"That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat
or labourer's cottage is the symbol of democracy.
It is our job to see that it stays there."
In Castle Carteach, a rifle hangs over the closet in the living room. That makes it a 'Wall Hanger', although in this home that means something different.
Typically, 'Wall Hanger' is a term used for vintage/elderly/broken/weird firearms that are suitable for display only. Perhaps a Swiss Vertelli rifle that hasn't had ammo available for generations. Maybe Great Granddads Damascus barreled shotgun that no one dares to shoot with modern shells.
Here in the castle, 'Wall Hanger' literally means the rifle hanging on the wall at that moment, and they get rotated just like most of the artwork does. It doesn't mean non-functional, by any means. In fact, the rifle hanging up as decoration in the morning might be on the range in the afternoon, shooting a match.
Sometimes, the rifle is chosen for a special reason. Example..... we had guests coming to dinner, and a Lee Enfield No1 was hung that day. One guest stared at it a while, and asked if it was 'real'. My response: "Yes, it is real and it functions perfectly. That rifle was hung today in YOUR honor, as it hails from your childhood home in Great Britain!"
Sometimes, the rifle hanging in the living room is the particular old battle weary hand me down that has captured my interest that month.
Sometimes..... it's chosen just because it's an old Mauser with pretty wood.
What's hanging on your wall?