Opinions on "pretty Pistols"


February 14, 2013, 04:35 AM
Okay Okay, when the laughter calms down I want the opinions of my peers. If
are or ever have been married then I think you will appreciate the sensitivity of my question. I have a beautiful Ruger Golden Quail Limited Edition( 1 of 500 ) 20ga over & under that my wife gave me for our 10th wedding aniversary.
Since then I had shoulder issues and I can never shoulder fire a gun again. Now we are into our 20yr aniversary and with my wifes blessing im selling the Ruger so I can purchase a good quality hand gun thats also as pleasing to the eye as the shotgun is. Something she would be proud to say she gave me. So how 'bout it....any suggestions on a "pretty" semi autoloader around the $1500 range ( 9mm or 45 ). I'm also considering one of those "mares leg "
wanted dead or alive "pistols" if anyone has a suggestion there. Thank you !!!

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February 14, 2013, 05:15 AM
S&W "E" Series 1911.

February 14, 2013, 05:35 AM
Something from Colt with their Royal Blue finish. What a good looking finish on a firearm.

February 14, 2013, 05:36 AM
+ 1 on the S&W
but after 20 years shouldn't you be getting her a "PRETTY" gun ? I got my wife a Sig Saure P238 Lady (in red) last year and we have only been together 17 years , you may not want to show her this :D


captain awesome
February 14, 2013, 06:35 AM
I say something in the 1911 family also. They are the prettiest semi-autos IMO. it might cost more than 1500 but some upgraded grips in ivory or iron wood or ebony....something like that, and some light engraving on a high polished deep blue or nickel finish would be a damn pretty 1911

February 14, 2013, 06:56 AM
I would try to find a nice, mint revolver from the 60's or 70's. Something like an old model 10. That older, bright blueing they used to use has always turned my head.

You could also invest in a PAIR of guns - like a set of Ruger Vaquero SASS. Everyone needs a couple .45 Long Colts laying around the house :D

February 14, 2013, 07:10 AM
I would also be inclined to look into getting yourselves a pair of guns that you would both use and enjoy. Perhaps something with a 1993 vintage?

At any rate cherish what you both have together and let us know what you finally decide upon.

Baba Louie
February 14, 2013, 07:20 AM
Stainless CZ75 family. Send off for some limited tasteful engraving, some nice grips and leather for a BBQ rig?

Could do the same with an Inox Beretta 92 I suppose, or even a BHP (not in stainless mind you).

They, of course, do not need engraving to be considered good looking. But it might make them "pretty".

February 14, 2013, 07:42 AM
It is so much in the eye of the beholder fordguy... Me... I love the looks of revolvers. But I also love a nice blue 1911....

Some may like lime green glocks... Hard to say, the easy thing is grab the laptop or tablet, a couple of coffees or coctails, snuggle up on the couch and look at guns and find some you both like, although it looks to me you are buying one for yourself... but... seeing as how it is 2/14 snuggling with your sweety seems appropriate anyway :)

February 14, 2013, 07:44 AM
Colt Gold Cup

Sav .250
February 14, 2013, 07:45 AM
There are a lot of "pretty" 22 cal weapons out there . Look good. Fun to shoot. Cheap to shoot as well.

February 14, 2013, 07:53 AM
Colt 1911 as a first choice. Or something with a comparable finish, if you can find it. OR....I always thought a Browning Highpower in 9mm was a nice looking pistol, classic, ergonomic...and some of the custom work I've seen on them has been really nice.

February 14, 2013, 10:44 AM
Colt Government Model or Browwning Hi-Power.

February 14, 2013, 11:10 AM
Do they make ugly guns?

February 14, 2013, 11:10 AM
Search on the THR website for "BBQ guns." There are some rather handsome (i.e. "pretty") guns out there in that category.

David E
February 14, 2013, 11:18 AM
Do they make ugly guns?

You've never seen a Hi-Point?

David E
February 14, 2013, 11:23 AM
OP, the mares leg would stop being fun after the first box.

You don't mention what, exactly, you want the gun for, so many suggestions will miss the undisclosed mark.

The previously mentioned S&W 1911's are a good bet for the $1500, but also consider Kimber. Custom grips can complete the look you're after.

The classic Hi-Power is another option.

In either case, you could get a plain one then have it customized to your specs.

