Ugliest Pistol Ever? — Bonus Edition
September 28, 2011
The previous edition of this question got lots of comment on the SGN Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ShotgunNews), with Hi-Point taking a beating from detractors and getting plenty of support from fans. As I thought about it, I recalled some other notably unattractive guns, none of them revolvers this time.
1. Japanese Type 97: someone here said "how could you forget that one?" and he was right.
2. Semmerling LM-4: well-made and expensive, but it was hand-operated, not semi-auto.
3. Walther P38-K: if you're looking for a way to make a classic into an abortion, here it is.
4. HK VP70Z: One of the first plastic-framed pistols, it looked more like a dart gun than a firearm.
5. MS Safari Arms Matchmaster: some might say you canÃt make an ugly 1911. They're wrong.
6. Auto-Mag: notice the resemblance to the Type 97?
7. Norinco Model 77B: if you're the one-armed man from The Fugitive, this is your gun. Otherwise, no more than an odd-looking curiosity item.
8. Grendel P-10: the designer of this one went on to much bigger and better things at Kel-Tec.
9. Ruger P-85: the current Ruger autos are smooth as silk, but the firm's first centerfire self-loader was rough and angular. It took a few years until the much nicer P-90.
10. Colt All-American 2000: one gun writer called it "the 1911 of the 21st century." Didn't work out that way.