Prettiest gun?


ed dixon
July 31, 2004, 10:25 PM
Forget shooters, last-ditch survival and smartest design -- what makes you smile just to look at it? Winchester '94 here.

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July 31, 2004, 10:28 PM
First gen. Colt SAA.

July 31, 2004, 10:30 PM
Toss up between a Thompson and a coach gun

cracked butt
July 31, 2004, 10:38 PM
Custom Mauser dangerous game rifles.

July 31, 2004, 10:53 PM
Tossup between a Marlin 1895 and a Ruger Super Blackhawk.

4v50 Gary
July 31, 2004, 10:54 PM
Long rifle.

July 31, 2004, 11:17 PM
S&W 10, 4", thin barrel is one of the most graceful guns ever made

July 31, 2004, 11:33 PM
What shep854 said.

I finally bought a 4" 10-5 a few months ago. Sometimes I just take it out and set it down in front of me so my eyes can gaze upon its beauty.


August 1, 2004, 12:26 AM
Pretty much any bolt action.

August 1, 2004, 12:30 AM
Winchester 94 Abraham Lincoln commemorative.

August 1, 2004, 12:39 AM
5-1/2" bbl. S&W Model 41 made in the 1970s. Compared to all of my other guns, it's a work of art.

August 1, 2004, 01:10 AM
easy.....My Ruger Vaquero, 5-1/2" barrel, polished stainless, ivory grips, in 45 LC.

August 1, 2004, 02:13 AM
4" Colt 3rd variation Woodsman Match Target . I have been enchanged by these starting around 1959 and haven't done anything about it yet.

Audrey Hepburn may be gone but if she had been a gun she would have been this one--elegance personified.

A '57 T-Bird would fit right in here, too.

...I really feel sorry for anyone born too late to appreciate those.

August 1, 2004, 02:44 AM
Colt Python, Blue, 4" barrel, beautifully balanced lines, flats and curves.

August 1, 2004, 03:33 AM
One of the great old side x sides from the days gone by.

August 1, 2004, 03:56 AM
Colt 1861 Army

August 1, 2004, 04:58 AM
Im especially fond of Winchester Model 12s.

August 1, 2004, 06:24 AM
The M3 Grease Gun and/or Sten for their beautiful simplicity, but for craftsmanship...

...and others. I'm more of an EBR fan, so bullpups catch my interest as well. :)

August 1, 2004, 07:50 AM
Freedom Arms Model 83 Premier.

Zach S
August 1, 2004, 08:00 AM
Thompson. When I got mine, I would prop it up in front of me and just stare at it. I still do, on occasion.

August 1, 2004, 11:09 AM
24k gold desert eagle...oh wait i thought this was the ugliest gun thread.


August 1, 2004, 11:48 AM
any Colt 1911 U.S.G.I. WWI
also Colt commercials during the same time period

August 1, 2004, 12:14 PM
For me it is the M1A.

August 1, 2004, 01:33 PM
hmm ..... the M1 Garand

August 1, 2004, 01:41 PM
A hard question to answer, one that required quite a bit of thought... but after thinking for about 5 minutes, my answer is...

A well made FAL with wooden furniture.

August 1, 2004, 02:23 PM
An older 6" royal blue Python. :)

August 1, 2004, 04:13 PM
The prettiest ones I ever saw were the matching pair of gold Colt SAA's that my great uncle Al Bradlau got when he retired from Colt; when I saw them, it was in the early '60's. They were gorgeous, laying there in that blue felt... I couldn't touch them, I was just a child, and who knows what happened to them after he and Aunt Wilma both passed years and years ago...

Mikey D...

Pappy John
August 1, 2004, 04:37 PM
Sharps 1874 buffalo rifle

August 1, 2004, 05:17 PM
The prettiest gun I've seen in front of me is my uncle's old stage-coach shotgun. It's a side-by-side 12-ga that was made over a century ago. Next time I see him, he's going to let me take some good pictures of it that I'll post on THR. It has some really intricate carvings and the metal is old and rainbowed -- very nice looking (and shoots pretty true, too!). You hold it and you can feel the history.

I think FALs look cool, too :)

10 Ring Tao
August 1, 2004, 08:18 PM
The profile of an M1A/M14/M21 always does it for me. I think its a combo of the big box magazine, and long muzzle break.

August 1, 2004, 09:43 PM
Big Jake and I would get along well.

Rifle, M1, caliber .30

And for a pistol, I'd have to say the Beretta 92FS.

August 1, 2004, 10:03 PM
M1 Garand

S&W model 36

August 1, 2004, 10:15 PM
My Ruger 5.5" SS Super Single Six. Also the Colt 1861 Army. Beautiful lines, both.

August 2, 2004, 01:54 AM
Winner: 1873 Colt peacemaker

Runner up: P08 Luger

Just beautiful machines, both of them. Of course, the Colt Python is not chopped liver either...

