Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Through The U.S. Mail

In the comments on Coyote Point, there was a mention of an company that used to advertise in the backs of gun magazines called Klein's.

There were a number of them,Ye Old Western Hunter, Numrich Arms, Potomac Arms, and more. When you ordered from them, they sent your the products by U.S. Mail. In Old America, people were called citizens and they could purchase firearms without governmental oversight.

The picture is from Klein's. Before you start drooling over the prices, remember that $100.00 in 1963 is comparable to $815.00 today. Add to that the availability of mil-surp guns in the decades after WWII and  the prices are not that remarkable. It's the freedom you should be remembering.

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759


"Zack" said...

Ah yes, I do remember those days. Sears and Wards had guns in their respective mail-order catalogs ...

Kids sometimes brought live rounds of ammo to school for show-and-tell.

My first anti-gun lecture came from a teacher shortly after the JFK assassination; mail-order guns were evil.

Old Windways said...

I knew Klein's sounded familiar. They are perhaps most infamously remembered for being the outfitters through which Lee Harvey Oswald ordered his Carcano rifle.
Apparently, it was ordered from the advertisement in the February 1963 issue of American Rifleman, so not this exact one, but the "6.5 Italian Carbine" is listed in both versions.

Comrade Misfit said...

Also Herter's.

Old NFO said...

Yep, Herter's was another one.

Richard said...

Now we give up essential liberty in exchange for security theater. Franklin spins in his grave.

Tom in NC said...

If you want more of those ads, check out the 'classic' issues of Guns Magazine that are on-line at this link:

And some of the articles can be dusted off and printed again today. Including the political ones.

pigpen51 said...

I was born in 1960, and remember the Christmas catalogs. Me and my twin brother would go through them page by page, and each pick one thing from each page that we would want. The gun pages were especially memorable, with mostly .22 rifles. A few deer rifles, and some shotguns of course, but they were not that many, as this was a Christmas catalog, and so I think that the .22 rifle was a common present to young men coming of age.
It was a much simpler time, of course, but a gun back then was no less dangerous than one is today. The difference is that the public didn't put pressure on fathers to not teach their sons how to use them safely. I had a father who only hunted deer, but my oldest brother hunted small game, so it was my brother that taught me how to be a safe hunter, plus I of course took hunter's safety when they first started to have it in my area.
My oldest, a girl, is 37, and own handguns. Her husband is a real good man, who taught her to be safe, and they have a 4 year old son who they are also teaching to be safe. It makes me proud of both of them.