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Which guns to do think are 'pretty'?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ol' scratch, May 14, 2011.

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  1. ol' scratch

    ol' scratch Member

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    I know they are tools, but what guns do you think are just 'pretty'? I think one of the prettiest guns I have ever seen is the Ruger Mark III Target .22 in stainless. Also, (and maybe it only has a face a father could love) my Winchester M1 Garand is in my estimation pretty.

    I think the ugliest guns I have ever seen are the AR 15 (still love them) and the AK.
     
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  2. grant1265

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    Les Baer Concept I, Sako 85 Bavarian.
     
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    None of them.
     
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    A nicely finished Mosin always tickles my fancy
     
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    Colt SAA, H&R Toppers and 1911 in their pure form.
     
  6. Murphy4570

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    They are tools, nothing more. Function over form. Always.

    With that said, a well designed tool trumps a basic, primitive one.
     
  7. Remo223

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    Every one that goes bang when I pull the trigger, and goes bang again when it is supposed to.
     
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    Most of the early wheelguns are elegant. I prefer autos and there is no shortage of custom 1911 variants that are beautiful and out of my budget :)
     
  11. Malamute

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    Some can be a bit like art work. As far as fine lines, the percussion Colts, especially the Navies. Most of the Browning designed Winchesters have fine lines also, and many Smiths, like the 27's.

    This one isnt too bad,

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    Colt Python in Royal Blue.
     
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    I've always liked the style of the Baker infantry rifle.

    For modern weapontry, I have to go with an Atcheson Assault Shotgun.
     
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    SA Colts & similar.

    Some of the classic western carbines

    And the leather that goes with them.

    And I think that 1911s have handsome, classic lines...the utilitarian ones dont even need 'dressing up' in my opinion, altho some of the customizations look handsome too.
     
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    Most of them if you are a form follows function appreciator.

    The only one I bought because I thought it was pretty is a savage 1907.
     
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    Colt SAA and a lot of the clones as well
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    My Kimber Ecipse 1911's (2)
    My Taurus Duotone 1911's (2)
     
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    The one that saves someones life. I don't care if it's a .38 I found lying around in my dad's back seat or a Sig that cost over a grand. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's what's in your hand when a fan is facing you and there's fecal matter somehow flying around/near/in it.

    That said, I have seen a tiny little .22 that is actually quite pretty - with pearls, and lapis-lupis (sp?) and jade inlays. I treated it properly, as a firearm, but it was hard, because the weapon was clearly meant to be a piece of jewelry with some danger.
     
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    Leverguns w octagon barrel.
    Frontier BP guns.

    Lugers
    Long sleek blakc revolvers i.E Dan Wesson 8" barrel
    O/U Shotguns
    HK PM7


    Others have a tool asthetic about them,
    but these are just beautyful. (AK, Glock etc...)
     
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    Winchester Model 71 carbine.
     
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    "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," or so the saying goes.

    I have found as I have grown older, my taste has changed. When I was a younger man the Black guns peak my fancy with their sharp lines and their dark no-nonsense appearance. Their beauty was in their function, simplicity of form and their ability to inspire awe in others of my peers.

    As I got a little older I tended towards the more practical side, what I could used to either put food on the table or just go out and have just good clean fun. I didn't give appearance much thought, it was/is a tool nothing more and gave it no more thought then I would the appearance of a hammer or a wrench. I traded them often with out thought and always looking for something better.

    Now that I'm in my middle ages, my rebel nature long behind me. I've found that my taste is now tending towards the finer end of the gun pool, with the choice more in the double guns and higher end rifles and handguns. I'm now looking at Foxs, Parkers, LC Smiths, pre-64 Winchesters, Mausers, older Colts and Smith and Wessons. I find beauty in the fit, finish and the materials that craftsmen of these older guns used spending hours, days, weeks and even months putting together these things of beauty, embellishing them with engravings sometime inlayed with gold and silver or simply finishing them with case coloring or bottomless blue finishes.

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    I don't own any of these guns yet! But I find them simply beautiful and would be proud to count them someday as mine.
     
  22. InkEd

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    Prettiest Revolver: SAA and clones
    Prettiest Auto: BHP (but I prefer to shoot the 1911)

    Will comeback later with long guns. Need to think for a bit.
     
  23. buck460XVR

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    Guns are like women. They're all beautiful in their own way. Some just catch your eye a little quicker is all........;)
     
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    When I think of a "pretty" gun I naturally gravitate to something nickel plated with some kind of ivory or pearl-like grips.
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    Typically the ones that are designed with pleasing lines and that are not attempting to look pretty. Nickle, engraving, scroll work etc are all a big turn off to me. I do like the lines of the Sig P230, and the Luger.
     
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