Who doesn’t enjoy looking at vintage gun ads? It’s a blast to see how they marketed firearms years ago, not to mention the prices! If only we had a time machine.
Here are 20 beautiful vintage gun ads from a bygone era. While some of these ads are from long ago, some are fairly recent. They speak to not only much cheaper pricing, but also to the changing cultural mores of the day.
Good grief, check out these prices back in 1961!
A Colt Python for only $125!
In 1902 you could purchase a Marlin model 1892, 1893 or 1894 for $10 to $13.25 apiece from the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue.
Back in 196o you could buy a .55 caliber anti-tank gun for under $100.
Christmas was – and in many families still is – the perfect time to give the gift of a rifle or shotgun to a youngster. I can still remember with such joy and excitement my very first .22 single shot rifle I got at Christmas time as a child. No doubt many adults cherish that memory as one of their transitional from-boy-to-man moments in their lives.
Santa has an arsenal to deliver!
The whole family should get guns for Christmas!
And heck, why not get yourself a present too?
Personal and home defense was also a popular selling point from early on:
And some old advertisements are probably culturally taboo nowadays:
Such as this one that promoted hunting tigers, which would raise a lot of hackles today.
This one seems to put firearm handling together with alcohol consumption.
Given our current climate, it probably would not go over too well to show a youngster with a so-called “assault weapon”, even a toy one. That’s a shame.
Ok, this one is just weird and dangerous, I don’t care what the ad says!
Finally, I don’t know what the heck is going on in this one. A gun turret in place of your refrigerator? I guess this one was trying to play off of WWII imagery, but boy, is this a stretch.
It’s not official yet, but this sure looks like the new South Carolina record buck to us.
Twelve-year-old Justin Hodges from South Carolina might have just shot the biggest buck ever taken in the state. His buck green-scored at 178 inches, and as of now, it tops the previous buck of 176 inches standing since 1994.
Justin and his father had seen the big buck back in October during bow season but never got a shot. It wasn’t until they set up on an old road bed near the area where the saw the buck before that fate opened its window and offered an opportunity.
“Justin already had the gun pointed down the roadbed and when the deer stopped a couple of seconds later, he pulled the trigger, but nothing happened,” his father said in an interview.
As most of us know, when a big buck shows up, strange things happen. As in this case, Justin forgot the safety. After realizing his mistake, another pull of the trigger dropped it in its tracks.
Measuring out to 19 total points, 12-inch brow tines, 13-inch G2’s, 13-inch G3’s, and very thick mass, it stands a very solid chance of beating the record.
Five local goose hunters returned with a rather different catch than they intended, when they found a sword that is believed to be at least 1000-year old.
“We were going hunting but the tour turned into archaeology digging,” said Árni Björn Valdimarsson, one of the hunters, in an interview with local news site Vísir. “Actually we did not have to do any digging as the sword just lay there in the sand,” he added and explained they think that the sword washed up in a recent flood.
The sword is beautifully preserved and it’s discovery is big news according Kristín Huld Sigurðardóttir, the director of the Cultural Heritage Agency, as only twenty swords have previously been found from this period.
The sword was found in Skaftárhreppur district in the area of Eldvatn river in South Iceland. The exact location has not been made available as the Cultural Heritage Agency has not yet sent a research team to the area.
According to Árni Björn his hunting crew did not catch a single goose during the trip but finding the sword more than saved the tour.
Here you can see a clip from The National Broadcasting Service, when the hunting crew delivered the sword to the Cultural Heritage Agency.
Officials with the Boone and Crockett Club and the Pope & Young Club say a Montana hunter may have bagged a new world record elk.
In a press release issued on the club’s Facebook page, the group said the elk had a green score measurement of 429-6/8 net and 448-4/8 gross.
The current Pope and Young Club’s World’s Record typical American elk, taken in Arizona in 2005, scores 412-1/8 points.
“This bull may well be the largest typical American elk taken in the last 48 years,” said Boone and Crockett’s Director of Big Game Records, Justin Spring.
The elk was taken by a resident hunter on a solo hunt early in the archery season.
It took the hunter, who at this time prefers to remain anonymous, a couple days to pack the bull out. He then took the bull to a taxidermist and “a rough score confirmed it was time to call an experienced Boone and Crockett Official Measurer.”
