Too Nice To Carry?


July 10, 2011, 11:50 AM
Ever had one you just couldn't bring yourself to hammer on and carry?

I ended up selling this one when I finished dolling it up.:o

And I've been looking at some compact 1911's that I would hesitate to carry, but they're like the sirens luring me onto the rocks.:uhoh:

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July 10, 2011, 11:51 AM
nothing is too nice to carry, hey dude carry in style!

July 10, 2011, 12:04 PM
I'd be torn about carrying that Cobra. It is functionally perfect for the role, but they aren't making any more of them. As for a production compact 1911, I'd carry one. A really nice custom piece might be harder.

I have a postwar, long action, S&W M&P sitting in the back of my safe. It has ugly rubber grips and gets shot from time to time, but it was refinished years ago and definitely shows its age. It has no collector value, so I hope to someday have it tuned up, cut the barrel to 3", round the grip frame and refinish it. I hope I can bring myself to carry it if I ever do all that to it.

July 10, 2011, 12:13 PM
I feel that way about my model 19 and I usually just carry my 2.75" security six

July 10, 2011, 12:23 PM
I'd be torn about carrying that Cobra. It is functionally perfect for the role, but they aren't making any more of them.

true dat

I lucked into a worn Agent with a fantastic action, so it's on carry duty and is just a JOY to shoot.

The GC?
Not gonna get carried.

July 10, 2011, 04:01 PM
I had a 19 I sold because I felt it was too nice to carry. I wish I still had it. I would carry the rip out of it

July 10, 2011, 05:48 PM
I've got a mint 29-2 that I might carry, but if I can stumble upon another 4" worn example in solid mechanical shape, I might just buy another for carry and keep the 29-2 pictured below pristine for BBQ duty and range fun. OTH, I've considered loading it with .44 Special and replacing my nightstand gun (currently a 686 loaded with .38 +P).

July 10, 2011, 10:28 PM
doc -

You sure post some purty pistol pictures. ;)

July 10, 2011, 11:15 PM
Thanks, but that Smith and leather is gorgeous!

July 11, 2011, 09:04 AM
I bought a Ruger Single Six anniversary edition for the farm, but it's just too beautiful to put at risk.

Standing Wolf
July 11, 2011, 02:28 PM
I don't carry my Pythons on a regular basis, but when I dress up, I carry the best.

July 11, 2011, 02:47 PM
There are NO virgins in my accumulation! Had a buddy once tell me that the classic A/5 I was using on a deer hunt was just "too nice" to bang around in the woods..........told him the same thing and asked if he'd marry a really good lookin' woman and not sleep with her?

I really cannot and do not see the point to the 'safe queen' concept. Guns, were made to be used, cars to be driven, life to be lived. You want to occupy a plastic, private bubble be my guest, but I can assure you of this, if you intend to preserve that fancy firepiece for posterity, posterity will appreciate it but YOU will be gone and generally forgotten!

July 11, 2011, 03:34 PM
For me, this one is just too nice to carry. Not sure the Eclipse finish would take too well to being scrubbed in a leather holster, and I'm not going to find out. Don't get me wrong, I like to shoot it, but I just wouldn't carry it. Supposedly its also from the original run before it became a normal production model. Its marked as a custom, but has adjustable target sights, ambi safety, etc.

July 11, 2011, 03:52 PM
I'm the thorn in every collectors butt. I figure I am only going to live once, they don't need guns in Heaven (except for recreational shooting) and won't let me have one in Hell, so I'll be damned if I am letting any nice gun stay "uncarried" if it falls into my hands. I am that guy that put that holster wear on that otherwise pristine gun. I try to take care of my guns, but holster wear, etc, is honest wear. I feel like I'm the luckiest, richest, happiest man in the world to be carrying a fine specimen of the gun of my choice. ALL of those worn, blueless, flat checkered gripped guns USED to be new once, and some other guy got to be the one to give them all the history and character they possess. BE THAT GUY! Carry that gun, and make the collectors and curators cry when they see you coming.

July 11, 2011, 04:31 PM
S&W M 19 -5 nickel Sold it to a collector he was happy soo was I :D

July 11, 2011, 04:33 PM
Yeah, I like holster wear better than a pristine finish.
A firearm is just an appliance. The wear hints at the stories it could tell when used.

Pristine guns kind of bore me.

July 11, 2011, 06:06 PM
If I own it I carry it!! It ain't worth a d**n sitting in the safe.

July 11, 2011, 06:31 PM
Really? You sold that Cobra?


July 11, 2011, 06:38 PM
Nice enough to carry and take care of it every night at the end of the day.


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