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Why do gun companies do this?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Aim1, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. Aim1

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    So I read an article on the new King Cobra .357 and saw some pics. It shows that the gun has a QC code etched into the frame. So ugly! Why couldn't they have added this inside the frame so that it's only visible when the cylinder is open. Don't understand why gun companies do things like this. In this case especially if they are looking to recapture the beauty of the original Colt pistols.

    This is one of the reasons I don't like the new Smith and Wesson revolvers with the internal lock, so ugly and ruins the aesthetics of a beautiful gun. Granted, I know that the S&W's look is because of the lock.

    I hope adding the QC code to the outer frame of guns doesn't become the standard because it looks ugly.


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  2. Frank Ettin

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    I’m just guessing, but it’s possible that Colt did that so the code could be scanned with minimal handling of the gun.
     
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    Isn't that a QR code? They likely put it there to make it easy to scan. That said I also find it a little ugly.

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  4. Waveski

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    It would be one thing on a utilitarian , modestly priced firearm , but a high priced revived classic? MSRP of $899?

    No.
     
  5. Aim1

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    Agree, but come man! lol.

    Not on a high end pistol that commands elite pricing.
     
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  6. Steve S.

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    It looks tasteful, squared and techie to me; other locations are available but not that bad there. Something new in our bold, new world.
     
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  7. tarosean

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    Doesnt bother me near as much as the warning labels. Or in Rugers case the entire manual stamped on it.
     
  8. Old Dog

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    tarosean has it right. I have three Cobras/King Cobras, and the QR code doesn't bother me in the slightest. It's just fairly benign in the great scheme of things …

    But those warning labels (do you hear me Beretta? Ruger? Smith & Wesson?) … seriously, "Read Manual Before Use" or "Capable of firing without magazine?" … Argh!

    And don't get me started on the freakin' billboards STI, Taurus, Ruger and a few other place on the slides of their autopistols. Take a page from the Dan Wesson or Ed Brown book: the smaller and least amount of wording on the gun, the better (and the more tasteful).

    As for The Lock … yeah, it annoys me.
     
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  9. Odd Job

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    I like it and see why they do it. If you see a gun at the range you like, you can just do a quick scan of the QR code and get the info. Nice for the manufacturer and potential buyer.
     
  10. skeeterfogger

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    It's a tool. Want something pretty and cute? Buy a pink one.
     
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  11. DeepSouth

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    I don’t really like it , but I want get worked up about it either.
    As to why companies do it, I have no idea.
     
  12. bannockburn

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    Doesn't really bother me one way or the other. More concerned that with all that high tech wizardry that they used to design and build the gun actually works!
     
  13. Labguy47

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    No different than the etching and scroll work you see done on BBQ guns.
     
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  14. hemiram

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    I couldn't care less about it. Better than any engraving I've seen on a Python.
     
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    No worse than a serial number.
     
  16. milemaker13

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    What is the QR code for? What info comes up if you were to scan it?
    Most QR codes I see are scannable with your phone. It's all advertising related, right? Is that what this is??
     
  17. milemaker13

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    You could just ask about it... I wouldn't like some stranger to suddenly scan my gun at the range.

    I disagree. The QR code is a whole entire world different than fancy scroll work.

    Well said.
     
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  18. SSN Vet

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    It's called "modern manufacturing" and has everything to do with process information management and controls

    That code, when scanned, most likely has date, lot number, works station (traceable to and individual employee), QC data, and a whole host of other information tagged to it. It is likely automatically read so no one has to manually key in a serial number (time consuming and error prone process).

    That, along with a 100 other little process efficiency and quality steps, will hopefully produce a very high quality product at the most competitive price possible.

    Retailing from $700 - $800 at Bud's, I personally wouldn't think that is a premium price tag.

    A chrome, high test, top brand revolver can hardly be compared to plastic fantastic price points.

    I agree it looks like sin, but perhaps our classic sensibilities can "evolve" when we understand what that little mark is doing for us.
     
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  19. DM~

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    Perhaps the REAL question is, why do you think, EVERYONE thinks it's ugly???

    Perhaps, some don't mind it at all, or even like it, so it's left there for the "average" person who doesn't mine it...

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  20. Aim1

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    Actually a lot of gun owners on here buy guns because they are beautiful.

    Look at all the threads on this forum on that very subject.
     
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  21. Tommygunn

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    QR codes look sorta cool on modern guns .... but .....


    They look sorta wierd on repros of 19th century black powder guns.o_O Did they have QR scanners in 1873? :what:


    Uh, .... no.


    Seriously, they don't really bother me.
     
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  22. BSA1

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    What app do I need to be able to scan and read the code?
     
  23. SunnySlopes

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    If I were buying a collector's piece, it would be a deal killer for me. But if I were buying a tool, something I would carry and shoot, it's immaterial.

    That said, I wish Colt had not added that little feature to their revived Python line. I also wish S&W had not put the lock on their guns. Ditto Ruger's warning. Ditto...........
     
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  24. jamesjames

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    With all the hoopla about “untraceable” 3-D printed guns, the QRCode is the other end of the information spectrum. Make, model, serial number are all right there. It even makes serial numbers themselves obsolete.

    Next step, microchip embedding. More information tech. Might even be able to use GPS to find that hidden gun someday. But I just crossed over into tin foil hat and faraday cage territory.

    What a Brave New world that has such creatures in it.
     
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  25. SSN Vet

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    There's also the sci-fi angle here.... for those who have read Dune. The back story of Dune (not really present in the movies) has the "Buttler-ian Jihad" ... kind of like a cross between Islamic Jihad and Luddites, in which there is a revolt against "thinking machines" and all computers are destroyed and banned up on pain of death.
     
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