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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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The cannon!!!!

I know what you are talking about..I had the cannon!!! The cannon was like a civil war kind of cannon and yes it fired black hollow cannon balls with a hole through them that fit over a shaft and allowed you to stick the cannon ball in and jam it down in the barrel thereby cocking the spring.

As to the bazooka, I believe I remember blue "finned" shells...like mortar shells...

My father was West Point class of '56 and commander of the European Rifle Team when I was born in Augsburg, Germany. I too started with guns at a very early age. Back then, in Germany there were bars that had competition shooting of pellet rifles on weekend nights and my father would also compete in these...my first rifle...a .177 Diana (RWS) pellet rifle that I inherited from him.

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My friend, thats the cannon I had!!!

Still love air rifles,, that's what I use for rabbits and other critters. I like the RWS those are real air rifles!
Back in the early 80's I was thinking about purchasing a Beeman FWB
W/Zeiss scope. I purchased a German made hornet instead.

What a great topic!!! thanks


Tada!!!! Also by Remco


Damn my grandparents musta been rich!!!!

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I still have my daisy BB gun model 1894

It's a lever action rifle, they advertised it as the spit-in image, looks real. One of my favorite shows was the rifle man with Chuck Connors. I even practiced cocking the gun with one arm. LOL

Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone were favorites too, I had a coon skin cap and wanted the powder horn, never did get that. Other toys were the fort Cheyenne play set, erector set and Lionel train set. My first gun was a 16 gauge single shotgun, when you learn on a single, you rarely miss a shot.


What self-respecting American boy able to pick up a toy Winchester DIDN'T try cocking it with one arm...spinning as ya go?? Great memories...

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Thats cool!!!

That was one of my favorites as well. Chuck was honest straight up and always kicked a$$.
Growing up with Walt Disney movies (when he was alive) was awesome.
Davy Crocket Daniel Boone had an impact on me that I still enjoy today. I built a small cabin w/ no electricity a hand driven well and a stream going along side of it. That's my play ground!!!
That's cool about your first shotgun because my first shotgun was a Mossburg 16 Ga bolt action 3 shot W/ adj.choke barrel.

Speaking of Walt Disney remember this series



Thanks for posting

I do not think I have ever seen Dr. Syn. Enjoyed it.

Oh Man...

The scarecrow was the biggest boogeymen I can remember. Had quite a few nightmares about the scarecrow.

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Oh yeah!!

Disney just blocked part 2 of this in the last few months. I watched the entire series a little while ago. Of course part 2 had the part about excessive taxation, and how the people were revolting to it.
Awesome show!


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I was 9 when this commercial

I was 9 when this commercial was broadcast. Although I don't remember ever owning this gun I did have many other cap guns and we used to run around the neighborhood shooting everything in sight. Today I'm afraid the goons would be shooting back with real bullets. Not only that but when I was in 8th grade we had NRA rifle club at our junior high and I would ride the city bus to school with my .22 cal single shot rifle. No one ever gave me a second glance (I did have it in a brown soft sock type cover). When I got to school I would march into the school and toward the rifle safety classroom to leave my rifle there until the after-school safety and firing instruction. We used the crawl space under the school as our firing range (live fire but only .22 cal). No, this wasn't in the sticks, I grew up in St. Paul, MN...

Beware the cult of "government"...

I took an NRA marksmanship & safety course in jr h.s.

It was in the summer and was taught by G.I.s who came in their fatigues after getting off work. This was on an Army fort. My Dad was career Army.
We shot .22LR bolt action rifles with peep target sights. Really nice outdoor range & facility. Before each class we'd come into an armory room where they had the rifles on racks. We'd grab one and a box of ammo and head out to the range. I remember the range master calling firing line commands over loudspeakers from a tower, and the three soldier volunteer instructors who taught us walking up the shooting line. They gave individual instruction to the kids. My brother also was in the course and he was in grade school.

I wonder if they have that on Army forts today.

Remember playing "army" and fighting over who was gonna be...

Sgt. Saunders...? Or...Nutin' would be kooler than to be that guy who got to stand up in the back of the jeep and cling on to the .50 cal. as you lurch over the sands of Northern African in Rat Patrol. I remember thinking that the officer's Austrailian hat, with one side snapped up, would look good on me....

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I remember having a bunch of

I remember having a bunch of those cap guns. They were so much fun. Every kid in my neighborhood had them and guess what? There were no mass shootings because there was no mass distribution of psychotropic drugs.

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

How about hitting a whole roll of caps with a hammer!!!

What fun!

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oh yea, did that!


Google is government.

Me too!

As soon as I read cap guns I thought of how I would whack an entire roll.

With a screen name like that...

I'll bet that, not only did you miss the roll, you missed the step it was sitting on, the hammer slipped from your hand, flew into the air, came back and hit you on the head, knocking you off balance which than caused you to fall sideways into your friend The Skipper, thereby precipitating both of you over a log and into a cement pond where a tight assed little honey named Ellie May was swimming with some critters.

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OMG, were you there?!


Google is government.

No Dummy... ;-)

I was watching TV!

(Your post actually made me laugh out loud!)

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Hey, I belonged to the 8th grade rifle club, too

We would meet in the rife range set up on the third floor of the old Middle School. 22 cal single shots were stored in a gun cabinet up there, along with thousands of rounds of ammo.

This was the early 70's in the U.P.

Thanks for sharing!

I can only imagine the response if a child did the same today. As you hinted, the State would probably murder them - "The kid had a gun! Kill! Kill! Kill! Only the State can have guns!"

Child Protective Services at The Door

You would have CPS at that family's door harassing and threatening to remove the child to have the state raise him and pump him full of psychotropic drugs.

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