Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jan. 12, 1855: “Manufacturer & Importer of Guns, Rifles And Pistols, Double and Single Barrels, Cast Steel & Iron Rifle Barrels”

Vermont Watchman & State Journal, J. Hapgood (Boston) Ad; “Manufacturer & Importer of Guns, Rifles And Pistols, Double and Single Barrels, Cast Steel & Iron Rifle Barrels”, Jan. 12, 1855

Jan. 12, 1855: Sehorn’s/Courtney, Tennent & Co., Charleston, S.C./S.K. Reeder Ad(s) . . .

The Athens Post, Sehorn’s/Courtney, Tennent & Co., Charleston, S.C./S.K. Reeder Ad(s); “Fine Revolving Pistols; Rifle Pistols of all sizes”/”Direct Importers Of Hardware, Cutlery, Guns, Pistols, &c.”/”Rifles. A LOT of Wright’s North Carolina Rifles on han[d] and for sale by S.K. Reeder”, Jan. 12, 1855

Dec. 8, 1854: “has on hand a large and well selected stock of Guns, Pistols, Revolvers, Rifles”/”Brittannia Ware, Guns, Pistols, Revolvers…”

Lewisburg Chronicle, J.O. Richardson Danville Hardware Store Ad(s); “has on hand a large and well selected stock of Guns, Pistols, Revolvers, Rifles”/”Brittannia Ware, Guns, Pistols, Revolvers…”, Dec. 8, 1854

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nov. 1, 1854: “Awarded at the second Annual Fair . . . 7 Guns and Pistols, J.S. Baker . . . 1 Rifle, James Brandel”

Semi-Weekly Standard, “Awarded at the second Annual Fair . . . 7 Guns and Pistols, J.S. Baker . . . 1 Rifle, James Brandel”, Nov. 1, 1854

Oct. 11, 1854: “Just received, an assortment of Double and Single Barreled Shot Guns, and are daily expecting a large assortment of Rifles, Pistols, Revolvers…”

The Grand River Times, Wm. Preusser & Co. Ad; “Just received, an assortment of Double and Single Barreled Shot Guns, and are daily expecting a large assortment of Rifles, Pistols, Revolvers…”, Oct. 11, 1854

Sept. 7, 1854: “A man with a zone of these pistols around his waist would be well nigh invincible. . . . what with their large contracts with the government and perhaps equally extensive business in the general market…”

Green Mountain Freeman, “A man with a zone of these pistols around his waist would be well nigh invincible. . . . what with their large contracts with the government and perhaps equally extensive business in the general market…”, Sept. 7, 1854

Friday, August 22, 2014

Jan. 21, 1871: “Should citizens or Indians desire to accompany any scouting parties, Post Commanders are authorized to loan them arms, and to furnish them with ammunition..."

Special Orders, “Should citizens or Indians desire to accompany any scouting parties, Post Commanders are authorized to loan them arms, and to furnish them with ammunition and provisions.”, Jan. 21, 1871

Governor of Arizona: “I found upon the receipt of these arms that many of our citizens were without arms or armed with inferior weapons, and I considered it my duty..."

Governor of Arizona: “I found upon the receipt of these arms that many of our citizens were without arms or armed with inferior weapons, and I considered it my duty, in advance of your action, to place them in the hands of those most exposed to Indian hostilities, and least able to purchase them.”, Jan. 14, 1871

Nov. 26, 1870: “It is desired and intended that these arms shall be placed in the hands of men who are most exposed to hostile Indians, and are unable to purchase arms for themselves.”

Arizona Citizen, “It is desired and intended that these arms shall be placed in the hands of men who are most exposed to hostile Indians, and are unable to purchase arms for themselves.”, Nov. 26, 1870

Nov. 7, 1885: “Wholesale & Retail . . . Gun, Pistols, and Ammunition of all Kinds.”/”Marlin Magazine Rifle Best In The World”

Arizona Champion, E.I. Post & Co./Marlin Fire Arms Co. Ads; “Wholesale & Retail . . . Gun, Pistols, and Ammunition of all Kinds.”/”Marlin Magazine Rifle Best In The World”, Nov. 7, 1885

May 9, 1885: “Hardware, Arms And Ammunition . . . Guns, Pistols . . . Repairing a Specialty. Work warranted.”

Arizona Champion, Middleton & Hill Ad; “Hardware, Arms And Ammunition . . . Guns, Pistols . . . Repairing a Specialty. Work warranted.”, May 9, 1885

Feb. 7, 1885: “Every female who has arrived at the age of 21 years will by the passage of this act . . . be endowed with all the privileges enjoyed by man, even to the bearing of arms”

Arizona Champion, “Every female who has arrived at the age of 21 years will by the passage of this act, whether married or single, be endowed with all the privileges enjoyed by man, even to the bearing of arms”, Feb. 7, 1885

May 27, 1854: “To render his services valuable to a deserving public, he will not only make Guns, Pistols and Rifles to order, but will stock, alter into percussion, and repair all kind of fire arms..."

Daily Dispatch, James Walsh Ad; “To render his services valuable to a deserving public, he will not only make Guns, Pistols and Rifles to order, but will stock, alter into percussion, and repair all kind of fire arms neatly, quickly and substantially.”, May 27, 1854

May 10, 1854: “Fine Pocket Cutlery, well assorted. Guns, Pistols, Sword-Canes, Dirk-Knives . . . Rifle, Blasting, and Pistol Powder…”

Nashville Union And American, T. Wells, Wholesale Druggist & Pharmacien Ad; “Fine Pocket Cutlery, well assorted. Guns, Pistols, Sword-Canes, Dirk-Knives . . . Rifle, Blasting, and Pistol Powder…”, May 10, 1854

April 29, 1854: “Guns–Double and single barrelled Guns, Rifles, Revolvers, Pistols and Rifle barrels, Locks and Trimmings of all kinds…”

Plymouth Advertiser, Light & Hofman Ad; “Guns–Double and single barrelled Guns, Rifles, Revolvers, Pistols and Rifle barrels, Locks and Trimmings of all kinds…”, April 29, 1854

Thursday, August 21, 2014

March 27, 1854: Official. Laws Of The United States . . . with a gun, rifle, sword, pistol, knife, or any other deadly weapon…”

Official. Laws Of The United States, [Public No. 14.]; “That any white person who shall make an assault upon an Indian, or other person, or any Indian who shall make as assault upon a white person . . . with a gun, rifle, sword, pistol, knife, or any other deadly weapon…”, March 27, 1854

March 24, 1854: “has just returned from the North with the largest supply of every thing ever brought to this or any other place . . . Pistols–Colt’s fine repeating Pistols..."

