What would a house gun and CCW look like in 1965

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  1. rlawson

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    Dad always had a 0.38 strapped to the bed post and at times an Ithaca 33 Featherlight 16ga at the front door. We kinds new better than to touch them.
     
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    And possibly a SxS 12g or a Ithaca 37 loaded with #4 buck.
     
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    Not true. Crime, especially violent crime was rampant and was on the rise.

    There was a lot less media back then.
     
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    In Dad's nightstand was a Colt Commander with 230 grain ball ammo. It went pretty much anywhere he went. If we were on a long road trip or flying somewhere in our C172, it was a 4" Python. Given the available options for the 70-80's I wouldn't have changed a thing.
     
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    I grew up in rural Oklahoma and Texas, almost all rural male adults hunted and fished. A great majority had a 12 gauge in either SXS or pump and a deer rifle in either 30-06 or 30-30. If a handgun was present it was most likely a .22 or a .38 special. I don't believe too many were truly "gun people" but most simply looked on guns as a tool. Money was not loose enough to chase after current trends.
     
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    Don't forget the 30-30..
    A lot of folks had Model 94 Winchesters back then.
     
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    The 25 ACP was very popular back then. There were many models available. At gun shops, the cases were full of new and used 25 ACP pistols. I also heard at the time that the 25 ACP was the most sold pistol ammo. Very few states had CCW.

    For home defense, 12 ga and 38 Special were popular.
     
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    My dad had a Taurus model 60 .38 special revolver, which if I understand correctly is a takeoff of the S&W model 10. Taurus was considered a pretty decent brand at the time. I still have it. It still looks and functions well.

    That revolver was kept on a closet shelf. There was no license for concealed carry back then, plus my dad was a school principal, so even under later laws he would not have been allowed to carry to work.
     
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    Homicide rate now is actually lower than mid-late 60's...

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    In my state in '65 you could only carry if you owned a business and carried a lot of cash, or you knew the Chief of police. Most guys that I knew carried .25, .32 or 380 autos or snub nosed revolvers. They banned the importation of cheap/small handguns (so called Saturday night specials) in '68 but there were a lot in circulation before and after and they were wildly popular with both good guys and bad guys. A shop owner in Detroit that I knew carried a 32 Colt 03 hammerless for over 40 years.
     
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    Early Seventies, I had a Colt SP-1 and a Colt Series 70 .45. I still have both.
     
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    Absolutely. This 1974 model has a lot of miles on it but it’s still the one gun I have that’s not for sale.

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    Grandpa had a detective special. Probably the first handgun I’ve ever held.
     
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    Yup.

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    Given the legal restrictions on handguns that existed in some states and cities in those days, the 'house gun' might well have been a long gun kept loaded in the closet ...

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    Dont think 25 was ever the high selling round.. 38 and .22 and 45 were more common in my opinion..

    The 25 never worked great and was always considered marginal in ability to do anything with.
     
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    But the .25s were small and easy to carry. Judging by the numbers recovered or stolen from burglaries and found on criminals when I was a cop in the 1970s, they were very, very popular.
     
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    In the early 1980s, I was in school at Cornell and lived literally 100 yards from the entrance to the Ithaca shotgun company. It was right at the end of my block. I can literally see it in my minds eye right now. Too bad I wasn’t into guns then. Really too bad.


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    Back then, I could have been the cool guy on the block rockin an UZI
    I always wanted one of those 9MM funguns!
     
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    A Remington Model 10 12 gauge in the bedroom corner. Didn't have a revolver or pistol for CCW as it wasn't an option. The scatter gun was all we needed.