As regular TUAK readers know, I’ve had a thing or two to say about pink guns here. Today Claire mentioned her opinion on the subject, and some of the comments she got led me to believe some folks need to lighten up a bit.
Sure, there are serious reasons for serious gun finishes. When I outfitted my own carbine, I went for deliberate ugly.
I went for ugly because I didn’t ever want to sweat the scratches and dings a carry gun’s gonna get out here, and because I wanted my carbine to make people wonder, “how crazy is this guy really?” Obviously it isn’t for everybody. Normally you’d go for stainless or parkerized, or some more serious, more durable finish. Guns are tools, and tools are serious business. Sure.
But c’mon. Guns are also – or at least I hope we reach the stage where they are – personal accessories by which you can kind of express yourself. Would I carry a pink gun? Oh, hell no. But I’m a smelly old hermit, and it wouldn’t go with the image. Anybody who paints her nails outlandish colors, or frets over the lace on her underwear, might get a big kick out of carrying a boomstick in an outré color. When that sort of thing becomes popular, we’re seeing the re-normalization of personal weapons as a part of everyday wear. Which personally, I think is a good thing.
Anyway that’s the direction I hope we’re going. And if that means putting up with pink pistols, whether literal or metaphorical, I’m completely on board with it.