Sunday, January 25, 2009
Ugly Gun Sunday
This was a Model 1896 Swedish Mauser. Made by skilled craftsmen, each rifle individually fitted to it's stock, the Swedish Mausers were some of the most beautiful military rifles made. They exhibited flowing lines, warm glowing stocks, deeply blued barrels and receivers, and fit second to none. Like this one:
Unfortunately, we now have a Swedish version of the Savage 110; not a bad rifle, but not something that will speak to the shooter who appreciates history, or craftsmanship.
Sort of like putting Sears bargain-price tires on a Ford Model T; it'll still run, but it looks awful.