Pistol Packin’ Politician: Blast from the Past

The text of this ad which appeared in the April 1914 edition of National Geographic is kind of blurry in the image. It’s worth reading, so here it is in its entirety: Al. Jennings, former train robber, candidate for Governor of Oklahoma and author of “Beating Back.” This is Al. Jennings He says: “Jiminy! It’s […]

Sousa Shills Shotguns: Blast from the Past

John Philip Sousa is best known as the “The March King” for the 137 marches he wrote, many while he was director of the Marine Band. But he also had a passion for trap shooting. He organized the first national trapshooting organization which became the Amateur Trapshooting Association, and authored a number of articles on […]

Santa Claus and Stevens Arms: Blast from the Past

Frank Williams writes: This 1903 ad is for the J. Stevens Arms and Tool Co. featuring the Stevens-Duryea automobile. Stevens Arms was founded by Joshua Stevens in 1864 in Chicopee Falls, MA. The company introduced the .22LR round and designed and manufactured a number of rifle, shotgun, and target pistol designs. In 1901, Stevens entered into […]

1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost — With Guns!

“The [1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost] will be taking part in a rally with nine other Rollers worth millions of pounds at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey,” bimba.info. “Owner Andrew Courtney, who has had the guns deactivated, said the rich used to take the weapons to protect themselves while touring. Mr Courtney’s Thompson submachine gun […]

A Dubious Armed Self-Defense Lesson from Muhammed Ali

The whole Liston – Cassius Clay gun incident was a publicity stunt. Clearly, Liston was in cahoots with the eventual Muhammed Ali during all the pre-fight taunting, to gin-up ratings. As for Ali’s decision to run like hell when Sonny went ballistic, we turn to a contemporaneous celebrity: Jimmy Hoffa. After an assassin attempted to rub out the union boss (in […]

Record Wisconsin Rat Hunt in 1957

Most rat hunting is done with dogs, commonly with varieties of terriers that catch and kill the vermin. The human hunter’s job: flush the rats from cover. The rat hunting record for that method supposedly occurred in England in the 1820’s, when a rat terrier killed an incredible 2,501 rats in seven hours in a barn infested with the […]