Inappropriate Christmas Gift #1

Get out of that marriage the easy way! Save on attorney’s fees and child support!

Make the world a better place! Shut down your local abortion clinic! Make the bullies at school shut up forever! And you know, God really does hate fags!

We aren't selling guns. We're selling holes.

Originally published in 1939. Click the image to embiggen.
(Thanks to Blame It on the Voices.)

6 Responses to “Inappropriate Christmas Gift #1”

  1. k10w3 Says:

    I just have to say it….You’ll shoot your eye out!

  2. Geoff Says:

    I really wouldn’t do any of those things. I’m middle of the road in the UK, which means I’m far to the left of any mainstream US politics. I’m liberal in the civilised world, where that is a term of approval.

    Even so, I would love any of these as a gift for Xmas, although I would need police approval here. None are designed for killing people. You might as well demonise squash rackets and would have more reason to ban baseball bats.

  3. Ron Britton Says:

    None are designed for killing people.

    That’s not true at all. I’m not sure about the particular models depicted in the ad, but many of the Colt guns were designed specifically for killing people. They wouldn’t have been selected by the U.S. Army if they weren’t.

    The reason I ran this ad is exactly the same reason I ran the Ovaltine ad. Times change. What seemed an appropriate way to advertise in one era seems odd or creepy in our current age.

    I’m sure there will be many guns under the “holiday tree” this year. I hope they’re all selected for the right reasons and used and stored responsibly. But the above ad is definitely creepy to me.

  4. Geoff Says:

    Ron,

    I think we are at cross purposes here. Where I wrote ‘none are designed for killing people’ I referred exclusively to the guns depicted in the ad. The text of the ad describes handguns intendeded for target shooting, plinking and ‘small game’. Many of us would have doubts about the last one, but the first two are harmless fun.

    The guns themselves are well designed and well made, they are now becoming collectable items.

    I know Colt has made guns designed for killing people throughout the history of the company, but these are not those guns.

    Happy holiday.

  5. Andy Says:

    “But the above ad is definitely creepy to me.” That’s because it’s not wrapped!

    Seriously, the two woodsman models are just plinking pistols. I actually own a match target and it’s a very accurate pistol. Furthermore, the match targets are so rare that it is worth much more than it was originally priced at.

    Yes, times change, but this seems similar to getting a Red Ryder BB gun (BB Guns can kill too). Then again I’m clearly biased as I got both a BB gun and a Ruger 10/22 for xmas.

    One more thing, every firearm is designed for one thing: to put a piece of lead downrange accurately (and reliably). Any intention beyond that is a result of the user.

    Happy Holidays and a happy Festivus for the rest of us.

  6. Ron Britton Says:

    …this seems similar to getting a Red Ryder BB gun (BB Guns can kill too).

    The problem with the Red Ryder BB gun is you’ll put your eye out.

    One more thing, every firearm is designed for one thing: to put a piece of lead downrange accurately (and reliably). Any intention beyond that is a result of the user.

    Actually, that’s not entirely true. I work in product development myself, so I’ve been through the process many times. Products are designed based upon the needs of the market they’re going to be sold to. Guns sold to the military are designed for ruggedness and reliability in harsh conditions, as well as ease of disassembly for field cleaning and repair. Target pistols can be designed primarily for accuracy. You often have competing design goals and have to decide which is the more important. I don’t know what compromises Colt would have made for an army pistol that they wouldn’t have had to make for a target pistol, but I’m sure there were some (possibly accuracy or range, in exchange for ruggedness?). Intent is always considered when developing products.