Guns and grad school

…you know, on second thought, perhaps that’s not the best title.

Of late I’ve become pretty convinced that I don’t want to be a professor once I’ve finished my PhD. Actually, I never really wanted to be one, but people kept telling me I’d be good at it, I should go to grad school, etc. etc., and since the economy tanked and I didn’t know what else I’d do with a BA in Classical Languages, I figured I may as well. My advisor thinks I have “pre-first-chapter-completion angst” (my term, not hers) and that I’ll change my mind once I have the first chapter behind me. Maybe so, but in the meantime I’m looking at alternate careers.

Aaaanyhow, the point of this brief moment of soul-searching is that while working on Mami’s rifles, I noticed that my reference photo says “musket” not “rifle”, which made me pause and think, “Huh, I wonder what the difference is.” So then, in true grad student fashion, I had to go look it up. Turns out a rifle has a grooved (“rifled”) barrel interior while a musket’s is smooth, which has an effect on the way in which the bullet flies. And then there’s something called a rifled musket, and I have no idea what that is. 😛

This message brought to you by grad school — maybe I do have it in me after all!  ….also, Wikipedia.

And now for the guns; here’s some more pictures of the rifle-in-progress:


The black strips aren’t glued down yet — I have the designs drawn on them and have to paint them next. Whooo, details!


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