This hunter’s wife and daughter both turned down chances to shoot this incredible world-class whitetail.
Nick Starkey has a pretty unselfish family. It showed last week when he bagged what could potentially be the new state record typical whitetail. His awesome buck came after both his wife and daughter turned down opportunities to shoot the massive animal.
The 15 point monster, taken in Upshur County near BuckHannon, has green-scored 191 2/8, putting it well above the old record of 185 4/8. Of course, Starkey will have to wait for the 60 day drying period to end before an official measurement by Boone and Crockett can take place.
Starkey, his wife Angie, and daughter Raven are all avid hunters. They knew the monster was walking around from a single trail camera photo. “We got one picture of that deer,” Angie Starkey told the West Virginia Metro News. “We set our cameras, he has a spot and I have a spot and mine was the one that got it.”
Originally, Nick was hopeful his wife would be able to take the potential record buck. But in a surprising move, Angie, who told the paper she cared more about getting meat in the freezer than a trophy buck, gave up the spot to her husband and daughter for opening morning. Apparently, it was his excitement over the buck that caused her to give up her spot.
“That picture set him into a mode that he was so excited he couldn’t sit still,” she told the paper.
Still, Nick apparently planned to have his daughter shoot the massive buck if it made an appearance. But when the buck showed up late in the evening, Raven decided she wanted her dad to take the shot instead.
“She was telling her dad, ‘Shoot him dad, shoot him,’” Angie told the paper. So for the second time, a member of his family passed on the opportunity to bag the record buck and Nick finally had his chance. The buck ran a short ways over a hill and collapsed after the shot and Nick’s goal of killing a big buck was fulfilled.
No doubt he’ll be thanking his wife and daughter for a long time for passing on the opportunity on this one. It just goes to show nice guys don’t always finish last!
We’ll continue following this story to see if it indeed does break the record following official scoring.
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QUANTICO, Virginia — Textron Systems unveiled its new 6.5mm case-telescoped carbine at Modern Day Marine 2016. The weighted model represents Textron’s latest effort to develop a new age of infantry weapons that fire weight-saving, case-telescoped ammunition. Textron has made significant advancements in this technology with its Light Weight Small Arms Technology, or LSAT – an Army funded program that has so far yielded working lightweight machine guns in both 5.56mm and 7.62mm.
The new 6.5 CS carbine emerged out of an intermediate caliber study Textron conducted in 2014, according to Ben Cole, project engineer.
Currently, the empty weight of the mock-up carbine is 8.7 pounds. A magazine loaded with 20 rounds of case-telescoped 6.5mm ammunition adds one pound. An M4A1 carbine weighs 7.74 pounds empty and about 8.74 pounds with a loaded 30-round mag.
Case-telescoped ammunition is about 40-percent lighter when you compare it to the standard brass ammo in the same caliber, Cole said.
The 123 grain 6.5mm has a muzzle velocity of about 3,000 feet per second, Cole said.
Comparatively, the 62 grain bullet on the M855A1 has a muzzle velocity of 2,970 feet per second, according to U.S. Army data.
“If you take this 6.5mm bullet at our muzzle velocity, it’s 300 percent more down-range energy than the M855A1,” Cole said. “So for a minimal weight gain, you would have significantly more down-range lethality.”
Textron officials hope to have a working prototype to begin testing early next year, Cole said.
“We are trying to go after the next requirement for soldier rifles,” Cole said.
mensaddictsComments Off on UN Troops Landing At US Air Force Bases
There have been multiple civilian sightings of strange planes landing at American Air Force bases, all carrying UN troops and/or having UN markings (or none). My husband, a Vietnam vet, has been back and forth to Overton-Brooks VA Medical Hospital three times a week this month. Barksdale Air Force Base, one of the most secure Strategic Air Command (SAC) bases in the nation, has had unusual C-130s or C-136s fly into Barksdale AFB and land at all hours.
The interstate runs in front of the side and front of the base and is clearly visible with no restraints. (Barksdale is where President George W. Bush landed on 9/11, it is such a safe, secure, and well-guarded installation.)
These flights have been reported by other citizens and several of the military men who work inside the base have reported that the UN troops are given US military clothing and name tags. When our servicemen question this, the soldiers are told they did NOT see what they just saw. Base operations refused to confirm or deny or discuss these sightings.
