Which guns to do think are 'pretty'?


ol' scratch
May 14, 2011, 11:26 PM
I know they are tools, but what guns do you think are just 'pretty'? I think one of the prettiest guns I have ever seen is the Ruger Mark III Target .22 in stainless. Also, (and maybe it only has a face a father could love) my Winchester M1 Garand is in my estimation pretty.

I think the ugliest guns I have ever seen are the AR 15 (still love them) and the AK.

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May 14, 2011, 11:29 PM
Les Baer Concept I, Sako 85 Bavarian.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 14, 2011, 11:30 PM
None of them.

May 14, 2011, 11:35 PM
A nicely finished Mosin always tickles my fancy

May 14, 2011, 11:35 PM
Colt SAA, H&R Toppers and 1911 in their pure form.

May 14, 2011, 11:36 PM
They are tools, nothing more. Function over form. Always.

With that said, a well designed tool trumps a basic, primitive one.

May 14, 2011, 11:49 PM
for rifles:

browning BAR(not the military rifle or WWII fame)
winchester 1895


walther PP
smith&wesson lemon sqeezer
smith&wesson baby russian
colt detective

Ala Dan
May 14, 2011, 11:56 PM
Colt D-frame snubs
Smith & Wesson model 39-2
Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special
Remington 870 12 gauge "Marine Magnum
Smith & Wesson models 19, 27, 36
70's model High Standards auto's

May 15, 2011, 12:12 AM
Every one that goes bang when I pull the trigger, and goes bang again when it is supposed to.

May 15, 2011, 12:23 AM
Most of the early wheelguns are elegant. I prefer autos and there is no shortage of custom 1911 variants that are beautiful and out of my budget :)

May 15, 2011, 12:33 AM
Some can be a bit like art work. As far as fine lines, the percussion Colts, especially the Navies. Most of the Browning designed Winchesters have fine lines also, and many Smiths, like the 27's.

This one isnt too bad,


May 15, 2011, 01:44 AM
Colt Python in Royal Blue.

May 15, 2011, 02:07 AM
I've always liked the style of the Baker infantry rifle.

For modern weapontry, I have to go with an Atcheson Assault Shotgun.

May 15, 2011, 02:15 AM
Which guns to do think are 'pretty'?
CZ 75
HK USP compact
HK G36
Sig P225/P228 (no rails)

May 15, 2011, 04:06 AM
SA Colts & similar.

Some of the classic western carbines

And the leather that goes with them.

And I think that 1911s have handsome, classic lines...the utilitarian ones dont even need 'dressing up' in my opinion, altho some of the customizations look handsome too.

May 15, 2011, 07:00 AM
Most of them if you are a form follows function appreciator.

The only one I bought because I thought it was pretty is a savage 1907.

May 15, 2011, 07:01 AM
1873 Winchesters
Colt SAA and a lot of the clones as well
1858 Remingtons
Liberty II Hammered shotgun and others
Marlin Cowboy 22 rifle
My Kimber Ecipse 1911's (2)
My Taurus Duotone 1911's (2)

May 15, 2011, 07:54 AM
The one that saves someones life. I don't care if it's a .38 I found lying around in my dad's back seat or a Sig that cost over a grand. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's what's in your hand when a fan is facing you and there's fecal matter somehow flying around/near/in it.

That said, I have seen a tiny little .22 that is actually quite pretty - with pearls, and lapis-lupis (sp?) and jade inlays. I treated it properly, as a firearm, but it was hard, because the weapon was clearly meant to be a piece of jewelry with some danger.

May 15, 2011, 07:59 AM
Leverguns w octagon barrel.
Frontier BP guns.

Long sleek blakc revolvers i.E Dan Wesson 8" barrel
O/U Shotguns

Others have a tool asthetic about them,
but these are just beautyful. (AK, Glock etc...)

May 15, 2011, 08:39 AM
Colt Python in Royal Blue.

Winchester Model 71 carbine.

May 15, 2011, 10:01 AM
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," or so the saying goes.

I have found as I have grown older, my taste has changed. When I was a younger man the Black guns peak my fancy with their sharp lines and their dark no-nonsense appearance. Their beauty was in their function, simplicity of form and their ability to inspire awe in others of my peers.

As I got a little older I tended towards the more practical side, what I could used to either put food on the table or just go out and have just good clean fun. I didn't give appearance much thought, it was/is a tool nothing more and gave it no more thought then I would the appearance of a hammer or a wrench. I traded them often with out thought and always looking for something better.