Matt G
August 2, 2004, 03:45 AM
I've never owned one, but it's hard not to be beguiled by the sensuous curves of the elegant little Browning BPR-22 or BAR-22 rifles, with the gentle flare to the foreends and the organic inset in the butstock for the tubular magazine. The whole effect is somewhat lost when it's turned out with the rarer English-style straight stock, though-- it needs that undulating drop in the buttstock for the complete look.

Oh, my. Gettin' the vapors just thinking about it.

:D ;)

August 2, 2004, 06:52 AM
Kimber Eclipse!;)

August 2, 2004, 07:49 AM
Usually the most expensive new one at my dealers when I've just stopped in for a few odds and ends!!:p (usually ends up being an expensive visit.

For me, it's hard to beat a wood stocked Weatherby MKV for looks.

August 2, 2004, 11:33 AM
My SIG TR-30 proto Apollo. It's the same as The Aurora TR-30. Mine has the most beautiful wood, and blue color case side plates. The lines and feel for me are just beautifully perfect. I did see and old engraved double Krieghoff at the Dulles show that made me weak.


August 2, 2004, 11:41 AM
This my shotgun, photographed for the SIG catalog, prior to my purchase.

August 2, 2004, 12:08 PM
Beretta O/U with fully engraved stainless receiver. My dad had one years ago and I forgot the model number, but it sure was pretty.

August 2, 2004, 12:39 PM

August 2, 2004, 12:42 PM
A nice Holland and Holland Royal side-by-side isn't too shabby.

August 2, 2004, 12:44 PM
Luger has an air of deadly efficiency about it.

August 2, 2004, 01:24 PM
The Hamilton Bowen copy of Elmer Keith's #5 single action. It is pictured on the cover of Bowen's book and it is simply the greatest revolver ever built. Period. Don't believe me? Take a look here:

Bowen #5 (

Travis McGee
August 2, 2004, 04:26 PM
Luger. But my Ruger Standard Model, blued, 6" tapered barrel comes close.

August 2, 2004, 04:55 PM
Ruger SA revolvers (especially my 6 1/2" single six), and Winchester or Marlin lever rifles ( not all of them, but many of them.)
winchester 94's are a good example as are Marlin 39's (newer ones nicer IMO).
After that there are ar-15's , 1911's, ect....... you should have known better to ask such as question. Too many to list.:D

August 2, 2004, 07:56 PM
I never owned one, but I think the Beretta 92FS Brigadier Inox is a purdy gun.

August 2, 2004, 08:41 PM

August 2, 2004, 08:59 PM
Colt's commercial model 1917 machinegun. Blued water jacket and brass fittings. (sigh) Or a Model 1853 12-pound napoleon.:evil:

August 2, 2004, 09:58 PM
Luger, Python, British "best" grade double, Pensylvania long rifle with curly maple stock, M29 6-1/2 blue with figured grips all come to mind. If I had to pick one only, it would be the Colt SAA.


Erik Jensen
August 2, 2004, 10:00 PM
I don't know why, but I just loooove the Ruger No. 1 International and the Ruger 10/22 International. same thing with the CZ 550FS. really, any rifle with a full-length Mannlicher stock in walnut.

August 2, 2004, 10:01 PM
Marlin 1894C. I love my levergun.

August 2, 2004, 10:04 PM
Any HK MP5. :)

January 24, 2005, 07:33 AM
i have always admired the hk p7 series, particularly the p7k3 and p7m7.
the inox beretta 92fs is very sexy also.
i think i have to give my vote to a color case hardened and blued Colt saa.
as far as rifles go, something about black rifles ... M4 or MP5 SD :evil:

January 24, 2005, 08:59 AM
I agree with most pics here. But I'm surprised the Sharps rifle hasn't been mentioned.

Have you guys seen the work those sharps boys over at have done?

It's some artwork over there!

January 24, 2005, 10:06 AM
Says everything about big game hunting in Africa and just about anywhere else. I'm a sucker for butterknife style bolts.

January 24, 2005, 10:19 AM
For sheer beauty, a 6" blued Python, back when bluing was an art.

For my usual practical side, my 6" S&W 686, since beauty is as beauty does, and this puppy DOES.

January 24, 2005, 10:31 AM
My Clark Custom 50th Anniversary Millenimum M1911.

January 24, 2005, 10:37 AM
H&H had a SXS 12 gauge with a straight grip and a celtic knot pattern that was drop-dead gorgeous.
For production guns, Colt 1911 with deep bluing and nice grips.

happy old sailor
January 24, 2005, 10:56 AM
i assume you mean off the shelf, not a custom gun. for a box stock, every time
my 4 5/8 bbl Blackhawk in .41 mag catches my eye, i have to pick it up for a fondle. i look forward to getting some of those beautiful burl grips for her. i think i admire it for what it is and how it shoots more than for beauty.

