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Proud Hunters, 1943

Proud Hunters, 1943

My grandfather and his two boys--very proud. The only consistent type of photo from Dad's youth is "with new guns." The boys were taught how to use these safely to get dinner.

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Shades of "Christmas Story"!

All I can think of is Ralphie and his 200 shot range model air rifle. Great picture!

It's a Daisy!

That's a nice family picture of a proud father with his boys. Dad is holding a single-shot shotgun, probably a 12-bore, although 16's were also common during WWII. Those are still popular meat getters, by the way. Beware the man with one gun, he probably knows how to use it!

The young man on the right is almost certainly holding a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. The BB would sting like the dickens if it hit you -- but the most painful injury from the early Reds occurred when an unwary shooter pulled the trigger with his fingers between the cocking lever and the stock. I still have the scar!

The second boy is probably holding a cork-firing popgun. Look at the shadows, which indicate the sun is nearly overhead, then look at the second boy's gun muzzle. It is very light, and appears flat. That is typical of popguns.

The kids are a little younger than were commonly turned loose with a real gun but the larger boy is about ready. Starting with a single-shot .22 rifle.

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