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When Guns Were Not Demonized

With all the demonizing of firearms, fear mongering, and the Pavlovian conditioning of our children by the public schools to train them (or as Eric Holder would say "brain wash") to fear guns (i.e. unannounced drills, suspending kids for pointing fingers or eating pastry into shape of a gun, etc), it is hard to remember there was ever a period in this country when that was not the case. Here is a commercial from the 60's.

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How politically incorrect is this? I would have wanted one!


Hahaha! That would give Feinstein a stroke.

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." Voltaire

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You Can Tell It's Mattel....

...It's SWELL!!!

Thanks for the memories!

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Got a Johnny Eagle Red River

Got a Johnny Eagle Red River Rifle for Christmas about 1968. The TV ad that suckered me in advertised it with a built sound effect that sounded like a ricochet. In reality it had a little air bladder in the stock that squeaked like a squeeze toy. Kinda stupid but it was still a pretty cool gun.

Also got a Parris Arms percussion Daniel Boone looking rifle outa the Speigel Catalog a couple Christmas's later. It was made of wood, real metal, and would actually launch a cork ball down the barrel if you scotch taped enough roll caps to the priming anvil. In its box my brother and I found an order form. We saved our nickels and mail ordered a revolutionary war pistol, a black pirate pistol, and a shorter Daniel Boone looking Carbine straight from Tennessee. Grew up thinking Sherman took Savannah, Tennessee. Not Georgia:)

Killed a lotta Bar, Injuns, Bank Robbers, Krauts, Japs, and Red Coats growing up. What a bunch a shit. Just boys given toy soldiers, toy guns and taught to kill mostly the wrong people. We did kill some Hessian Mercenary's on one occasion though.

I had dozens of toy guns. I let others borrow them to play war

in our neighborhood. It was about the only game we ever played.

One kid in the neighborhood wasn't allowed to play war with us because his parents objected. Everybody thought that kid and his parents were wierd.

My favorite toy gun was a metal revolver that actually had six chambers containing rounds that consisted of metal brass colored casings and grey plastic "slugs" that fit inside of the casings by means of a plastic clip and a spring (inside the casing).

When assembled the "bullets" looked like bullets and when fired the grey plastic tops actually popped of and flew out of the barrel like real bullets.

The plastic clip parts were easy to lose and no doubt "could poke somebody's eye out!" as my mother used to say (if I wasn't careful). There was no "bang" sound but there certainly was a realistic (sort of, okay, it flew five feet maybe) projectile.

And as mentioned the revolver was all metal and had sort of the feel of a real gun, though not as heavy.

It was made by Marx I think.

I'd love to have that toy back again.

LOL...how old are you?

"Poke somebody's eye out if you're not careful" LOL...that puts you over 50.

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

I'm over 50.

Can't even hide it in my writing..... sigh.

Didja ever taste soap?

I know what Ivory soap tastes like...like shit...nooooooooooooo...but mom he made me...nooooooooo!

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

My brother had his mouth washed out with soap.

But I didn't swear like he did. My father's leather belt on my bare behind had a way of discouraging that. I would have preferred the soap.

Punishment was not exactly dolled out evenly in my house. I had an older brother and a younger sister, yet I was the only one to get the belt.

My sister never once felt the belt...

...for me it seems that it was an almost weekly occurrence...until I got big enough to fight back. I'll never forget the day that I did...I never got hit again.

Were the ramifications of this treatment to have subsided with the welts, I guess I'd see it as constructive "discipline". Instead, it has affected me at a core level for my life thus far, and it has had quite deleterious affects on many facets of my life, both personal and professional. Given this I see it as abuse, and I do not excuse the alcohol fueled lessons as having been "good for me".

After all, its hard to believe that you are "loved" and/or worthy of love, or success, or happiness, when those who supposedly love you the most treat you the worst or inflict the most pain.

Sorry to hear that Brah, I feel ya man.

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

If guns are demonic

then surely governments should not employ them.

I've found that evil usually

"I've found that evil usually triumphs...unless good is very, very careful."

--DR. MCCOY, Star Trek, "The Omega Glory"

Until 1969

When you brought a piece, long or short, into JFK airport in New York City, the most scrutiny you'd receive is when the stewardess asked you if you would like her help storing it in the coat check (back then at front of plane) or in your overhead compartment.

Guys used to bring shotguns to h.s. school . .

when I was a kid. They would go duck/goose hunting after school (rural area). They'd also bring them to shop class where they would refinish the wood stocks. No big deal.

Then again, a big percentage of the population wasn't forced on psychotropic drugs back then.

What have people allowed to happen to our country ? Sometimes I wish I had a time machine.

you got that right.

Now they just want to feminize young boys. If they behave like a like a boy .Drug them.

Money talks and dogs bark

We had to do demonstration speeches in HS speech class

One of the kids brought in a 12 gauge and demonstrated how to blue a shot gun, he walked right down the hall with it, no big deal. During pheasant season we would walk to the end of the street to the open fields and hunt for miles, nothing was posted back then.

About 10% of the guys in my class never showed up for home room

during dove season.

They showed up for first period in camo pants and left their shotguns in the trunks of their cars or behind the seats of pickup trucks.

Do you guys remember a toy bazooka...?

Commercial jingle went something like...

Shoulder arms, and raise up your bazooka, the friendliest rocket rifle, the greatest gun around.

I'm '57 so this would have been a Saturday morning cartoon time commercial circa. 1963-66??? Just wanted to know who made it...I had one and seem to remember green plastic, a spring loaded blue "shell" that came out the front...the commercial may even have had one kid behind the shooter and tapping him on the helmet...

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?



*edit* maybe not this is an air cannon.

Nope...but good to see Kurt Russell again...

long before he became Snake Pliskin...

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?



Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

I do!!! I had one

it was green and it shot plastic round hollow balls
wow,,, brings back memories.
I had the tommy gun also. that was cool!


I found it..It was made by Remco


Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

Here's a guy that still has his...!


Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

Yeah...were those balls blue?

Do you remember the manufacturer? I was trying to tell my 13 year old about the toys we had (mostly guns and army/spy stuff) and this was "the one that got away". It was one of those toys I really wanted and never got. I wanted to see if youtube had the commercial...but I couldn't find it. So, do you remember the briefcase that had the "throwing knife" and that converted into a machine gun? I don't remember if it was a James Bond thing, or I Spy, or Get Smart...

As to the Tommy gun...was it a round magazine or the Sgt. Saunders variety...with the straight magazine? Mattel?

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

Here it is!!!

But, it wasn't a briefcase...and Kurt Russell touting yet another weapon...on his way to becoming Snake Pliskin..


Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

No...the one I remember had some button or handle...

That caused the briefcase to all of a sudden have a barrel and a trigger and stock ...well damn...I jus can't picture it anymore...

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

Oh my, I wish I could remember more

about the projectiles of the bazooka. I may have the projectiles confused with a cannon I had. I think it came in an army set. Like the cannon it was spring loaded. The tommy gun was just like the video straight clip. It had a spring loaded bolt you pulled back and the bolt slid along a ridged (like saw blade type ridge)bar as it fired making the automatic firing sound. It also fired caps single shots. I'm 57 years old and we played army all the time. Most all my toys were guns army sets (plastic and tin) Still have a tin tab
howitzer from my childhood.
We also had many western guns, holsters etc.
My father was a weapon collector, so I was shooting very early in life. First bb gun at 5 yrs (still have it) Crossman 22 cal. pellet rifle at 7 yrs.