Sunday, May 30, 2010
Ugly Gun Sunday
I believe that when a craftsman puts his time and labor into a firearm, the end product is more than simply a product; it's an extension of the craftsman, a reflection of the sum of his experience, knowledge, and dedication.
And when someone engineers a weapon that is assembled from injection molded plastic and CNC/MIM/stamped metal, it's as much as a reflection of craftsmanship as the assembly of my Jeep's oil filter coming off the factory line.
It's probably very precise in its dimensions, and inexpensive relative to its quality, if quality means less maintenance or liklihood to crack, dent, rust, or change point of aim due to weather conditions.
But I'd never be able to pick it up and think about the craftsmen who labored for hours, turning out a weapon for a simple common soldier, or how those knicks, dents, and dings got there.