The most classic looking handgun is....


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Mike Sr.
August 24, 2011, 11:39 PM
Over the last 40 yrs I must have had 1 or 2 K firearms go thru my hands and into my safe. Way-Back-When [W-B-W]I owned 10 per cent of all S&W Pinned & Recessed 629's. WBW I became enthralled with magnums be it rifle or handgun but now during the twlight years I am less hooked on magnums whether it be rifle or handgun! And I don't own that 10 per cent of 629's.


A few months ago I went on a mission: to restore a 4 gun collection in S&W 66's. And while thinking about it my mind has been whirling around like dust in a Dyson cannister! Asking myself over and over again: what hangun have I owned which I have liked above all else!
For 3 reason:
---Appearance value
---Maintenance value
---the Feel value.

No matter what rationalization I used only one handgun has ever impressed me. Not many new this but there were a number of stainlss model 60's in use
in VietNam. The stainless gun issue did not get much media attention via TV or the airwaves nor in print! One had to dig deep to find reference to a stainless handgun.

I got home in 1969 and a year later or so S&W introduced the twin brother to the Model 19. The stainless model 66. This model went thru a number of dramatic changes in design and engineering issue's before evolving into a steady performer. All those dash model represent 'change'.

Since then and above all others only the 6" model 66 is my quintessential handgun.

What a piece...

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oldbear
August 25, 2011, 12:47 AM
Mike, that's so subjective it's like asking who makes the best looking car, truck, or whatever. Note I was going to say women, but we don't want to ruffle any feathers now do we. I'm going to offer MY list of what were production handguns: 1- S&W N frames (specially the M-27's) , 2- S&W M-19/66; either 2 1/2" or 4",S&W m-586 4". For auto loaders the S&W M-39. I will be the first to admit that the M-39 had some drawbacks caliber was one and they were not always as reliable as they could have been. They have a certain cool factor to them though.

ColtPythonElite
August 25, 2011, 12:55 AM
...Colt Python.

bushmaster1313
August 25, 2011, 01:08 AM
Smisth & Wesson Pre-War Pre Model 10

Owen Sparks
August 25, 2011, 01:12 AM
This question is totaly subjective and depends entirely personal opinion. That being said they quit making the model 19 and 66 for a very objective reason.

303tom
August 25, 2011, 01:16 AM
Ruger Blackhawk !

SouthronBoy
August 25, 2011, 01:25 AM
1911

788Ham
August 25, 2011, 01:37 AM
NO......... Colt Python, hands down!

lucky-gunner
August 25, 2011, 01:40 AM
I would say Colt Single Action Army.

Maybe I grew up watching to many westerns but when I think of a handgun the Colt comes to mind. A close second would be a 1911 GI.

NOLAEMT
August 25, 2011, 01:40 AM
1911, or browning Hi power...

blue with walnut stocks.

Magoo
August 25, 2011, 01:42 AM
A toss up between Colt's 1911 and Bisley SAA for me.

whalerman
August 25, 2011, 01:46 AM
I kinda like single actions, like a good blackhawk. But this could go on forever. How bout turning it into a photo thread?

doc2rn
August 25, 2011, 02:31 AM
Colt!~Python or Diamondback

SemperFi10mm
August 25, 2011, 02:34 AM
1911

BBQLS1
August 25, 2011, 02:59 AM
A classic blued Government Model 1911 or a Smith and Wesson Model 27.... with a 3.5 inch barrel.

rondog
August 25, 2011, 03:08 AM
I would say Colt Single Action Army.

Maybe I grew up watching to many westerns but when I think of a handgun the Colt comes to mind. A close second would be a 1911 GI.


This. When I think of "classic handguns" those are the two that come to MY mind. Colt SAA and M1911/M1911A1. So many others too, but those two at the top.

TennJed
August 25, 2011, 04:06 AM
Ruger Vaquero 45 colt

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6186/6078994608_280a1f0bf0_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6208/6078993966_f23c8081c8_z.jpg

ccsniper
August 25, 2011, 05:44 AM
WOW!!!!!!! I seriously drooled over that pic!!!

TexasBill
August 25, 2011, 07:16 AM
Smith & Wesson Model 15 Combat Masterpiece.

Mp7
August 25, 2011, 07:56 AM
Luger.

wildehond
August 25, 2011, 09:19 AM
I shall put in another vote for the Colt Python.

SleazyRider
August 25, 2011, 09:27 AM
I don't want to drive the prices of the Colt Python higher than they already are; so I'll vote the Colt SAA. :D

Jonah71
August 25, 2011, 09:48 AM
...Colt Python.
My first choice as well.

303tom
August 25, 2011, 09:48 AM
Works for me !

scramasax
August 25, 2011, 10:08 AM
3 1/2" S&W model 27,Colt Python bought in 1968 factory tuned for $98.36.

