Whoever did this to a perfectly good AR15: this is bad and you should feel bad. You’re a bad person. My only hope is that this was done to a garbage rifle, like a Bear Creek Arsenal or Battle Rifle Company gun. Maybe it’s an airsoft gun, in which case I won’t feel bad at all, because I know that it will be the loving property of a fedora wearing m’ladyboy.
I get that the new gun culture is a crazy world full of people with disparate interests. I actually know some gun owners that would probably think this steampuke mess is pretty cool. Here’s what I don’t get about this rifle, or the myriad of other, similar projects I’ve seen. Guns are cool enough by themselves that we don’t need to dress them up like fictional items to be cooler.
Plus, if you want to play AR15 dress up, we have an entire catalog of historical AR appearances to draw from. Want to make a ‘Nam era M16 lookalike? You can! Blackhawk down style M4s with huge Surefire lights and no rails? You bet! Early Afghan war railed monsters? Yes please. Modern, slick rail, lightweight guns? All day long.
But hey, I’m just an elitist snob. What you people do to your guns is your own business. Just don’t be surprised when elitist jerks like me point and laugh.