February 14, 2013, 12:11 PM
I think that a Browning High Power or an expensive 1911 (in 10mm? :D) may be in order here. I like some of the Wilson Combat pieces. Some nice looking arms, available.

Either that or a Smith and Wesson Model No. 3. I have a thing for those revolvers... but my Uberti copy is a bad rendition of the design (lots of problems). If you have the extra cash you might try to find a true Smith and Wesson.

I have a serious weakness for revolvers and but a bigger weakness for Sigs and not enough moneys to do it all (only 2 sigs :()...

February 14, 2013, 02:25 PM
Lots of 1911s that look great in the $1500 range, and a .22 conversion kit will help to keep costs down on ammo for practice.

I put Hogue Rosewood grips on my basic S&W 1911 and some have asked
if it's an upper market model.

It's in the eye of the beholder.


February 14, 2013, 04:33 PM
Somebody asked about which .22 Revvo and my answer is
any of the S&W K-22s so it had been awhile, but I
read a review on one. The Reviewer ended with a summary paragraph
starting with "Prettier than ANY of the Bond Girls...."

I have the S&W 617 6" Bbl. with Hogue full size uncheckered w/buttcap
& white spacer in Coco Bolo wood. Sorta California coral with 1/4" black
lines in the grain. More than one person have said "It's a beauty"

The 617's Companion in the 2 handgun aluminum case is...

S&W 625 - 5 Bbl. Matte finish
Hogue N-frame full size, checkerred ( 30 lpi sinxixtent diamonds )
with finger grooves, in dark Rosewood.
Gunsmith opened it up to replace a firing pin, he first said, "It's
been tuned, it's all polished inside " Oh, forgot to tell him it
has been back to Mass for the S&W Master Revolver Action Job.
The 625 unlike the other N frame barrels has no taper from the aft
end where it comes out of the frame all the way forward it's
0.792? dia with a serrated rib of course

Hmm, the 617 & 625 were both $625 and the Hogue grips $125 each
so that's $ 1,500

THe Cabela's "Bullet Proof" Alum Case was $120 but great insurance
for taking the revolvers to and fro the range, and a nice presentation
when it's Show & Tell time. eh?

I want to get some Herrett Troopers for a Model 60 3" Bbl. .357

Course yah want pretty get a S&W 27-2 5" bbl. Deep S&W Blue....

R- No pics currently old Del PC died last summer and I lost somm stuff.

February 14, 2013, 07:29 PM
You might want to look around for a reasonably priced commemorative version handgun if you want something that stands out more for display purposes.

February 14, 2013, 08:14 PM
Pretty handgun?

Perhaps a Colt Python?

For me, my S&W Model 625 Mountain Gun in .45 Colt with blond maple Ahrends grips does the trick for pretty & useful. The blued Model 25 would be quite nice as well.

February 14, 2013, 08:30 PM
Do they make ugly guns?
Sure do, called Glocks. Not saying they're bad, I own two, but they aint exactly pretty. I like a beutiful weapon as much as the next guy, but when it comes to carry function > form. Nothing wrong with both though of course.

February 14, 2013, 09:33 PM
Belgian Browning Hi-Power or S&W Model 27

February 14, 2013, 09:58 PM
+1 on the 238. My missus just got her permit. That was the first gun I showed her when we went looking. I don't sell my guns, so I suppose I'm stuck with the LCP in the safe. Once she saw that Sig, there weren't no looking back...

February 14, 2013, 10:40 PM
To the OP:

My wife lets me hang "pretty" firearms on the wall.

Fortunately, she finds wood stocked bolt actions "pretty" and allows me to hang WWII surplus rifles.

She does NOT find any of my modern rifles "pretty".

I think she just doesn't want the house looking like a SWAT armory.

Which I would, personally, find very aesthetically pleasing.

But ... She Who Must Be Obeyed controls the decor.

February 14, 2013, 11:02 PM
CZ 97B, and then buy ammo to practice.

February 14, 2013, 11:09 PM
Most handguns are at least handsome, only some are pretty and some pretty ones are fancy.

February 14, 2013, 11:24 PM
My vote would be for a Colt Government with the bright stainless finish. Looks like chrome but is just a perfect polish on stainless. I've had two, one full sized and one Officer's model. Stupidly, I've sold both. They look like a work of art. To me they are almost a perfect as a Royal Blue Python.

February 15, 2013, 12:42 AM
How about getting a "T Series" Hi Power, a Sig P210, a Luger, a Colt 1911, a Walther PPk - and that's just getting started - for me the list is endless....