The Athens Post, Sehorn Ad; “has just returned from the North with the largest supply of every thing ever brought to this or any other place . . . Pistols–Colt’s fine repeating Pistols, with and without cases; Allen & Thurman’s Revolvers…”, March 24, 1854

Feb. 9, 1854: [St. Louis] “Direct Importers and Wholesale Dealers in . . . Guns, Rifles . . . Single and double-barrelled English and German Rifles, Pistols…”

Glasgow Weekly Times, Child, Pratt & Co. [St. Louis] Ad; “Direct Importers and Wholesale Dealers in . . . Guns, Rifles . . . Single and double-barrelled English and German Rifles, Pistols…”, Feb. 9, 1854

Jan. 20, 1854: “To The Public Generally. You will find among the useful a well as ornamental, the following articles: . . . pocket knives, razors, strops, soap, castors, pistols, guns, rifles..."

Fremont Journal, Canfield & Mitchell Ad; “To The Public Generally. You will find among the useful a well as ornamental, the following articles: . . . pocket knives, razors, strops, soap, castors, pistols, guns, rifles, umbrella stands…”, Jan. 20, 1854

Jan. 12, 1854: “The subscriber has just returned from New York with a large stock of . . . Cutlery, Guns, Pistols..."

Glasgow Weekly Times, James R. Shepherd Ad; “The subscriber has just returned from New York with a large stock of . . . Cutlery, Guns, Pistols, Musical Instruments, Perfumery, Soaps and Toys…”, Jan. 12, 1854

Dec. 10, 1853: “WE HAVE just returned from New York and Philadelphia with . . . Clocks and Watches, Pistols..."

Semi-Weekly Standard, Palmer & Ramsay Ad; “WE HAVE just returned from New York and Philadelphia with . . . Clocks and Watches, Pistols and Walking Canes, Perfumery and Extracts”, Dec. 10, 1853

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nov. 24, 1853: “Pistols, Hunter’s Knives, Bowie Knives; in fact every thing that is necessary for man to protect himself against man or animal"

The Jackson Standard, H.W. White Ad; “Pistols, Hunter’s Knives, Bowie Knives; in fact every thing that is necessary for man to protect himself against man or animal“, Nov. 24, 1853

Nov. 3, 1853: “Importers And Dealers In Fine Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Silver and Plates Ware, Guns, Pistols, Rifles..."

The Abbeville Banner, T.W. Radcliffe & Co. Ad; “Importers And Dealers In Fine Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Silver and Plates Ware, Guns, Pistols, Rifles, Cutlery, Military and Fancy Goods…”, Nov. 3, 1853

Washington, D.C.: “Pistols! Pistols!! Pistols!!! I have constantly on hand a splendid assortment of–Colt’s and Allen’s Five and Six barrel Revolvers..."

Daily Evening Star, Washington, D.C., Jno. W. Baden Ad; “Pistols! Pistols!! Pistols!!! I have constantly on hand a splendid assortment of–Colt’s and Allen’s Five and Six barrel Revolvers Allen’s Self-cocking Pistols Rifle, Saloon, Double and Single barrel, and Pocket Pistols in great variety”, Oct. 11, 1853

Oct. 8, 1853: “Guns, Rifles, Pistols . . . Revolving and Repeating Pistols . . . Iron and Silver Gun and Rifle Furniture . . . Gun Stocks, Barrels…”

Daily Dispatch, S. Sutherland Ad; “Guns, Rifles, Pistols . . . Revolving and Repeating Pistols . . . Iron and Silver Gun and Rifle Furniture . . . Gun Stocks, Barrels…”, Oct. 8, 1853

Sept. 29, 1853: “Always on hand, at low prices . . . Pistols, Percussion Caps, Looking Glasses, Spectacles, Goggles, Pipes Snuff and Cigar Boxes . . . “

Glasgow Weekly Times, Dings & Co. Ad; “Always on hand, at low prices . . . Pistols, Percussion Caps, Looking Glasses, Spectacles, Goggles, Pipes Snuff and Cigar Boxes . . . “, Sept. 29, 1853

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When the news media had sense....

Geneva Courier, “It seems to us if protection can no longer be had at night in our streets and highways, nor a house left in safety, it is time to arm in self-defence.”, Jan. 9, 1878

“Rev. C.H. MacVey . . . This organization opens its membership to every American citizen who is in favor of upholding the constitution of the United States and who believe in the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

The Republican-Journal, “Rev. C.H. MacVey . . . This organization opens its membership to every American citizen who is in favor of upholding the constitution of the United States and who believe in the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”, Jan. 19, 1926

“Captain Wheatley points out that in Washington’s address to the second session of the first Congress*, he urged promoting the manufacture of firearms as being essential to the security of the American people.”

The Malone Farmer, “Captain Wheatley points out that in Washington’s address to the second session of the first Congress*, he urged promoting the manufacture of firearms as being essential to the security of the American people.”, Aug. 27, 1930

Chicago Chief of Police O’Neill: “I have seen many men carrying rifles in the streets of Chicago, and I never have been called on to molest them. I could not interfere. . . . but in the matter of rifles I am powerless.”

