OPINION: Are Bright Colored Gun Parts A Problem?

Last month I wrote a quick article about dyeing PMAGs with fabric dye and some of our readers went a bit nuts. A couple of the comments were downright crotchety claiming that a brightly colored magazine could get me killed but also make kittens go blind. I can’t say that I agree with them, I feel brightly colored parts have a place in the firearms community.


I want to counter that it doesn’t matter as long as the owner of the brightly colored parts is acting within the law and uses those parts for range or competition use. As long as the colors don’t put anyone in danger, what does it matter? There are some instances where it could be a problem like my blue magazines at a training event that is using sim rounds, but since I do not attend training that involves blanks or sims there is no danger there.


There is a thought process that a gun owner shouldn’t dye their magazines, handguards or other part bright purple, teal or yellow is because the police might not know it is a real gun or a child might mistake it for a toy. Firstly, there is literally no reason that a law abiding citizen should point ANY firearm regardless of what color it is at law enforcement. Complying with the police or properly storing your firearms and ammunition removes any chance of a misunderstanding.

People like myself like to tinker and want an easy way to identify their magazine, firearm or other thing dye parts because we want to. The important thing isn’t what color the gun is, but that we are being safe with it.


Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at TFBpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Derrick Delgado

    Figured this was a Patrick post. Of course there isn’t anything wrong with coloring your gun parts. But there isn’t really any compelling reason to do it either. Wouldn’t be surprised if “Hydrodipped Carbon Fiber” is your camo of choice too.

    • Sota War

      Dude is that a thing? If so please post a link to it. That would make my next battle rattle look so bad ass.

    • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

      You know me so well.

  • John

    Guns should not look like toys.

    • mikewest007

      Blah blah blah, you sound like one of those GFWs claiming that toys shouldn’t look like guns.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Whoa, Patrick you really changed your look!

    • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

      Gotta keep it fresh.

  • Mother Demanding Action

    Fudds just like to complain and mall ninjas will use any soapbox they can climb onto to try to appear operator.

  • Ryan

    If someone is going to complain about the color of gun parts then how can they bemoan those who would like to ban “black rifles” based, upon other things, their color?

    • Stan

      Is there any example of when a brightly colored gun has caused an incident, fatal or otherwise, in which a “black gun” would not have?

      • glasswolf

        Just for the sake of argument (and I’m not siding with the SJW types who whine about colored Pmags) there have been reports of gang members painting the tips of handgun barrels bright orange or red to look like an airsoft gun to fool police. I have also seen a confiscated super soaker that had a 12ga shotgun inside of it. *shrug* criminals don’t pay attention to laws, and do whatever they can to behave in a shady manner though, so I don’t attribute those shenanigans to the actions of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners.

  • Anonymous

    Ehhh. It is impossible to predict all future outcomes. I knew a guy who had a bright yellow carry pistol. Saved him from possible criminal charges – some nut anti gun lady saw him printing, called 911, and embellished it into a story of him waving the gun around. Responding officer found him, he told officer to ask complainant the color of his pistol…when she said black, they wound up going after her instead for false reporting…since his pistol looked like a Dewalt power tool. You never know. There a situations when causing an extra second of confusion or uncertainty might win you the fight. Or it might make someone think you’re bluffing and fail to scare them into surrendering. We can’t know, we can only express unsubstantiated preferences.

  • Zachary marrs

    I don’t like them because it typically draws your attention to the least interesting part of the gun, its magazine.


    That’s what damn near everyone who sees a picture of a gun with a brightly colored magazine thinks, it ends up overpowering the rest of the picture, like too much catsup on a french fry.

  • Z

    Chappie, lol. I don’t think any other movie made me have the least amount sympathy for the “protagonists” as that one. I was rooting for them to die the whole time.

    • B-Sabre

      Haven’t seen Chappie, but the first 30 minutes of Cloverfield had me rooting for the monster….

  • Green Hell

    I always woundered why only black and camoflage colors are accepted for civilian weapons, but colors of civilian vehicles are somehow not limited to dark green, tan and black. I mean, what’s the difference? It’s not like most civi weapons are bought for hunting and guerilla warfare, 50% of the time they are for home/self defence, recreation and sport, they don’t have to be black and scary for that.

