I'm 62 years old and have lived in the Akron-Tallmadge, Ohio area all of my life. For 10-years (1957-1967) I lived most summers at our home in Cook Forest, Pa. I'm a U.S. Army veteran (1971-1973). I collect many things such as: antique cars, antique firearms, movies, movie props, old newspapers and posters, Wyatt Earp items, Civil War items, John Wayne items, items from the old west including Native American items, just about anything historical. I've been married for 37-years. My wife and I have a son and a daughter and four granddaughters.
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Television Guns of the 1950s
Guns have been a part of America since it's beginning. All American wars were fought with guns. Guns tamed the wild west. Guns were the main tools of the American gangsters of the 1920s and '30s. And, sadly, guns were used to assassinate presidents and alter our history.
Like anything else, a few guns survived their bloody past and are still with us today. These arn't mearly antiques or novelties. Many were owned and used by famous outlaws, lawmen, gangsters, assassins, etc. This blog shows many of these "famous" weapons. Also, there are several guns that were used in television and the movies that have gotten a "famous" title because of their users.
Selleck's collection of guns used in the feature film, Quigley Down Under
Eastwood's .44 Magnum, badge and police ID used in the film, Dirty Harry.
.357 Magnum used in Death Wish 3.
Guns used by John Wayne in various films.
Wayne's famous shootout scene in True Grit.
Another scene with Wayne's trademark Winchester.
Wayne's 44.40 Colt revolver. He used this pistol in most of his later films through the the 1970s.
Wayne's eye patch. Used in True Grit and Rooster Cogburn.
Wanted Dead or Alive
1950's TV Show "Wanted Dead or Alive, starring Steve McQueen with his cut-off Mare's Laig 44.40
Annie Oakley's Stevens rifle
An original Annie Oakley air rifle and gun set from the 1950s made by Daisy still in the original box
Bonnie & Clyde's fire power
Texas Ranger, Frank Hamer's guns. Hamer was in charge of the ambush that killed Bonnie & Clyde
Bonnie Parker's .38 revolver. A gift from Clyde. "What a guy!"
Ingraving from Clyde. "To Bonnie. I owe you one. Clyde, 2-28-32
Clyde's custom scattergun
3 of Clyde Barrow's rifles
Clyde's 12-gauge shotgun
Clyde's Colt .38 with trigger cutout for fast shooting
Clyde's .45 automatic
Clyde's Colt .380 automatic
Box of .38 Special bullets found in Bonnie & Clyde's death car
Clyde's military BAR. Bonnie & Clyde never used Thompson machine guns. They instead used BAR fully automatic rifles stolen from a U.S. military annex
Clyde's hat & rifle
Clyde's hat, rifle & BAR
Clyde's rifle again
Frank Hamer's 30.06. Used to kill Bonnie & Clyde
Original photo of the guns with the death car of Bonnie & Clyde. 1934
Officer showing guns that were captured in Bonnie & Clyde's death car
Gun used by gang member, W.D. Jones
Clyde's BAR clip
Clyde's .380 with it's holster
The Rifleman (TV Series), starring Chuck Connors
The show began in the mid 1950s
The trigger set screw made the rifle fire rapidly as the ring lever was cocked
John Dillinger Gang (1930s)
Guns taken from Dillinger gang after a shootout
Dillinger made this gun from a block of wood, colored black with shoe polish and tin from a cigarette pack. Dillinger used this "fake" gun to break out of an Indiana jail
Dillinger's machine gun pistol
Revolver that once belonged to Western badman, Sam Bass
Western Sheriff, G. Cooper Wright's .44 cal. revolver
Jesse James Gang firearms & misc. items
Jesse James' Scofield revolver
The Gun that was used by Bob Ford to kill Jesse James
Bat Masterson, western lawman, 1880s
One of Masterson's Colt .45s
Another of Masterson's guns
Western outlaw, Frank Jackson's Colt .45 revolver
Texas Ranger, J.M. Brittain's Bulldog revolver
Another gun that belonged to J.M. Brittain
Buffalo Bill Cody's black powder revolver
Cook outlaw gang of the old west
Old west outlaw, Bill Doolin's Derringer
The Gun That Killed Lincoln ~
Probably one of the most famous firearms in American history is a very small handgun that was used in the first assassination of a United States president. On April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC, a man named John Wilkes Booth slipped into the presidential box through an unlocked and unguarded door, and with a single-shot .44 caliber darrenger, shot Abraham Lincoln through the back of the head. Booth escaped but Lincoln lingered through the night in a deep coma, then died early the following morning.
Days later, Booth would be cornered on a tobacco farm and killed. But his little gun would begin it's life as, perhaps, the most famous weapon in history.
The Gun ~
.44 Caliber, black powder, single shot.
Pistol Ball from Lincoln's head.
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