Saturday, October 20, 2012
Pretty Guns- Post #2
I'll leave this slightly obsessive subject in a minute but somebody asked me in an email "what ARE the best?" and what my-- I dunno, esthetic is; my Platonic ideal. I could never afford one and I doubt if my fans can make up a rich enough cartel to comp me one as a present, but the answer is easy-- the Scottish (Edinburgh) "round" actions, not London famous names, not ostentatious engraving, but a minimalist provincial example of craft & design genius-- stark, perfect, Tom McGuane's "simple linear gesture". I give you two examples: the starkest, leanest, possibly purest, an ancient McNaughton with wood extending to cover the metal, the "Bar in Wood" type: and the lean but more baroque example of turn of the last century pre- Great war indulgence, a rare-- fewer than ten 3 barrels made? -- Dickson in just that configuration-- allegedly one like it, also in 16 gauge, was made for the legendary bird collector Walter Rothschild.