    • Zachary marrs

      You will be seen everywhere with your car, it’s the same reason why cars are built to be aesthetically pleasing, to as many people as possible, and offered in many colors.

      Guns are designed with function taking precedent over looks, and considering that the 2 most popular semi automatic rifles in the US are civilian copies of military rifles, and the myriad of handguns were designed for the police and military…

      For those people, a glock that looks like a Ferrari isn’t high in demand.

      • Tim Pearce

        I didn’t think the Ruger 10/22 was a copy of a military rifle. 😉

        Handguns are “designed for the police and military” because that’s where the money is. The manufacturers are under no illusions that it’s more along the lines of designed to be sold on the civilian market, but including the sorts of features that the police/military market desires, just in case.

        • Zachary marrs

          Various websites will compile lists of their top selling firearms, AR’s and AK’s are usually quite high on the list. Guns like the 10/22 and marlin model 60 have sold millions, but it’s taken them 50+ years, while MSR’s have enjoyed an absolutely massive surge in popularity, something that .22 auto loaders will never see

          People look for function first in a firearm, (unless they are a collector) and so the design follows

    • B-Sabre

      I’ve often thought about painting my car in a version of the classic WW1 “Dazzle” camouflage, but after consideration the idea of painting my car in such a way as to confuse observers as to my speed, direction and type of vehicle seems contradictory to being safe.

      • SlowJoeCrow

        You’ll just look like a manufacturer’s prototype, since they often use a form of dazzle camouflage to confound photographers.

  • Zapp Brannigan

    The bright colors, especially orange, should be reserved for toy guns. If not, then when kids get killed by trigger-happy cops because they’re brandishing a toy gun the people who want to ban guns will have a reason to want real guns banned.

    IMHO, gun owners need to be squeaky clean about gun ownership, to take every opportunity to show that they’re responsible enough to allowed to continue to own firearms that aren’t allowed in the rest of the industrialized world. The more gun owners take the ‘flip you, I will do what I want’ attitude, the more it empowers those who want to enact broad bans on guns. Keeping guns from being specific colors so real guns and toys can be easily distinguished is one easy thing that can be done to try to show gun owners are responsible.

    • Tim Pearce

      On the flip side, allowing the anti-gun-rights people to define what guns are allowed, even if only by a selection of colors, empowers them, as well.

      • Zapp Brannigan

        The color of a firearm does not change its functionality in any way. Keeping colors associated with toys from being used on real guns is a small thing gun owners could do to show good faith in the gun argument. Or you can take the ‘all or nothing’ approach but one day the result will be the anti-gun side will get all and the pro-gun side will have nothing.

        • jay

          Depends on how much ammunition you have. ;-}

    • john huscio

      We are quite different culturally, politically and ethnically from the rest of the industrialized world.

  • aka_mythos

    I don’t think it’s problematic unless someone is doing it intentionally to make a firearm look like a toy. I wouldn’t be surprised if the ATF starts regulating brightly colored guns as “Any other weapons” as “disguised firearms.”

    I think there are a number of justified uses in dying parts and magazines a variety of colors. At least once a month if not more often we see someone’s blown up AR15 from having a .300Blk put in it by accident… Some people mark their magazines and have distinct magazines for each caliber to mitigate risk. Dying is one way to accomplish that denoting.

    As far as other gun parts there are instances where you might want to mark a weapon and render it highly visible.

    • jay

      I agree. Personally a splash of paint along the bottom of the mag, or tape, or a painted on skull. But none of these can be confused with being a toy, or give a nonverbal communication indicating it is something it’s not.

    • noob

      Dyeing to avoid dying.

  • Paul

    I am not a big fan of all the different colors. Most of my firearms are the evil color except for my Tavor I went with OD green. As long as you follow the safety rules while out hunting/range and protect your children from accessing any firearm and teach them the difference it does not matter what color it is.

    • JT303

      I think coloured magazines could make sense if you have something like .300 BLK and 5.56 and want to be able to easily spot the difference. I’ll admit, I don’t see a need for it, but somebody will probably like it.