The question is why? It appears that foreign troops are working with US troops, practicing on urban warfare, civil unrest, and civil disturbance scenarios. In Colorado, rumors of Russian troops practicing to deal with terrorist raids and martial law scenarios have been proven correct by our own US armed forces. Peterson AFB in Colorado is another base being used.
Located in Germany is the Marshall Center, named after General George C. Marshall, who was quite the UN/NWO devotee. At this present time, the Department of Defense is conducting classes in counterterrorism. Of course, the definition of “terrorism” belongs to new world order advocates. According to the definition used by the NWO, a terrorist is anyone who opposes a takeover of their nation. That would make all NWO resistors and/or anyone who disagrees with the new world order plans potential terrorists.
Are You A Terrorist By Their Definition?
Do you believe in our national sovereignty and national Constitution? Do you believe in religious liberty and freedom of speech? Do you believe in the right to own guns and bear arms? Are you prepared to stand up and fight for your freedom if an order of martial law is imposed?
Then by UN/NWO definition, you are a terrorist!
The problem with these foreign troops being trained to intervene on American soil in SHTF scenarios which might occur here is that they have no loyalty to our Constitution, they have no loyalty to the inherent rights that have always been ours as American citizens, and they have no basis for restraint in any action they might perceive as necessary, regardless of our laws. They have no constitutional right to interfere in the internal events of our country.
NATO and the UN have the same goal, mission, and function: to subvert the sovereignty of the United States and the rest of the world, turning us all into a fascist worldwide state. Our government officials have proven time and again here lately that they are not to be trusted. Congress is nothing more than a rubber stamp for what the administration wants, not the representative body of the citizenry as it should be.
What catastrophic event is this administration preparing to implement now in order to seize the control they so desperately want?
mensaddictsComments Off on DONALD TRUMP, JR. HAS A 1-ON-1 GUN CONVERSATION WITH SILENCERCO
There’s been a lot of talk surrounding the 2016 Presidential election, and much of it has revolved around guns.
Gun rights, gun ownership, and the almighty Second Amendment remain high on the list of talking points for the candidates, as well as their supporters. One unabashed supporter of Donald Trump is, naturally, his son Donald Jr.
To hear more of what Trump, Jr. has to say about his father, the campaign, and guns, watch this exclusive sit down with SilecerCo CEO Joshua Waldron.
mensaddictsComments Off on 5 REASONS THE BROWNING A-5 STILL BEATS THE COMPETITION
Let’s face it, we all love a good semi-auto shotgun. Shots cracking off as fast as you can pull trigger. They revolutionized the way we hunt and bring ear to ear smiles to bird and waterfowl hunters faces. The Browning A-5 was the first mass produced semi-auto shotgun and production stopped in 1998, but that didn’t stop it from being one of the best options out there.
Here are five reasons why the A-5 still beats the competition.
Sometimes a gun is just a gun. Manufactured by a company, thrown on a shelf, and sold to a hunter or enthusiast. That is not the case with the Browning A-5. A rich history dates back to 1898 when it became the first mass produced semi-auto shotgun.
Therefore, the first successful semi-auto design makes it the king of kings in the book of shotgun creators. The A-5 saw military service from World War I to the Vietnam War, helping build our country on values and freedom.
You would be hard pressed to find another shotgun with 70 years of service under its belt. A rich history of tradition and success makes it a must have.
2. Distinct Classic Design
That ol’ humpback look… No other shotgun is more noticeable or visible from a long distance than the distinct A-5. It features a distinctive high rear end, earning it the nickname “Humpback.”
Simply described, the top of the action goes straight back on a level plane with the barrel before dropping down sharply towards the buttstock making it a box shape. The hump is not just for looks though. It provides an instant, broad sighting plane. This takes away the need for a barrel rib. All you see then is the bead.
If you are going to pull out a gun from a case, it might as well be one people are going to recognize and notice. The A-5 is that gun.
3. Reputation of Reliability
A shotgun does not simply gain the popularity and obtain a 100 years of production under its belt without being a reliable firearm.
Talk to any A-5 owner, and they will rave about their A-5 or A-5’s. Often referred to as their favorite shotgun and stories of how it is the most reliable gun that has touched their hands. Constant years of use and play, but all without ever jamming up or not cycling correctly.
