Question of the Day: What’s the World’s Ugliest Gun?

The UTAS-15 12-gauge shotgun is no looker. In fact, if I had a dog with a face like that I’d shave its butt and make it walk backwards. OK, the UTAS doesn’t have a face. And I’d rather have one than not if I needed one. A practical point that raises that whole “beauty is as beauty does, who cares if a GLOCK is as sexy as a brick” deal. But with so many dead sexy heaters waiting for homes at your local gun store, why would you buy an ugly gun? And yet, people must. Otherwise none would be made, right? Anyway, what gun do you reckon is the world’s ugliest? Hi-Point 995TS 9mm carbine? Chiappa Rhino snubbie.


  1. avatar The Brotherhood of Steel says:

    Chiappa rhino is a pretty damn ugly gun. But so are pugs, and people love pugs. Eye of the beholder. My vote though would have to go with that attempted gun the military experimented with about 20 years ago, the XM-29 OIWC. That thing just looked ugly, and bulky.

    1. avatar notalima says:

      Sry. hit wrong reply button

    2. avatar Sabrewolfe says:

      I guess I’m a bit weird, because I actually like the way the Rhino looks. Granted, I prefer the look of the 4″ model to the 2″, but it still has a very Blade Runner-esque look that I find appealing.

      1. avatar Jon says:

        Yeah, I also think the 2″ model is pretty ugly, especially those black rubber grips, but the 6″ with wooden grips is pretty cool.

        …. the 2″ is like Chiappa refused to change the aesthetics of the model, no matter how ugly that makes it, in order for it to look like a rhino snout.

      2. avatar Rusty Shackleford says:

        I agree that the non-snubbie Rhino looks cool. Then again, I kinda like the M60 look of the newer Hi-Point carbines and the futuristic look of the UTAS-15, although very bulky.

    3. avatar Noah says:

      Tossup between the Liberator and the ZIP. I need a tiebreaker, people!

      1. avatar Rad Man says:

        Bullpup anything.

  2. avatar Matt says:

    I thought the Rem R51 was ugly even before it faceplanted

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      I’d love to see someone get a 9mm done with a reliable peterson action. Then they’d be able to make a gun the size of these subcompacts that has a long enough grip for all of your fingers. (In other words, like one can do with blowbacks like the Makarov, but in 9×19.)

      That having been said, the styling was overly Buck Rogers for my taste. and shortening the sight axis just to continue that funky arc up the back of the slide was an unacceptable trade of form for function.

      1. avatar Mike Morrison says:

        Is there any benefit to the Peterson action? Is it just needless complication?

        1. avatar SteveInCO says:

          It appears (from what little I know about it) that you need a lot less volume under the slide than you do with most non-blowback handguns. Take a look at the Beretta Nano for instance–the part of the frame under the slide is almost as tall as the slide is. In order to make the gun compact, the grip ends up being shortened to the point where you only can put two fingers on it. Some other type of action doesn’t use up all this height above the trigger, allowing for a longer grip in the same size package. I am able to wrap all of my fingers around the grip of a (blowback) Makarov, which is basically only slightly bigger than the nano–but there’s no room at all for my pinky on the Nano (which alas was also a piece of crap for other reasons).

          The peterson action, judging from the R-51 pics I saw, at least, gets rid off all that space under the slide that must be devoted to the unlocking mechanism, potentially allowing for a longer grip you can get your entire hand around.

        2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          No. Unlike the recoil-operated actions with tilting barrels, the Pedersen hesitation locked blowback design can keep the barrel fixed, which has greater accuracy potential without sacrificing reliability.

        3. avatar Rusty Shackleford says:

          The Pedersen action also allows for the use of a suppressor without a Nielsen device.

    2. avatar bigfinger76 says:

      I agree. I was very surprised by the amount of interest it gained, being so ugly and all.

      1. avatar SteveInCO says:

        Probably had to do with the fact that it wasn’t a polymer gun. But it also wasn’t yet another 1911, and wasn’t yet another AR.

        1. avatar DevsAdvocate says:

          I really hope Remington atones for its sins and launched an R51 v2.0 without the QC and design issues. Even if it means a slightly higher cost per gun, it would be worth it just to have more variety in the market place.

          Let’s face it: the R51 as a concept was a winner. It’s design was fresh, the action based on something classic, and it was small for a 9mm with a decent sized grip. The execution of said concept was a turd.

  3. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Arisaka type 99 is a strong contender.

