When I think of a rail gun, I think of this:
Following the hot fashion and uglying up a gun with some rails does not make it a “rail gun” despite what the Colt marketing drones might think.
Ours IS bigger than theirs… 🙂
I’d like to go on record stating that I hate rails. They seem to be the fastest way to upset the plesant “curves” that keeps my asthetic taste satisfied, my hands without abraisions and my holsters intact. The last thing I want on a carry peice is a strip or two of jagged metal to get hung up on things.
I love the rails on this weapon, my dream .45:
While I will agree that they do SLIGHTLY increase the risk of wear, I’ve never dinged my hands on the rails on my XDm, or any other railed gun, and the ability to mount lights/lasers makes them essential as far as I am concerned.
But ain’t it great that we live in America, where we can discuss these esoteric differences and buy either one?
The appropriateness of rails really seems to depend on the gun in question.
Combat tupperware (of any brand)? Rail = appropriate.
HD gun? Rail = appropriate.
Hundred-year-old classic design with proper lines and curves already? NO FRELLING WAY.
I feel much the same way about the rails on the Marlin .45-70 Guide Gun … it’s just … wrong.
(And that rail-farm SxS? Come on. ugh!)
There were a few railed 1911s at the convention that actually looked REALLY good (as in you didn’t notice the rail)
But with a 5″ 1911, if you mount a LaserLyte Pistol bayonet the point won’t go much beyond the muzzle! What’s the point! : ]