Originally Posted By MrMojoRising:
Please post some pics of your various firearms.
I have and there is a picture of my mid-length with non-matching OD parts (Tango Down and Mapul) in the mid-length picture thread that's floating around here some where. My 20" AR is exactly the same way.
Have you never bought new grips for a single action six shooter or 1911 because they looked good? Never picked one holster over the other due to color?
I bought a Springfield MC Operator (black slide and OD frame) which is the inverse of what I woud like looks wise but I bought it because it had had the features I wanted. I also bought a 9mm Springfield 1911 in Stainless Steel and while I don't like SS because it's very shiny and reflective, I bought it because it was the 9mm 1911 that best suited my needs. I replaced the stock wood grips (I prefer metal and synthetics over wood for durability reasons) with Alumagrips because I like the way the Aluma grips feel. I did pick anodized Aluma grips because they more closely matched the pistol's finish (but not exactly). I thought about getting black Alumagrips because in a way they look better but I figured if I was going to have a shiny pistol I might as well go all the way.
Even if all your guns are stock and basic black you've still made a choice based on appearance. You chose basic stock black as your preference.
All my ARs started in black because that's the way they came. There were no color options. I should also mention that the "black" finish on 2 of my lowers doesn't match the finish on 2 of my uppers but I don't see a need to get anything refinished to match becaue they work fine and are protected from the elements. I started replacing black parts with OD green because, as we all know, black is more conspicuous than green, especially in the area I live in.
Otherwise you would buy the first thing you saw and would have a green grip, black stock, tan handguards etc....You made a choice based on appearance whether you know it or not.
I'm afraid I'm not clearly illustrating my point. I never said aestethics weren't a consideration when purchasing a firearm. They are the last thing on my list of criteria that use when selecting a firearm for my needs.
Again, I am not faulting you for feeling the way you do about matching colors. I never insulted you nor condemned you for wanting things to match. I was merely trying to better understand why some people care about matching colors and others do not. That is all.