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#5558198 - 01/22/15 12:59 PM What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks?
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Okay, here's a chance to participate in a thread where disagreement is both expected and encouraged.

In my opinion, for a firearm to be attractive it must have a wood stock. Even the most "tactical looking" AR's just take on a better look when they carry a wood stock. And while fancy checkering and engraving can add a nice touch, too much of it is like adding curb finders to a Lincoln. Also, I've never been found of muzzle breaks simply because they distract from the smooth lines of a fine-blued barrel. And lever guns always look better and more ready to work without a scope. Finally, I've never been a fan of stainless steel rifles. Gloss blue or matte black is the only way to go.
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#5558203 - 01/22/15 01:03 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Wood scratches and fades. Iv always liked synthetic but just because I treat my guns like the tools they are. I do like the full dipped guns though... low maintenance no rust... just clean the action and barrel... Attractive gun to me is one that still shoots strait. cheers Have seen plenty of sweet looking wood stocked guns though... they look great but id ruin one quick
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#5558206 - 01/22/15 01:06 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Wood scratches and fades. Iv always liked synthetic but just because I treat my guns like the tools they are. I do like the full dipped guns though... low maintenance no rust... just clean the action and barrel... Attractive gun to me is one that still shoots strait. cheers Have seen plenty of sweet looking wood stocked guns though... they look great but id ruin one quick


Exactly. When I got my SBE II I wanted one with wood stock and forend but figured since I was going to be mostly duck hunting and don't baby my guns I would end up ruining it. So synthetic is what I got.
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#5558218 - 01/22/15 01:09 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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My preferences:

-for looks only, I really like the wood stocks. The gloss wood looks great! the problem is that the wood stocks are not good for hunting as they get scratched VERY easily.
-prefer synthetic for field guns
-prefer stainless steel - just looks awesome
-never had a rifle with muzzle break so I can't speak to that

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#5558224 - 01/22/15 01:13 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Not to be overlooked, the type of sling that you choose takes away or adds a lot to the overall looks of any firearm. Simply put, it must be as tailored to the firearm as you would when choosing the attire for an attractive woman. And likewise, if the gun is ugly, a pretty sling will never cover for it.
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#5558227 - 01/22/15 01:15 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Not to be overlooked, the type of sling that you choose takes away or adds a lot to the overall looks of any firearm. Simply put, it must be as tailored to the firearm as you would when choosing the attire for an attractive woman.


good point.
for wood stocks, I prefer a leather sling.
for synthetic, anyone I like at the time

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#5558235 - 01/22/15 01:19 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I like both.. I think guns, even the ugly ones, all look good in their own way. I own wood and synthetic. For field use though, you can't beat the synthetic!

edit: all the ugly ones EXCEPT the hi-points. Them things are uglier than the south end of my northbound lab.


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#5558238 - 01/22/15 01:20 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I remember an old Browning shotgun way back there that had a green receiver. IMO, it remains one of the the most butt ugly shotguns ever made.
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#5558244 - 01/22/15 01:23 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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I like the look of synthetic and stainless, but the deep bluing on a perfect barrel, is just downright hot.
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#5558245 - 01/22/15 01:25 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I can't get used to synthetic stocks of any kind. I realize the functionality and durability of them but to me no matter how well made or designed they immediately look cheap and crappy to me. This ranges from a "Tupperware" factory stock on a Savage to a thousand dollar McMillan on a custom build, they both look equally crappy to me. I say this while owning very high quality rifles with high end composite stock on em but they are still horrible looking. Give me deep rich blue with hand rubbed French walnut and 20+ lines per inch checkering polished bolts and very fine and small amounts of detailed engraving, that to me makes a pretty rifle. And yes I hunt a lot with a rifle of that exact description.

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#5558250 - 01/22/15 01:28 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Okay, here's a chance to participate in a thread where disagreement is both expected and encouraged.

In my opinion, for a firearm to be attractive it must have a wood stock. Even the most "tactical looking" AR's just take on a better look when they carry a wood stock. And while fancy checkering and engraving can add a nice touch, too much of it is like adding curb finders to a Lincoln. Also, I've never been found of muzzle breaks simply because they distract from the smooth lines of a fine-blued barrel. And lever guns always look better and more ready to work without a scope. Finally, I've never been a fan of stainless steel rifles. Gloss blue or matte black is the only way to go.


I'll just disagree with most of your post. There are good looking wood stock guns and there are good looking synthetic stock guns. And a wood stock on an AR is just wrong. It's an AR, not an AK. A wood stock AK does look better than a synthetic stock AK. And you mention the Lincoln like it's a good looking car to begin with. There are no current production good looking Lincolns. Adding curb feelers won't make it much worse. Stainless guns look fine to me, less maintenance is never bad in my book. But that's why there are lots of different models because we all have different tastes.
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#5558268 - 01/22/15 01:37 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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As I read this thread it is purely about aesthetics.

I don't see how anyone could/would say any synthetic rifle is more aesthetically pleasing than a beautiful wood stocked rifle.

Now, among wood-stocked rifles opinions on aesthetics are all over the board-but I prefer beautiful wood, elegant lines, and minimal "distractions".
Roy Weatherby would have disagreed with me.

Muzzle brakes are from the devil.
Battle rifles were never meant to be aesthetically pleasing-and they are not. A wood stocked AR would be silly.


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (01/22/15 01:39 PM)
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#5558271 - 01/22/15 01:39 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Slim rifles with non-bulky looking stocks whether they be sythetic or wood, blued or stainless.

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#5558346 - 01/22/15 02:13 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Many times there are specific lines and curves that give a firearm a distinctive and sometimes very unique look. Old Browning A-5's with a "round knob" stock is a good example of that.

The curve at the end of the forearm, like that on my new Winchester Model 70, has always appealed to me.
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#5558445 - 01/22/15 02:59 PM Re: What makes a firearm attractive and with good looks? [Re: Texas Dan]
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When the weather is nice and sunny, a wood stock and blued metal rifle is as pretty as a new gingham dress.

But when the weather gets lousy, stainless and synthetic start looking better and better.

Few people give thought to the appearance of their scope. Many people, including one of my long-time hunting partners, will build up a sporter-weight rifle and then slap a 2-lb beast of a scope with a 50-56 mm objective on top. All things being equal, a lighter, trimmer rig demands a light, trim scope (26-32mm obj). Conversely, your bull barreled varmint or LR outfit looks right at home with the big 30" tubes and 50-56+" objectives. I once read where a veteran rifleman admonished: don't mount your rifle on the scope; mount the scope on the rifle! Good advice....
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