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Pink Firearms
« on: October 02, 2016, 07:32:04 AM »

The Pink Gun Debate
I used to be of the opinion that pink guns were silly. I've come to the realization that I was being judgemental.
What right do I have to say anything about a color of anything?
Also, if a person needs to conceal, and they wear a lot of a particular color, wouldn't it be easier to escape notice, if your firearm is in a color that blends in with your clothing, if the wind blows a shirt tail, or you pick up a child a d your clothing rides a bit?
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There has been a lot of dispute on the internet lately concerning pink guns. Some people think that pink guns are a sexist approach by the manufactueres to sell to women; some people think pink guns are just a desperate attempt to make women interested in  shooting to begin with; some think they look too much like a toy; and then there are those who actually like pink guns.

I usually donít jump into these petty disputes (honestly, why are we even taking the time to write about this), but I havenít seen anybody make the obvious arguments yet, and Iím sick of waiting.

So here are a few points Iíd like to discuss on pink guns.

Pink guns are flying off the shelves at gun stores. Whether it is because men are buying them for women, or women are buying them themselves; it makes no difference. Pink guns sell. This is why the manufacturers keep producing them.  It makes business sense.

Guns come in a variety of colors. Itís not like pink is the only ďoffĒ color that manufacturers are producing. There are guns available in tan, OD green, or in camouflage as well.  Now if someone is going to try to tell me that there is tactical reason that manufacturers are producing these colors and selling them to civilians; Iím sorry, but just I canít jump on board with that. Unless someone is going to go play weekend warrior in the woods or at the sand dunes, I donít think any of those colors meet the ďtacticalĒ criteria for civilian use. The same can be said for the stainless steel, chrome, or any other gun that isnít black.

Everyone has their own idea of what pretty is. Some people like black guns, some people like stainless with rosewood grips, some people like pink.  Should the manufacturers stop producing pink guns because some men and women donít like them? I donít personally like OD green guns, but I wouldnít raise hell about them on the internet. I simply donít buy guns in OD green. If someone doesnít like a pink gun, there is almost always the option of buying it in black instead.

For those who think they look too much like a toy, let me remind you, the tip of the pink gun isnít painted orange. If a woman ever has to pull a pink gun on someone, it should be because the threat is doing something so heinous that they need to stop NOW. It should also be morally and legally justifiable.  If the threat on the other end of the gun has confusion as whether or not the gun is real, thatís his problem.  He shouldnít have attempting to commit a felony against the woman to begin with.

The ďtoyĒ argument could be made for any off color gun. And letís be honest, pink guns have been around for years, itís no news flash.

Hereís an argument: many women consider pink to be fun.  If pink guns make shooting  more fun for even just a few women,  then that just helps what should be everybodyís cause: to bring more women into the shooting sports and industry.

On a final note, I would like to point out that almost every woman who has seen my pink gun has asked where she can get one just like it. Every time I post a picture of it, my inbox gets flooded with emails asking me the same.

Everyone is different, everyone has different tastes. I always tell my students that guns are a very personal decision. Infact, gun collections are like bra and underwear collections. Everybody wants and needs something different, and itís really nobody elseís business. Letís all just play nice and stop worrying about the colors of other peopleís guns.

SOME ADVICE FOR LADIES CONSIDERING A PINK GUN

Ladies (and gents), if you are considering buying a pink gun (or turning one pink), please donít be afraid to because of what otherís might think. It does not make you any less of shooter or any less of a person. Look at me, I carry a pink gun everyday and compete with a pink gun. People still come from all over WA and OR to take my classes, and people from all over the world read this blog. Everyone who shoots with me respects both me and the pink gun:  just ask the soldiers in the Oregon National Guard.

On a cautionary note: please donít buy a gun just because it is pink. Most guns can be ďpinkedĒ after market via duracoat or cerakote for a fair price.  Choose the gun you love and that works for you, then worry about the color.

 

© Packing Pretty, Grace McKee 2012

http://packingpretty.com/2012/05/11/some-points-about-pink-guns/
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Re: Pink Firearms
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2016, 07:36:49 AM »

Now, that being said, I  still don't like reflective surfaces, for, what to me, are obvious reasons.
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Re: Pink Firearms
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2016, 08:18:17 AM »

I like bright blue, as in Colt Royal Blue!!!!
I obviously would not prefer to be armed with a pink gun.  That said, it beats the crap out of depending on a hard look to get you through a bad situation.  Tan looks good out in the sand box - til you lay your pistol down for a minute and have trouble finding it again.  Camo - well, I guess I'd prefer a camo finished gun to a pink one (at least I think I would).
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Re: Pink Firearms
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2016, 05:07:51 PM »

ANODIZED PINK & POWDER BLUE REVOLVERS HIT THE MARKET A  COUPLE THREE DECADES BACK ALUMINUM FRAMES , EITHER HI STANDARD OR H&R. I LAUGHED THEN, I LAUGH NOW.
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Re: Pink Firearms
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2016, 02:26:53 PM »

A firearm's color matters not.  What matters is the skill of the firearm's wielder.

Would I purposely purchase a pink firearm?  No.

Would I be thankful for a pink firearm should the need arise?  Yes.
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