Chicago Chief of Police O’Neill: “I have seen many men carrying rifles in the streets of Chicago, and I never have been called on to molest them. I could not interfere. I have cautioned my men to warn all nonunion and union men not to carry concealed weapons, but in the matter of rifles I am powerless.”, May 6, 1905

Monday, August 18, 2014

Aug. 27, 1825: Folger & Lamb Cash Hardware Store Ad; “They Have On Hand . . . gun and rifle locks . . . musket, rifle, and pistol flints”

Plattsburgh Republican, Plattsburgh Republican, Folger & Lamb Cash Hardware Store Ad; “They Have On Hand . . . gun and rifle locks . . . musket, rifle, and pistol flints”, Aug. 27, 1825

April 24, 1822: “A curious invention in fire arms has lately been completed by an ingenious mechanic of this place . . . both for public and private use..."

Geneva Palladium, Jenning’s Guns: “A curious invention in fire arms has lately been completed by an ingenious mechanic of this place, by the name of Isaiah Jennings; and in point of importance, both for public and private use…”, April 24, 1822

March 15, 1814: “Respectfully inform the public . . . They will keep on hand, or make at short notice, Pistols, cut and smooth bor’d Rifles, and Fowling Pieces, of the first rate.”

Ontario Repository, Marckley & Southerland Ad; “Respectfully inform the public . . . They will keep on hand, or make at short notice, Pistols, cut and smooth bor’d Rifles, and Fowling Pieces, of the first rate.”, March 15, 1814

Sept. 24, 1853: "offers at WHOLESALE and RETAIL a large assortment of Double and Single Barrelled Guns, Rifles, Colt’s and Whitney’s five Shooters, Allen’s six and five barrelled Revolvers..."

Semi-Weekly Standard, C. Leonard Ad; “The subscriber offers at WHOLESALE and RETAIL a large assortment of Double and Single Barrelled Guns, Rifles, Colt’s and Whitney’s five Shooters, Allen’s six and five barrelled Revolvers, and those of all other makers…”, Sept. 24, 1853

July 14, 1853: “Pennsylvania avenue, between 9th and 10th streets . . . Washington, D.C. Goods As Low, wholesale or retail, as in any city in the Union . . . Guns, Rifles, Pistols, Ammunition of all kinds . . .”

Daily Evening Star, Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Hardware Store Ad; “Pennsylvania avenue, between 9th and 10th streets . . . Washington, D.C. Goods As Low, wholesale or retail, as in any city in the Union . . . Guns, Rifles, Pistols, Ammunition of all kinds . . .”, July 14, 1853

July 13, 1853: “Important To Travellers And Housekeepers.–Just received a fine assortment of Colt’s and Allen’s Repeating Pistols . . . They can be drawn from the pocket and used with one hand . . . “

The Daily Dispatch, James Walsh Ad; “Important To Travellers And Housekeepers.–Just received a fine assortment of Colt’s and Allen’s Repeating Pistols . . . They can be drawn from the pocket and used with one hand . . . “, July 13, 1853

June 22, 1853: “On hearing of the awful affair the neighbors turned out in force to take him . . . it was decided to shoot him if he could not be taken by other means . . . “

Daily Evening Star, Washington, D.C., “On hearing of the awful affair the neighbors turned out in force to take him . . . it was decided to shoot him if he could not be taken by other means . . . “, June 22, 1853

May 26, 1853: “A Gun Department, embracing every variety of single and double barreled Shot Guns and Rifles, Pistols of all makers including the celebrated Derenger’s, Colt’s . . . “

The Planters’ Banner, Hyde & Goodrich Ad; “A Gun Department, embracing every variety of single and double barreled Shot Guns and Rifles, Pistols of all makers including the celebrated Derenger’s, Colt’s . . . “, May 26, 1853

Saturday, August 16, 2014

May 26, 1853: "Horace E. Dimick & Co, importers and manufacturers of Guns, Rifles and Pistols . . . T.J. Albright, importer, manufacturer, wholesale and retail dealer in Guns, Rifles and Pistols”

Glasgow Weekly Times, “St. Louis Advertisements. . . . Horace E. Dimick & Co, importers and manufacturers of Guns, Rifles and Pistols . . . T.J. Albright, importer, manufacturer, wholesale and retail dealer in Guns, Rifles and Pistols”, May 26, 1853

“Respectfully informs his Old Customers, and the public generally . . . he has and will constantly keep on hand not only a good, but BETTER assortment of Rifles, Fowling pieces and Pistols…”

The Jackson Standard, Jackson Rifle Factory Ad; “Respectfully informs his Old Customers, and the public generally . . . he has and will constantly keep on hand not only a good, but BETTER assortment of Rifles, Fowling pieces and Pistols…”, March 31, 1853

“Every Article of the Best Quality. Holiday Presents . . . Pistols And Rifles Of Every Description . . . Established 1838.”

New Orleans Daily Crescent, Guion Ad; “Every Article of the Best Quality. Holiday Presents . . . Pistols And Rifles Of Every Description . . . Established 1838.”, Dec. 24, 1852

“if any person or persons shall fire or cause to be fired within the corporate limits of Woodsfield, any gun, pistol, musket or rifle for sport or amusement”

Woodsfield, Ohio Ordinance, Sec. 2. “if any person or persons shall fire or cause to be fired within the corporate limits of Woodsfield, any gun, pistol, musket or rifle for sport or amusement”, Dec. 22, 1852

“respectfully informs the friends and old customers of his father, and the public in general, that he has just opened a handsome assortment of Double and Single Guns . . . Also, a great variety of Colt’s Five Shooters, Allen’s Revolvers…”

The Daily Dispatch, Thomas H. Tyrer Ad; “respectfully informs the friends and old customers of his father, and the public in general, that he has just opened a handsome assortment of Double and Single Guns . . . Also, a great variety of Colt’s Five Shooters, Allen’s Revolvers…”, Nov. 11, 1852

“Self-Protection . . . has just received, per steamer from Roanoke, a fine assortment of Colt’s and Allen’s Pistols..."

