It was perhaps 20 years ago that I first heard about Barbecue Guns.
A Barbecue Gun is a sidearm or handgun that has a pleasing appearance. Not just s tool of self-defense, but a work of art. Sometimes engraved, jeweled and emblazoned with custom wood stocks, made of rare or exotic woods. In a custom holster. Ostrich?
Something a gentleman (or lady) would wear to a barbecue, with their nicest snakeskin boots. A showpiece.
Now, back-in-the-day, when I owned a small collection, I had one or two guns that might have made the cut.
An electroless nickel Colt Gold Cup, with Colt rosewood stocks. Elegant in her simplicity.
A Smith & Wesson Model 39, in bright nickel, also with smooth rosewood stocks. A beautiful presentation, but approaching passing BBQ gun into the realm of pimp gun.
A Smith & Wesson Model 24, 3 inch barrel, round butt. with standard smooth, finger-grooved S&W stocks.
As I had rare occasion to O.C. at any BBQ, I never got to get all gussied up and carry one of them. And, of course, now they are gone. 😦
I imagine it’s not unlike getting to arrive at the BBQ with a tricked-out 1957 Cadillac for all to see.