Gun companies walk a very fine line in advertising weapons.
In recent years the delicate nature of selling a deadly product to a mass audience has kept gun ads away from mainstream outlets like newspapers or television.
But once upon a time, the nation’s gun makers didn’t need to be so sensitive. A scan of vintage firearm and air rifle ads reveals a world in which guns were a must-have for the whole family.
From sex, safety, to stereotypes about masculinity, here’s a collection of what gun ads look like today and how they’ve evolved in the last century.
These vintage gun ads will give you a good chuckle and show you just how much the world has changed in the past few decades.
A lot has changed in the last century. Looking back in time at vintage gun advertising is a great way to highlight just how different we are a society these days.
In some ways, vintage gun ads remind us of a simpler time from back in the “good ‘ol days.” In other ways, though, they show us just much progress we’ve made.
Either way, they can be pretty entertaining when you think about the reaction some of these gun ads would receive if they were published today!