The Daily Dispatch, Jas. Walsh Ad; “Self-Protection . . . has just received, per steamer from Roanoke, a fine assortment of Colt’s and Allen’s Pistols, single self-cocking Pocket and Rifle Barrel Pistols, Nov. 10, 1852

" a large variety of 200 SIX SHOOTING PISTOLS AND RIFLES of the latest and most approved construction, for sale, wholesale and retail, at the lowest market prices.”

New Orleans Daily Crescent, Guion’s Ad; “To City and Country Dealers. The subscriber has received this day, per Wm. Penn, a large variety of 200 SIX SHOOTING PISTOLS AND RIFLES of the latest and most approved construction, for sale, wholesale and retail, at the lowest market prices.”, Oct. 19, 1852

Sept. 14, 1852: “…when the jailor was killed and the jail torn down. Some of the residents turned out, armed, and dispersed the mob..."

Meigs County Telegraph, “…when the jailor was killed and the jail torn down. Some of the residents turned out, armed, and dispersed the mob, after killing and wounding several of them. Rifles and pistols were freely used…”, Sept. 14, 1852

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Feb. 20, 1852: “Dealers In Watches, Diamonds, Jewelry, Gold Pens, Fine Cutlery, Umbrellas, Canes, Guns, Rifles, Pistols”

New Orleans Daily Crescent, Guinness & Hill Ad; “Dealers In Watches, Diamonds, Jewelry, Gold Pens, Fine Cutlery, Umbrellas, Canes, Guns, Rifles, Pistols”, Feb. 20, 1852

“Pistols, Pistols.–Just received from the manufacturers, a splendid assortment of Colt’s celebrated five-shooters; also, Allen’s five and six barrel Revolving Pistols. I have on hand duelling, self-cocking and rifle pistols..."

The Daily Dispatch, James Walsh Ad; “Pistols, Pistols.–Just received from the manufacturers, a splendid assortment of Colt’s celebrated five-shooters; also, Allen’s five and six barrel Revolving Pistols. I have on hand duelling, self-cocking and rifle pistols, Bowie-Knives, Dirks…”, Jan. 31, 1852

Jan. 1, 1852: “(established thirty-five years,) Importers of . . . Fine Guns, Rifles, Pistols And Revolvers.”

New Orleans Daily Crescent, Hyde & Goodrich Ad; “(established thirty-five years,) Importers of . . . Fine Guns, Rifles, Pistols And Revolvers.”, Jan. 1, 1852

Oct. 30, 1851: “Rifles And Pistols. The undersigned would avail himself of this opportunity of returning thanks to the citizens of Howard and adjoining counties..."

Glasgow Weekly Times, G.H. Oldham Ad; “Rifles And Pistols. The undersigned would avail himself of this opportunity of returning thanks to the citizens of Howard and adjoining counties . . . he would also inform the public that in order to meet the increasing demand…”, Oct. 30, 1851

Aug. 28, 1851: “ALSO–A fine lot of double barrel shot guns, cap primers, percussion caps, revolvers, pistols, &c.”

Glasgow Weekly Times, John Chamberlain Ad; “ALSO–A fine lot of double barrel shot guns, cap primers, percussion caps, revolvers, pistols, &c.”, Aug. 28, 1851

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New-York Daily Tribune: “Eley’s Cloth Gun Wadding . . . Eley’s Percussion Caps . . . Francis Tomes & Sons . . . Sprague & Marston, Manufacturers of Guns, Rifles, Rifle Pistols, patent self-cocking Revolving Pistols, wholesale and retail”

New-York Daily Tribune, For Sale & To Let, “Eley’s Cloth Gun Wadding . . . Eley’s Percussion Caps . . . Francis Tomes & Sons . . . Sprague & Marston, Manufacturers of Guns, Rifles, Rifle Pistols, patent self-cocking Revolving Pistols, wholesale and retail”, June 27, 1851

Jan. 11, 1880: “Dealer In Breech And Muzzle-Loading Guns, Rifles, Pistols, and Fixed Ammunition . . . fit Pistol Grips to both Rifles and Shot-guns”

The Daily Intelligencer, W.T. Beard Ad; “Dealer In Breech And Muzzle-Loading Guns, Rifles, Pistols, and Fixed Ammunition . . . fit Pistol Grips to both Rifles and Shot-guns”, Jan. 11, 1880

June 5, 1851: “The subscriber would invite the attention of the public . . . Guns, Pistols, Percussion Caps, Powder Flasks, Dram Bottles, Game and Shot Bags…”

Glasgow Weekly Times, S.C. Jett Ad; “The subscriber would invite the attention of the public . . . Guns, Pistols, Percussion Caps, Powder Flasks, Dram Bottles, Game and Shot Bags…”, June 5, 1851

May 2, 1851: “Manufacturer and Importer of Guns, Rifles, Cane Guns, Pistols, & c. Embracing every article in the shooting line.”

The Burlington Free Press, J. Hapgood Ad; “Manufacturer and Importer of Guns, Rifles, Cane Guns, Pistols, & c. Embracing every article in the shooting line.”, May 2, 1851

April 14, 1851: “The subscriber has on hand and for sale, a general assortment of fine and common double and single barrel shot guns, rifles and yaugers; Colt’s Revolvers..."

