David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines

gun-geekery: from the Khyber Pass

One of my favorite gunbloggers made an interesting acquisition at a gun show this weekend: a Khyber Pass gun, made by hand in the tribal areas of Pakistan. The artisans there create all kinds of weaponry, including hand-made clones of modern rifles, but Xavier managed to find a pistol based on the Martini-Henry rifle for $125. I'd buy one for that just as a wall-hanger; it's insanely neat-looking.

You see all kinds of impressive stuff carved out of nothing in the middle of nowhere. I know an anthropology student who's a blacksmith by trade; he got interested in anthropology and heritage and started doing research on contemporary blacksmithing in Africa. Been a couple years since I've seen him, but he works mainly in Kenya, as I recall. He showed me some video footage, and I was impressed; guys were literally forging *car parts* by hand. They didn't have a good tool supplier, so had to improvise; one guy was hammering away while he held the piece in place between his feet on the rim of a wheel, which served as an anvil. Reminded me of my grandmother's stories of my great-grandfather, a carpenter who'd built furniture for his apartment without benefit of a vise -- he held the wood in place with his thighs.

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