What’s the Ugliest Handgun Ever Made? Garry James September 16th, 2011 | More From Garry James Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+In my earlier blog on the most beautiful handguns ever made, Jim Wargula (a faithful reader) suggested that I cover the ugliest handguns, ever. Great idea; and an incredibly fertile field. Again, we probably should establish some parameters. I’d like to keep it to form over function—we can cover guns that include both in a future blog. Also, it ‘s only fair to eliminate some that are just outright bizarre, or specialty pieces such as the Reid Knuckleduster, Chicago Palm Pistol or Cochran Turret Revolver—those are just offbeat contrivances that seem to transcend any sort of aesthetic judgment. So here are my personal top five. In this case, I suppose, they’d have to be in descending order. Check out the gallery below and be sure to chime with your thoughts. GALLERY: What's the Ugliest Handgun Ever Made? 1 of 5 <h2>No. 5: British 1842 Lancer’s Pistol</h2>The term “ungainly” seems to have been coined for this beauty. Designed by a chap with no handgun experience, it mated an oversized carbine lock to a musket-bore barrel and weirdly configured, skimpy grip. Most of the troops threw them away. <h2>No. 5: British 1842 Lancer’s Pistol</h2>The term “ungainly” seems to have been coined for this beauty. Designed by a chap with no handgun experience, it mated an oversized carbine lock to a musket-bore barrel and weirdly configured, skimpy grip. Most of the troops threw them away. <h2>No. 4: FP 45 “Liberator</h2>A .45 sheet-metal wonder intended to be given to partisans during World War II so they could use them to kill the enemy and take their sidearms. Sure the things only cost a couple of bucks to make and were churned out in seconds, but at least they could have been given a bit more panache. The Liberator looks like something designed by an engineer. They made a million of them but there are no verified instances of their use. The Army Air Corps was probably too embarrassed to drop them. <h2>No. 3: Borchardt</h2>This was truly a seminal handgun, but, good lord, it could have been given a bit more style. I know the mechanism required the rear end look like it was afflicted with a bad case of lordosis, but still… It’s certainly nothing you’d want to take home to mother. Most are found in pretty good shape. I guess the owners couldn’t stand to look at them and just stuck them away in the drawer. Good point: It spawned the Luger. <h2>No. 2: Savage Navy</h2>With its ring trigger, Frisbee-size triggerguard, awkward grip and front-heavy mechanism, it’s simply one of the most unlovely percussion revolvers ever. <h2>And the Winner…Model 1898 Rast und Gasser</h2>The earlier Austrian Model 1870 Gasser was no beauty contest winner, but it almost seems that Franz Josef came up with a contest for his arms designers to see who could outdo their earlier effort. Well, if that was the case, someone was a clear winner because the 1898 is the most ungainly-looking revolver ever made—and that’s saying something. The weird grip angle has never been duplicated—with good reason--and the rest of the piece is totally devoid of any semblance style. Surprisingly, the thing worked pretty good, but that’s beyond the scope of this evaluation. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from Guns & Ammo Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More From the History Books Show More Get the Guns & Ammo Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. 9 Awesomely Creative Ways to Kill ZombiesRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 12 issues for the low price of just $9! Subscribe!