Democratic Banner, J.Y. Johnson Ad; “The subscriber has on hand and for sale, a general assortment of fine and common double and single barrel shot guns, rifles and yaugers; Colt’s Revolvers, pocket pistols, powder flasks, &c., at very low prices for cash.”, April 14, 1851

March 25, 1851: "WM. Harris, Gun, Rifle and Pistol Manufacturer . . . Alexander McComas, Gun-maker . . . Always on hand, a large assortment of fine Double and Single Guns, Pistols”

Spirit of Jefferson, “1850. Baltimore Spring Trade! The undernamed Merchants . . . unite in inviting the attention of Country Merchants and Families visiting Baltimore . . . Purchasers are assured that our goods will be sold as low as they can be purchased elsewhere . . . WM. Harris, Gun, Rifle and Pistol Manufacturer . . . Alexander McComas, Gun-maker . . . Always on hand, a large assortment of fine Double and Single Guns, Pistols”, March 25, 1851

March 18, 1851: “Rifles, pistols, and bowie-knives were freely displayed. This did not escape the notice of the jury…”

New-York Daily Tribune, “Rifles, pistols, and bowie-knives were freely displayed. This did not escape the notice of the jury…”, March 18, 1851

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Feb. 3, 1851: “Guns. Single and double, English and American . . . also a variety of Rifles. Pistols. English and German pocket, belt and holster; Colt’s and Allen & Thurber’s Revolvers”

New-York Daily Tribune, Wm. H. Cary & Co. Ad; “Guns. Single and double, English and American . . . also a variety of Rifles. Pistols. English and German pocket, belt and holster; Colt’s and Allen & Thurber’s Revolvers”, Feb. 3, 1851

Dec. 19, 1850: “All men who need a gun, Rifle or Yagar or even a brace of good Pistols, will please take notice…”

Glasgow Weekly Times, C.B. Fallenstein Ad; “All men who need a gun, Rifle or Yagar or even a brace of good Pistols, will please take notice…”, Dec. 19, 1850

Nov. 7, 1850: "respectfully invite the attention of the public . . . Double and single barrel guns and rifles; Revolving and rifle pistols”

Glasgow Weekly Times, Edward Mead Ad; “Importer of Fine watches, Jewelry, Brittania and plated ware, guns, pistols, fancy goods . . . respectfully invite the attention of the public . . . Double and single barrel guns and rifles; Revolving and rifle pistols”, Nov. 7, 1850

Sept. 28, 1850: “Wholesale and retail dealer in Hardware, Tools, Cutlery, Guns, & c. . . . single and double rifles, pistols, revolvers, shot, lead, caps; all kinds of shooting implements”

The Ottawa Free Trader, W.F. Dominick Ad; “Wholesale and retail dealer in Hardware, Tools, Cutlery, Guns, & c. . . . single and double rifles, pistols, revolvers, shot, lead, caps; all kinds of shooting implements”, Sept. 28, 1850

Aug. 3, 1850: “Just received per schooner “Coquette’ and for sale . . . Rifles, Duck Guns, Holster Pistols, Pocket Pistols”

The Polynesian, S.H. Williams Ad; “Just received per schooner “Coquette’ and for sale . . . Rifles, Duck Guns, Holster Pistols, Pocket Pistols”, Aug. 3, 1850

July 12, 1850: “Respectfully inform the public that they have a fine assortment of . . . Pen and Pocket Knives, Razors, Scissors, Tweezers; Pistols–Revolvers and single”

The Athens Post, A.O.H.P & W.M. Dehorn Ad; “Respectfully inform the public that they have a fine assortment of . . . Pen and Pocket Knives, Razors, Scissors, Tweezers; Pistols–Revolvers and single”, July 12, 1850

Monday, August 11, 2014

June 22, 1850: “For Sale By The Subscribers–A large and valuable assortment of MERCHANDISE, adapted to this Market . . . muskets, pistols and rifles..."

The Polynesian, Crabb & Spalding Ad; “For Sale By The Subscribers–A large and valuable assortment of MERCHANDISE, adapted to this Market . . . muskets, pistols and rifles, 10 cs cannister powder”, June 22, 1850

June 21, 1850: “Selling Off! No Credit. . . . Perfumery, fine Cutlery, Musical Instruments, Rifles, Guns, Pistols . . . "

The Burlington Free Press, Brinsmaid, Brother & Co. Ad; “Selling Off! No Credit. . . . Perfumery, fine Cutlery, Musical Instruments, Rifles, Guns, Pistols, Fishing Tackle and Sporting Goods generally”, June 21, 1850

June 14, 1850: “Importer and Manufacturer of Double and Single Barrel Shot Guns, Rifles and Pistols . . . WHOLESALE AND RATAIL.”

The Athens Post, Edward K. Tryon Ad; “Importer and Manufacturer of Double and Single Barrel Shot Guns, Rifles and Pistols . . . WHOLESALE AND RATAIL.”, June 14, 1850

May 21, 1850: “Sale Of Cannon And Small Arms At The Navy Yard . . . will sell at public auction . . . cannon, cannonades and small arms . . . 168 flint muskets; 447 pistols; . . . 37 Colt’s rifles . . . Terms cash”

New-York Daily Tribune, “Sale Of Cannon And Small Arms At The Navy Yard . . . will sell at public auction . . . cannon, cannonades and small arms . . . 168 flint muskets; 447 pistols; . . . 37 Colt’s rifles; 5 Colt’s pistols; 35 bowie knife pistols; 8 rifles; 6 blunderbusses. Terms cash”, May 21, 1850

Sunday, August 10, 2014

April 19, 1850: “Iron, Steel, Table and Spring Cutlery, Tanner’s, Smith’s and Carpenter’s Tools, Agricultural Implements, Guns, Pistols, &c., &c.”

The Athens Post, Henry Moore Ad; “Iron, Steel, Table and Spring Cutlery, Tanner’s, Smith’s and Carpenter’s Tools, Agricultural Implements, Guns, Pistols, &c., &c.”, April 19, 1850

Nov. 17, 1849: “New Goods! . . . Rifles, Carbines, pistols, (revolving and holster,) Blunderbusses, air guns, sword sticks, cutlasses"

The Polynesian, Starkey, Janion & Co. Ad; “New Goods! . . . Rifles, Carbines, pistols, (revolving and holster,) Blunderbusses, air guns, sword sticks, cutlasses, Bullet moulds, whips, ploughs”, Nov. 17, 1849

“A large body of Irishmen met in mortal combat, armed with rifles, muskets, pistols, and bludgeons of every description as their weapons”

The Mountain Sentinel, “A large body of Irishmen met in mortal combat, armed with rifles, muskets, pistols, and bludgeons of every description as their weapons”, June 21, 1849

Feb. 3, 1849: “New Goods . . . from Boston . . . Percussion Caps, Dog Collars, Latches, Rifles, Fowling Pieces; Pistols, revolvers and common”

The Polynesian, “New Goods . . . from Boston . . . Percussion Caps, Dog Collars, Latches, Rifles, Fowling Pieces; Pistols, revolvers and common”, Feb. 3, 1849

Jan. 9, 1849: ”Fire-Arms Of Every Description. S.B. has on hand Rifles, Guns, Pistols, &c. &c. of his own manufacture and imported, which he offers for sale at reasonable prices.”

