It’s a blast from the past, who doesn’t enjoy looking at vintage gun ads? It’s funny to see how they marketed firearms back in the early to mid 20th century, not to mention the prices!
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. Here’s our time machine, sit down and enjoy.
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, really?
In 1996 you could get any of these Remington guns for under $100, as this ad that ran in Boy’s Life attests.
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.
Santa has an arsenal to deliver!
The whole family should get guns for Christmas!, make it a family event.
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 in social media today.
This one seems to put firearm handling together with alcohol consumption.
Ok, this one is just weird and dangerous!
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.
Source: David Smith