John Farrier's Comments

Yes, guns are primarily designed to kill living creatures, often (but not always) humans. I am comfortable with that because I think that sometimes taking a human life is morally acceptable. So I find nothing inherently wrong with guns.

In contrast, your hypothetical "rape wand" would never be neat, nor would any variation of it be neat, because rape is never morally acceptable.

The specific guns that I've posted are usually mechanical oddities that attempt to resolve technological limitations, such as the necessity of reloading. I am impressed with the ingenuity behind many of these efforts and think in my head "that's neat!"
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Neatness is a subjective concept. Personally, I like guns. I think they're interesting and I enjoy using and studying them. My own taste leans toward antiques; my dream gun is a 1903 Springfield rifle.

I post antique guns that are oddities because I think they're interesting and the traffic that such posts generate tends to support that judgment.

One of the challenges of being a Neatorama author is finding and posting content that isn't cycling through large blogs that are similar to ours. Each of us has some special areas of knowledge or interest. I read a lot of gun blogs and have some basic knowledge of firearms, so I look for interesting guns to write about. Few authors on blogs similar to Neatorama do this, so I contribute unique content that puts Neatorama in a more competitive position.

On several occasions, I've lifted odd guns or firearms-related content from obscurity and made them viral, such as this one, this one, this one and this one.

You state that killing is not neat and that therefore guns are not neat. The morality of firearms ownership is a complex issue. I do my best to stay away from political topics here at Neatorama and since a discussion on the morality of firearms ownership would probably end up there, I'd rather not discuss it on this blog. I would, however, be willing to discuss it with you through email.

I understand that you may find firearms offensive and would prefer not to see it at Neatorama. There's something for everyone at Neatorama and probably some content that is boring or even repugnant to each reader. All I can suggest is scrolling past that which you do not like in order to get to the content that you do like.
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It's too big of a question. The answer would vary depending on the man or the woman involved as well as cultural norms and expectations that surround them.
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My favorite definition of history is "the application of ideology to the past."

Ambrose Bierce's is also good: "An account mostly false, of events unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools."
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That's a good point. It would have to be so precisely machined so that the powder magazine is completely separated once its opening into the chamber is closed. Apparently that's how the Lorenzoni works.
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I work with a Ukrainian American. She told m e that "the Ukraine" was a provincial designation from Tsarist days. But it has stuck in American usage over subsequent generations.
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