      • Mike C

        I agree, they should paint the whole .300 BLK rifle/ upper and mags caution tape yellow and black or traffic cone orange. Keep the funny colored mags with the funny colored rifle.

  • RaginZerker

    I bet the people who complain about that are the psycho militia types. “If China invades they’ll see your magazine from the next state over, Murcia”

    • Rusty S.

      “Murcia”? I believe Mercian “psycho militias” would say “Prithee, if thine Vykyng raiders sally forth, they shall espy thine halberd from sixteen furlongs off.” Saxon dogs….

  • Evil13RT

    People complain…
    I don’t think there is a perfect gun shaped gun anymore than there is an ideal color for it. Depending on your perspective the AR-15 would look like a toy and black is hardly a non-toy color when prior rifles were made of wood and polished steel.

    So technology and fashion move on and now people are tired of black, desert tan, and the usual camouflage patterns. If that bothers you then maybe you should mind your own guns.

    • Zachary marrs

      People are tired of black, desert tan, and the usual camouflage patterns?

      Considering that every time a new black rifle/firearm has come on the market in the past few years, everyone clamors for an FDE version, or buys up the black version, and the fact that you don’t see blue, yellow or red versions, tells me that you are incorrect.

      • Evil13RT

        Don’t see them because they are sold out or because magpul doesn’t make them? The fact that we are in a thread about dying plastic makes me think that people are quite interested in uncommon colors.
        They wouldn’t be if black and FDE were enough for color options.

        • Zachary marrs

          Magpul made pink as a limited run.

          Magpul aslo doesn’t make firearms, and while they do make stocks and forearms, I’d imagine their cash cow is in their magazines

          And just because there is a thread about something, doesn’t mean it is popular

      • OBlamo Binlyen

        This entire thread is interesting. My granddaughter wants purple furniture on her AR. Yeah it’s a girl thing. The AR is the Barbie Doll of rifles, we get to dress them up any way we want…..just like our cars. Frankly, anything that gets more women/girls interested in firearms is good.

  • Lee Attiny

    Bright colored magazines are extremely dangerous because they attract mosquitoes. I know 4 different people that have died from malaria while using dyed pmags.

  • Gidge

    There should be certain safety colors that are off limits so that real guns/mags can’t be confused with inert, blank firing or non lethal ones. Other than that it should be down to the owner’s taste (or lack there of).

    However I’d hope anyone who finishes firearms would have a policy of refusing to do anything that could be too easily confused for a toy or is otherwise inherently stupid/irresponsible.

    • Lew Siffer

      So, do you want new laws passed? What exactly does “off limits” mean? If I laugh at you and paint my firearm orange and yellow, what should happen to me?

      • De Facto

        There are some things that regulation is appropriate for. We all agree that Green means go, Yellow means caution, Red means stop, and only cop cars can have blue lights. Living in a society means having common regulations, like it or not. Restricting “Safety Blue” would not be a burdensome regulation.

        In fact, restricting toy guns to “toy” colors and rifles to the “everything else” category makes sense to me. I think there have been a number of laws passed to that effect already.

        As for a “consequence” for flouting a passed law; I would say barring that rifle/those magazines from public shooting events/locations (where someone else might mistake your colorful rifle/mags for a training tool) would be sufficient. If you bring it anyway, you are asked to leave. If you do not leave, you are charged with misdemeanor trespass or misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a small fine.

        If you’re only ever shooting in your own backyard, do whatever you like.

  • DanGoodShot

    Personally, its not my thing. But what do I care if someone else wants a fuchsia AR? I am in the process of building a very bright pink and white hello kitty theme AR for my daughter. Hey, if it helps keep the younger crowed interested and as long as all applicable safety standards are being followed. To each their own. If you don’t like it. Simple. Don’t buy it.

  • Captain Obvious

    Show me one instance anywhere, when a brightly colored gun or gun part caused a incident?…….sound of crickets……..crickets…….crickets…….exactly, there isn’t one.

    • Bruce Wayne

      What do you mean? I witnessed a man with a ghastly laugh shoot up a building with a purple semi auto fully automatic 10,000rds a sec AK47 just the other day. By the big smile on his face, he must have been happy with that purple gun.