    Liberator pistol is another strong contender.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Mosin Nagant in all it’s unvarying variations rank along side the 99. Nagant 95 is maybe not as ugly as the liberator, but it’s close.

      Just about any french service rifle qualifies. IMHO.

      1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

        Your first paragraph is fightin’ words, sir.

        The question has to do with ugliest, not merely somewhat less beautiful than a Winchester ’72.

        Can you seriously claim to believe a Nagant less appealing than an USFA Zip .22LR…?

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Russ, I have deep affection for my reformed commie guns. But pretty, they ain’t. With the exception of my Mak. It ain’t ugly.

        2. avatar Russ Bixby says:

          While I agree that a Nagant revolver or a Mosin has about as much panache as a Czechoslovak army truck, it’s better looking than a Yugo – if for no other reason than that it’s well-designed.

          There are guns out there which make a Yugo look like a Ferrari.

          Seemingly, we must needs agree to disagree.

        3. avatar ClayinUT says:

          Russ I do believe you have named the ugliest gun ever. The Zip inventor should be forced to shoot that gun, until he spanks himself and promises to never do that again.

    2. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Forgot the Liberator – new or old. Seconded on the latter. Ug-u-lee.

    3. avatar Dryw says:

      I’ll see your Liberator, and raise you Dardick’s ‘tround’ firing marvel.

      Toss in an Owen Machine Carbine for good measure.

      1. avatar Gene says:

        Oh, yea. That is just wrong on so many levels.

  4. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:


  5. avatar SteveInCO says:

    FN P90

    1. avatar Jon says:

      Shut your trap!

    2. avatar Steve in MD says:

      Your opinion is invalid.

    3. avatar Jon says:

      I think you just haven’t seen it in this configuration

      This way, it’s pretty badass.

      1. avatar SteveInCO says:

        Still butt ugly. You’ve swapped out one bit of ugly, now you can continue until the whole gun has been replaced. What’s with that piece of fat macaroni trigger guard?

  6. avatar Andrew says:

    New York SAFE Act compliant ARs. Politics make everything ugly.

    1. avatar The Brotherhood of Steel says:

      You win

    2. avatar Gene says:

      I dunno. That Ares SCR looks pretty nice to me.

    3. avatar Roll says:

      That abomination thing with the pistol grip stock? Yeah, youre spot on, ugly, ugly, uuuuuugly…

  7. avatar IdahoPete says:

    Thee are no ugly guns, there are only guns that are not as pretty as others ….

  8. avatar lizzrd says:

    It doesn’t get much worse than a Rogak P-18..

    1. avatar Woodchuck says:

      thanks for that one. I’d never heard of it. I just googled it and the first thing that crossed my mind was what in the hell?

    2. avatar cwp says:

      Also known as the “Steyr GB”. I never thought it was a particularly ugly gun, but it sure had an ugly trigger.

  9. avatar T.G. says:

    I can find even the Hi-Point pistols beautiful because they work. The R51 looks weird, and more importantly, is an awful gun so it gets my vote.

  10. avatar notalima says:

    Mossberg 464 SPX for making a nice lever action frankengunned

    Anyone who puts leopard pattern overlays on their FA

    Zip22 just by itself. WTF.

  11. avatar A-Rod says:

    I cringe at sporterized milsurp Mausers. Every one of them.

  12. avatar KingSarc48265 says:

    Nambu Type 94.

    As safe as it was good looking.

    1. avatar Jon says:

      ACK! – WTF was that!?

      My eyyyyyyyyes! …Kill it! kill it – quick!

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Winner winner chicken dinner.

    3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:


    4. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      Well, now at least I understand Hiroshima. If that’s what it took to take the type 94 out of production…

    5. avatar Kevin L says:

      +1 WOW.

    6. avatar Sabrewolfe says:

      Oh my god, I just threw up in my mouth. Where the hell is the brain bleach?!

    7. avatar Indiana Tom says:

      Nambu for sure. French guns can be really weird as well.

  13. avatar John Thomas says:

    gyrojet rifles?

    1. avatar Gene says:

      I suspect that is actually the “safe gun” the antis are clammoring for. To reduce damage either step out of the way or stand directly i front of the barrel.

    1. avatar Jon says:

      After seeing the Nambu Type 94, I retract my statement.

  14. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    How many episodes of Sons of Guns have there been?

  15. avatar Mark N. says:

    KRISS Vector

    1. avatar Mighty Mo says:

      Oh come on man! I love my Vector! It looks bad ass!

    2. avatar Jon says:

      I think it’s pretty cool, I think it’s just bigger than it needs to be.
      Here’s a picture of the internals. I think it could be built to take up less space.

