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Vintage gun ads recall the true America
Buckey Firearms Association ^ | 11 January, 2010 | drieck

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 ...


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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. There was a low crime rate. After the anti freedome Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed, the crime rate went up.
1 posted on 01/13/2010 4:06:41 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

“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.


2 posted on 01/13/2010 4:09:03 AM PST by dljordan (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his office. ")
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To: marktwain

3 posted on 01/13/2010 4:15:59 AM PST by Bobalu (I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: marktwain

> 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.


4 posted on 01/13/2010 4:21:45 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Hoax and Chains is not the same as hope and change.)
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To: marktwain
I was helping a couple wirh a paint order one day and the lady was walking around the store with her two little boys, about 6 and 8. All of a sudden she grabbed the kids and started dragging them toward the door. The husband went to see what was wrong, She spotted the display of machetes and cane knives, and didn't want the kids to see them. When he came back he informed me that where they came from things like that were kept under the counter.

This is insanity, idiots like that should be stopped from breeding!

5 posted on 01/13/2010 4:21:50 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: marktwain

GCA68 is Unconstitutional!


6 posted on 01/13/2010 4:24:32 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


7 posted on 01/13/2010 4:29:58 AM PST by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: marktwain

“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.

ROLL TIDE!


8 posted on 01/13/2010 4:35:05 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in democrat stands for patriotism)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
"Where we came from things like that were kept under the counter."

"Then go back."

9 posted on 01/13/2010 4:40:15 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Apparently where she comes from, tools are considered obscene objects?


10 posted on 01/13/2010 4:54:09 AM PST by Pecos
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

“.....where they came from things like that were kept under the counter.”

I would have replied, “And where is that? Berkeley, California?”


11 posted on 01/13/2010 4:57:07 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (A Jimmy Carter got us a Ronald Reagan.....a Barack Obama will get us a Sarah Palin)
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To: caver

The only bad thing is thatr they take us with them.


12 posted on 01/13/2010 4:58:01 AM PST by sport
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

NYC !


13 posted on 01/13/2010 5:01:16 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: marktwain

14 posted on 01/13/2010 5:05:12 AM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.


15 posted on 01/13/2010 5:05:20 AM PST by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: marktwain
Back when I was young (early 60s) here in Tampa, my friends and I would ride our motorcycles out to the dump with our .22s strapped on our backs. No one ever gave us a second look.

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).

16 posted on 01/13/2010 5:15:02 AM PST by bruoz
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To: marktwain
Guns used to be a normal and acceptable part of American life.

I believe they still are. Those who don't accept it have removed themselves from American life.

17 posted on 01/13/2010 5:35:38 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Step 1 - Identify Obama/Dem/RINO supporters. Step 2 - Punish them economically.)
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To: marktwain
I was born soon after the 1968 gun control act passed and I still don't recognize the country where I grew up. I used to be able to walk to the local hardware store, drool over the guns and knives there, pick up a few boxes of .22 ammo. and plink away an afternoon in the woods behind my childhood home with the rifle I got when I was 12.

What delusion are liberals under when they think that unending abrogations of peoples rights in this country is a good thing? Sure they have the "right" to abortion, and the "right" to health-care, and the "right" to welfare, and the "right to homosexual marriage" and will soon have the "right" to do drugs...don't they see that none of these "right" are freedoms but shackles that the communists marxists liberals democrats are happily giving them?

Is there any conservative in office or are there any that are running that has the repeal of 1934 and 1968 gun control acts as part of their platform?
18 posted on 01/13/2010 5:39:02 AM PST by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: marktwain

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.


19 posted on 01/13/2010 5:47:10 AM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: marktwain
Guns used to be a normal and acceptable part of American life

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 liberal’s foolish quest for something he clearly does not understand is his logic. The liberal’s flawed logic is exposed when the individual’s inherent right protected by the 2nd Amendment to America’s Constitution is the topic.

Whenever a deranged person abuses his right to own a gun and harms another person the liberal’s 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.

