What’s the most beautiful handgun ever made? That’s an interesting question on many levels.
Of course looks are pretty personal, and what is attractive to one person, might not be all that wonderful to another. Still, there are some constants. The “golden mean” has withstood the test of time as have the works of many artists, architects and authors.
But, when you get into the realm of mechanical contrivances, especially firearms, another factor enters into the equation—form vs. function. Can something be truly beautiful, even it if doesn’t work all that well. Good point and one for the aesthetes and the utilitarians to argue about.
For this purpose, as it is my blog, I’m setting the parameters. We are going to look principally at lines. I seem to end up looking at my guns more than I shoot them, anyway. To me something truly beautiful should have certain timelessness about it—not something easily pegged to a particular period. Of course most gun people are going to have a vague idea about when a piece was made, but if a certain piece is presented to a non-firearms enthusiast, it should be able to hold its own on beauty alone—and we’re not necessarily talking gussying up something with all sorts superfluous embellishments. No, it must stand on its own—bare, naked.
In the gallery below is my choice for the most beautiful handgun of all time, along with four runners up.
OK, now it’s your turn. UPDATE: See my picks for the top five ugliest guns ever made.