People frequently get caught up with the"stuff" in their hobbies... doesn't matter if your hobby is cars, computers, photography, painting, ice climbing, hiking... we can't help but have a little bit of attachment to the tools that help us exert our will as the subjects of our own lives. We all know "that guy" who has a ridiculously expensive and customized (noun) but can't seem to (verb) for shit with it... whereas some other bloke with a much cheaper (noun) is amazing at (verb)ing with his affordable (noun).
In firearms this definitely seems to be fairly true for a lot of folks, especially folks who've just got into shooting, or those who've been collectors for a long, long time. While I certainly take pride in ownership for certain firearms in my collection, most of the time... a gun's a gun's a gun. It's just a tool and a means to an end, and the most important component of any tool is its wielder.
To illustrate this concept that I believe it so firmly, I actually used a very, very special rifle with this shot with Ethereal Rose... a friend's Colt SP-1 so old the serial number doesn't even have "SP" on it. For all your old school gin-u-wine gun nerds... you'll notice something on the charging handle... Brownie points who can tell me what it is! Aside from a little customization, this rifle is in extremely good condition and I was glad to handle such a beautiful specimen... but all the while imagined it as just a utilitarian tool instead of a awesome collector's item.
Basic concept of this series was that of a lucky scavenger, with both a top of the line modern rifle, with an old school, lightweight, A1 style rifle as a quick backup: hope you like it!
Ethereal Rose, AR-15 and SP-1
Model: Ethereal Rose
Rifle, Equiped with a Centurion Arms Modular Rail in 14, Centurion Arms 14.7" Barrel, Fortis F1 Optic mount
CMT Tactical Billet Lower
Suppressor Mount: http://www.weaponoutfitters.com/surefire-sf3p-556.html
Pack: Grey Ghost Gear, in Kryptek
Gloves: Mechanix Wear in Ladies size M