Shiny Guns


January 12, 2010, 10:12 PM
Why do some of our members seem to have a problem with shiny handguns (chrome, stainless, ect.)? And while I'm at it is it more correct to say handgun or pistol?

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January 12, 2010, 10:36 PM
Mainly personal preference I think(shiny, not shiny, pink, etc.). Handgun or pistol is pretty much interchangeable.

January 12, 2010, 10:37 PM
and what about the shiny thing?

January 12, 2010, 10:47 PM
I personally won't get any shiney guns, they just don't look right to me. I also won't get a Mercedes either. After years overseas, they're just taxicabs to me. To me, real guns with historyand soul can't be bright and shiney.

January 12, 2010, 10:51 PM
Depends on what you want.Some people think shiny guns make it easier for bad guys to see you in the dark.
Shiny guns work well for cc, but go with what you like

January 12, 2010, 10:57 PM
Because they can't get a mirror finish out of polymer? ;)

I wouldn't mind a shiny gun. Just for some reason I haven't bought one yet. Scratch that, my Desert Eagle was shiny. Man, that thing was beautiful.

January 13, 2010, 12:30 AM
I don't care if others buy shiny handguns, but mine have to be blued or black.
Just personal preference.

January 13, 2010, 03:17 AM
guns are tools. devices built to perform a simple function. much like door stops. some people prefer a 4"x1"x1" wedge of black rubber. some people prefer a 4' tall porcelain jaguar statue. wich are you?

January 13, 2010, 04:34 AM
With one exception all of my pistols are blued, or parkerized. Same goes for my revolvers. If I'm trying to conceal a pistol a darker weapon doesn't stand out like a stainless or nickel plated piece does.

January 13, 2010, 05:11 AM
I like shiny guns just fine. I have a dozen or so with nickle finish and three in stainless. Of course I have a lot more that are blued or parkerized. The only finishes I can't abide are the painted ones. Every dog to his own bone I say.

The Lone Haranguer
January 13, 2010, 06:45 AM
I like shiny or silvery guns as much as blued. When carried concealed (i.e., under clothing), the color or sheen is irrelevant because no one can see it anyway. And if I do pull it, I want it to be seen.

January 13, 2010, 07:28 AM
I like the look of chrome or polished SS on a gun, but on a defensive use firearm......give me matte black

January 13, 2010, 07:43 AM
I like stainless guns. You can make them mirror shiny with some elbow grease and stand up to abuse and holsters.

As far as concealment and carrying a shiny gun, I think this pretty much sums it up.

When carried concealed (i.e., under clothing), the color or sheen is irrelevant because no one can see it anyway. And if I do pull it, I want it to be seen.

January 13, 2010, 08:02 AM
I have a couple of stainless Smith & Wesson revolvers and a two-tone Beretta 84FS and am thinking seriously about a nickeled Browning BDA .380 just because it's so pretty. I also have a few black pistols and a black carbine. If I get the Browning, it will be a safe queen, not a carry gun.

I have no problem with carrying either of the Smiths or the Cheetah; the finishes on all are matte rather than highly polished. I figure if i have to draw it, the BG is already going to know where I am and that I have a gun. In a darkened-home invasion scenario, the reflections off any of my HD weapons aren't going to be enough to confer a tactical advantage the other side doesn't already simply because I am Caucasian and I have white hair. While I will do many things to safeguard my family, adopting camo facepaint, a wool cap and tactical gloves 24/7 doesn't seem like a particularly good tactic. I am not sure the mailman would understand and I am pretty sure my family would think Dad's gone more than usually dotty.

A handgun can be either a pistol or a revolver. A pistol can be only a pistol, whether it's a flintlock or a Glock. A revolver is a different type of handgun, though some incorrectly use any of the terms to apply to any firearm designed to be used with one hand.

January 13, 2010, 08:40 AM
All BBQ guns should be shiney and look perfect with no defects.

January 13, 2010, 08:42 AM
shiny vs. dull is a personal thing. if you like a lot of flash, you will like shiny guns. if you are going to hunt with one however, shiny is NO good! shiny also atracts a lot more attention from prople that might not otherwise even know there was a pistol in the vacinity. it is simply cosmetic. no differnce in function. Darrel Waltrip once had an entire race car chromed, and raced with it. what kind of a gun do you think he would like??? LOL!
pistol vs. handgun, pistol to many means semi-auto. handgun can encompass everything from a derringer to a sawed off pistol grip shotgun.

January 13, 2010, 10:13 AM
"Get rid of that nickel plated sissy pistol and get yourself a Glock!"

Despite Samuel Gerard's opinion, this is just a matter of personal preference.

January 13, 2010, 10:28 AM
I have no problem with shiny guns as in a high polished blue or a S&W nickle plate. I don't like the cheap chrome plated pimp guns that look like they belong on the front of a gold El Dorrado. The new Henrys are a little much too.
Polymer is cool too.

January 13, 2010, 10:53 AM
As far as personality, I think lots of shiney guns have personality. This 1950's Detective Special with old ivory grips certainly does it for me.

