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Remember, folks: whenever a woman says "die for me because you are a man," just look her in the eye and say "my body, my choice."
TCM

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

We Played Tourist Today


WolfAlpha and I finally began to take advantage of the fact that we live so close to so much history!  We went to the NRA's National Firearms Museum in Fairfax. Parking and admission are free, but of course we gave a donation (and I bought a cute pair of earrings in the gift shop.)

Holy smoke, that is one beautiful collection of weapons!  As I have very little technical knowledge about guns, some might consider the trip wasted on an ignoramus like me, but I loved it anyway.  The history was fascinating, and I was simply blown away by the artistry and workmanship.  I've always seen my own guns as functional tools, and I've never had a hankering for one that is more attractive than function demands.  But that's a fever I could catch.

There was quite a bit of high art in that place - carving, inlay, enameling  meticulous choice of wood grain, and some designs that could only be described as whimsical.  It was, however, the oldest-style pieces that really drew my attention.  An ancient Hand Cannon, looking so crude and so deadly, especially piqued my imagination.  Simple, sturdy, no doubt dangerous to use and difficult to control, it's hard to envision men using it in a chaotic battlefield environment.

Here are a few images, but the resolution is poor; if you want a better look, go to the website:

http://www.nramuseum.org/

...or go to the museum if you're anywhere near D.C.
Duke of York' Manton Flintlock Fowler

Early Ball Butt Dag Wheellock Pistol
Mint Thompson Submachine Gun



3 comments:

  1. I miss real museums in Arizona. Take me back to NYC!

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  2. The beauty of the guns of yore is that they were made my hand and made my antisense and not mass produced by machines. Guns look grand now, but mostly with plastic handles.

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  3. Lucky you to be able to tour the museum !

    You don't have to be fully versed in the technical aspects to appreciate the craftsmanship, attention to detail and the artistry displayed there.

    I'm not an expert on painting but I love going to the Kimbell to see the paintings.

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