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Old June 15th, 2010, 08:20 PM   #1
 
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Are your tastes in guns conservative?

In addition to being your basic Right of Center Conservative I find my tastes in guns are conservative. I am a Steel and Walnut man, an aluminum receiver is ok on a 22 rifle, that's it. Rubber grips are fine and look good on a stainless or nickeled gun, otherwise, if it doesn't have a steel fram it's not for me. Also no S&Ws with locks or New Model Ruger SAs. I learned in the 1950s that you keep the chamber under the hammer of a traditional single action empty and I think Finn Aagard said it best that the only safety is behind the eyes and between the ears. I realize some of these modern materials have their virtues but for me Nothing Beats The Feel of Steel.



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My answer has not changed since you asked on May 22
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All of my firearms are of wood and steel save the Mark III .22/45 and the Colt "Cowboy" the first because that is way it was designed and the second is because I have yet to change the grips. and yes, even though all of my Rugers SAs and DA have the "transfer bars safity system I still carry hammer down on an empty chamber also.
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Walnut and steel for me, too. The ONLY exception in my gun collection is my GP100. I do have the old style Ruger grips with rosewood inserts, though, but switch back and forth between the original Hogues, Hogue Tamers, old style with rosewood, and old style with stag inserts, depending on my mood and what i'm up to with it. The most comfortable for me are the Tamers. Prettiest are the stag.

Sorta like a girl putting purty dresses on her doll....
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I changed the Houge grips on my GP100 to Bager custom grips and really enjoy the diffirence in looks and feel of the grips, Also I have no trouble using a speed-loader with the Bager grips.
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My tastes in guns likewise tends toward traditional materials (blued steel and wooden furniture). That said, I'm open to other types of guns, as long as the overall quality and finish are good. For the longest time, I utterly resisted getting a plastic framed handgun. Almost all of them were hideously ugly, and I felt like the greater heft of a steel-framed pistol (like a CZ-75 or a 1911) absorbed recoil while the lighter weight of a plasticool gun would be akin to shooting .357 mags put of a snubbie.

Well, I was wrong. Long story short, I rented a Glock 19 and was quickly seduced by it's light weight, compactness, pointability, decent accuracy, and lack of too many levers, buttons, whistles, bells and doohickeys attached. Just a solid, no nonsense, piece of battle-tested hardware that will go bang every time.

But for all the functional virtues of the Glock, it remains a hideously ugly gun and can never take the place of my blued Colt XSE 1911 when it comes to guns of mine I simply enjoy looking at.

I also have a Springfield M1A in the standard walnut stocked configuration. Although I've heard synthetic stocks are superior for durability and resistance to warpage, I don't care. My rifle is a beauty and I enjoy rubbing BLO on it every now and then to maintain the beauty of the wooden stock.
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I don't know if I am "conservate" or "traditional" in my taste for firearms. Personally, although I own and love my Glock 19, I prefer ss revolvers and wood grips. However, I no longer carry my Glock and have replaced it with my Ruger LCP, only because of its size and weight. I keep the Glock in the house in case there should be a problem with an uninvited stranger. I still keep my Ruger P95DC in my car, in addition to my concealed LCP. So, I guess I would label myself as a "traditional conservative".
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I'll be 71 this July so my favorite type is blue steel and wood.

I think a lot has to do with what was popular in the movies when you are young. Back in the '40's & '50's we had a steady diet of westerns where the heros had a Colt .45, sometimes two and a Winchester lever-action in the saddle scabbard.

Many of the old westerns showed a shoot-out with the actors shooting a lot more bullets than a six-shooter would hold but it usually wasn't too bad.

Movies of today have people running around shooting thousands of rounds of ammo through their black rifles and I wonder who carries all the ammo they need to make so much noise.

I'm not against advancements in gun design but newer weapons remind me that once we had truly crafted beautiful wooden furniture and now everything is press-board with vinyl laminate covering.

Yeah, sign me up for a beautiful old Winchester model '61 .22 pump or maybe a Winchester model-52 bolt action .22 that will probably outshoot any new .22 available today.
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I'll be 71 this July so my favorite type is blue steel and wood.

I think a lot has to do with what was popular in the movies when you are young. Back in the '40's & '50's we had a steady diet of westerns where the heros had a Colt .45, sometimes two and a Winchester lever-action in the saddle scabbard.

Many of the old westerns showed a shoot-out with the actors shooting a lot more bullets than a six-shooter would hold but it usually wasn't too bad.

Movies of today have people running around shooting thousands of rounds of ammo through their black rifles and I wonder who carries all the ammo they need to make so much noise.

I'm not against advancements in gun design but newer weapons remind me that once we had truly crafted beautiful wooden furniture and now everything is press-board with vinyl laminate covering.

Yeah, sign me up for a beautiful old Winchester model '61 .22 pump or maybe a Winchester model-52 bolt action .22 that will probably outshoot any new .22 available today.
I'm just a couple of years behind you and yes I do think that the movies we had back then (the westerns) have a great deal to do with how we picture our firearms of today, I do not particularly care for semi autos or the "black" long arms so popular today. Give me a SS six gun and lever action rifle and I'm in gun heaven.
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Price concerns have given me a P95 with a polymer frame. My preference would be steel and walnut. I love the way they look and feel. So some day I will get something like a nice 1911. I hate the tactical rifles too, I just can't stand the looks of all the black plastic. Right now I am saving up for a Mini-14 Ranch Rifle in the hardwood and blued steel.
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While were talking about rifles, why doesn't Ruger make a Mini 30 with blued steel and wood furniture like they do for the Mini 14? Every example of a Mini 30 I've ever seen was stainless with a black synthetic stock. Now, I'm not strictly opposed to that look, as my Ruger 10/22 is exactly that config - stainless with black plastic stock - but I'd like a Mini 30 if they made them in a wooden stock.

...And if they were higher quality and more accurate than an SKS which costs half the price.....
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