A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ugly Gun Sunday

Yeah, so the 45 caliber Model of 2006 built by Cylinder & Slide's Bill Laughridge is a $8000 concept gun. A 1911 modified to ressemble a Colt 1903 Hammerless. No question about it. It is an impeccably finished blue and ivory pièce de résistance of the gunmaker's art.

It looks like a damned pretty High Point to me.



Anonymous Karl said...

I don't think it's ugly... If anything I'd love to see colt make a modern version of the 1903 or 1908. It should be a "Pocket Model"... Small, thin, and in a reasonable caliber (50 AE not a option). I could see 380 or maybe 9 but no bigger.

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

Sorry, Xavier, but I think it's really pretty. There's no sense arguing over taste, I guess.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous ditto said...

Sorry Xavier, this one doesn't qualify as an ugly gun.
It is a beautiful piece of custom work. I can't say I see $8000 worth of work but it still is an awesome looking pistol.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I love my 1903. Sorry, this piece makes me happy.

9:43 AM  
Blogger YoelB said...

Superb craftsmanship, but I'm with Xavier. The customer is not always right.
That excrescence over the hammer ruins the lines. It isn't even really utilitarian the way a shrouded hammer on a snubbie is.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the execution isn't exquisite, and the bluing is as lusterous as any Python.......

It's just that the gun looks as topheavy as a HiPoint. I wonder why Bill Laughridge didn't fill in the finger bevels behind the trigger or at least use a 1911 frame so the frame itself would more closely ressemble a 1903 Hammerless.

Perhaps I should edit the post to reflect this.......

10:53 AM  
Blogger Raptor said...

Sorry, Xavier, but I gotta go with the crowd on this one. I'd give my left arm for one if they made 'em for real (need my right to shoot it ;) )

I can kinda see how you can liken it to a Hi-Point, but that's kind of a stretch...

11:42 AM  
Blogger José Giganté said...

I agree with you Xavier, its ugly as well as the gun it's modeled after. All those Colt hammerlesses never appealed to me, but they are a purpose-built gun that suited a purpose, which this gun does not.

Ugly, just like a Glock.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look at the 1903, and then the 1908, along with a couple other JMB designs, I feel that he would have designed the 1911 with an enclosed hammer, had it not been for the army requiring an exposed hammer (or at least I hear they did). I think its a beautiful gun, and makes more sense in my mind for a carry gun. It also eliminates the safety hazard of poorly educated users attempting to decock the hammer after chambering a round, which can lead to a negligent discharge.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Timmeehh said...

Raptor, they are now available for sale at C&S starting at only $2595.00!

M2008 Historical Pocket Model 45 ACP


4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never been a big fan of the 1903 myself. But, like the Glock, it grew on me.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Woflwood said...

Not necessarily ugly, just...there's something wrong. It's like there are several little things that are individually not quite right and add up to a pistol that just doesn't quite do it.

5:39 PM  
Blogger nature223 said...

just how in hell do you do a hammer recock??

I got nothin to say here,but..


but yeah,it DOES look like a 1903,32/380..but JMB designed it to BE a pocket pistol with minimal square edges to stop a fast draw.
this wont fit in ANY pocket of anyone's pants unless their a GIANT

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Stan in Minnesota said...

We haven't heard from Tam yet. When we do........duck!

7:15 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

"just how in hell do you do a hammer recock??"

Why would you do a hammer recock?

7:27 PM  
OpenID reflectoscope said...

It is a beautiful work of craftsmanship, but it is awkward.


7:52 PM  
Blogger nature223 said...

Tam...the 19911 CAN be safely carried hammer down/round up..or if you want a quick second strike,you can thumb the hammer for a re hit.
faster then racking the slide,and something that may save you if you drug the hammer and it didnt strike hard enough to fire...ANNnnnd you have only ONE HAND FREE,I can do mine with one hand,no problem...remember...grip safety??????
I am amoungst one of JMB's highest,completely and totally,dedicated lovers of his weapons designs..I own three,but the 1903 never has enthralled me..ever,nor would a bastardisation of his great works,make my heart go all aflutter.
yeah,pretty execution,but tacitely,and TACTICALLY...I humbly repeat my last statement about this gun...

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Mike Harbour said...


Like somebody once told me, everybody has a right to be wrong, but in this case, you're 100-percent correct: ugly! While none of us can speak for JMB, it wouldn't surprise me if he thought, "Why?"

Another favorite saying I think applies here: Just because you can doesn't mean you should!

Mike Harbour
Helena, MT

10:21 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I don't think my HiPoint would look that good with ivory grips.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Dr. StrangeGun said...


I have a feeling your trespasses will be forgiven as it is you do not know against for whom you speak.

You do not "rethumb" the hammer... tap rack bang. If a cartridge doesn't go, get it the hell out of there and hit a fresh one.

If you're one handed, then you find some hard surface to press the lower front of the slide against. You don't have one of those "abomination" guide rods in your 1911, do you?

And speaking of abominations, it is NOT safe to carry hammer down on a live round with any "true" 1911. 1991 with the firing pin safety, sure.... but the original 1911 has nothing to stop a struck hammer from transmitting force straight through the firing pin into the primer. Drop a hammer-down 1911 on the hammer nose and it will go "bang".

7:17 AM  
Blogger David said...

I think it's beautiful.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no - and I usually really like everything you write! It's just that, today I bought a Colt 1903 with ivory grips. It's the baby brother to your ugly 1911 and now I'd like your ugly gun to go with it!

9:32 PM  

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