Indiana State Sentinel, Samuel Beck Ad; ”Fire-Arms Of Every Description. S.B. has on hand Rifles, Guns, Pistols, &c. &c. of his own manufacture and imported, which he offers for sale at reasonable prices.”, Jan. 9, 1849

Oct. 19, 1848: “SHOT GUNS from $3 to $15. Smooth Bored RIFLES, a neat article. Second-hand GUNS from 75¢ to $3. . . ."

Vermont Watchman & State Journal, Wooster Sprague Ad; “SHOT GUNS from $3 to $15. Smooth Bored RIFLES, a neat article. Second-hand GUNS from 75¢ to $3. . . . REVOLVER–6 shooters; Rifle, and other pistols.”, Oct. 19, 1848

Sept. 9, 1845: “Rifle, Gun And Pistol Manufacturers . . . Every description of Patent Fire Arms repaired with accuracy”

American Republican And Baltimore Daily Clipper, C.W. Cleveland & Co. Ad; “Rifle, Gun And Pistol Manufacturers . . . Every description of Patent Fire Arms repaired with accuracy”, Sept. 9, 1845

May 1, 1845: New-York Daily Tribune Front Page double whammy...

New-York Daily Tribune, John Ehlers/A.W. Spies & Co. Ads; “Pistols at from $16 to $28 each, in a case with equipments. Great impositions are practiced upon the public in representing and selling the self-cocking and revolving six-barrel Pistol for Colt’s Repeating Pistol”/500 Double Barrel Guns, various prices . . . 2500 pairs of Pistols”, May 1, 1845

“Not less than 400 persons, disguised as Indians, armed with muskets, rifles and pistols, were seen on the mountain to-day..."

New-York Daily Tribune, “Not less than 400 persons, disguised as Indians, armed with muskets, rifles and pistols, were seen on the mountain to-day to attend a sale of property to collect a rent of Sixteen dollars.”, Feb. 21, 1845

New-York Daily Tribune, “Guns, Pistols And Rifles. Patent Six Barrel Self-Revolving And Repeating Pistols.”

New-York Daily Tribune, A.W. Spies & Co. Ad; “Guns, Pistols And Rifles. Patent Six Barrel Self-Revolving And Repeating Pistols.”, Sept. 2, 1844

New-York Daily Tribune, “daily receiving fresh imported Goods at very low prices . . . Guns, Single and Double Barrel. Pistols, Rifles..."

New-York Daily Tribune, John Ruthven Ad; “daily receiving fresh imported Goods at very low prices . . . Guns, Single and Double Barrel. Pistols, Rifles, Caps, Flints, &c.”, March 10, 1844

Saturday, August 09, 2014

New-York Daily Tribune: “Also, at 12 o’clock, a large assortment of guns, pistols, rifles, &c., being the stock of a dealer declining the business–among which are 300 pair pocket and belt pistols”

New-York Daily Tribune, “Also, at 12 o’clock, a large assortment of guns, pistols, rifles, &c., being the stock of a dealer declining the business–among which are 300 pair pocket and belt pistols”, Feb. 1, 1844

June 29, 1843: “Rifles, Pistols, Fowling Guns & Gun Trimmings. With a full assortment of general Hard-Ware of good quality, and at low prices.”

Low & Rogers Hard-Ware Ad; “Rifles, Pistols, Fowling Guns & Gun Trimmings. With a full assortment of general Hard-Ware of good quality, and at low prices.”, June 29, 1843

March 24, 1843: “Will be sold at Public Auction, by order of the Probate Court . . . the following personal property:– 8 Jaquith’s Patent Repeating Rifles, well finished. 6 do. do. Pistols”

Vermont Phœnix, “Will be sold at Public Auction, by order of the Probate Court . . . the following personal property:– 8 Jaquith’s Patent Repeating Rifles, well finished. 6 do. do. Pistols”, March 24, 1843

Oct. 4, 1841: “Judge Tenney pulled trigger soon after the parties had been stationed. His ball entered the body of his antagonists..."

Vermont Watchman & State Journal, “Judge Tenney pulled trigger soon after the parties had been stationed. His ball entered the body of his antagonists, a little above the hip, producing immediate death.”, Oct. 4, 1841

Aug. 31, 1841: “The subscriber has just received and wilt sell for ready pay, at the old stand, Rifles, Horse-pistols, Muskets and Bayonets, Pocket-pistols..."

The Middlebury People’s Press, Wm. Bowers Ad; “The subscriber has just received and wilt sell for ready pay, at the old stand, Rifles, Horse-pistols, Muskets and Bayonets, Pocket-pistols, Powder-flasks, Hunting-guns…”, Aug. 31, 1841

Aug. 26, 1841: "where fire arms may be discharged at the places designated, for good and sufficient reasons”

Edgefield, S.C. Ordinance; “And be it further Ordained That this Ordinance shall not be so construed, as to extend the penalty to cases, where fire arms may be discharged at the places designated, for good and sufficient reasons”, Aug. 26, 1841

“not one male among them that knew how to use fire arms, but had his rifle, his pistol, and many others of them their snicker-snee*.”

Boon’s Lick Times, “not one male among them that knew how to use fire arms, but had his rifle, his pistol, and many others of them their snicker-snee*.”, June 5, 1841

March 20, 1841: “Have on hand and for sale on reasonable terms . . . HARDWARE. . . . Pistols, Fowling Pieces, 1 Rifle..."

