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 Post subject: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:47 am 
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I was digging through some of my stored stuff and came across this box of 20Ga shells. Check out the sticker. If I remember right, I think I bought a bunch when Target was discontinuing their firearms stuff. We tend to forget that ammo and guns were available at a lot of places that have gone to the wayside.

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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:51 pm 
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Bought my first O/U (A Charles Daley 20 ga. 26" barrels) at J C Penney for $199.99. That was in the late 60's.


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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:22 pm 
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Spizzer wrote:
I was digging through some of my stored stuff and came across this box of 20Ga shells. Check out the sticker. If I remember right, I think I bought a bunch when Target was discontinuing their firearms stuff. We tend to forget that ammo and guns were available at a lot of places that have gone to the wayside.


I remember when our local Target quit selling ammo and clearanced shotgun shells. We had a cart full of ammo and shot a lot of doves for a few years with high brass #7.5's we bought on clearance.

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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:42 pm 
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As a teenager in the mid 70s I sold nightcrawlers to fund a new Ruger 10/22 from K-Mart for $49.

Although the median wage then was just $13,000 per year compared to $49,000 today.


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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:15 pm 
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Gentlemen,

I can remember as a boy going into most any store in the Northern/Western Pa areas and just about every store had a nice gun selection for sale, and lots of ammo, especially the hardware stores. No gun control, no waiting to purchase for a back ground check, and so little crime thru out our state. More guns less crime is a true statement. No politician ever talked gun control back then, the WWII men would not stand for it.

Some things have changed and not for the better.

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Can you remember when girls acted like girls and boys loved it!

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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:19 pm 
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I bought my 1st Perazzi in the 90's for $5000. Brand new.

Good thing nothing ever changes. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:28 pm 
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When I was a kid, I would ride my bicycle through town with my 22 rifle across the handlebars, stop at the gas station for a box of 22LR. Then ride out to the farmers old oak stand of trees to hunt squirrels. Yes, things sure have changed :!: :!:


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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:31 pm 
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sera,

I bought my own L.C. Smith 16 gauge 00 Gun in the late 50's for less than $90.00. That same gun in the same pristine condition, now costs over $2,000, and I can no longer walk into the hardware stores and buy one off the shelf. Very sad turn of events. You men & ladies today have been cheated out of many of our sporting traditions. I was very proud that I had worked to acquire my own Grouse gun. That gun today is over 100 years new.

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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:36 pm 
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When I was a kid, I would ride my bicycle through town with my 22 rifle across the handlebars, stop at the gas station for a box of 22LR. Then ride out to the farmers old oak stand of trees to hunt squirrels. Yes, things sure have changed :!: :!:


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A friend of mine used to take his handgun to elementary school while checking his traps to and from. His teacher made him keep it IN his desk so it would be a distraction. :shock:

Could you imagine that scenario today?


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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:01 pm 
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In 1974 I bought a brand new Winchester Model 94 in the J C Penney in Burlington, VT, for $72.00. Nice gun.

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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:07 pm 
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Pine Creek/Dave wrote:
Gentlemen,

I can remember as a boy going into most any store in the Northern/Western Pa areas and just about every store had a nice gun selection for sale, and lots of ammo, especially the hardware stores. No gun control, no waiting to purchase for a back ground check, and so little crime thru out our state. More guns less crime is a true statement. No politician ever talked gun control back then, the WWII men would not stand for it.

Some things have changed and not for the better.

Pine Creek/Dave
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Can you remember when girls acted like girls and boys loved it!

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Where have you been. I see girls acting like girls every day and I’ve never quit liking girls. What, you don’t like girls any more? Nice pic, by the way.


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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:10 pm 
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I remember stopping off at the 7-11, yes, the south land corporation in coastal Virginia and buying shotgun shells individually with my lunch money. Boy are we ever dinosaurs.

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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 5:27 pm 
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I bought a shopping cart full of Winchester compression formed 410 shells from Target back then. I'll have to look to see if any of the price stickers are still on the boxes but I recall paying $3 for 3" hulls and $2.50 for 2.5" shells. I still have a box or two of 3" in #6 shot though I think I may have used up the 7.5s. I have cut many of the long hulls down to 2.5" as the mouths broke up. Quite a few of those as well as the original 2.5" hulls are still around.

Looking back, I should have bought up the 16 ga compression formed loads too but I didn't. I only had a single shot 16 ga and felt I had plenty of shells on hand. Later on I ended up sitting fine on those but it did cost me slightly more than $3/box.


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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 5:51 pm 
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Wow, those are some nice "shooting vests" those ladies are sporting. They fit really well but may not absorb much recoil.


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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:42 pm 
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Eibar wrote:
Pine Creek/Dave wrote:
Gentlemen,

I can remember as a boy going into most any store in the Northern/Western Pa areas and just about every store had a nice gun selection for sale, and lots of ammo, especially the hardware stores. No gun control, no waiting to purchase for a back ground check, and so little crime thru out our state. More guns less crime is a true statement. No politician ever talked gun control back then, the WWII men would not stand for it.

Some things have changed and not for the better.

Pine Creek/Dave
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Can you remember when girls acted like girls and boys loved it!

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Where have you been. I see girls acting like girls every day and I’ve never quit liking girls. What, you don’t like girls any more? Nice pic, by the way.



Some of the young girls at these sporting clays shoots look as cute as those.

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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:06 pm 
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I remember walking down to the park near my house with my CO2 rifle and no one batting an eye and I was in a rather populated area or all the sporting goods stores which had firearms sections

now even when shells are in stock I have to drive nearly an hour away to buy anything.


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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:42 am 
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My grandkids were amazed when I told them that the high school parking lot was full of trucks with guns in thier back windows (remember those horizontal gun racks) and it was nothing for a teacher that was walking by to ask to see your turkey gun or deer rifle. They also can't believe that most of the boys had a knife in thier pocket too.


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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:38 am 
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My grandkids were amazed when I told them that the high school parking lot was full of trucks with guns in thier back windows (remember those horizontal gun racks) and it was nothing for a teacher that was walking by to ask to see your turkey gun or deer rifle. They also can't believe that most of the boys had a knife in thier pocket too.


I got in trouble once for being late to first period because the shop teacher wanted to see my new deer rifle that was in my truck rack. This was in the early 80's.

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 Post subject: Re: Things sure have changed!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:36 pm 
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Great stories from everybody. I remember saving my money and going to the local hardware store and buying my first pistol, a Colt New Frontier .22. Plunked down my money and walked out with it. A day or two later my dad got a call and said I wasn’t old enough to to buy it ( I think I was 15 or so) and that he had to come down and fill it the paperwork as the adult.

Also, we lived across the street from the elementary school and HS in Upper Michigan. I used to walk across the playground that was between them with my shotgun to go up into the woods to go bird hunting. Nobody thought twice about it.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:27 pm 
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In 1960 I could walk about a mile to our country store picking up bottles for the deposit. When there, I'd buy a box of .22; I was not yet a teenager.




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