20 posted on 01/13/2010 6:02:08 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; Shooter 2.5; wku man; SLB; ..
Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
21 posted on 01/13/2010 6:10:54 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Bobalu

When the Thompson came out, they sold for $175, which was VERY expensive for the time.


22 posted on 01/13/2010 6:27:22 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: DuncanWaring
"Then go back."

Indeed. Should be used more often.

23 posted on 01/13/2010 6:41:23 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: marktwain

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.


24 posted on 01/13/2010 6:44:41 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Bobalu

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.


25 posted on 01/13/2010 6:58:59 AM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: TC Rider

You shoulda bought more of ‘em.


26 posted on 01/13/2010 7:06:28 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: marktwain

27 posted on 01/13/2010 7:18:08 AM PST by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Sender

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”


28 posted on 01/13/2010 7:20:39 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dljordan

29 posted on 01/13/2010 7:21:05 AM PST by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: marktwain

BFL


30 posted on 01/13/2010 7:25:10 AM PST by zeugma (Proofread a page a day: http://www.pgdp.net/)
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To: Sender
"Fires a huge .55-caliber belted magnum cartridge, capable of driving a 926-grain bullet through 1-inch of class A armor. Completely legal. Plenty of ammunition available. Per box of ten rounds...$9.50."

Nothing says lovin´ like something from the oven.

31 posted on 01/13/2010 7:27:47 AM PST by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: marktwain; All
If you guys want a hint as to what I want for my birthday...(gun porn warning)


32 posted on 01/13/2010 7:35:33 AM PST by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

If I’m not mistaken Senator Chris Dodds Father wrote that Bill which was translated from Hitlers Gun control Act of the 1930s.


33 posted on 01/13/2010 7:50:18 AM PST by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: marktwain

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

34 posted on 01/13/2010 8:04:09 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Sender

I love it! Thats just a great ad and right on the money!


35 posted on 01/13/2010 8:05:12 AM PST by 556x45
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36 posted on 01/13/2010 8:23:03 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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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.


37 posted on 01/13/2010 8:32:58 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Are my guns loaded? Break in and find out.)
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To: MosesKnows
"Going to the carnival and shooting at targets was a common event"....

Wasn't uncommon/unusual at every carnival in town, but that was LONG ago.....

38 posted on 01/13/2010 8:43:01 AM PST by litehaus (A memory tooooo longt A)
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To: Pecos
They are probably vegetarians so they don't have to use steak knives.
39 posted on 01/13/2010 8:43:38 AM PST by ejonesie22
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To: marktwain

Check this out. Now THIS is a gun!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPhZsauluXM


40 posted on 01/13/2010 8:49:49 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: N. Theknow

I like the thought, and shooting a ‘flying ashtray’ out of a 1911 is very effective.

I’ll still shoot twice.


41 posted on 01/13/2010 8:57:07 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: RandallFlagg
A factual movie, I mean.

"We'll all be drinking that free Bubble-Up, and eatin' that rainbow stew."

42 posted on 01/13/2010 9:28:11 AM PST by VR-21 ("If it's a vision of the future you want....")
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To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee; Squantos

Ping. Some good old-school gun pr0n here.


43 posted on 01/13/2010 9:44:28 AM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: Sender

A local shop had one of those for sale last week. It was going for $5000.


44 posted on 01/13/2010 9:52:14 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Robe

A S&W Safety Hammerless in either .32 or .38 S&W. Also called “Lemon Squeezer.”


45 posted on 01/13/2010 9:53:44 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
The pistol belonged to my father in law, he got it from his grand father who worked on the Mississippi Riverboats.
(Rumored to have been a bit of a gambler and a rouge)
I really like the gun, better that my S&W .357 mag.even.
46 posted on 01/13/2010 10:15:28 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

If I had $5000, it would be an incredible bargain. But alas, I don’t.


47 posted on 01/13/2010 10:17:53 AM PST by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.”


48 posted on 01/13/2010 10:24:07 AM PST by choirboy
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To: Robe

Most of them are shootable with modern ammo, which is still available.


49 posted on 01/13/2010 10:31:37 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: elcid1970

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.


50 posted on 01/13/2010 11:16:23 AM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Major Kong.)
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