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Opinions on "pretty Pistols"

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by fordguy, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. fordguy

    fordguy Member

    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 !!!
  2. Swami

    Swami Well-Known Member

    S&W "E" Series 1911.
  3. postalnut25

    postalnut25 Well-Known Member

    Something from Colt with their Royal Blue finish. What a good looking finish on a firearm.
  4. savanahsdad

    savanahsdad Well-Known Member

    + 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

    SIG SAUERP238, S&W 1911..jpg
  5. captain awesome

    captain awesome Well-Known Member

    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
  6. WoodchuckAssassin

    WoodchuckAssassin Well-Known Member

    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
  7. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie Well-Known Member

    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".
  9. mcdonl

    mcdonl Well-Known Member

    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 :)
  10. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Colt Gold Cup
  11. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    There are a lot of "pretty" 22 cal weapons out there . Look good. Fun to shoot. Cheap to shoot as well.
  12. mjkten

    mjkten Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. CAR

    CAR Member

    Colt Government Model or Browwning Hi-Power.
  14. returningfire

    returningfire Well-Known Member

    Do they?

    Do they make ugly guns?
  15. minutemen1776

    minutemen1776 Well-Known Member

    Search on the THR website for "BBQ guns." There are some rather handsome (i.e. "pretty") guns out there in that category.
  16. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    You've never seen a Hi-Point?
  17. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. Corpral_Agarn

    Corpral_Agarn Well-Known Member

    oh what a problem to face! lucky!

    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 :()...
  19. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member

    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.

  20. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member

    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.

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