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Old February 18, 2013, 02:17 PM   #26
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Given that beauty is in the eye of the beholder then, inevitably, the answer will be yes, just not in a form that everyone can agree on.

I find some things aesthetically beautiful (form over function), others I find beautiful by virtue of splendidly thought out design (function over form).

Most often my tastes come under the latter...
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Old February 18, 2013, 02:21 PM   #27
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I think this is a good looking pistol...

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Old February 18, 2013, 02:23 PM   #28
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I'm a big fan of the new polymer pistols. They are wonders of modern engineering. Some are even very attractive designs. But moulded plastic will never be as beautiful or have the personality of metal, at least to me.
There is something about the deep blue of an old Colt or S&W revolver, or the time consuming polish on a stainless 1911, or the colors on a case hardened SA sixgun that is just more appealing to me. Cookie Cutter pistols are not a bad thing. I own a few and really enjoy shooting them. But set one next to my Colt Combat Commander and they pale in comparison.
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Old February 18, 2013, 02:29 PM   #29
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Re: Can a polymer framed gun equal the beauty of steel?

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I think this is a good looking pistol...

I will agree
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Old February 18, 2013, 02:36 PM   #30
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Can anyone provide an example of a polymer framed gun that has the style and grace that a fine steel framed gun has?
LOL!
Hell, I can't even give you a steel framed gun that comes close to matching the beauty of a brass framed Colt 1851 Navy. .....
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Old February 18, 2013, 02:53 PM   #31
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peaceful gary,
other than the red on the LCI, I think the SR9C is quite sexy, I carry mine around all the time
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Old February 18, 2013, 03:18 PM   #32
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IMO, no. Steel will always look better, but I have seem some good looking polys out there. FN and Ruger SR line, some Sigs.
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Old February 18, 2013, 03:29 PM   #33
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No polymer gun can be as nice looking as a 1911. I think the Dan Wesson CBOB is one of the best looking of the bunch.
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Old February 18, 2013, 06:13 PM   #34
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Engineering on plastic and metal guns is nearly the same. Maybe a bit of an edge to the polymer.
Function (at least from a practical standpoint) is as good today as any metal gun.
But the looks. REALLY??? No way any plastic gun will ever come close to resembling the craftsmanship of a metal gun.
Does an Colt AR compare to a Kraighoff?
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Old February 18, 2013, 08:57 PM   #35
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plastic

glass may be class but steel is real baby !!!!!!!!
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Old February 18, 2013, 09:22 PM   #36
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I like the looks of these little guys:



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Old February 18, 2013, 11:01 PM   #37
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This one looks pretty good, IMO:



But to answer the question, no.

I can think of more than a few steel framed pistols that look better than the best looking polymer pistol.
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Old February 18, 2013, 11:27 PM   #38
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Not necessarily there are multipage photo threads devoted to 500 variations of two-by-fours
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Old February 18, 2013, 11:34 PM   #39
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Nothing beats the beauty of an all steel Haskell JS-45 or the weight either. LOL
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Old February 19, 2013, 12:11 AM   #40
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Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.
I can drink, but I don't think I could drink THAT much (for "a polymer framed gun equal the beauty of steel").
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Old February 19, 2013, 12:16 AM   #41
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Not in my eyes...although, some can be rather attractive, for what they are.
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Old February 19, 2013, 12:38 AM   #42
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The SR series and P99 are great looking, in the same way that a new BMW is. Is that as sexy as an Aston Martin (1911)? Not to most people. To some? Yes.

I'll still take that BMW, all day... More practical.
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Old February 19, 2013, 01:19 AM   #43
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Plastic guns are OK for using buy they will never match the grace and elegance of a tastefully engraved & stocked Colt SA (to include the Peacemaker, 3rd Dragoon and 1860) or 1911 pistol.

Can't be done... but just for S&G I would like a set of stick-on stags for my Glock 23.
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Old February 19, 2013, 01:41 AM   #44
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Plastic has it purposes and uses, but for beauty I always look to steel, wood, and ivory:

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Old February 19, 2013, 07:36 AM   #45
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Ahhh, no. Polymer pistols, while functional have little aesthetic nor tactile attraction.
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Old February 19, 2013, 07:46 AM   #46
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I love the looks of my "plastic" guns and they are not as heavy to carry. I most likely will not buy another all metal gun, but I have had many in the past.
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Old February 19, 2013, 08:59 AM   #47
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I've always liked the looks of the Sig 232 as well as the walther PPK.
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Old February 19, 2013, 09:01 AM   #48
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No poly will ever have the aesthetics of the 1911, CZ75, BHP, Beretta 92,etc.
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Old February 19, 2013, 09:33 AM   #49
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No poly will ever have the aesthetics of the 1911, CZ75, BHP, Beretta 92,etc
I would tend to agree. Although I do have some of the ones listed, px4,Caracal,sr22 etc....which are fine looking pistols, I do not believe they have or will ever have the characteristics of a fine all metal pistol.

As proof, I had been buying and shooting a number of poly guns with high capacity and great function, but until I inherited an old blued colt revolver with such a sweet double action, I did not know what I was missing with the steel guns.

My newer poly guns shoot much better of course and are lighter, but I will also never give up that old Colt.
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Old February 19, 2013, 09:52 AM   #50
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Hey Auto426, You left out the beauty of leather in you list.
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