A reporter once asked General George Patton about the "pearl" grips on his two handguns. Patton (as played by George C. Scott in the movie) growled back, "Only a New Orleans pimp would carry pearl handled pistols. These are ivory." I have to agree but there is a backstory to this one.
My wife's birthstone is pearl and I gave her this alloy framed Gunsite Edition Colt CCO with the faux pearl grips for her 70th birthday two years ago. This year was our Golden Wedding Anniversary so I had the barrel Titanium Nitride coated in a gold tone for her. Isn't that what every woman wants?
For the benefit of the younger polymer-framed, striker-fired, brick shaped pistol enthusiasts among us, the Colt CCO is a hybrid combination of the Commander 4.25 inch barrel and slide and the smaller Officer sized frame with a six round magazine. A full sized 1911 has a five-inch barrel and a half inch longer grip frame for the OE 7-round magazine. An Officer barrel and slide is a mere 3.5 inches.
The Raven on the slide is the logo for the Gunsite Academy firearms training center founded by the famous Colonel Jeff Cooper. Older shooters like me grew up reading his magazine articles and books.
Texan Peter Carey collaborated with Spyderco for the stunning Rubicon. The perfect complement for what some would consider a Texas barbecue gun.