‘The Ugly Pistol Club’: 9 New Members

liberator-pistolLet’s face it guys, most guns are a work of functional art that blends something mechanical into something magical. However, what can’t be denied is that there are a few firearms out there that never really worked out that magical part. Handguns it seems are the worst of the offenders, with more than a few horribly ugly designs floating around. Sure, this is a cosmetic issue and as long as the gun goes bang reliably, who really cares what it looks like? Well for those who do, we wrote this article.

1.  Liberator

The ultimate in disposable, single-use pistols, the FP-45 Liberator was designed in World War 2 to be simple and cheap enough to make that they could be thrown away, twice. The first time was out of an airplane over occupied Europe. The second time was after it was used to knock off your local wayward Nazi—the thinking was you could then grab his gun and keep trucking. Built for peanuts, these bad boys cost a mint now to collectors.

2.  Hi-Point

Yes, we have all seen the torture videos where they pull stuff on these oversize Zymak wonders and they just keep on banging away. However, you can’t say that they aren’t as homely as your wife’s cousin Wanda. Still, it looks better than the older Maverick/Stallard JS potmetal designs that preceded it. Well, talk about comparing apples to…well we can’t think of a fruit as ugly as a Stallard so we’ll stop there.


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