General Musings From The West Coast: Guns

August 15, 2011 BY CAPSULESNEWS

In a menswear culture charmed by the old and timeless, the footholds of Americana, a rugged, manly market influenced by pioneers, farmers and homesteaders, explorers, outdoorsmen and the like, Im surprised we havent seen a resurrection of the most classic American accessory, the pistol. The hand piece, since its inception in the 16th century has been a staple for men from all walks of life, from the ruffians to the refined elite, more than watches or sunglasses, for sure.

Whats not to like? A nickel plated six shooter, beautifully cast details, a dark hardwood grip hugged inside a rich tooled leather holster. Sounds exquisite, perfect with denim or dressed up with trousers and jacket. With Pendleton, Filson, or Beans, no shit. A Stetson? Why not, but its the hunk of iron on your hip is what draws the attention, conveys responsibility, preparedness, determination if you wear it right, a subtle elephant in the room that you arent fucking around.

Where men are going for looks fit for weekends with Teddy Roosevelt, a handgun is much more practical and wearable than a hatchet, a fishing rod, or an external framed backpack (which I have seen people wearing, and I know theyre only doing it for the look). Hell, a 35mm handgun is easier to carry around than a 35mm camera. Guns are heritage as fuck.

Guns are a good look for any man. Heritage weve covered, a .38 revolver should outfit anything turn of the century, civil war charisma, western yoked shirts and cowboy boots. It will also suit the eastern woodsman look perfectly. A stubby .357 should pair well with any of the more city man, whos dirty appearances and whiskey habits were born on the pavement beneath city lights and not on the cattle ranch. The street wear kids obviously want the 9mm. Suiting up? Go with something slim in a shoulder holster. When you take your jacket off for dinner, youre date will know whats up. Speaking of the ladies, something compact and flashy sounds sexy perched in your garter or boot. Whatever style youre into, past or present, theres a gun for you!

Sure, guns are fucked up devices used for fucked up devises, but one cant refute their mystique and beauty. Its true menswear. Guys can grow out their beards and wear big boots, but until youre walking heavy, youre still a dandy. For fall, get a gun.

-Teddy Ryan