Skip to comments.Vintage gun ads recall the true America
Posted on 01/13/2010 4:06:39 AM PST by marktwain
There are people today who are shocked to discover that gun manufacturers advertise their products in magazines displayed on grocery store shelves.
Gun ads? In a grocery store? What if the children see those ads?
As shocking as it might be to some people, there was a time not so long ago when guns were not only advertised in dedicated "gun" magazines, they were routinely advertised in popular publications of all kinds.
Guns used to be a normal and acceptable part of American life. Guns were accepted as necessary tools and respectable recreational equipment ... even for children.
A boy learned to shoot before the training wheels came off his bike. He could even carry his rifle to school for shooting practice without causing a panic that resulted in a S.W.A.T. team locking down the school.
Sometime in the later half of the 20th century, that began to change. Slowly, the idea that people are responsible for their own actions faded away and was replaced by the notion that society's ills can be controlled by regulating objects such as guns.
People are no better or worse now than they were in days gone by. There have always been murders. There have always been bad people. What's missing now is common sense. And along the way, we've lost a big part of the American character.
(Excerpt) Read more at buckeyefirearms.org ...
“Some cool old ads at the link. I remember when Americans could buy anti aircraft guns and antitank guns and ammunition through the mail with no government interference. It was anytime before 1968.”
I remember those days. There were ads for 20MM Solothurns in the magazines and we didn’t lock our doors. A long time gone.
> A boy learned to shoot before the training wheels came off his bike. He could even carry his rifle to school for shooting practice without causing a panic that resulted in a S.W.A.T. team locking down the school.
I remember those days, and taking my Dad’s old single shot, breach loading Remington 22 Long Rifle to class every Thursdays. I attended Buckroe Beach Junior High in Hampton, Virginia at the time. I’d be willing to be that if that school is still around that it’s a “Gun Free Zone” complete with PC police.
This is insanity, idiots like that should be stopped from breeding!
GCA68 is Unconstitutional!
Too bad those kids don’t have some real parents. I imagine when they are instructed to report to the portable extermination wagons that these parents would take their kids there with no question. People like that deserve their fate.
“Guns used to be a normal and acceptable part of American life. Guns were accepted as necessary tools and respectable recreational equipment ... even for children.”
True, this part of American life has eroded...but not everywhere. Carried my “necessary tool” with me into work this morning. All my kids and my 10 year old grandson have been schooled in gun safety...he loves to go shooting with his dad and me.
BTW...this is Alabama.
"Then go back."
Apparently where she comes from, tools are considered obscene objects?
“.....where they came from things like that were kept under the counter.”
I would have replied, “And where is that? Berkeley, California?”
The only bad thing is thatr they take us with them.
Thank goodness that Ronaldus Magnus was able to get part of GCA68 repealed, and surplus military weapons could again be imported.
That was in 1983.
BTW, the “portable extermination wagons” mentioned in a later post are not fanciful; the Nazis used them initially until they discovered Zyklon B was far more efficient.
The antigun culture hates both guns and the people who defend the right to own them. Let them seize power, and there will be mass arrests.
Oops, I meant attempted mass arrests, if you get my drift.
BTW, live antitank guns and ammo have been federally taxed and controlled as destructive devices since the National Firearms Act of 1934. What was sold without control before 1968 were deactivated war trophies (DEWATS).
I believe they still are. Those who don't accept it have removed themselves from American life.
I was just talking about this with the younger guys at my job.
I wonder when the Hollywood librats will make a movie about those days, contrasting it with today.
A factual movie, I mean.
This reminds me of an old episode of the Andy Griffith Show. That may seem an odd place to see evidence of the changing times but you can find it there nonetheless.
The Scenario :
The carnival is in Mayberry and Opie wants to win a prize for his father's birthday. He takes the money he has earned to the carnival's shooting gallery to win a fancy electric razor for his father, Andy Taylor.
The Original Story:
The carnival shooting gallery has the rifle sights bent ensuring that neither Opie, nor anyone else using that particular rifle, can win a prize.
The Changing Story :
Going to the carnival and shooting at targets was a common event, one I experienced myself at age ten or eleven. When I saw the original airing of this episode the theme of the story was about the carnival folks trying to cheat the boy and how the boy's father, Mayberry's Sheriff, made things right.
