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.
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. 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.
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