OK, I don’t get it. I love the frilly, girlly stuff…make-up, high heels, ruffles, getting dressed up, the whole works. I have plenty of pink clothes, underwear, shoes, etc. But a pink gun….never!
I’m actually a little offended by the male gun manufacturers and marketers who believe that women will more likely buy a gun because it is pink! I sit on a board of directors for a local gun club, and I get to have drawings every year specifically for women. I always have a pistol (last year two) as the prize for the drawing. Every year some men tell me to get a pink gun to give away. Really? Do you think that we want pink guns? We want a gun that we can manage, take apart, put together, and will shoot where we aim! We don’t care what color it is!
More important to me than the color is if the grip is comfortable. I want to know if there is much recoil, and the weight of the gun. I want to know the caliber, and how many rounds I can put in the magazine. I want to know if the sights are aligned properly, and if I can see them in low light. I want to know how many pounds of pressure it takes to get the trigger to release. I don’t care if the gun has purple stripes as long as it isn’t too heavy, the barrel isn’t too short, and the gun isn’t a piece of cheap junk.
Let’s talk about junk for a minute. Smith & Wesson makes a small little revolver. Probably OK as a conceal carry weapon, barrel is too short for my liking. Some retailer will take this little revolver, and paint it with DuraCoat for only $135. A decent revolver just got turned into a piece of junk!
Now take a look at this: A beautiful 9MM Kimber. Not only will this pistol feel great in my hand, as the grip is smaller, the wood inset has some hash marks to keep it from slipping out of my hand. The slide is a beautiful brushed metal. When I carry this (or something similar) everyone know that I am serious, and it is very likely that I know how to use this baby! Carrying that ugly pink, my potential attacker is going to laugh his head off! I can hear it now….”officer, well, I was ready to shoot, but the guy died from laughing at my stupid pink gun!”
So just to be clear, I appreciate the looks of a nice gun. I am more likely to pick one up that is appealing to my eye (may not buy it, but I’ll look). I like the nice wood handles, the different colors of metal. In the end, I am going to buy a pistol that is functional, comfortable, affordable (well…maybe not so much), and comes from a reputable manufacturer. I’m not buying one that is PINK!