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.
<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.