How important is a guns appearance? Has the Brit lost his mind? Well for self defence it just might be (the appearance thing, not the mind loss thing). In a self defence situation, isnt it better when the gun is produced, if the BG stops and says 'OK dont shoot'? I know of at least one occasion when someone produced .380 compact, and raised a laugh and 'is that real'? Most of you, and I know a .380 in good hands is a serious weapon, but BGs are not often trained or students of the gun. They go by what they see making a decision in a moment. I am not suggesting we all walk about with 9" barrel .44 magnums but I think there is something in this. Opinions?