The Polynesian, E. & H. Grimes Ad; “Have on hand and for sale on reasonable terms . . . HARDWARE. . . . Pistols, Fowling Pieces, 1 Rifle . . . Powder, Shot, Gun Locks”, March 20, 1841

July 21, 1840: "and on the word being given, the Reporter discharged his pistol”

The Caledonian, “The weapons were of a blood thirsty description, pistols–rifle barrels–six inches long. . . . and on the word being given, the Reporter discharged his pistol”, July 21, 1840

“Would inform the inhabitants of Brattleboro and vicinity . . . he will manufacture RIFLES and PISTOLS of all kinds, to order."

Vermont Phœnix, Wm. F. Robinson Ad; “Would inform the inhabitants of Brattleboro and vicinity . . . he will manufacture RIFLES and PISTOLS of all kinds, to order. Also REPAIRING, of all kinds in his line done at short notice”, Feb. 21, 1840

“The Art of Gunning, in all its branches, including Rifle and Pistol Shooting, with ample directions and valuable hints to young gunners."

The Columbia Democrat, “The Art of Gunning, in all its branches, including Rifle and Pistol Shooting, with ample directions and valuable hints to young gunners . . . Forming, in the whole, a valuable Cyclopedia of useful and agreeable knowledge.”, Jan. 26, 1839

Friday, August 08, 2014

“where rifles, guns and pistols are made new, and old ones repaired in good style, on short notice”

Maumee City Express, Jonathan Vickers Ad; “where rifles, guns and pistols are made new, and old ones repaired in good style, on short notice”, Dec. 22, 1838

"Verbum sapientia“

The True American, “The Pioneer gently suggests as a warning to such vagabonds that all the neighboring farmers are abundantly supplied with rifles, pistols, knives, &c. Verbum sapientia“, Dec. 22, 1838

“and offered to surrender, if his pursuers would allow his son to have his arms. They replied that they did not seek his arms, but his person..."

The Burlington Free Press, “and offered to surrender, if his pursuers would allow his son to have his arms. They replied that they did not seek his arms, but his person. . . . he gave to his son a Cochran rifle (12 dischargers) and two large rifle pistols, and then started with B. and J. for Ogdensburgh, still however retaining four small pistols and Bowie knife, but which in the course of a few minutes, he also gave to his son.”, Nov. 30, 1838

May 9, 1838: “respectfully informs the citizens of Raleigh . . . Guns, Pistols and Rifles will be made to order..."

The North-Carolina Standard, John Brunker Gun and White Smithery Ad; “respectfully informs the citizens of Raleigh . . . Guns, Pistols and Rifles will be made to order. Guns stocked and repaired in the best style and warranted”, May 9, 1838

“The subscriber would inform the public that he has constantly on hand large quantities of Muskets, Rifles, Swords, Pistols..."

The Burlington Free Press, Military and Sportsmans Warehouse [N.Y.] Ad; “The subscriber would inform the public that he has constantly on hand large quantities of Muskets, Rifles, Swords, Pistols and Military articles of all descriptions”, Dec. 29, 1837

Feb. 25, 1837: "horse, belt, pocket and duciling pistols; double and single barrelled guns, Bowie knives and dirks . . . are offered at wholesale or retail on accommodating terms”

The True American, B.H. Simmons & co. Ad; “pistol and large powder flasks, shot belts, horse, belt, pocket and duciling pistols; double and single barrelled guns, Bowie knives and dirks . . . are offered at wholesale or retail on accommodating terms”, Feb. 25, 1837

“enables him now to present to his friends and customers, and the public at large . . . Guns, Rifles and Pistols . . . they can and will be furnished HERE, on as good terms..."

The North-Carolina Standard, B.B. Smith Ad; “enables him now to present to his friends and customers, and the public at large . . . Guns, Rifles and Pistols . . . they can and will be furnished HERE, on as good terms, and fitted in as good style, as at any other City in the Union”, Jan. 7, 1836

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Cassius M. Clay: “My son Warfield, fourteen years old, came up to me crying, and offered me an old pistol, three inch barrel, which I had given him some years before”

KY. State Rep., (and later the American minister to Russia), Cassius M. Clay, “My son Warfield, fourteen years old, came up to me crying, and offered me an old pistol, three inch barrel, which I had given him some years before”, July 21, 1849

It was, (and still is), all about slavery....

Gov. A. G. Brown to Gov. William Smith, [Many claim that the Civil War was not about "slavery". Well, here is proof positive that it was ALL about 'slavery':] “we will feel prepared, having exhausted every fraternal remedy, to become enemies, and defend our rights with those means which God and nature has placed in our hands. . . . we will not submit to be told that slave territory is not to be acquired on this or on the other side of that line. . . . It is common ground on which Whigs and Democrats cordially unite.”, July 9, 1847

Nov. 16, 1846: “CAUTION TO THOSE CARRYING FIREARMS. A young man by the name of Baggs, died in Albany, Ga., from a wound received by the accidental discharge of a pistol, which he carried in his coat pocket.”

American Republican and Baltimore Daily Clipper, “CAUTION TO THOSE CARRYING FIREARMS. A young man by the name of Baggs, died in Albany, Ga., from a wound received by the accidental discharge of a pistol, which he carried in his coat pocket.”, Nov. 16, 1846

“His counsel, Wm. Wall, came into the court room brandishing two large horse pistols..."

Indiana State Sentinel, “His counsel, Wm. Wall, came into the court room brandishing two large horse pistols, declaring in case he was attacked he would use them. His object was to overawe court, witnesses and opposing counsel.”, July 23, 1845

“It was at this meeting that firearms were first used, nearly all of the Natives having provided themselves with weapons of defense”

New-York Daily Tribune, “It was at this meeting that firearms were first used, nearly all of the Natives having provided themselves with weapons of defense”, May 16, 1844

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

May 29, 1841: “For Travelers, Housekeepers, Captains and Planters they are an indispensable article, as persons, both male and female, can with this Pistol protect their lives and property..."

