Pistols For The Heck Of It

Finishing and shipping a custom pistol or revolver to a man like you, is a time of mixed sentiment for the accomplished custom pistolsmith. When it’s time for the gun to go out the door, it can be an emotional moment. Many times, we have become somewhat attached to that little “lead-injector,” with its beautiful, custom, exotic wood grips, classic lines and useless custom adornments and flawless, flowing ergonomics. It’s tough, but money rules business; babies in cribs have needs and wives will never understand. UPS grabs it and takes it to you: a man who will run his calloused fingers and experienced eyes over the polished metal, rough-textured checkering, custom parts, colorful grips — and sights he can actually see.

The experience doesn’t stop with touch, but extends to the eye, where even a grizzled, old war veteran will see the graceful lines of a tool designed by men just like him. He sees the perfect lines in his new custom gun, making the firearm in his hand an extension of himself. The metal is melded with the character and talent of a gunsmith who labors to give you what you want, helping to satisfy your desires regarding your perfect handgun.

Human sensations don’t stop with the sense of touch or sight. Your nostrils expand to capture the scent of gun oil, solvent and even the soft aroma of the gunsmith’s shop, from which this masterpiece was born. Is that pipe tobacco you smell as you unwrap the paper, hearing it crackle, as room lights glint on the revealed, polished blue finish?

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