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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fugly Guns

Random Pet Peeves From The Gun Room

WTF is wrong with Smith & Wesson?

How can a company that created a beautiful revolver like this:

...end up making a fugly-looking hot ghetto mess like this?

It's bad enough that you've got the safety lock "zit" on the side, there's also the funky angular barrel shroud, the lack of a common finish on all parts, and an overall appearance of something you'd find on the toy aisle at Wal-Mart.

I won't even get into the matter of the 8-shot cylinder, other than to say try tucking a Coke can into your pants to simulate concealing that diameter.

What really gives me a case of the red-ass is the metal insert just above the forcing cone. Here's a close-up from a different pistol:

This has to be a poorly-engineered afterthought... It's probably due to excessive gas-cutting of the frame, and rather than use a better grade of steel, you take a sliver of corrosion-resistant steel and wedge it into the frame, then replace it every 5,000 rounds when it burns through.

You just know that little hook is going to snag everything that gets near it, collect grime and dirt like a magnet, not to mention slicing the #*%@ out of your finger when you wipe down the inside of the frame while cleaning...

Luckily, there's no lack of older Smiths out there on the market for those who value aesthetics as much as reliability and accuracy in their firearms!