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Old 03-28-2020, 10:43 AM
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Guns Magazine 1962 - High Power Ad

I'm sharing the entire PDF because it's pretty cool.
I'm sharing it here for the High Power ad on page 73.

ABSOLUTE DEPENDABILITY - Rugged, compact, thoroughly reliable and accurate with exceptional balance and light weight for its caliber and capacity. Fine steel, hand-fitted throughout. Richly finished. Hand-checkered walnut grips. THE CHOICE of many NATO nations as their official sidearm.

Listed price was $74.50 with fitted case.
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Old 03-28-2020, 12:58 PM
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Thanks, enjoyed the Webley reloading part too. I bought a new Hi Power around '66-'67. By then, IIRC, the price had risen to around $97.50. But I was only making a little over $2.00 an hour back then, so that new HP was big bucks to me.
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Old 03-28-2020, 02:48 PM
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Thanks for this. Cool to read.

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Old 03-29-2020, 11:26 AM
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Yeah, $74 would have been about 2 weeks pay for my dad back then and he was the highest paid car mechanic in his neighborhood with the reputation for really knowing the inner workings of automatic transmissions including hot rodding them.
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Old 03-29-2020, 12:23 PM
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The BHP ad was not as interesting as the selling Lewis guns and M3 grease guns.
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Old 03-29-2020, 01:05 PM
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I've got PDFs of a number of vintage gun rags. Note how nearly every article is about hunting or registered bullseye target shooting, not combat or self-defense like most of today's publications. I would love to be able to take a time machine back to 1962 just for a day, with today's money just to be able to go to a gun store and load up on all the cool guns that were available to buy back then.
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Old 03-29-2020, 06:44 PM
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I would love to be able to take a time machine back to 1962 just for a day, with today's money just to be able to go to a gun store and load up on all the cool guns that were available to buy back then.
They're gonna look at you real funny if you put new money in their hands.
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:19 PM
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That cash had better say '..Payable in Silver..' (or the like)somewhere on it...or you're gonna' be staying in a Federal penal institution until 1982, after your conviction for counterfeiting....I'm bettin' that the warden and guards won't allow you to keep your gun shop purchases in your cell during your stay

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Old 03-29-2020, 08:03 PM
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Really enjoyed that. Thanks for posting.
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Old 03-29-2020, 10:36 PM
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That cash had better say '..Payable in Silver..' (or the like)somewhere on it...or you're gonna' be staying in a Federal penal institution until 1982, after your conviction for counterfeiting....I'm bettin' that the warden and guards won't allow you to keep your gun shop purchases in your cell during your stay

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I think they'd be more interested in my time machine than the currency I was carrying.

The subject is a rhetorical one anyway. Time machines don't exist, and modern currency would never be legal tender under anachronistic circumstances. It's just fun to think what could be done if only you could go back in time and buy the things that are so highly sought after today, back when they were readily available off the shelf. Guys looking at Hi-Powers in gun shops back in 1962 no doubt turned up their noses at those wimpy Eurotrash 9mms, wondering what on Earth you could do with it or who could possibly need 14 weakling rounds in a pistol when six rounds of .357 Magnum got the job done faster.
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Old 03-31-2020, 11:40 PM
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The BHP ad was not as interesting as the selling Lewis guns and M3 grease guns.
In '84-85 or so, I remember drooling at ~$300-$350 dealer costs of a full-auto Mac 11/9 ...
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Old 04-02-2020, 12:53 AM
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Did anyone notice the AR 7 rifle and pistol in the Hy Hunter advert in the closing pages?
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Old 04-02-2020, 06:04 AM
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Sometime around 1968, I was at the range with my police officer uncle. Almost everyone was shooting revolvers. There was one guy there with a Hi Power. Guys were teasing him about "taking on an army with that thing" because he could fire 13 rounds without having to reload.
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Old 04-10-2020, 08:46 PM
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TNorris - thank you for being generous to share that with everybody I really got a kick out of looking at the old articles and especially the advertising.
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