mom picked it out and bought it, another about how it aquired the non-stock grips that still adorn it's frame. I just about cry every time I think about that.
All that, and it is just a great looking gun. Tough, reliable, handles well. I find much beauty in that gun.
May 15, 2007, 02:14 AM
I don't think there's enough pictures floating around in this thread.....:D
Beautiful guns and awesome photos. Where is D. Hart when you need him. :D
May 20, 2007, 09:57 PM
Lovely Bren-ten, sean. How's it shoot?
May 20, 2007, 10:13 PM
1911 for the platform. One done up for pin shoots like mine below, or the Delta Elite with it's no frills sensuality. Or quite possibly the most beautiful 1911 of all could be the Kimber Eclipse. Since I don't own one, I covet.:D