Typically, one thinks of an heirloom only after it’s weathered a few generations of patina-gathering. But before it got handed down to your father and his father and his father’s father, it started out shiny and new on some store shelf. And since there are still a few companies out there making stuff that looks timeless and will last longer than you, we’ve set out to find the new breed of future heirlooms in this weeklong series. Today we’re finding you weapons handsome enough to mount on your wall...
Kempt’s in-house Constitutional scholar and beard expert Dan McCarthy told us he wanted to go shoot a lot of guns. Who were we to argue?
In the never-ending quest to become a well-rounded man, there are a number of skills you need—changing a flat tire, mastering the bow tie, the secrets of the perfect quiche, riflery. In that spirit, when the opportunity arose to lose my firearm-discharging virginity, I cracked a few knuckles, did some light stretching and plunged right in.
The result: a couple of hours spent in a Second Amendment funhouse in Manchester, New Hampshire, presented here as an easily referenced and by no means comprehensive Gentleman’s Guide to Shooting a Gun. Think of it as something to keep in mind should the zombie Armageddon ever happen, and you find yourself suddenly thrust into the hero role.
It’s become a time-honored tradition for a son to give his father a token of appreciation on the third Sunday of June.
In our experience, it really is the thought that counts—whether it’s a card, a bottle of fine cognac or a steak dinner (every dad likes to celebrate differently.) But should you be feeling an extraordinary urge to lavish dear old Dad this year, we cut through all the noise (and Nooks) to help you figure out where to focus your attention—ranging from the gents at GQ to the ladies at DailyCandy to the geeks at Wired. It’s enough gadgetry, machinery and sockery to need a guide just to get through all of these gift guides...
Buck Stops Here: GQ takes a tour of Boston’s newest men’s shop, Ball & Buck. Handsome stuff. Put this on your Bean-town itinerary from now on. [GQ]
Chrome Furnishings: This vintage machine gun that’s been nickel-plated would be perfect for the office. [Driven]
Time That Flies: Hodinkee gets the lowdown on Autodromo’s latest driving chronos. Slick enough for your next track day.[Hodinkee]
Upton’o Good: A bikini-clad Kate recently taught Terry Richardson how to dance the “Cat Daddy” and one kind soul turned that lesson into a nine-step animated GIF. Purely for educational purposes.[Buzzfeed]
Just as the average urban dweller doesn’t have much use for an ax, you tend not to see many bags for hunting rifles around. But that’s what trend-setters are for. Take this bison leather gun bag, for example. It was made with safari-goers in mind, but it’s handsome enough to serve any number of ironic purposes, including putting a strategic scare into the opposing softball team. Consider yourselves warned.
The appeal of Bond has always had more to do with the man’s accoutrements than his geopolitical nuance, but it’s taken surprisingly long for all that swag to be gathered into one place.
Apparently that day is here. Allow us to introduce Bond Lifestyle, a one-stop compendium gathering together everything from the man’s favored cologne (according to Fleming, anyway) to the Swiss villa that provided the setting for Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The catalogue is somewhat skewed towards the more recent (and more thoroughly branded) movies, but you can still find a replica of the Trilby Hat from *Doctor No* or the two-button gray suit in *From Russia With Love*.