February 15, 2013, 05:06 AM
+1 on the 238. My missus just got her permit. That was the first gun I showed her when we went looking. I don't sell my guns, so I suppose I'm stuck with the LCP in the safe. Once she saw that Sig, there weren't no looking back...
did you get her the same one ? the lady, with the Gold inlay on top ?, I wish I had a better pic of the top, I think that where the extra $80.00 is, lol

OP: Olympic arms has a 1911 that has a full case-harden finish on it , sharp looking gun

February 15, 2013, 12:08 PM
How about getting a "T Series" Hi Power, a Sig P210, a Luger, a Colt 1911, a Walther PPk - and that's just getting started - for me the list is endless....

I forgot about the Sig P210! Now that would be really cool!

February 15, 2013, 12:23 PM
Do a search for BBQ guns.

February 17, 2013, 11:42 PM
Something from Colt with their Royal Blue finish. What a good looking finish on a firearm.

Saw a '60s era (I believe) Gold Cup National Match with that deep dark, lose- yourself-in-it finish. Doesn't get much purtier.

Dan Wesson's are some drop dead pretty guns, too. The brushed stainless 1911s make me drool as long as they don't put those extra cocking serrations on it.

February 18, 2013, 02:19 AM
A Ruger Vaquero and then send it out to Doug Turnbull for some attention and his rather artful colour case hardening. Then cap it off with some really nice staghorn grip scales.

Of if you're not into the colour case look then get a stainless New Vaquero and send it off for some polishing to a mirror shine and then overall engraving and the same Sambar or other stag horn scales.

Either way the final outcome will be a gun which you certainly don't see at any other table at your local range. And if by some miracle you DO see the same thing then the two of you will have some fun times chatting about it...:D

February 18, 2013, 07:54 AM

February 18, 2013, 07:59 AM
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February 18, 2013, 09:04 AM
All I can do is bring up the pistols that I personally find to be "pretty."

Sig Sauer P220, P226, and P229... But not just any 220, 226, or 229. One of the hard-to-find models, like the Equinox, Elite Stainless, Super Match, etc. I think Sigs are particularly attractive in the first place, but those models make them irresistible. LOL

EAA/Tanfoglio Witness... The Elites, the Match, or the Hunter. VERY nice, if you ask me.

These are the two main models that come to mind.

February 18, 2013, 09:28 AM
The only handguns that I find to be "pretty" would be some nice 1911's, the Browning Hi-Power, and a nice Colt SAA.

Part of that though may have to do with the things that I condier pretty. Stainless or nickle/chrome plated I like. Engravings I like. Nice quality checkered wood grips I like. Put all that on any nice all metal gun and I'd probably find it pretty, but such things are most commonly added to those pistols I listed above.

There are other guns that I think have a nice "modern" look to them (the SR9, the Caracal, the PX4 Storm, etc), but not really what I'd call pretty.

February 18, 2013, 03:35 PM
I know I'm in the minority here, but I think one of the best looking guns ever produced was the Mauser C96.


Note: This isn't my gun.

Derek Zeanah
February 18, 2013, 03:47 PM
Revolver? How about a Colt Python:

From here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=701012), seller is asking for $2,000.

February 18, 2013, 04:31 PM
HK P7M8 in hard chrome. Or maybe a S&W 27-2.

February 18, 2013, 05:30 PM
I would also be inclined to look into getting yourselves a pair of guns that you would both use and enjoy.

That a very good idea my friend,,,
Imagine going to the range and opening the case,,,
On a pair of (Insert Gun Name Here) to shoot side-by-side with.

In this event the gun might be the secondary factor.

The His & Hers matched pair might be the joy.



February 18, 2013, 09:34 PM




February 19, 2013, 03:15 PM
There's nothing wrong with a pretty gun.

In general I think revolvers are more aesthetically pleasing than are semi-autos. They are round and more organic looking.

This, to me, is pretty:


So is this...


I find these very attractive despite the worn finish...


Very pretty but you might not be able to do it these days for $1500. I paid $350 for it some time ago. I do love the shiny guns.


A well-worn Official Police for $185, plus new ivory stocks for $225, and you get... sweeeeet!


Take a plain-Jane Model 10 ($150 from a pawn shop), add engraving ($500 from Michael Gouse of Montana), throw on some ivory stocks (ouch, $375, but beautiful), and it don't get much prettier than this.


