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Vintage Firearm Ads
« on: January 09, 2010, 02:59:16 PM »
This site: http://www.vintageadbrowser.com/guns-ads has vintage print ads for firearms/guns from the 1900's to the 80's  (They also have ads for other stuff but this is "We the Armed" not "We the Soft Drink Fans")







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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2010, 03:15:06 PM »
Found this on the Interwebs somewhere.  It's from 1961.

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2010, 03:21:01 PM »
I love the old pre-war Mauser ads...
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2010, 03:58:18 PM »
Found this on the Interwebs somewhere.  It's from 1961.




That looks like an early wood finished SLR, rather than the orignal FAL, from the longer flash hider and the style of the bayonet. Makes sense since they were semi-auto only. Unless squadies had been jamming things inside to alter this.
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Were they selling the grenade launcher shown in the image too?
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Re: Vintage Firearm Ads
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2010, 04:15:48 PM »
I saw your picture and figured you stumbled upon the same place I bumped into last week, but then I saw your address was different.

More stuff here.

http://www.magazineart.org/main.php/v/ads/sportsandguns/gunsandammo/



The best part is both of those are adds from Cosmo!

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2010, 04:26:51 PM »
I think I've only heard of Iver Johnoson once; it was something about M1 Carbines...
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2010, 04:53:26 PM »
I think I've only heard of Iver Johnoson once; it was something about M1 Carbines...

Iver Johnson was the Kel-Tec of the 1900's-1950's

they made top break revolvers, first with hammers and then later hammerless, often with a grip frame safety similar to the 1911.  32 S&W long,  38 long colt or 38 S&W  were their most common chamberings.  Two basic frame sizes, small and large.  Small held 7 rounds of 22Lr or 5 rounds of 32 S&W,  large heald 6 rounds of 32 S&W or 5 rounds of 38.  So the Large was similar in size to a J frame (but usually with a 3" or 4" barrel) while the small with a 3" barrel was a bit smaller than the J frame, making quite popular as a concealed carry gun back before paperwork and license were needed.  They were inexpensive but still pretty solid and good firearms, just not Colt or Smith and Wesson level of quality/strength.  They were pretty common to find in coat pockets, under the cash register, in the desk drawer at home, etc etc.  Often the grip had an owl's head on it


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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2010, 05:00:09 PM »
Nice to learn something new everyday.
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Re: Vintage Firearm Ads
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2010, 09:21:39 PM »
I believe that's an early pattern metric FAL, along the lines of the ones produced for Germany (the G1), which had a similar flash hider to the L1A1.

The inch-pattern Commonwealth rifles were, as far as I know, manufactured by state arsenals and were never offered for commercial sale off the production line.
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2010, 01:56:31 PM »
My FAL was an Inch Pattern Imbal.  Many guys say they didn't make an Inch Pattern, but there it was.  I had one.  Larry has it now.
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2010, 05:02:43 AM »
The inch-pattern Commonwealth rifles were, as far as I know, manufactured by state arsenals and were never offered for commercial sale off the production line.
IIRC ADI Lithgow started making a civvie version right before they got out of the L1A1 business. A very few were imported before the '89 ban. Poyer was the importer, I think.

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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2010, 12:26:49 PM »
$175 for a FAL, ah man.  I wish I could find that nowadays.
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Re: Vintage Firearm Ads
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2010, 07:11:14 PM »
Hmm. Well, per the Social Security website, the average wage in 1961 was $4,086. In 2008, it was 41,334 so about 10x as much. What's a FAL run you now? You can get a pretty dang good one for $1750. :)
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Re: Vintage Firearm Ads
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2010, 07:41:20 PM »
I wish I paid $75 for my:
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Re: Vintage Firearm Ads
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2010, 07:47:47 PM »
Colt had a add depicting a stranded motorist fending off a bear with a Pocket Hammerless .380 - I've got to find a copy of it. 

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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2010, 07:49:24 PM »
I always like the S&W poster titled, "The Hostiles".
I tried to find a pic of it to post, but I couldn't get it right.
I have it on the side of one my coffee cups.
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Re: Vintage Firearm Ads
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2010, 06:50:19 PM »
Colt had a add depicting a stranded motorist fending off a bear with a Pocket Hammerless .380 - I've got to find a copy of it. 




is it possible you are thinking of the following picture?  The guy in the huge fur coat looks like a bear


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Re: Vintage Firearm Ads
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2010, 07:10:59 PM »
Great thread!  I love vintage gun ads!  They're second only to my affection for WWII propaganda ads/posters.

Can you imagine the outrage if this ad ran today?




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Re: Vintage Firearm Ads
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2010, 01:37:24 AM »
Here is the bear ad I was thinking of:  http://www.coltautos.com/images/super38b.jpg

Poke around http://www.coltautos.com some.  They have ads, instruction sheets and more.  If you have a Colt fetish it is a fantastic site
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« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2010, 11:58:13 AM »
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« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2010, 12:15:02 PM »
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« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2010, 12:17:38 AM »
Am I the only one who noticed something strikingly different about the police officers in those old ads when compared to the police officers shown in advertisements these days?

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« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2010, 07:08:55 AM »
Am I the only one who noticed something strikingly different about the police officers in those old ads when compared to the police officers shown in advertisements these days?



You mean they looked like cops, not commandos? Yeah, I caught that, too.
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« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2010, 08:38:41 AM »
Is that soteneur robbing that mechanic?

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Re: Vintage Firearm Ads
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2010, 11:33:31 AM »
Yes it is, my bad :facepalm
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