      • crackedlenses

        At least he didn’t blow the place sky-high. Sounds like an improvement.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Given that blue is pretty much the standard color for inert training devices, THAT color should be considered off-limits for actual firearms.
    That said, I’m a dinosaur. I spent too much time as a kid trying to make my toy guns look real to want my real guns to look like toys. 😉

    • kzrkp

      bright yellow or orange often mark less lethal police arms. this one guy had a police surplus shotgun and kept the orange furniture on it, weirded me out.
      those markings are NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION, it can obviously confuse people.

  • TechnoTriticale

    No real specific advocacy here, but I am surprised that the industry itself hasn’t at least settled on a single color for training props. Blue is common, but then an FNS training pistol was just introduced in red.

    Some agreement on this would be worthwhile, as we watch the rise of firearms in fashion colors.

    The ANSI Z535/ISO 3864 Safety Colors (there aren’t many) probably need to either be deliberately used or deliberately avoided, on a case-by-case basis.

    There are already regional and local regulations on toy gun colors, and I wouldn’t be surprised if inconsistencies have already arisen.

    • Tom Currie

      The idiocy of red plastic training guns came about because the manufacturer wanted to be different from everyone else so their products would be distinctive. At one time one maker of blue plastic training guns was calling theirs “Blue Guns” and I think they even tried to trademark that name but I don’t recall anything coming of it.

  • USMC03Vet

    Fabulous gun colors matter. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

  • Cal S.

    Well, I mean, a pink mag would totally like, look fabulous on my “Hello, Kitty!”-themed AR…

    Did I just confess to that online?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    This is one of the dumber controversies Ive heard.

    Why dont people just shut up and live their lives?

    • Cory C

      Haha. Hear, hear.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Seriously, if you dont like colored mags then dont color your mags and try not to commit suicide when you see one.

        • B-Sabre


          • TheNotoriousIUD

            How anyone could muster up the time to get pissed about this is beyond me.
            If thats all you have to worry about then you should be happier because your life is perfect.

    • bluecheesedressing

      Fudds are gonna fudd.

      • Anonymoose

        Mallninjas gonna mallninja.

    • Bigbigpoopi


      • Ebby123

        In today’s news: Old man yells at cloud.

      • jay

        Your avatar sounds painful!

    • Gus Butts

      I really don’t know why painting things in different colours is such a big deal.
      Then again, I’m literally retarded.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Im sure youre a fine person but you probably shouldnt be around guns with that condition.

    • OndÅ™ej Tůma

      Bright orange = INERT TRAINING
      Medium blue = TRAINING AMMO

      At least that’s how it goes in our (CZ) gun culture and gun manufacturing business.

      Dying real, live firearms and mags bright orange or medium blue seems substantially irresponsible and quite arsehoalish to me.

      Off course, the mere fact that something is bright orange or medium blue doesn’t mean you forget The Four Rules, but still: when I’m in the range’s dining club, teaching some newbie fundamentals of gun handling with my bright orange rubber P99 replica in a calm environment, nobody moves a muscle.

      However, once “darlings” with live, bright orange handguns start popping up sending lead downrange, nobody would ever think you have a training gun in your hand ever again. So, thanks a lot.

      (Except for these two “reserved” colors, I couldn’t care less about how you color your gun.)

    • OndÅ™ej Tůma
      • TheNotoriousIUD

        If you accidentally shoot yourself its because you are careless not because my gun is a crazy color.

        • OndÅ™ej Tůma

          The mere fact that something is bright orange or medium blue doesn’t mean you forget The Four Rules. Nevertheless, the codes our society has are there for a reason: you don’t put a red cross on an electric transformer or a bottle of poison.

          Similarly, when I’m in the range’s dining club, teaching some newbie fundamentals of gun handling with my bright orange rubber P99 replica in a calm environment, nobody moves a muscle, because of the unwritten social agreement of the Gun Culture on certain colors meaning. In other settings, noone moves a muscle if he sees two guys with eye pro doing potentially dangerous drills with medium-blue-framed Glocks, since he assumes they’ve got FX or airsoft.

          However, once “darlings” with live, bright orange and medium blue handguns start popping up sending lead downrange, nobody would ever think you have a training gun in your hand ever again.

