Trip with a time machine
I bought a December 1966 issue of The American Rifleman at an estate sale today. It's quite a trip back in time.
Circulation -- it was then the only NRA magazine -- 855,000. It lists all the new life members for the month, a bit over a page of fine print.
Harlon Carter was President, Harold Glassen the vice president.
An article on handgun training, with everyone shooting one-handed. One on an NRA member who'd earned the Medal of Honor in Vietnam, and another member who won the Navy Cross, on top of six Purple Hearts.
And of course the ads... M-1 carbines for $65, Mauser 98 barreled actions in many chamberings for $59, surplus Winchester 97 shotguns, with military markings, for the same price, ordinary M98 Mausers for $28-30....