Monday, November 2, 2009

Pistol For Hire

Weapons have always fascinated me. As I grew up, I was always leading an army into battle, with trusty sword and pistol at my side, ready to defend me in the tightest spots. They were my most loyal companions; and when you're the only one in the backyard swinging a stick around like its some heavy saber, you become extremely attached to your "companions."

My stick and wooden pistol have come through many battles, killed hundreds of men (didn't know that about me, did ya), faced the worst possible situations and come out on top. Remember Calvin and Hobbes? Yep, that's me and my gun.

Then came the idea to actually design my own weapons. Not necessarily draw their inner working mechanisms, just their aesthetic qualities.

Having spent years studying the evolution of firearms, I was able to easily come up with a few concepts, such as the ones presented above. I think that both of them are influenced heavily by European designs of the early 1800s; the lower one has a few Muslim themes. The upper one has a very bulky, somewhat distracting pommel, although it could double as a club. The firing mechanisms themselves are horridly inaccurate, as I learned to my utter dismay. But that doesn't matter, really. They look cool anyways.

Johnny S. Reighard