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?