If you really want a semi-auto, some older designs are nice looking. Nothing wrong with a classic 1911 pattern pistol. Add some ivories for a touch of class. I have a fondness for the 38 Super.


Of course, the 1911 lends itself to engraving, as well.


February 19, 2013, 09:15 PM
IMHO, the 1911 is one of the prettiest, but I have a few very strict/picky ideas about them. It might sound OCD or weird, but hey: you asked what I think is pretty, and I think that if and only if all of the following criteria are met, then a full-size 1911 is absolutely the best looking handgun ever designed.
No external extractor. Mechanically I don't have a problem with them, aesthetically I think they're hideous.
No magwell, and no bumper pads on the bottom of the mag. I think adding length to the grip throws off the length-to-height ratio, and makes it look clumsy, and I want mags that are flush with the bottom of my gun.
No duo-tone. A gun should be all one color! Except for grips and sights of course. The only thing that stopped me from buying a used Ruger they had for cheap when I was hunting for one was the black small parts-on-stainless frame/slide (well, that and I decided not to buy a gun yet at the time). A pretty, safe-queen 1911 should be in all-stainless, everywhere. Maybe a hard chrome job, something matte, or maybe a good grey or black cerakote job, but NO TWO-TONE!
No ambi-safety. I'm right handed, and I think an extra thumb safety on the other side of the gun just doesn't look right.
No bobbed grips. They're GREAT for concealed carry, but we're talking about aesthetics here.
NO ROLLMARKS. Good luck finding one without getting it custom made, but I don't want ANYthing on my gun that denotes where or by whom it was manufactured. I understand the need for serial numbers but if I had my way there would be no lettering or etching of any kind on my gun.
As picky as all that sounds, I don't really care about the guide rod setup. If I was getting a gun custom built, I'd go with full-length, but I also think an end-cap looks pretty cool.

And that's my rant on what I personally think the most beautiful handgun in the world is.

hand cannon
February 19, 2013, 09:25 PM
I know a couple who bought a pair of dueling pistols for each other as a wedding gift!

February 19, 2013, 09:54 PM
Walther P88 or Walther P5...either, with Nil wood grips. Colt GCNM in stainless.

February 19, 2013, 10:48 PM
I had to buy my bride a jazzed-up PT22 at a show because she thought it was kewt.

February 20, 2013, 11:17 AM
I see mentions of the Classic High Power.

I have a new Adjustable Sight model High Power I got a few months ago.

It is one of the biggest dissappointments of all my considerable gun buying days.

A High Power is a wonderful choice, but get a mint condition version from the '50s.

Or any Colt from the same era. Beautiful polishing and bluing.

February 20, 2013, 04:43 PM
Add a few more Ben Frankiln's to the mix, and you could have this:
WTS Retro Custom Colt 1911 Series 70 (Colorado) (http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=8668085&postcount=1)

(note, it's not mine, I just think it's gorgeous)


February 21, 2013, 11:38 AM
Being a traditionalist I prefer well blued or Stainless finished Pistols or revolvers. Gold finish for BBQ guns and collectors pieces and Parkerised (or rhe like) for heavy combat guns. Now I gotta puke when I see those "colored" finishes and flames etc.!!! How ugly can a gun get other than wearing a finish like that?
There has to be something wrong with the mind that needs a color coordinated gun!

February 21, 2013, 03:36 PM
S&W E-Series are awfully nice looking pistols...

Browning High-Power in Satin Nickel or Robar NP3+ IS AWFULLY nice looking too.

February 21, 2013, 04:50 PM
Check out this meltdown:

Very nice....



Mat, not doormat
February 21, 2013, 10:56 PM
It's hard to beat a nice 1911. One thing that does beat it, though, is a nice SAA. Saw this one the other day, and it's still got my pulse elevated.


And I don't even like Bislies all that much. That one just looks right, though.

February 22, 2013, 08:16 AM
I'll also second a stainless steel CZ 75B.Pure perfection to look at.

February 22, 2013, 12:00 PM
If it has to be an auto then a blued 1911. If not, a Python blue or otherwise. Then there is the SSA. There is some very pretty stuff out there for sale.
The older S&W 27 and 29's are beautiful when in mint condition.

February 22, 2013, 09:42 PM
Browning Hi Power Renaissance...

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