Tidbits from The American Rifleman, July 1927

I have mentioned previously that part of documenting the rise of Gun Culture 2.0 is an analysis of changes in the themes present in gun advertising over time. To that end, I have been collecting one randomly selected issue of The American Rifleman per year for the past 100 years. A bunch arrived recently.


The oldest of the bunch was from July 1927. Major articles in the issue covered a hunting expedition “Beyond the Arctic Circle,” “My First Elephant,” “The Scope Sight You Can Afford,” “Remodeling the Has-Beens” (Krag carbine and Russian Nagant), “Expert Fancy Shooting,” “The Modern Shotgun,” “Our United States Rifles, Caliber .30,” and “Overfeeding the .32-20 Revolver.”

Lots about hunting, target shooting, collecting, and geeky ballistics stuff.


My attention, however, is always drawn to “The Dope Bag”The American Rifleman’s question and answer column. In this issue, H.M.B. wrote in to ask for advice:

“I would appreciate your help in deciding on a revolver for my wife to use against prowlers, etc., in my absence. She has a small hand and is apt to flinch at a heavy recoil; therefore I had in mind a fairly heavy frame, with the smallest caliber having the necessary striking energy.”

The response was brief and to the point:

“I think that your wife would probably find the .38-caliber Police Positive a most suitable weapon for her use.”

By Michael E. Cumpston (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons
By Michael E. Cumpston (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons


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