View Full Version : Eh.... Two Tone Trend...

01-03-2010, 8:30 PM
I know it's the newest thing to have a Polymer two tone Pistol, but I don't realy get it... It just doesn't look right to me... Anyone have a reason why this trend is happening? Just something new/different?

01-03-2010, 8:41 PM
Just something new/different?


01-03-2010, 8:46 PM
I don't really like the black frame/stainless slide look, but that is just my opinion.

Other two-tone combos I like very much; Black slide over OD Green frame is my favorite two-tone look.

Also don't mind the matte stainless frame with a black/blue slide - especially on a fine 1911.

I don't know if it is just a trend or not. I won't buy a gun based on whether it is two-tone or not, but when I purchased a SA XD, I had to order one through the store. I could order any color combo, so I went with OD green frame and blue slide. My SW1911DK came with the reverse two-tone (Stainless frame/blue slide) and I think she is very pretty.

01-03-2010, 8:59 PM
Nothing is new under the sun.
A new trend?
I think not.
Back in the 80s the new color combo was a dark slide with silver frame.
Then stainless pistols hit the market, and the all stainless silver look was in.
Then polymer pistols came out...making the frames silver colored looked so cheap, so they left the frames black and went with silver stainless slides, which always looked upside down and really dumb to me.
Stainless was such the rage that Glock made their slides from stainless, then coated them black...LOL.
I think the newest durable coatings with many color options are a great step forward.

01-03-2010, 9:10 PM
Different. Black can be boring.

01-03-2010, 9:12 PM
Different. Black can be boring.

I like!

01-03-2010, 9:37 PM
I guess in some aspects I am a traditionalist (I guess I don't get bored with it :D ) , but I do have to admit that outwardly custom is cool (as in that Sig)

Just seems like every polymer frame line has it off the shelf now... In some cases it seems to scream "Hey look at me, this is plastic!!!"

I do have a Glock and an M&P 9 so I am not against polymer, just like the "integrated" look more...

01-03-2010, 9:38 PM
The same reason you'd want a racing stripe on your solid colored car.

Or slacks a different color than your jacket.

01-03-2010, 9:44 PM
The same reason you'd want a racing stripe on your solid colored car.

It adds more horsepower? :D

01-03-2010, 9:48 PM
Last year I wanted an XD Tactical, and the only one I could get ordered was one with a Desert Tan frame. I ended up getting it anyway, and it has grown on me quite a bit.


01-03-2010, 9:48 PM
My next pistol will be a bi-tone XD9. A nice change from the many solid black pistols in my stable (although I do have a two-tone Sig Trailside and an OD G17).

Big :thumbsup: for variety.

01-03-2010, 9:50 PM
I've got an OLD Sig P226 with dark frame and not quite silver top half. Looks damn good to me!

01-03-2010, 10:02 PM
I've heard a black slide is preferable over a silver slide for shooting in the dark (ie. home defense). I don't know the reason why, I've just heard the statement made before.

01-03-2010, 10:13 PM
wait... so your not a fan eh?


first time i saw this pistol i was like --> :tt1: and had to have it

01-03-2010, 10:19 PM
wait so your not a fan eh?

for me this pistol was love at first sight

Now... Nothing about that one says "plastic"!

01-03-2010, 10:38 PM
Now... Nothing about that one says "plastic"!

nope... molded polymer :D

01-03-2010, 11:20 PM
I was so afraid there where going to be pink and purple pics in this thread.

01-04-2010, 12:25 AM
My (limited!) understanding was that back in the day the first stainless autos had problems with galling. A blued slide on a stainless frame avoids that issue.


-- Michael

01-04-2010, 3:26 AM
It's not a new trend. The Colt below was made in 1989. Contrasting colors have long been used in automobiles, clothing, houses and all sorts of consumer products. Many people like the look and it helps sell your product.


01-04-2010, 3:57 AM
I think OD Green and Black or Tan and Black look great on a pistol :)

01-04-2010, 6:15 AM
Love the two tone 1911's. Nothing sexier IMO!

Not mine but I hope to cpoy it one day.


01-04-2010, 6:56 AM
Two tone is not by any means new. Smith & Wesson has been making two tone revolvers a long time. Do an image search for S&W pinto guns and you'll see.

01-04-2010, 7:09 AM
I guess the color infused poly frames are here to stay, but I think all that duracoating will for the most part go away. Two tone semis have been around a long time, Smith & Wesson's two tone "Pinto" version on some revolvers was a nickel barrel and cylinder on a blued frame.

01-04-2010, 9:59 AM
If you go to the Kimber website and look at the 1911 product offering, it seems that two tone guns are a major factor. One of Kimber's best sellers for maybe 10 years has been the CDP (Combat Defensive Pistol) line of two tone guns. I think in a competitive market like 1911s, you can differentiate your product from others by use of two tone colors and other unusual features like "melted" slides to knock off the sharp edges.


01-04-2010, 10:41 AM

My old Springfield GI. I liked it.

01-04-2010, 10:45 AM

Home brewed

01-04-2010, 1:37 PM
I wanted the XD45 in bi-tone but according to state laws it's not safe because it's not on the list. A totally identical full black xd45 is on the list, I guess they're so stupid that the stainless slide is unsafe hahahaha:fud:

01-04-2010, 3:51 PM
I just like the look better.

01-04-2010, 4:38 PM
New? No way.

Different? Maybe.

Trends come and go.

Here's my 1987-vintage Custom Shop IPSC gun:

B Strong
01-04-2010, 5:00 PM
I know it's the newest thing to have a two tone Pistol, but I don't realy get it... It just doesn't look right to me... Anyone have a reason why this trend is happening? Just something new/different?

I saw my first two-tone (electronickeled frame, blued slide) 1911 in the 1970's.

Where have you been?


The two-tone Combat Commander on the right is from F. Bob Chow, circa 1980. The two tone 1911 in the center is a blued 9 x 23 conversion slide on a stanless frame.

01-04-2010, 5:25 PM
Yeah! Some folks don't like the 2 tone finish of my Sig GSR TTT, but the folks that do like it, they are crazy about it. I like it very much. This one is still unfired, I may start looking to trade it for a Para Ordnance P16 Limited, since my plans for CCW changed.

01-04-2010, 5:50 PM
I have refined the original post... Polymer units are what I don't prefer in TT... That GSR is killer!

01-04-2010, 5:59 PM
I like the black slide, silver frame - but not the other way around.

quick picture of a matched pair I got a few years ago.


01-05-2010, 12:07 AM
Here's my Ed Brown Kobra Carry- done in NP3 and Roguard:

01-05-2010, 2:14 AM
Eh. I guess the only two-tones I like are wood grips/stocks against a single-colored gun.

Or, I do like case-hardened frames blue barrels.

01-05-2010, 7:34 AM
I was so afraid there where going to be pink and purple pics in this thread.
Do you think they make these in two-tone? I even pink and purple would look ok for this.