I could go on I have no one favorite pistol, I do prefer all metal guns be they wheelguns or autos.

Cheers,

ts

RickMD
August 25, 2011, 10:30 AM
Colt Python for revolvers and Browning Hi-Power for autoloaders.

ColtPythonElite
August 25, 2011, 11:05 AM
I can throw up a pic of two of the favorites together...

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=147931&stc=1&d=1314281080

easyg
August 25, 2011, 11:31 AM
Revolvers have the classic look....

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n165/allenXdog/HPIM7181.jpg


http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n165/allenXdog/HPIM6334.jpg

galena
August 25, 2011, 11:44 AM
I'm with the Colt SAA guys. Keep shootin'

forindooruseonly
August 25, 2011, 11:54 AM
Hmm.. I'm going with the Colt 1903 for variety's sake. There are too many to list though and agree with most of the suggestions on the thread.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a263/Forindooruseonly/Stuff4.jpg

PreMod70
August 25, 2011, 04:10 PM
Colt SAA, the best handgun ever.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
August 25, 2011, 04:14 PM
I would have to say a S&W revolver, any revolver, any size, any caliber and any finish.

19&41
August 25, 2011, 09:11 PM
The BHP.

wvshooter
August 25, 2011, 10:08 PM
The BHP.

There have been many beautiful handguns down through the years but there's just something about a Browning High Power that sets it apart.

Derry 1946
August 25, 2011, 11:25 PM
All good answers here. Beautiful examples of 1903. For many, the most "classic looking handgun" may well be the Detective Special.

commygun
August 26, 2011, 08:16 PM
"Hmm.. I'm going with the Colt 1903 for variety's sake. There are too many to list though and agree with most of the suggestions on the thread."

You just wanted to show those 1903's off! And rightly so-beautiful pistols.

amprecon
August 27, 2011, 01:37 AM
When I think of a Classic handgun the Colt Single Action Army comes to mind.

psyshack
August 27, 2011, 07:33 PM
http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/638/medium/6867.jpg

SharpsDressedMan
August 28, 2011, 06:25 PM
Not enough pictures of Browning Hi Powers! http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05902.jpg

Smokey in PHX
August 28, 2011, 11:46 PM
Colt SAA

gyvel
August 29, 2011, 12:20 AM
The Luger pistol is, hands down, the most elegant, classical and best feeling handgun ever produced, even if not completely reliable.

kdave21
August 29, 2011, 11:44 AM
I would say Colt Single Action Army.

Maybe I grew up watching to many westerns but when I think of a handgun the Colt comes to mind. A close second would be a 1911 GI.

+1 I agree

Rail Driver
August 29, 2011, 12:56 PM
When I think "Handgun" I think either Colt 1911 if semi-auto, if it's a single action revolver, it's a Colt Single Action Army, if it's a DA/SA then it's a S&W model 19-4.

snooperman
August 29, 2011, 07:26 PM
and Colt SAA in revolver. I like mine the best.

Exeter
August 29, 2011, 08:05 PM
For pure aesthetics and handling, my personal favorite is the 1851 Colt. What can I say, handling one is like handling a finely balanced rapier.

Stevie-Ray
August 30, 2011, 01:31 AM
Absolutely nothing looks better than a 1911.

CajunBass
August 30, 2011, 07:59 AM
I think a Smith & Wesson Model 10 is about as "classic" as it gets.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0172.jpg

And just to be "fair", Colt did pretty well with their Official Police 38 also.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0268.jpg

foghornl
August 30, 2011, 09:17 PM
Kinda depends what type of handgun...

DA revolvers... 4" Skinny Barrel Mdl 10 S&W my idea of a "Service Revolver"

SA revolvers... New Model Glossy Stainless Vaquero

Autoloader the 1911-A1

Dave T
August 30, 2011, 11:37 PM
Since the OP started with S&Ws I'll play along and show you my idea of a "classic" Smith and it's not the ones they now sell called classics either.

http://i722.photobucket.com/albums/ww224/desertarcher/SW%20N%20Frames/IMG_0316.jpg

This is a 5" barreled 357 Magnum that shipped in 1953 with the Manga stocks shown (numbered to the gun). These would later come to be called the pre-M27s. When I think S&W revolver this is the gun that comes to mind, even though it is not my absolute favorite. That is, however; my favorite barrel length for the S&W N-frames.

Dave

wow6599
August 31, 2011, 12:01 AM
BHP

firemanstrickland
August 31, 2011, 12:07 AM
blued 1911 a1 with wooden grip panels. original, old school.

sugarmaker
August 31, 2011, 12:08 AM
K-38 masterpiece

wrs840
August 31, 2011, 12:26 AM
I think maybe the pinnacle achievement of revolver looks and ergonomics would be a pinned and recessed-era Smith and Wesson 4" bbl blued Model 19 Combat Magnum.

