Is that a Mongoose in my trousers, or am I just pleased to see you?
This is a truely classy little ray gun, small but still hefty and surprisingly heavy, it doesn't look too wimpy even when placed next to the F.M.O.M.. I haven't tested it on 4 lbs of budgerigars, as we use that abhorent French metric system here in Portugal. However, I purchased 1800 g of Norwegian Blue parrot from a local zoological boutique, and even though I nailed it to the perch, all I had left was a charred perch and a rapidly dispersing cloud of azure feathers after 4 seconds.
It really is beautifully made and designed, certainly equal to the F.M.O.M., but a lot less fragile, spikey and dangerous to carry around one's person. It may well have been designed with the female sex in mind, as it comes with a rather knobbly aether oscilator of an utterly different kind, complete with working switch on a lead, which I suspect is best used inside a ladies boudoir (if you will excuse the euphemism!). However, I still felt like a full man with this little tool tucked tidily in my trousers! (the ray gun that is, not the knobbly thing.) I would struggle to hide it up my jacksey, however - I think Dr G must have gone to a more, "ahem", traditional public school than my good self! (again, I am talking about he gun here.)
The carved handle is lovingly realised complete with the Polynesian artist's signature, and the aether pressure gauge is beautifully done, along with a moving trigger and safety catch (essential for in-trouser usage). If I had any complaints about the gun itself, they would be that the cast name on the left hand side seems to say "Victorous Mongoose" (missing an i), and the copper pipes seem a little too fresh and uncorroded for a weapon carried so close to moist body areas, but these really are very minor quibbles.
The case really is one of the best things about this gun. Whereas the normal raygun cases are enormous and take up lots of mantlepiece space, this is about 1/4 of the size, but totally wonderful. While it actually seems to be made of Venusian Worm Oak (resembling resin, surprisingly heavy - could be used as a blunt instrument itself in emergencies) as opposed to actual leather coated wood, it really is beautifully crafted, and looks convincingly like leather. The lining is more of a teal colour than the brighter blue of the prototype, it has a brass display rod that goes in a Venusian Worm Oak mounting, has two stout straps to hold it open, and the artfully aged envelope containing the authenticity certificate is held in place by two leather straps, not just glued on, as it appears on the prototype. The hinges and clasp are made of bronzed metal, and the gun looks superb when dispayed in its box.
It may seem expensive compared to the larger rayguns, but it really is worth the price in comparison, partly due to the case. Very highly recommended.