          Thus, the “social agreement” on reserved colors would be nullified by arrogant individuals who only think about themselves, and the result could be only two things: the rules move from unwritten to legal and strictly enforced (which is shame, because how civilized a culture is is determined on how many rules could remain unwritten versus how many must be legalized and enforced by repression), or the liberties associated with training-colored guns would be undone (which is shame as well).

          But I guess this sums today’s world full of arrogant, egoistic “me me me only damn the shooting culture and everyone else but ME!” attitude, doesn’t it.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Jeez, I wonder how “gun culture” existed before the invention of fake blue training wheels guns? I guess I wasnt a real gun guy when I learned the mechanics of shooting with actual working firearms and managed not to ventilate myself.
            Again, if you allow yourself to become complacent enough to shoot yourself you have nothing to blame but your own stupidity.

          • OndÅ™ej Tůma

            The only person suggesting something about people shooting themselves because of gun colors is you. So, it seems you either cannot read, or are not willing to have a straight debate.

            Since you managed to avoid addressing any of the points I made, I am drawn to the second possibility.

            Therefore, I’ll not lose my time and effort explaining in detail how the Gun Culture is primarily about unsaid rules, which evolve over time but are important for smooth functioning of the gun community.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Maybe you should stick to airsoft if youre so worried about shooting yourself.

          • OndÅ™ej Tůma

            Third straw-man in a row! Congratulations, that’s a strike.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I could not possibly care less about your idiotic notions of what constitutes “gun culture”.

            You are a whiner.

          • OndÅ™ej Tůma

            Any culture is defined by shared, common rules, that’s what makes it a culture. The only dispute could be what rules precisely make this or that culture, but not that the culture is based on shared rules, which are mostly unwritten.

  • David W.

    Is that the guy from Die Antwoord?

    • Jared Vynn

      Yeah, from the movie Chappie.

      • PK

        Which, by the way, had far more amusing and exotic gunplay than I ever expected. I think it remains the only film where a Truvelo 20x82mm bolt action shows up.

  • yeah those colors mean a whole lot in the dark…..forget these people

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I agree completely. Most of these issues of police thinking the gun is a toy can be avoided by dealing with the cops in a correct manner.

  • Tyler John Richards

    I’m fine with it so long as its tasteful. Mags fine, pistol grips fine, but if you’re doing a whole AR or AK in full pink then it’s a little much

  • john huscio

    Good use of color = FDE & Grey framed (or all grey) Glocks
    Bad use of color = anything pink.

  • Roy G Bunting

    I understand why people would want unique, brightly colored magazines at a match or training environment. I’d hate to try and find FDE magazines against a sandy range.

    On the other hand, once other people get involved, some precautions may be warranted. The Safety Blue might mean “inert training device” or “55gr steel case”. And if someone shooting with you misunderstands, tragedy may ensue.

    I’d avoid having a part be completely hunter orange, safety blue or neon green. As those are the colors that are most likely to be misunderstood.

  • DIR911911 .

    does this mean no one will like my gold plated AK ?

  • B-Sabre

    Firstly, there is literally no reason that a law abiding citizen should point ANY firearm regardless of what color it is at law enforcement.
    There is no reason a law-abiding citizen should point anything gun-like at law enforcement – actual firearm or not.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      What if the law enforcement officer is illegally violating your rights?

      The SCOTUS affirmed in a case just a few years ago that in that case, where the officer in question is in your home, it was perfectly legal to use a firearm in self-defense against the LEO.

      • B-Sabre

        Fine, fine….add without justification to the list.

  • Stan

    What ever happened to “treat every gun like its loaded” and “don’t be stupid?”

  • Magickaldood

    It appears to be industry standard that blue is the nonlethal/training color. Much like safety orange being integrated into hunting clothes; I think we should also maintain “blue guns” as part of the culture of shooting. Thus reducing any confusion or opportunities to act negligently, optimistically resulting in safer training and shooting.

  • vwVwwVwv

    the guy looks upset.
    “who the hecxxx painted my gun yellow?…..”
    i will test it on our range, you go there when they place the target and spray someons gun pink…..with harts….