  16. avatar Cameron S. says:

    Anything intentionally made *insert commie state* legal.

  17. avatar Vhyrus says:

    CZ 52 gets my vote.

  18. avatar Mediocrates says:

    my HI Point 995TS is sexy in a pit bull kinda way 😉

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      It’s a little unnerving that you find pit bulls sexy.

      1. avatar Indiana Tom says:

        Its that doggie style.

  19. avatar TheBear says:

    I don’t like 1911s.

    1. avatar Sheepdog6 says:

      You Philistine…they may be 100 year old technology, but they are very pretty.

    2. avatar Vhyrus says:

      *jumps in front of TheBear* RUN! I’ll hold them off while I can!

      1. avatar Mighty Mo says:

        +1 funny, I think he’s trying to start a fight. Insult Glocks all you want but, the 1911? That’s just wrong!

    3. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      So ont buy one; they are hardly ugly.

      Even were they, there are far uglier out there. A HiPoint in particular has a puss only a mugger could love.

      1. avatar Michael B. says:


        “puss only a mugger could love”

        I’m gonna use that from now on.

    4. avatar SteveInCO says:

      I like their esthetics.

      I like their ergos.

      But it seems like they love to jam on the feed ramp or otherwise bollix up. So they aren’t ugly, but I don’t want one.

    5. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      1911s are like a pretty girl that can’t cook.

      1. avatar Jim says:

        My pretty girl seems to be a gourmet chef.

        1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

          Something tells me she’s packing a few extra ounces around her midsection though.

    6. avatar Roll says:


  20. avatar General Zod says:

    Another vote for the Zip 22 – Ugly, impractical, and – considering that you have to put your finger in front of the muzzle to cock it – unsafe.

    1. avatar doesky2 says:

      Disqualified….the rules is that it has to be a GUN not a GRENADE

    2. avatar Jon says:

      After seeing all the stuff on the web about the Zip, I saw one near the
      front of a gun store – when I saw it, I thought they just put it there as a joke.

  21. avatar cogline says:

    Shevchenko PSh-4 Pistol

  22. avatar ShaunL. says:

    Anything ever made by Calico

  23. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    DoubleTap “Tactical pocket pistol,” Cobray “Pocket pal” .22LR/.380ACP and USFA “Zip .22LR.”

    Some are uglier than others, but each is as wrong as a three-handed dealer.

  24. avatar Sheepdog6 says:

    Mosin Nagant Revolver

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      The 7 shooter is purely Nagant; Mosin is the long gun.

      And it’s BEE-OOTIFUL!

      1. avatar Sheepdog6 says:

        Appreciate the correction.

  25. avatar Bernard says:

    Winslow rifle, golden AK, anything tacky/form-over-function

  26. avatar Sian says:

    I always thought the Beretta RX-4 was an absolute rhino rally.
    Also any Mosin with a tactical stock.

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:


  27. avatar Forrest says:

    How has nobody mentioned the FAMAS? or the G36? I saw the KRISS mentioned earlier, and I think it takes the cake for “ugly,” but the FAMAS can’t be far behind it.

    (Yes, I know everyone wants a g36. Shoot, if you could get one here and I had the money, I’d take one… But they’re still pretty darn ugly with that top rail/handle/bike rack…

    1. avatar jwm says:

      I posted french service rifles above. I didn’t pick a favorite. They’re all butt ugly in my eyes.

      Now the mas 36 is a handy rifle in my opinion. Short, compact, potent. Once you get used to the funny bolt throw it’s like having a .308 class rifle in an m1 carbine sized package.

      All the french service bolt guns had the same failing. No safties.

      1. avatar Mark N. says:

        You don’t need safeties if your guns are never loaded.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          I like the convience of having the white cleaning rags tied near the muzzle of the french rifles.

        2. avatar Indiana Tom says:

          But is it drop safe?

    2. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      I suppose I can see the KRISS Vector, whether pistol or carbine version, not being everyone’s cup of tea; but I don’t see it as outright, universally ugly. It’s distinctive, which can be discomforting to some, but I’m just not seeing repellant.

    3. avatar Gene says:

      I don’t know if it’s ugly or a “what the h311 drugs were they on” with that distance between the bore and sight.

  28. avatar michael3ov says:

    I love the alternating feed on the UTAS though. buck bird buck bird slug slug buck bird.

