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    does the look or style matter?

    How important is the look of a firearm to you? I know what I like so far but I tend to go after what looks nice or unique. I also like old. Not too old, but maybe "classic" is a better term. I favor wartime .45s, love my lil Beretta 950, coming soon a P2000. Maybe by mid summer a Beretta 92. All of these choices are based on the aesthetic values of each more than being superior firearms. Before the P2000 choice we were thinking Glock19. I'm sure they're great handguns but they sure are ugly. Eventually I'll get one because it's so ugly. I know that makes no real sense, but hey...

    So lets have it. On a scale of 1 thru 5, 1 being the highest value, where are looks in your initial considerations? To me a solid 2.

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    I won't buy a handgun that does not appeal to me in it's appearance. A weapon should feel good in hand as far as fit, but it has to look good to me as well. I currently own a Hk p2000, a Walther PPS, and a RugerLCP. I want to get a .22LR and am looking at the Sig Mosquito and Walther P22. I have heard a lot of negative things about both these guns but still will probably get a P22 cause I like the way it looks. The Ruger and Browing .22LR's are said to be much better from a function and reliability standpoint but me me they are ugly for my tastes. To me appearance is important. I know Glocks are fantastic weapons but I will never own one as I don't care for their appearance and they have never felt good in my hand.

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    I like goood looking guns. a3 sometimes a 2

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    2 for me
    i sold my ruger LCP because of the sig P238
    love the 1911 style that much
    but if one thinks glocks are ugly - that is where i part views - reliability and how it feels in the hand are also important
    would love to own a springfield EMP in 9mm - i love the 1911 style

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    2 for me.

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    It matters some, but it's not a deal-breaker, if the gun shoots well, and serves the purpose I want it to serve.

    My 10mm Glock is one of my favorites, and it neither looks good nor feels all that good in my hand...it just shoots.

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    It can LOOK "right" and be wrong....but it cant ever LOOK "wrong" and be "right".

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    Very much. Glocks are about one of the plainest looking guns around and now I find it a nice looking gun. Once you find out how good a gun they are your opinion of the looks change.
    Funny how that works.

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    the look is a 2 for me. my first thing i look for in a gun is how it feels in my hand.

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    I don't buy a handguns that do not appeal to me.

    Looks are 2 for me. Dependability is #1.

    And the nice thing is today there are so many nice looking guns that are dependable - you don't have to won a ugly gun to get dependability.

    You used to - but not any more.


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    I like a good balance of form and function, but if I had to lean more towards one side I would say I prefer function which is a beauty unto itself, no good in a gun looking good if it cannot hit what its aiming at and will not eat the ammo its fed, LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dondavis3 View Post
    I don't buy a handguns that do not appeal to me.

    Looks are 2 for me. Dependability is #1.

    And the nice thing is today there are so many nice looking guns that are dependable - you don't have to won a ugly gun to get dependability.

    You used to - but not any more.

    I agree. Why settle for anything less if you can have both?

    But for me, dependability and accuracy does come first before the looks.

    Lets face it...it is like choosing a partner...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander1911 View Post
    How important is the look of a firearm to you? I know what I like so far but I tend to go after what looks nice or unique. I also like old. Not too old, but maybe "classic" is a better term. I favor wartime .45s, love my lil Beretta 950, coming soon a P2000. Maybe by mid summer a Beretta 92. All of these choices are based on the aesthetic values of each more than being superior firearms. Before the P2000 choice we were thinking Glock19. I'm sure they're great handguns but they sure are ugly. Eventually I'll get one because it's so ugly. I know that makes no real sense, but hey...

    So lets have it. On a scale of 1 thru 5, 1 being the highest value, where are looks in your initial considerations? To me a solid 2.


    On a scale of 1 to 5 the appearance of a gun rates a 5 for me. It makes that so important "first impression". I own a Walther PPK/S & a 1911 Kimber Pro Crimson Carry and these guns made that first impression on me. I also have a Glock 19 and that really sounds like I've lost my mind but I haven't, I look at it like this, it's an utilitarian gun, just like the Volkswagen from Germany, no frills, all business.

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    For me, it was definitely a factor. After nailing down that a .22 was going to be the starting point, I started looking. And while the Buckmark, Mk III, Neos, and other like designs were reviewed as far more reliable, I just had to go towards a 'carry' design. So started the wait for my Mosquito.


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    I bought a 586 about six years ago mostly because it was the only blued revolver in the case at the store.

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    I'm a real sucker for a pretty face, and she has to feel good in my clutches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VietVet68 View Post
    On a scale of 1 to 5 the appearance of a gun rates a 5 for me. It makes that so important "first impression". I own a Walther PPK/S & a 1911 Kimber Pro Crimson Carry and these guns made that first impression on me. I also have a Glock 19 and that really sounds like I've lost my mind but I haven't, I look at it like this, it's an utilitarian gun, just like the Volkswagen from Germany, no frills, all business.
    About the Glock. Right on the money. It is a utilitarian pistol. Nothing fancy about it. But they are danged dependable and accurate to boot.
    Been renting one at the range. Sweeeeeeet

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    I like all the responses. I felt it was an interesting idea to talk about because of my next purchase. My original intent was a Glock19 for my Mrs. for the same reason some have said, utility. I know they're great firearms and spot on in the ways of performance and accuracy. But then we handled that P2000...nice. Worth the extra $$$? If she's really that warmed up to it then yes indeed. It should be something that fits her well, loads and cleans easy, something that will become a defensive extention of her. Me? Well yeah man, I like it too! But my problem is I like too many of em. This could be bad (good!). I'm even starting to like old cowboy revolvers as well and picked up a .44 cap and ball. It's just a kool lookin fun gun. I know for a couple hundys I can convert it too so I figure that's a bonus. Once I remember to fix my camera I'll post some pics of what I started palying with and what I pick up in the future. In the end form always follows function, I know that. But some firearms are just plain pretty, aren't they?

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    i too am a sucker for looks. it started out with the m&p. im not so much for prettiness as i am for rugged and tough looking. i love the looks of my my m&p. and i've been familiar with H&K's for a long time but dont own any yet. but the same thing there. they are just big, burly, tough looking guns. and if you want pretty, step up to the p30 and hk45. but i dont understand why people like the p7 series guns. waaayyyy to ugly for me. so on that 1-5 scale, i'd say 1.5 for me

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    3 to 4 for me. First and foremost is fit, how well it fits my hands.

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