I agree, it seems nineteenth and early twentieth century designs seem more elegant and thoughtful, but here is a late twentieth century design I find beautiful. EAA Witnness Elite 10mm built by Tanfoglio, displayed in one of my own holsters.They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe that's true. My appreciation of the aesthetic value of a painting, sculpture, car, firearm, etc. is my own and others may see things differently. That's what makes the world go round.
That said, I do have two favorites.
For the automatic pistol, I think the Walther PP is the most beautiful.
It's lines, proportions, and the quality of production bespeak a 19th Century appreciation of combining form and function, even though it was introduced in 1929.
For the revolver, I contend that the Colt 1860 Army is a true work of art.
The slim, sleek profile appear to be almost organic. A true product of its era, it is a 19th Century statement that a functional weapon can still be striking in its presentation.
Alas, mine is not an original Colt but a very good Pietta reproduction.
The family resemblance here is striking. The 1860 gets much of its good looks from its older, smaller brethren, a Colt 1849 Pocket (this is a real Colt built in 1864). But the larger revolver brings its own handsome features to the forefront.
Anyway, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.
There is actually a lot of truth in that statement. Dumping $500 in aftermarket parts (cheese) makes it far more enjoyable than the soap box derby block that came in the box! 😆True enough, but remember one thing: if you put enough cheese on a turd, you can probably get it to taste good...
Sooooo, are ya tellin’ us that you have it now?
Mercy ... clearly I was correct in wishing my SW1911PCRB had shipped with E-series grip stocks. The VZ OEM panels were a bit too thick for my hands and a bit too garish for my tastes. Those Altamonts(?) on the "E" are knockouts on a pistol nearly identical in appearance. sigh.
To the best of my knowledge, Altamont does make the "E" series (among others) for S&W. Yes, they are quite beautiful, aren't they?Mercy ... clearly I was correct in wishing my SW1911PCRB had shipped with E-series grip stocks. The VZ OEM panels were a bit too thick for my hands and a bit too garish for my tastes. Those Altamonts(?) on the "E" are knockouts on a pistol nearly identical in appearance. sigh.
I hate to tell ya buddy, but if that holster is supposed to make your gun invisible it ain't working.
Back when art was still part of the equation…Post #5 above illustrates the fact that, while most of the handguns regarded as beautiful are from the 19th and early 20th Century there were obvious exceptions even during that time period!
The handguns I have always regarded as being the most aesthetically pleasing are as follows:
Classic 1911/1911A1 (obviously):
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Colt Single Action Army:
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S&W early Model 3 and Schofield:
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Smith & Wesson Model 29:
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There are others, but that's just a start...