  29. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    Ill get heck for this.
    A GLOCK, They don’t come much uglier even if 100% reliable.
    1st time I saw one I said to myself.
    Self what a brick.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Yes, the glock works and works well. So do bricks. Both have matching personalities.

      1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

        Personally I like brick houses. Glocks are more like vinyl siding.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          That got a chuckle.

  30. avatar John says:

    The only ugly gun is the one that is out of bullets.

    1. avatar Gregolas says:

      ….OR won’t fire.

  31. avatar lolinski says:

    Ugliest? Probably the 18 shot 3 barreled revolver.

    Doesn’t mean I don’t want one.

  32. avatar DJ9 says:

    A handful of contenders, for your consideration:

    – Webley-Fosbery revolver

    – Dardick revolver

    – Dreyse 1907

    – Pribor-3B rifle

    – Korobov TKB-022 rifle

    – High Standard 10 or 10B shotgun

    – M79 Grenade Launcher

  33. avatar Moshe says:

    I would not trust anything coming from that stinky country called Turkey.

    1. avatar DJ9 says:

      Read it again; we’re not talking about the content of the book, we’re talking about the cover.

      Safety/reliability is not the issue; ugliness is. I’ve seen many firearms from Turkey that were finished quite nicely, and displayed decent wood, so I think that your brush may be too broad in this case.

  34. avatar Gunr says:

    Hi Point C-9, with it’s monstrous slide big enough to house a 50 BMG.

  35. avatar Gene says:

    For some reason, Mannlicher-style stocked rifles always make me cringe.

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      Those do look funny to American eyes. First time I saw one it was WTF?

    2. avatar Gene says:

      Longslides, too. Bleagh!

  36. avatar Powers says:

    I always thought the S&W Magnum revolvers with those weird barrels with weights, comps, rings, slats, pulleys and all that stuff were so ugly. Like the Ruger magnum revolvers to which they attach a skinny barrel to make it longer and make it look like a cheap but huge sat night special with a plumbing pipe stuck into the barrel. Revolvers with full or flowing partial under lugs that looks like part of the barrel is the way to do it. Stop sticking pipes with donuts on the end on the barrels of those things!!

    1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      Sideplates are ugly. I’ll stick with Rugers.

  37. avatar Chris. says:

    I’d probably vote for that Chiappa Rhino Snub.

    On the other hand, I don’t think they look bad with the 6″ barrel.

  38. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    How is it no one has mentioned the Kel-Tec KSG, whose ugly design this Turkish one appears to have ripped off?

  39. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Now had you asked about ugly gun laws…

    1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      Foreign or domestic? I’m thinking UK and NJ.

      1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

        Or New Yawk, Kalifornistan, Cuba et cetera.

        1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

          I went with New Jersey because I’d rather carry a .357 magnum with hollow points than to not be allowed to carry a 9mm with ball ammo. Of course if your in NYC you can’t even own a shotgun, but statewide I’d go with NJ.

  40. avatar Larry says:

    Pick a time period and you can find ugly guns in it for example the Puckel gun which had an optional feature to shoot cube shaped bullets at non Christian opponents and round ball at Christians

    More recently the Dardek which fired trounds… Though in this case only the chamber had a triangle cross section the bullets were normal… Still a darn ugly gun

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Puckett; square cross-section — the projectiles were longer than they were wide.

      I find it — quaint rather than ugly, but your mileage might vary.

  41. avatar The Other JR says:

    I always thought the Steyr AUG was a hideous weapon. Glocks, the Nambu 94, Hi-Points, and the FAMAS are all pretty ugly, too.

  42. avatar OCD says:

    Colt All American 2000.

    It’s hideous.

  43. avatar Stinkeye says:

    I don’t know which is the ugliest gun ever, the Astra 300, 400, or 600, but I know one of them is.

  44. avatar Shawn Graber says:

    The terrifying Beretta U22 NEOS 6.0. Saw one at a gun shop immediately after seeing one at a gun show and thought, “There’s more than one of these devices in existence?!”

    With the Beretta heritage behind it, it’s most likely a decent firearm. With looks that would kill the intruder before the bullet reached him, the gun has various side benefits going for it.

  45. avatar Ralph says:

    The ugliest gun on the world is the one that’s pointed at you. End of discussion.

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Game. Set. Match.

    2. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      Smile, wait for flash.

  46. avatar J.D. Smith says:

    I (and several others) have a few Yugo M-24/47 and 48 Mausers and they are not just nowhere near ugly they work better than a lot of new guns out there. Same goes for my Yugo SKS if you keep it clean. Like you should with any gun ugly or not. That’s it, any dirty gun is an ugly gun.
    But when you really need a gun, they’re all beautiful.