...Or possibly a model 15 in bright nickel.

svaz
September 1, 2011, 12:41 AM
Another vote for a highly blued & polished Colt 1903. To me it says, "gentleman", like a Rolex or a tuxedo.

searcher451
September 1, 2011, 05:25 PM
Far and away ... no contest:

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x43/searcher451/PPK1.jpg

bottlerocket
September 1, 2011, 06:20 PM
Colt O1911

welldoya
September 2, 2011, 12:05 AM
Browning Hi Power.

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u289/welldoya/GEDC0084.jpg

Colt Woodsman.

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u289/welldoya/WoodsmanTarget2.jpg

S&W M&P.

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u289/welldoya/DSCN0079.jpg

GCBurner
September 2, 2011, 12:24 AM
There are lots of Classics to choose from, if you're a gun enthusiast. For the average person who only knows anything about handguns from what they see in the movies and on TV westerns and cop shows, though, the most recognizable handguns would most likely be a Colt Single Action, a Colt 1911 automatic, a Colt Detective Special, and a Luger, pretty much in that order.

cprher
September 2, 2011, 06:53 PM
Well, here is my nomination for the most classic look:

Colt New Service in 38-40 built in 1919
http://i568.photobucket.com/albums/ss127/cprher/Colt%20New%20Service%20Revolvers/pix565672754.jpg

A pair of Freedom Arms Model 83s in 454 Casull
http://i568.photobucket.com/albums/ss127/cprher/Freedom%20Arms/FreedomArms83005.jpg

And a custom Model 27 in 44 Special built by Bowen with Spegel grips.
http://i568.photobucket.com/albums/ss127/cprher/Bowen%20Revolvers/Bowen44Spl004.jpg

Maia007
September 2, 2011, 09:56 PM
Almost any Colt, like this one:

antiquus
September 2, 2011, 10:30 PM
Every person on the planet knows what this represents.

berettaprofessor
September 3, 2011, 12:03 AM
Okay, I'll say it: :neener: Beretta 92; :neener: the classic for most movies and posed pictures....its even the handgun on the "no handgun allowed" poster in Kansas and other states.

JohnhenrySTL
September 3, 2011, 12:20 AM
Glock 17, and I do not yet own one.

GCBurner
September 3, 2011, 01:32 AM
Every person on the planet knows what this represents.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=148454&d=1315013345
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.?

towboat_er
September 3, 2011, 01:40 AM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6208/6107665999_1c488cdc65_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/33132660@N05/6107665999/)

RandyC
September 3, 2011, 09:17 AM
The top two for me when you're talking classics:

(1) Colt SAA (blue)

(2) Government Model 1911 (blue)

ColtPythonElite
September 3, 2011, 09:26 AM
How about something in nickel?

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=148505&stc=1&d=1315052780

memphisjim
September 3, 2011, 10:35 AM
Johnny that revolver does look awesome what grips are those?

towboat_er
September 3, 2011, 03:55 PM
American Western Arms 45lc Peacemaker

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w285/towboat_er/45lcPeacemaker.jpg

jad0110
September 3, 2011, 04:00 PM
In my eye, the S&W Hand Ejector with a 4" or longer pencil barrel and the 5" 1911 rank up there in the top 5.


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Military%20and%20Police%205%20inch/DSC00438.jpg


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Springfield%20M1911A1%20Mil-Spec%2045%20ACP/IMG_5503.jpg

SharpsDressedMan
September 3, 2011, 05:27 PM
Naw, this is the Man from U.N.C.L.E.! http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/UNCLE20gun201.jpg

oldfool
September 4, 2011, 09:04 AM
just so OP doesn't feel all alone
YES.. the 6" model 66
pretty much defines the end of an era in truly great S&W revolvers for me
(alas, I am obliged to settle for only two, not 2k... but I do find some solace in owning a pair of k-17s and a k-48)

ironhead7544
September 4, 2011, 01:18 PM
6 and 1/2 inch M29 S&W.

steelbird
September 4, 2011, 02:28 PM
English Sea Service pistol - VERY old school..........
www.militaryheritage.com/.../ seaservicelong1.jpg

steelbird
September 4, 2011, 02:31 PM
I think the link was bad -
www.militaryheritage.com/.../seaservicelong1.jpg

OldDominion
September 5, 2011, 12:18 AM
Another vote for the Single Action Army.

Otherwise, the Colt Walker.

GlockFan
September 5, 2011, 12:55 AM
This is the answer..

The top two for me when you're talking classics:

(1) Colt SAA (blue)

(2) Government Model 1911 (blue)

9delta7
September 10, 2011, 09:37 PM
I have S&W 1974 Mod 66, no dash, stainless, pinned barrel, recessed cylinder head K frame that is just as accurate and beautiful as the day I purchased. It's just like good wine- gets better with age. CC with shirt worn outside slacks with an Enhanced pancake owb holster from Lobogunleather. Is like my American Express card!

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