That is something to be proud of, just ask any waterfowler who has had an auto lock up after the first shot into a huge group of green heads. Enough to make a man go mad.
The Belgium Browning’s are unparalleled in their quality and design. Made with great materials, the gun just simply doesn’t fail.
4. Smart Investment
Life isn’t cheap these days. Things are expensive and they often lose value fast. With production halting in 1998, the A-5 has become more of a hot commodity to gun enthusiast and hunters around the world. Speaking with a friend, one of the last points he made to me about his A-5 was “unlike any other shotgun, the A-5 (even their barrels) seem to increase in value…making them a great investment.”
If you are looking to get a semi-auto, might as well grab an A-5 that you can hand down to your son or grandsons and gift them with an investment that can continue to grow throughout their life.
Shooting a quality gun is a blast, and losing money is not. Sounds like a win-win to me.
5. Grandpa’s Gun
Foolproof reliability made the Auto-5 successful as we mentioned earlier. And that is why our great grandfathers and grandfathers all loved them. I am a sentimental kind of guy. If my grandfather hunted with it, that in my book is already better than any other new inertia driven design or new technology to come.
Get a shotgun with a tradition and connection to those who hunted before us.
We all know the guy who can grab any gun, and knock down birds like it’s his job. Most aren’t blessed like that and have a hard time finding a gun that fits. The A-5 changes that and does what other guns don’t. It points for you.
I could go on and on on each of these points and bring many more points to light, but then I would be writing a book. Make sure to do more research to find out the nuts and bolts of what makes this gun so sought after.
Rich history, distinct design, foolproof reliability, and a great investment for years to come is what puts the Browning A-5 above the competition.
mensaddictsComments Off on Court reverses conviction of felon who was hunting with replica antique
The Florida Supreme Court in a 5-2 ruling overturned the conviction of a man for being a felon in possession of a firearm because the gun he was using wasn’t considered modern under state law. The case involves Christopher Weeks who was charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm on Feb. 4, 2012, after a Florida Fish and Game Wildlife officer stopped him on state land during primitive weapon season for deer hunting. Weeks had been hunting with a Traditions .50-caliber muzzleloader equipped with a scope, a gun he received as a Christmas present after researching guns a felon could possess.
State law defines an antique firearm as any gun that used a “matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar early type of ignition system or replica thereof” or was made before 1918. Yet, authorities argued the scope modernized the gun.
Facing a jury trial, Weeks pleaded no contest and received three years probation. However, a 2013 District Court reversed that ruling on appeal, citing state law was unconstitutionally vague and, even though Weeks had added a scope to the muzzleloader, the addition was not enough to make the black powder percussion gun a modern firearm. State prosecutors took the position that Weeks’ firearm was not an exact copy of a weapon manufactured before 1918 — due to the scope — and his conviction should stand.
This week, the Supreme Court in a 5-2 split agreed with Weeks’ argument and held state law emphasizes the ignition system as the distinctive feature of an “antique firearm,” and that the hunter’s replica “used a type of firing system specifically mentioned” as exempt in the law’s language in an opinion written by Justice Barbara Pariente. Justices James E.C. Perry, Jorge Labarga and Ricky Polston concurred.
Justice Charles Canady, in a separate concurrence, blasted the State’s line of reasoning that adding a scope to Weeks’ replica made it a modern firearm, arguing that in the same logic “an antique replica with any modern accessory attached, such as camouflage tape, a rubber recoil pad, or a nylon rifle sling, would—unlike a similarly configured actual antique—fall outside the definition of an ‘antique firearm’ whether the accessory is permanently secured or temporarily affixed.”
Justice R. Fred Lewis broke with the majority and joined with Justice Peggy Quince in a dissent based on the technology involved.
“Although the firearm may have relied upon an ignition mechanism used by similar firearms before 1918, it also featured a scope that was not found on weapons that were available in 1918,” wrote Lewis. “In my view, such a firearm cannot constitute an antique firearm as defined by Florida law.”
Lewis, however, was factually incorrect in his assertion. Brass-tubed telescopic rifle sights from Morgan James and others were available prior to the Civil War while both Stevens Arms and Winchester introduced commercial lines of rifle scopes in 1902 and 1909, respectively, and sold them via mail order — meaning either could have been in common use in Florida well before 1918.