  47. avatar DrewR55 says:

    Any gun DiFi is holding. Especially if she is sweeping the audience with her finger on the trigger

  48. avatar Bruce Abbott says:

    Remington Model 8; add the shotgun butt with cigar burns in the stock, rust-brown finish instead of bluing, and multiple dents in the spring tube. Got the very same in my gun case; got it like that and love it anyway…

  49. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I don’t know.
    It’s like asking to pick the ugly chick at a Miss America pageant. Kinda difficult

    1. avatar Model 31 says:

      The ugly ones are for “reasonable” gun control.

  50. avatar former water walker says:

    Original Hi-Point carbine. Planet of the Apes gun. They had one for sale at the local Cabelas. For$250…I offered $100. Seriously 🙂

  51. avatar Al says:

    Ingram M10 – a sheet metal brick on a stick

  52. avatar GuyFromV says:

    Mauser C96 with the rifle stock attached.

  53. avatar Clem says:

    borchardt semi auto

  54. avatar dr_elusive says:

    The Sten is pretty Ugly, For pistols i would say Hi-points

  55. avatar Mercutio says:

    Actually, the AR in the article just below this one is a serious contender…

  56. avatar Justin Steiner says:

    Anything stamped with Hi-Point.

  57. avatar Dave Lewis says:

    With apologies to my very good friends at Henry – the AR-7 isn’t much to look at. I’ll also submit the various Nambu pistols which just look strange, the Austrian WW1 water cooled machine guns which were all out of proportion, and the Danish Madsen mgs which were also pretty strange looking. The old US 1917 Enfields with their odd dog leg bolt weren’t much to brag on either – although they were good enough for Alvin York.

  58. avatar BR549 says:

    I had a date once with a chick that ugly. The relationship was REALLY short. It was like buying a house; the first thing they tell you is that you have to enjoy the curb appeal of your own place, otherwise, you won’t be there long. But that’s what that chick and this gun are missing; curb appeal.

    Call me shallow, but …. hey!

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Reminds me of a gal I dated once. She had red spots all over her body. So I ask her, “why do you have red spots all over your body?”
      She says, “those are from people touching me with 10 foot poles…”

  59. avatar S_J says:

    Ugliest gun I owned personally was a Hi-Point 995 carbine. And even then it wasn’t so much “ugly” as purposeful, which has its own appeal. If only the damn thing worked right and I didn’t live in NY it would probably still be in my collection. Alas.

    I love Mosins, they are cheaply hewn and dead-simple tools for sure but I think they have a certain sleekness about them that the chunkier Kar98 or Lee-Enfield lack. Arisakas and most of the French infantry rifles are definitely fugly, though. So are a number of modern bullpups (SA80 anyone?), the KRISS, and the Calico. The Australian Owen subgun is pretty bizarre looking with its vertical mag and two vertical handgrips.

    Any of the above Nambus, USFA ZIP, Frommer STOP (weird long-recoil design from Hungary), JoLaAr pistol and Dardick mag-fed revolver are solid contenders for homeliest handgun. I happen to dig the Rhino’s cyberpunk looks but it translates better in the 4″ or 6″ barrel models than in the 2″ snubby.

  60. avatar Chris S says:

    I just can’t get past the Mosin Nagat 91/30 no mater how cheap or how well it shoots. It’s just not made for my gun safe.

  61. avatar cknarf says:

    Hi-point handguns


    Bullpup rifles.

  62. avatar Dennis says:

    Any gun that gets me, my family, or my buddies killed.

    And I would like to disqualify the Liberator pistol. Ugly, no doubt. But it was not a gun that was carried, the vast majority were likely shot only once then tossed. They cost, what?, about a buck to make (by a division of a car company that made ‘guide lamps’) and were distributed by dropping them out of airplanes!

  63. avatar Skygirl says:

    Armatix iP1

    Ugly both in concept and reality.

  64. avatar Jay1987 says:

    anything built by Red Jacket from scratch or horrendously mauled by them in pursuit of nevah bin done befo. Examples: that weird saiga 12gauge gatling gun they made outta 3 semi auto saigas, the tacticooled thompson, the master key, the taser mount for shotguns, & pretty much everything else they rape.

  65. avatar bontai Joe says:

    Rohm RG model 10 has to be one of the ugliest firearms ever made. And probably in the top 5 of most useless. I’ve handled one, wouldn’t fire it even for money as I have seen Mattel make higher quality toy guns.

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