New-York Tribune, “For Travelers, Housekeepers, Captains and Planters they are an indispensable article, as persons, both male and female, can with this Pistol protect their lives and property if attacked by several persons.”, May 29, 1841

“Cash said he carried weapons under his right as an American citizen to bear arms.”

The Sun, New York, “Cash said he carried weapons under his right as an American citizen to bear arms.”, March 23, 1883

“Self preservation is a paramount law, which a nation, as well as an individual, may find it necessary to invoke.”

  “Self preservation is a paramount law, which a nation, as well as an individual, may find it necessary to invoke.”–United States District Court Judge Humphrey H. Leavitt in the Habeas Corpus case of U.S. Rep. C.L. Vallandigham [The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, PA., Thursday, May 28, 1863. Volume 4. Number 35. Pg. 1] (Humphrey Howe Leavitt, (June 18, 1796 – March 15, 1873), was an Ohio attorney and politician who served as U.S. Representative from Ohio, and in the Ohio House of Representatives. As well as United States District Court judge, appointed by President Andrew Jackson.)

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Jan. 16, 1857: “Rifle Guns, MADE to order, and Repairing of all kinds done at WRIGHT’S”

Cooper’s Clarksburg Register, Wright’s Ad; “Rifle Guns, MADE to order, and Repairing of all kinds done at WRIGHT’S”, Jan. 16, 1857

“I said that he had no right to take a man’s rifle, that he had no right to enter a man’s house, except he had a search warrant, or to take a rifle there unless it was stolen"

Taken before the Congressional Committee: Col. John A. Perry: “I said that he had no right to take a man’s rifle, that he had no right to enter a man’s house, except he had a search warrant, or to take a rifle there unless it was stolen . . . my reply was that if any man entered my house to take my rifle I had a perfect right to shoot him and he had no redress”, July 25, 1856
One of the main pertinent quotations from the above follows:

    "I said that he had no right to take a man’s rifle, that he had no right to enter a man’s house, except he had a search warrant or to take a rifle there unless it was stolen and described in his search warrant; he agreed to all this: I then told him I had been asked in council by the citizens of Lawrence my legal opinion of his right to take men’s rifles, and my reply was that if any man entered my house to take my rifle I had a perfect right to shoot him and he had no redress, even though it was Mr. [U.S. Marshal] Donaldson himself; I asked him if that was so; he laughed and said ‘ Yes.” Some one spoke up and said ”That’s cool;” I told the [U.S.] Marshal that I had given my opinion and my advice, and I wanted to know if I was right; he said I was..."--Col. John A. Perry, testimony taken before the [U.S.] Congressional Committee, June 9, 1856. [New-York Daily Tribune, New-York, Friday, July 25, 1856. Vol. XVI.......No. 4,763. Pg. 6]

“Rev. Theodore Parker and the very Rev. Henry Ward Beecher . . . their labors in the collection of rifles for the defense of “freedom in Kansas””

The Athens Post, “Rev. Theodore Parker and the very Rev. Henry Ward Beecher . . . their labors in the collection of rifles for the defense of “freedom in Kansas””, April 18, 1856

"they have the undoubted right to prepare for their own defense. They have a right to buy Sharp’s rifles or any other rifles”

The Kansas Herald Of Freedom, “The Cincinnati Columbian: . . . they have the undoubted right to prepare for their own defense. They have a right to buy Sharp’s rifles or any other rifles”, March 22, 1856

"save those which his own right hand, grasping one of Sharp’s rifles, can secure to him.”

New-York Daily Tribune, “who have ruthlessly seized the rights of the honest settler, and left him as destitute as the Carolina negro, of every political prerogative, save those which his own right hand, grasping one of Sharp’s rifles, can secure to him.”, March 6, 1856

Friday, August 01, 2014

“They had set their stakes and made their homes there, and were bound to defend them against the institution of slavery. Sharpe’s rifles cost about $45 each..."

Weekly Indiana State Sentinel, “They had set their stakes and made their homes there, and were bound to defend them against the institution of slavery. Sharpe’s rifles cost about $45 each, and by them the question must now be settled.”, Feb. 14, 1856

“and that they and their children are to be starved out by competition in their own trades and fields with men bought at auction, they will stand to their rights, and if need be to Sharp’s rifles.”

New-York Daily Tribune, “and that they and their children are to be starved out by competition in their own trades and fields with men bought at auction, they will stand to their rights, and if need be to Sharp’s rifles.” – [One of the main causes of the American Civil War - a MUST READ article.], Jan. 18, 1856

Aug. 31, 1855: “Rifles. A few more Double Barreled RIFLES and SHOT-GUNS just received, and selling CHEAP”

Fremont Journal, Leppelman’s Ad; “Rifles. A few more Double Barreled RIFLES and SHOT-GUNS just received, and selling CHEAP”, Aug. 31, 1855

“A RIFLE to be shot for on Easter Monday . . . Three shots 100 yards with a rest, string measure, the nearest lead takes the Rifle.”

The Ohio Democrat And Dover Advertiser, “A RIFLE to be shot for on Easter Monday . . . Three shots 100 yards with a rest, string measure, the nearest lead takes the Rifle.”, April 17, 1840

“by disarming private citizens, and depriving those whom he chooses to suspect of the constitutionally guaranteed right of having weapons and fire-arms for their defence.”

Weekly Standard, “by disarming private citizens, and depriving those whom he chooses to suspect of the constitutionally guaranteed right of having weapons and fire-arms for their defence.”, April 6, 1864

“Every discreet adult has the right to the possession of fire-arms . . ."

The News-Herald, “Every discreet adult has the right to the possession of fire-arms . . . even a single saloon is far more dangerous to the life, health and happiness of the community than a magazine of powder”, Feb. 28, 1889

“that will virtually place the people at the mercy of whatever party may be in power, making it the privilege of said party to deprive citizens of the right to have fire-arms”

Public Ledger, “that will virtually place the people at the mercy of whatever party may be in power, making it the privilege of said party to deprive citizens of the right to have fire-arms”, April 23, 1879