Nostalgia just ain’t what it used to be… and saying things like ‘they don’t make em like they used to’ is getting a little long in the tooth… but hell, back in the day even the instruments of death were beautiful. Take these musket handles. Each is intricately hand crafted. None of these shooters rolled off an assembly line, they were built from wood and forged from metal before the industrial revolution. A man’s rifle was as personal and unique as his thumbprint. Hell, I bet at least half the folks mowed down by these considered it an honour.
In essence, these arms were seen by their makers as swords that spit fire – weapons that have symbolic and ceremonial value as well as instrumental.
I love the shapes, the lines and the details.
Though, to be completely honest and clear, I don’t like guns. Might get me one of these muskets or two. For aesthetic protection.