January 24, 2005, 01:26 PM
#1 M14

#2 Colt SAA

#3 Thompson

January 24, 2005, 01:36 PM
I'm jumping on the M1 bandwagon. :)

January 24, 2005, 02:46 PM
Savage 99, Sig P210 and Browning Superposed.

January 24, 2005, 03:40 PM
Handgun - 1851 Navy

Rifle - Hawken .50cal


pete f
January 24, 2005, 04:13 PM
a older used model 99 Savage just looks right sitting in your hands on opening morning.

But I had an Uncle who had been a missionary to Assam India right after WW2 and just before the war, and he had bought a rifle from a departing Englishman for use against tiger and other predators that ate villagers. It was an Indian copy of an H&H double rifle. 470 NE the engraving and inlay work was truely phenomenal. to me that will always be the "RIFLE"

January 24, 2005, 04:42 PM
Colt 1911 Auto (Old Slabsides) :cool:
S&W Mdl 14-1 Revolver

January 24, 2005, 04:42 PM
the Liberator

January 24, 2005, 05:17 PM
#1 M1A/M14/M21
#2 MP 44
#3 Colt 1851 Navy Revolver
#4 HK G3

Sleeping Dog
January 24, 2005, 05:54 PM
I like the 100-year-old Swede Mauser. Very accurate.


January 24, 2005, 06:17 PM
Beretta 92FS Brigadier was love at first sight

January 24, 2005, 06:22 PM
Glock 19!

January 24, 2005, 07:10 PM
This one. :)

January 24, 2005, 08:07 PM
any old Remington model 700, but especially one with a laminated stock and a bull barrel, topped off with a Leupold scope...

January 24, 2005, 08:55 PM
Another vote for a 4" blued Python.

January 24, 2005, 09:22 PM
There are lots that make my eyes glaze over. I even own a couple/three of em. I have a Winchester Model 94 with 16" barrel, large loop lever, and saddle ring that is great to look at. I shoot a Kreighoff Model 32 that can still do it for me. My favorite though is in its case, in a thin layer of oil in my gunroom. Seems to be a popular choice too. A 6" blue Colt Python made in 1966, the year I was born. I can still just stare at it sometimes. Not much of a stainless man,I like blue steel. I guess that would make for an inherent weakness for Pythons. Feels and shoots just perfect. I will eventually get a 4 inch to keep it company when I am too busy to do so myself. The "Elites" they are cranking out now sure are a shame though.

January 24, 2005, 09:31 PM
This thread is in desperate need of more pics :D

R.H. Lee
January 24, 2005, 09:38 PM
Any Marlin levergun.

Notice nobody has mentioned Glock yet. Wonder why?

January 24, 2005, 09:44 PM
I'll do it. The prettiest pistol must be either one of my G21s. :)

January 24, 2005, 09:47 PM
Nuff said.....

January 24, 2005, 11:53 PM
I like 1911's, Colt SAA's, Garands....but when I think of "pretty" guns, I have to think of the old time muzzleloaders, stocked in curly maple, with silver/brass/gold inlays, etc. Something like this (it's a Vincent rifle I found over on Track of the Wolf): ( ( (

January 25, 2005, 09:24 AM
It took me a year to get one and iyts definately a work of art. I love to look at it.
Jim L

January 25, 2005, 09:25 AM
Baker Batavia Special 12 guage double barrel. :)

January 25, 2005, 09:57 AM
Savage 99.


May 4, 2005, 03:29 AM
Prettiest one I've got-

May 4, 2005, 03:54 AM
Hk G3 :d

May 4, 2005, 05:47 AM
There's just something to be said for having an automatic belt-fed grenade launcher...

My weapon.

My ammo.

Any questions?

Chuck R.
May 4, 2005, 07:39 AM
Something like this:

only mine has DSTs and presentation grade english walnut.


Brian Williams
May 4, 2005, 08:38 AM
This Luger looks great and I like a good blue/case SAA, along with a nice Govt 1911, but a S&W triplelock will always fit in a beautiful gun list. For long guns gimme a Win 1885

May 4, 2005, 09:12 AM
All of the ones I own...and most of the ones I want to own.

...Right cowboy gun...Ruger Bisley Vaquero sittin' in a dark brown leather tie down gunslinger holster...oh yea !


May 4, 2005, 11:15 AM
#1 M-1 Garand
#2 M-14
#3 Lee-Enfield #4Mk1
#4 H&K USP Tactical
#5 Ol Slabsides

May 4, 2005, 11:24 AM
Going against the grain here.

Not my pic, but it is my gun. HK USP45 Tactical.

May 4, 2005, 12:11 PM
As a shooter, I'm a black plastic kinda guy, but for hours and hours of staring it's tough to beat Connecticut Sotgun products

Round Receiver SxS (

I'm also fond of the old muzzleloaders with the tiger-striped wood stocks

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