Plisskin Would Approve: Snakeskin Smith & Wesson M&P


Back in the day I paid Lauer Weaponry to repaint a Springfield XD-M with an American flag. In my defense, the kitsch pistol was an ironic statement: an exact copy of the image the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence used to promote its anti-gun rights agenda. On top of irony, given that the XD-M is a Croation creation. As for this snakeskin Smith, I get it. But I don’t particularly like it. The markings lack . . . context. Flair. Joie de vivre. Unless you’re a fan of Escape from New York. Then it is, as art critics say in the Ocean State, wikkid pissa.


  1. avatar RIGHT! says:

    Interesting Pop-Culture Referance, is there an APP for that?
    Personaly I would have opted for a Jamie McPheeters call-back but I doubt anyone would would have had a clue……..despite the common denominator of injection molded plastic

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      I’m saving The Travels of Jaimie [sic] McPheeters for a Charles Bronson reference. Or maybe something to do with the Bee-Gees.

      1. avatar Sanchanim says:

        Oh the Bee-Gees those were the days!!

  2. avatar Greg Camp says:

    The commentator’s lack of better words and constant pop-culture references push me away. If the gun really does have a lot in common with the Kardashians and Ellen DeGeneres, it must be on the verge of falling apart from the multiple personalities. Myeh, I’m in favor of the free market, including my ability not to buy every piece of schlock that comes along.

    1. avatar Brother Bear says:

      Absolutely agree. As soon as I heard the Ellen/Kardashian references I stopped watching.

  3. avatar Ross says:


    Have to disagree my friend, I have always found this commentator very interesting, and entertaining and he really does great videos.


    1. avatar OHgunner says:

      I normally agree, but this video lacked his usual flair. Almost like he did it after a heavy night of drinking. Also the gun didn’t impress me that much.

  4. avatar TexanHawk says:

    Plissken? I heard he was dead,

    1. avatar Mike G says:

      I thought he’d be taller.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        bankok rules, man, bankok rules.

  5. avatar Mark says:

    Closest I’ve come to “bling” was having a stainless 1911 bead blasted after I de-horned it.

  6. avatar IdahoPete says:

    Best part of that movie was Adrienne Barbeau (woof woof), playing Maggie – girlfriend of the Brain.

  7. avatar g says:

    Snakeskin is not necessarily my cup of tea, but it definitely does make the gun stand out in a non-obnoxious way. I know Cerakote gives better grip and durability, but how does that balance with the cost?

  8. avatar anonymous says:

    When will you review the Wyatt Gunsmoke “Snake Oil” M&P Package, which adds only $2,100 to the $900 price of a base M&P?

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