Today, the story has an altogether different theme.
Today the story for me is trying to picture ten year Opie Taylor with a loaded rifle in sight of mothers with children in tow on a crowded midway.
The evidence of the liberals foolish quest for something he clearly does not understand is his logic. The liberals flawed logic is exposed when the individuals inherent right protected by the 2nd Amendment to Americas Constitution is the topic.
Whenever a deranged person abuses his right to own a gun and harms another person the liberals logic causes an immediate reaction, which is to blame all those who did not do it.
Here is a global example of the flawed liberal logic. We pass laws because we cannot trust the people, but we trust the people to obey the laws we pass.
When you apply that specifically to the 2nd Amendment, you get this liberal position. The people can't be trusted, so we should have laws against guns, which the people will abide by, because the people can be trusted.
When the Thompson came out, they sold for $175, which was VERY expensive for the time.
Indeed. Should be used more often.
I can remember as a boy in the early 60’s shopping with my Daddy at the Western Auto for guns. Army surplus stores reeking of cosmoline and selling real Army surplus, crates of M1 rifles, bayonettes, etc.
Holy moly, look at the heaps of dead bandidos and their horses. They didn’t pussy-foot around what their product was to be used for, did they? I can scarcely imagine the reaction if a firearms maker used similar advertising today.
You shoulda bought more of ‘em.
“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
Nothing says lovin´ like something from the oven.
If I’m not mistaken Senator Chris Dodds Father wrote that Bill which was translated from Hitlers Gun control Act of the 1930s.
I have this type of revolver except it's a S&W, looks identical, has a safety on the back of the grip like a 1911 .45 ACP
I love it! Thats just a great ad and right on the money!
I still hve some old magazines with advertisements for army surplus Enfield handguns for sale. $19.95. Drop a check in the mail, and it will be delivered railway express. The shipping cost as much as the pistol!
These adds were in all men’s magazines, outdoor mags, Western mags, Popular mechanical mags.
Then there were those full page adds in the gun mags for just about everything you ever wanted in the way of army surplus, including demilled Thompson and Sterling sub machine guns. Demilled by hitting the feed ramp with a weld. then the government found crimnals were filing off the weld.
And who can forget those 1900 era SEARS catalogs with the origional $2.00 pistols for sale by mail!
I got my first rifle in 1961 when I was 14, It was a Christmas gift bought for me by a felon who had been in prison in 1942. No paperwork required.
In 1968 he could no longer touch a firearm due to the 1968 Gun Control Law.
I bought my own rifle in 1964 when Iwas 17 and had been buying ammo since I was 14. 45 Cents for 50 rounds of .22 shorts. Again no paperwork required.
I used to see guns for sale in gun stores, hardware stores, clothing stores, gas stations, grocery stores.
Anyone who was not around in 1968 should go to the Library and read the newspaper editorials and major magazines of the time and see what pressure gun owners wer under. From the killing of John Kennedy to the killing of Robert Kennedy ther was a major effort by the liberal press to force gun registration and controls on the public.
To me this was the real beginning of the split between conservatives and leftists.
Wasn't uncommon/unusual at every carnival in town, but that was LONG ago.....
Check this out. Now THIS is a gun!
I like the thought, and shooting a ‘flying ashtray’ out of a 1911 is very effective.
I’ll still shoot twice.
"We'll all be drinking that free Bubble-Up, and eatin' that rainbow stew."
Ping. Some good old-school gun pr0n here.
A local shop had one of those for sale last week. It was going for $5000.
A S&W Safety Hammerless in either .32 or .38 S&W. Also called “Lemon Squeezer.”
If I had $5000, it would be an incredible bargain. But alas, I don’t.
Here in San Francisco, a friend of mine went to the drug store wearing his NRA cap. A woman with a little girl spotted the cap, and with a look of horror on her face grabbed the girl and said, “Let’s get out of here before somebody gets hurt.”
Most of them are shootable with modern ammo, which is still available.
Then again Reagan also signed the “Firearm Owner’s Protection Act” into law, which contained the Hughes Amendment, which banned the sale of new automatic firearms to the public after April 1986.
Reagan was not without his flaws, after being elected President.