How to make a good looking gun.

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Kenney, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Kenney

    Kenney New Member

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    This is a follow up to another thread talking about flashy 1911s. My question is how to make a good looking gun. IMHO, I think wood grips, gold controls and signatures from a custom shop or gunsmith (like the Ed Brown) makes for an attractive weapon. Kimber's interesting finishes help.
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Guess it depends on what you start with-
    I've had several 1911's that stayed as is-
    The majority got new grips & thats about it (I have a "thing" about grips on my guns) :eek:
    Pretty is as pretty preforms tho :cool:
     

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Buy one!

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    And if you want to really dress it up, drag it across Europe while getting your azz shot at!

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  4. Kenney

    Kenney New Member

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    In response to that, guns are one of those things where you can have both. And I don't really care for factory set ups when I can have something unique. And canebrake, you just love that thing, don't you?
     
  5. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Well in response to THAT-
    You sound like you really don't want answers to your "question" :rolleyes:
    Get & do WTF you want-
    I care not-------------------------------
     
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I think everyone dresses up their guns to please themselves. See my avatar? I think that gun is beautiful. Not many others may think that, though. Do what you want with your guns to please yourself.
     
  7. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Cane and I don't agree on much, but we are in full agreement here.

    It is like some of my Mosin-Nagant rifles, the prettiest ones to me, have little blue left, dings in the stocks, and shrapanel damage to the steel.

    Over the years, I have accumulated many fine hand tools, I never considered engraving, plating, or inlaying any of them.

    I think gold and silver look great on women, but not on guns.
     
  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Yes, yes I do. :eek::p;)
     
  9. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla Active Member

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    OP not entirely sure what your asking for ? Beauty - one mans vice is another's virtue.

    One thing we can all agree on is performance. The goal is one lg hole @ 25 yds and brother, THAT is beautiful !!! Whatever you have to do to achieve that goal is different to every pistol.

    The mental game: what do you need to shoot your best ? I could go on for pages, mods could probably write a book but suffice it to say it is different for every man/woman.

    Edit: 25 yds may be too high a bar for combat pistols, 50' may be more in-line. 1911s can be tuned to shoot at 50 yds - just one of the reasons they have a following.
     
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  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    beauty is in the eye of the beholder. what pleases one person may be found offensive by another. for me simplicity is the key. subtle changes and minor details are what define beauty in a firearm for me.
     
  11. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    IMO it's a very subjective topic.

    I had a 1911A1- parkerized OD, with black accents and wood

    handles. The three tones were driving me nutz.

    So I found a set of Hogue black rubber grips.

    Now the accents match the grips. It's two toned.

    I can sleep again.
     
  12. Kenney

    Kenney New Member

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    You're right, I don't want an answer, I wanted to discuss and debate. Maybe one of us will get new ideas and make a good looking gun.
     
  13. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Just like cars.
    Great paint jobs, lotsa chrome, numbers matching cars
    vs.
    the patina paint, rust, and "who knows where the part came" accessorized.

    Each has its own beauty.

    I would rather have a firearm that is accurate and reliable for its intended usage than "eye-candy" that sits in the safe.