    (dental artsts have spray color made out of dust, it is easy to remove, as a kid we
    had lots of fun shocking people….)

  • Franivelius

    I really liked the yellow rifle from Chappie

  • MIke H

    I’m building my soon to be wife an AR that will have pink tiger striped furniture and mags. I’m also planning on getting the “A” on the Aero lower cerakoted a matching color of pink (her first and maiden name starts with an “A”).

    Is it tacticool? No. Is it going to help if the Chinese/zombies/death robots/aliens invade? No. Is it something that will help her enjoy shooting? Yes. Is it something that might make her friends in this liberal bastion of an otherwise gun friendly state (WA) more open to shooting (at least the women who don’t already shoot)? Hopefully. Does it help make something that might otherwise seem scary to the uninitiated seem a little less scary and maybe, hopefully help spread the message of the People of the Gun? Yes, more so that some balding, over weight, tattoo covered dude who thinks he’s some operationally operating operator operating operationally (because, really, what’s threatening about some good looking, pint sized Filipina shooting her pink tiger striped gun at the range?).

  • Friend of Tibet

    Love is colorblind!!!!!!!

  • OndÅ™ej Tůma

    Bright orange = INERT TRAINING
    Medium blue = TRAINING AMMO

    At least that’s how it goes in our gun culture and gun manufacturing business.

    Dying real, live firearms and mags bright orange or medium blue seems substantially irresponsible and quite arsehoalish to me.

    Off course, the mere fact that something is bright orange or medium blue doesn’t mean you forget The Four Rules, but still: when I’m in the range’s dining club, teaching some newbie fundamentals of gun handling with my bright orange rubber P99 replica in a calm environment, nobody moves a muscle. Once “darlings” with live, bright orange handguns start shooting at the targets on the firing line, nobody would ever think you have a training gun in your hand. So, thanks a lot.

    (Except for these two “reserved” colors, I couldn’t care less about how you color your gun.)

  • jam

    I don’t take issue with bright colored mags for the sake of finding them or identifying your own and do not see any reason to prohibit persons from colorwheeling their own property. But I have a personal problem with the Call of Duty or gamer culture that likes to “bling” their weapons. FOR ME personally it shows a fundamental lack of respect for what the weapon is, and reenforces why I am selective who I shoot with.

  • Repoman3737

    The same people scream if you step one foot on their grass and also can be seen standing in driveway shaking fist at kids,dogs,skateboarders, and people that exceed speed limit by 3mph.

  • Repoman3737

    It should be no problem if I want to make my gun look like a nerf gun or a supersoaker as long as I follow rules for safe gun ownership. If I don’t leave it out where anyone can access it,point it at cops,bring it and try to use it in a training environment, or just go skipping thru the mall with it waving it about it will never cause confusion. It would not make any difference if the gun is traditional colors or looks like a toy if the owner does not follow basic gun safety rules. If you are dumb enough to point any gun looking object at someone that might shoot you for it you get what you deserve. It’s called thinning the herd. Kids need to be taught (toy) gun safety like don’t point one at people who are not playing toy guns with you and if a police officer approaches to check them out put the gun down.

  • J0shua

    People freak out a bit because it makes guns look more like toys. But on to the real important part of the article, dude, is that a silencerco-noveske lower reciever in the pics? So cool.

    • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

      Yes it is. Thanks, it is my favorite right now. If I got my hands on a Magpul lower I might lower it to second favorite.

  • For such a purportedly freedom-loving bunch, gunnies sure do call for an awful lot of rules and regs.

    BUT SAFETY blah blah. Yeah… put down that 32oz soda and hand over the keys to that Stomper bro truck niiiice and slow. Derp.

  • JoshCalle

    If you point anything even remotely gun-looking at a cop, regardless of color, you’re probably going to get shot.

  • Kivaari

    Since, I didn’t see the original article, I’d be curious, did you start with the sand colored Pmags?

    • Patrick R. – Staff Writer


  • Tom Currie

    This is one of the few times that I agree with a post on TFB — although even this time I do have one exception. I am adamantly against ANY live firearm or any magazine used for any live ammo ever being bright blue (like the magazine shown in this blog post). The use of bright blue for inert training devices is so universally acknowledged that there is simply too much risk, and the author’s excuse “Well I would never be anywhere that anyone could make that mistake” is nonsense unless he keeps his blue magazines in his basement and never takes them to any range where anyone else is present.

    • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

      I no longer shoot at public ranges and no one I shoot with touches the blue mags.

  • guest


    Knock it off with the garbaggio links from random words in the story direct to Midway USA. That is deceptive, and anti-web. If you want to run ads on your site, fine, put ads on the site. If you want to pop up an annoying “join my mailing list” pop-over every 30 seconds, fine, be like that. But if you put hyperlinks in your stories (or allow your freelancers to do so) and spam us with crass irrelevant non-sequitors, we will just stop reading your site.

    Have a little self respect already.

    • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

      That is a program called viglink. You can google “opt out of viglink” and follow the steps to remove it.

  • jay

    I have to be honest, the bloke looked like he was a mad max wanna be. Mad max wanna be’s don’t use brightly colored pretty mags. Just sayin. ;-}

  • Tritro29

    With the correct handbag, everything goes, woman. Oh wait…

  • Nicholas C

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • jerry young

    I say to each his or her own if you like bright blue or pink guns or parts that’s your choice, my opinion is I don’t want anything flashy that will signal my position or draw attention to what I carry but if I need a weapon and all that’s at hand is my wife’s frilly pink 38 there will be one less thug threatening my family thanks to fashion!

  • buzzman1

    It would help keep idiots from loading the wrong mag at the range when changing uppers.

  • Garmanarnar

    No. HARDCORE OPERATOR MURDERSOLDIER is tired and overdone. Bright colors help to lighten things up and lessen the aggressive visual image that much of this industry perpetuates.


    Colors are nice. When all the guns are black, black guns are boring.

  • Pistolero

    That yellow mag has inspired me to do an ‘Imperial Fist’ mag

  • Most colors I could care less what you want on your firearm or accessories. However, bright orange and medium blue have well defined meanings that cross firearm community definitions.

    Bright orange is used specifically for non-lethal or less-lethal weapons. Toys (end of barrels), plastic block training guns, and police less-lethal bean bag shotguns.

    Medium blue has been widely used for FX/Sims/UTM training firearms. Some of these firearm are specific to the training round, or (with UTM) modify actual firearms so they will not fire live ammunition and only training ammunition.

    As an active law enforcement officer I would greatly prefer those two colors be held in reserve for their now well-known uses. It’s tough enough with all the look-alike BB/airsoft guns, and those who deliberately modify toys to look real, or real to look like toys.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Bloomberg doesn’t like it.

    Do you need more of a reason to have a brightly colored gun?

  • Zachary marrs

    And? 3 pictures don’t prove a point.

    But hey, I’m sure fancy ultra custom rimfire rifles it “non serious” colors are outselling the black/wood SS/blued versions.

    • billyoblivion

      They prove that in some parts of the shooting world people aren’t into earth tones and dull colors.

      The shooting world can be as huge as we let it be. If some folks wanna do the Walter Mitty Spec Ops hero thing and others want to build race guns in colors that impinge on the visual cortex and scream “I HAVE LOTS OF TASTE AND IT’S ALL BAD”, then f* it, well, it’s their money.

      If you want to have only one guns, go for it. If you want so many you can’t keep track of them in your head and need a couple spreadsheets, more power to ya.

      It’s clear there’s not a LARGE market for tactical/military style rifles in Pokemon Colors, but if someone wants an AK or an AR that looks like a hippie took acid, ate a paint store and then got sick on it what is it to me?

      I think that *carrying* a gun built to look like a toy has the potential to cause problems when a cop gets in front of a teenager who’s being a teenager, but that happened before people got into making their gat look like an X-Box thingy.

      I also think that if you paint it certain colors (the orange/red/blue used by inert or training props) then you have taken on an extra responsibility to make sure that those *are not* taken some place where someone else has a reasonable chance of mistaking them for a “safe” training device.

      Of course that’s because I generally fall on the side of individual decision making and responsibility.

  • DAN V.

    Subliminal gay pride article

  • George Smythson

    But… if it’s making kittens go blind…