Now that I'm in my middle ages, my rebel nature long behind me. I've found that my taste is now tending towards the finer end of the gun pool, with the choice more in the double guns and higher end rifles and handguns. I'm now looking at Foxs, Parkers, LC Smiths, pre-64 Winchesters, Mausers, older Colts and Smith and Wessons. I find beauty in the fit, finish and the materials that craftsmen of these older guns used spending hours, days, weeks and even months putting together these things of beauty, embellishing them with engravings sometime inlayed with gold and silver or simply finishing them with case coloring or bottomless blue finishes.

I don't own any of these guns yet! But I find them simply beautiful and would be proud to count them someday as mine.

May 15, 2011, 10:04 AM
Prettiest Revolver: SAA and clones
Prettiest Auto: BHP (but I prefer to shoot the 1911)

Will comeback later with long guns. Need to think for a bit.

May 15, 2011, 10:05 AM
Guns are like women. They're all beautiful in their own way. Some just catch your eye a little quicker is all........;)

May 15, 2011, 10:28 AM
When I think of a "pretty" gun I naturally gravitate to something nickel plated with some kind of ivory or pearl-like grips.

May 15, 2011, 11:00 AM
Typically the ones that are designed with pleasing lines and that are not attempting to look pretty. Nickle, engraving, scroll work etc are all a big turn off to me. I do like the lines of the Sig P230, and the Luger.

Nicky Santoro
May 15, 2011, 11:05 AM
Python with that bluing that looked a foot deep and pretty much any Luger. Regrettably, I have neither and likely never will.

May 15, 2011, 11:25 AM
For rifles, anything with a Mannlicher stock with pretty grain to it. For pistols, a lot of the older European revolvers just have this elegance about them that no semi can ever match, but an engraced Luger or BHP comes close.

May 16, 2011, 05:15 PM
Many guns go beyond utility and are works of masterful artistic craftsmanship.

I've seen many very beautiful shotguns and other guns with engraving work.

I also think that the look and design of luger pistols are quite attractive.

May 16, 2011, 05:20 PM
most 1911's, Browning Hi-powers, The Beretta 92 series, Colt SAA pistols or anything similar The M1 Carbine and Garand .

May 17, 2011, 02:06 PM
Soviet SVT 40 is an elegant looking rifle.

May 17, 2011, 02:10 PM
this and all the rest of my 1911's....


May 17, 2011, 02:14 PM
Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless is the best looking pistol I've seen yet. The Luger is up there too.
Colt Python in Royal Blue.
I know that this is going to get me flamed, but I never liked the full round underlug, or the ventalated rib. The blueing is a bit shiny for me too. I do however appreciate the fine actions that the Colt DAs have.

May 17, 2011, 09:27 PM
Pistols: P08 Luger, Browning BDA .380, Browning High-Power, Beretta Cheetah, AMP Auto Mag .357 with the 8-inch barrel, Colt Woodsman.

Revolvers: Smith & Wesson Model 15 Combat Masterpiece, Colt SAA, Colt Police Positive, Ruger Redhawk with the 5.5-inch barrel.

Rifles: Just about any rifle with a Mannlicher stock gets my attention. Had a beautiful Winchester .243 with one and it was a sweet rifle. Also like the Beretta CX4.

Shotguns: Purdy over-and-under (I couldn't come close to affording it, but it sure was beautiful).

May 17, 2011, 11:52 PM
Ruger Standard Automatic Pistol with a 6" barrel. Simple, with clean lines, and perfect proportions. The 4" barrel one looks out of proportion to me.

May 17, 2011, 11:55 PM
Those old SW Model 19s w/ that deep deep bluing, or the Colt Pythons

May 18, 2011, 05:23 AM
Ruger Standard Automatic Pistol with a 6" barrel. Simple, with clean lines, and perfect proportions. The 4" barrel one looks out of proportion to me.

+1 on the Ruger but I prefer the Model 10104 with the 4.75-inch tapered barrel.

May 18, 2011, 11:27 AM
Colt Woodsman with four inch round barrel; Mannlicher Schoenauer 1956 carbine; custom Winchester Model 70 rifles stocked by Al Biesen; high grade model Model 1873, 1876, 1886, 1892, and 1894 Winchesters; high grade Savage Model 99F; older Browning superposed shotguns; Parker 28 Ga. dbl.; high grade Ithaca Model 37 28 ga.; presentation grade Colt Model 1851 Navy revolvers; various Kentucky and Pennsylvania flintlock rifles; various old dueling pistols; many otherwise nondescript firearms with engraving by J. C. Prudhomme.