The Bushmaster
January 13, 2010, 11:59 AM
It's either a "revolver" (wheel gun) or a "pistol" (semi-auto). "Handgun covers both"...

As far as what to own. That is up to you and what you prefer. Me?? I own short, long, in between, blued, nickel, plum brown and petina...Revolvers, semi-autos and long guns. And I carry any one of them at any given time.

None of what I own is plastic. All are steel and wood.

Nice little wheel gun you have there Sharpsdressedman..

The Lone Haranguer
January 13, 2010, 07:06 PM
if you are going to hunt with one however, shiny is NO good!
This I agree with. I can also understand the need for a nonreflective finish on a LEO's sidearm, as he or she may have to search a darkened area with a gun already drawn. (But then again, current practice is to perform such searches with an attached flashlight illuminating the area, which is far more of a giveaway of one's position than light glinting off the metal.) But, with my CCW sidearm, I am doing neither. I might also point out that being blued is no guarantee against reflected light - some highly polished blue finishes can be quite reflective.

January 13, 2010, 07:58 PM
Oh, I sure do like them shiney. :D

These two get carried regularly, and the shiney doesn't seem to be an issue. ;)

SharpsDressedMan , LOVIN' that Detective Special!

January 13, 2010, 08:32 PM
I love my shiny handguns. Can't get enough of them.

January 13, 2010, 10:01 PM
I don't like shiney things. But when I get my Desert Eagle its going to be in polished to the hilt chrome.:D

I want it to be loud in all respects.:D

January 13, 2010, 10:09 PM
Here's my shiny mousegun in .22 Short.

January 13, 2010, 10:18 PM
Are the really shiny ones chrome....keep the pic's coming i'm loving them... i want a shiny gun so you pay alot more for them? I'm thinkin a 1911

January 13, 2010, 10:52 PM
Certain guns look good shiny, but then again, there are guns that have no business being shiny. My buddy had a Sig that had a stainless slide that was polished. Man, that just didn't look right. When I think Sig, I think tactical, and shiny ain't tactical.

The Lone Haranguer
January 13, 2010, 11:49 PM
Are the really shiny ones chrome....
Most likely nickel.

January 14, 2010, 01:52 AM
i would love that 1911, that is perfect for me, well that or a nickle colt detective special with ivory grips

January 14, 2010, 01:47 PM
is that nickel?...if so how fast will it dull?

The Bushmaster
January 14, 2010, 02:08 PM
Nickel? Dull? Not that I know of. My nickel plated revolver is still shinny after 24 years. All it gets is wiped down with a dry t-shirt.

January 14, 2010, 04:51 PM
is that nickel?...if so how fast will it dull?

The 1911 is Nickel. Honestly don't know how long that nickel finish has been on the gun, but I've owned it for about six or seven years, and it looks as good today as the day I bought it, and it's been carried a fair amount.

My best guess is that this gun was put together and probably nickel plated in the 80's.

The Python on the first page, is Colt factory polished Stainless Steel.

January 14, 2010, 07:31 PM
They will tend to flake a bit after 80 or 90 yrs. but I don't see any that dull.

January 14, 2010, 07:36 PM
so if i want a nice BBQ gun i should get nickel?

Jed Carter
January 14, 2010, 07:46 PM
Just got rid of my last nickel plated S&W, still have one stainless Springfield 1911. Would buy the Smith 1911 PRO 9mm if it was not stainless, only flash coming from a handgun should be muzzle flash. Actually the only reason I do not prefer nickel / stainless firearms is they soil easily and seem to be much more difficult to get clean and revolvers are a complete pain to get all the cylinders clean when they are "shiny". Buy what you like, shoot what you buy.

January 14, 2010, 07:58 PM hard chrome scg .45!, but not so shiny in this picture! i buffed it recently and it gleams.:D

January 14, 2010, 11:01 PM
To me, real guns with historyand soul can't be bright and shiney.

There's some misunderstanding of "history" here. Let's address it:

Back in the "day" of great American guns - the wild west - a smart pistolero would be sure to order his S&W Model 3 or his Colt SAA in nickel plate. This is because in the technology of the day, this was the most durable, corrosion resistant finish he could get. If he wanted to ride the Oregon trail, he'd be a little foolish to order a blued gun when he could get a nickel plated one. And many of them were ordered and carried that way. For those folks who look at, buy, and cherish older firearms, a shiny nickel palted gun is certainly not a "pimp" gun. It's a working gun.

So while some folks may view a bright nickel gun as "flashy," the fact is it was invented to be durable and to serve the cowboy or frontiersman. And when it comes to the modern durability of stainless steel, there's no way to criticize that as a choice. And making it shiny through polishing just increases it's resistance to dirt and prints that can corrode it - simply a fact. I won't apologize for having "shiny" guns in my collection.

In fact, I just this week traded this one to another THR member, Mike Faires, and he's sending me the exact same gun but in even shinier nickel plate.

This ones pretty shiny, too, in the daylight:

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