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Carry guns should be worn (yes, both meanings).

I saw this the other day. I rarely go to gun shops anymore. But there was a guy in there “carrying” some high end 1911 and was bragging about the finish looking so great.

4 Responses to “True”

  1. Bruce Says:

    I’ve got a BBQ gun, but the carry gun only gets seen by the wife, so it’s a scarred up mess.

  2. HSR47 Says:

    One thing to keep in mind is that various gun finishes show wear differently.

    I have two Glock pistols that I’ve used for EDC, roughly equally at this point — Each has spent about 3-5 years on my person.

    I’ve never babied either of them in any way, but the older one has a slide finish that just does not show wear at all–A casual inspection won’t give you an accurate idea of how much it has been carried.

    The other has the super soft slide finish that you can visibly scratch with a fingernail, and had more visible damage to the slide finish in the first week than the other pistol has after 4+ years of daily carry.

  3. JTC Says:

    Blurry line between appreciating and taking pride in fine workmanship and anthropomorphizing a tool; a gun ain’t a dog.

    And the latter often signals an ironically counter relationship on the part of the carrier with the gun.

  4. mikee Says:

    I’ve always presumed that if I used my handgun in self defense, I’d likely not see it again for a long time, if ever, once the police took it. So a high end carry gun would be nice, but a simple Glock is readily replaced.