May 18, 2011, 11:53 AM
Seriously... from .177 bb up to Big Bertha and beyond, they are all pretty.

They all invoke something in me; a perfectly natural desire to admire the beauty of a finely crafted precision instrument of mechanical engineering excellence. They can be a tangible link to a time before mine that I can hold in my hands and get a feel for the hardships of those that came before me, or perhaps the newest example of over 3,000 years of innovation. Ever since I can remember, everything about them has intrigued and fascinated me. Then again, I'm just as much into swords, axes, bows and arrows, even a good sharp pointy stick has it's own inherent grace and beauty.:evil:

On the scale of 1-10 prettiest, I would have to rate the early American guns hand made by unknown makers in small town smithies as among the prettiest. However, the slick and glamorous gals that helped us win WW2 will always hold a special place in my heart. They're the Hollywood stars when compared to the tomboy next door.:p

May 18, 2011, 12:21 PM
"Pretty" is not the word I'd use, but I find the Browning Buck Mark pistols to exquisite pieces of industrial design.

I really like the look of the Ruger Redhawk with hardwood grips, as well.

May 18, 2011, 12:53 PM
I'm a sucker for simplicity and open top designs.

So the scalloped slide is a must and the less writing on it, the better. My "prettiest" right now would be a Beretta 92D. Smooth lines, no frills.

Black Butte
May 18, 2011, 01:02 PM
For me, two good-looking guns are the M1903 Springfield rifle and the 6.5" S&W Model 29-2. If any of you think otherwise, take it up with Inspector Callahan and the Duke.

May 18, 2011, 01:10 PM
Some guns are hot, some guns are sexy, some like sweet.

I have some of these kinds of guns.

There are guns that look pretty but I don't have them. I'd say most wood-stocked lever actions, and break actions can fall in that category.

Edit, not that I wouldn't like some mind you. When I'm a bit more mature I will probably have a few.

Claude Clay
May 18, 2011, 01:42 PM
so i asked my wife what kind of guns she liked and she said 'the kind that go 'bang''

asked an answered...
i like colt 1862 pocket police
1903 & 1908' and 1911's
S&W 3" M60
5 1/2" SAA's

form follows function but that don't mean it can't look pretty to!

May 18, 2011, 05:10 PM
Colt Python in Royal Blue.

This is what I came in hear to say.

I can appreciate aestetic of the modern, "functional-looking" military/civilian derivative firearms, but most of them aren't what I would call pretty.

But I do think the wood stocked M-1 family of rifles are pretty.

I know that this is going to get me flamed, but I never liked the full round underlug, or the ventalated rib. The blueing is a bit shiny for me too. I do however appreciate the fine actions that the Colt DAs have. :scrutiny: :fire: :neener:

And for me it's the full lug and ventilated rib of the Python (and Ruger GP100) that makes them a cut above and into the "pretty" category.

Also: the Colt SAA/Ruger Vaquero (in color-case finish) style SA pistols, especially with any ornamentation to raise them beyond "vanilla" stock models.

May 18, 2011, 05:14 PM
I gotta go with malamute and chance on this one.

May 18, 2011, 07:22 PM
I think some of those triked out 1911s are nice. I really like those M1As with a walnut stocks.

May 18, 2011, 08:06 PM
I actually think Glocks are pretty....



May 18, 2011, 09:50 PM
Model 15 or 19 S&W revolver is a very graceful, beautiful design. SxS shotgun with some nice wood, perhaps a bit of reserved engraving, even coin finished reciever. There are many beautiful guns out there.

May 18, 2011, 10:03 PM
Any revolver or full stock rifle.

May 19, 2011, 01:21 AM
These, and this one.http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa250/surjimmy/IMG_2799.jpghttp://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa250/surjimmy/IMG_2596.jpg

May 19, 2011, 01:34 AM
In no particular order....

Colt SAA
Winchester 1895
Winchester 94
1874 Sharps Rifle
S&W K frame revolvers
S&W Schofield revolver

The Luger ranks up there when it comes to design elegance, one of the reasons why I own more than one.....

May 19, 2011, 03:56 AM
surjimmy I had your picture as my desktop for a month or so. :)

May 19, 2011, 07:12 PM
Each and every single one of them that is pointed in any direction except at me.....

May 19, 2011, 07:18 PM
Winchester 94's, any caliber. I often leave my 9422 standing in the corner in the Dining Room just so I can look at it every time I walk by.

May 19, 2011, 07:48 PM
Schofield revolvers.

May 19, 2011, 09:00 PM
Pick one. Joe

Big Bill
May 19, 2011, 09:25 PM
Winchester 73



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