Gun Culture Groovy: Vintage Time Capsule Firearm Videos
By Chris Eger
Ever seen a stack of old gun magazines and wondered what they would sound like if they came to life and started talking? Well, we have the next best thing.
Through the miracle of the interwebs, we found several vintage firearm manufacturer commercials from the 16mm and videotape era that capture the gun culture aesthetic of their time while teaching us something about ours.
The Brand New AR-10!
The crown jewel, especially for fans of Eugene Stoner’s works, is a circa 1955 Fairchild ArmaLite product film of the new, space-age, AR-10 rifle. In its 14-minutes of pure gold, you get to see how the gun works as told by its creator– and from where the AR-15 of today descended. As a bonus, there are tons of live-fire cutaways where Stoner himself uses the AR-10 in a variety of settings, including in a belt-fed role and a one-man charge from the beach complete with OD uniform and wobbly M1 helmet.
Helical Mag Amazingness
“It’s already begun, Calico Light Weapon Systems has begun a revolution in firepower,” starts the 5-minute short on the helical-fed CLWS guns that first debuted in 1982. Founded in Bakersfield, California, Calico offered several funky-looking pistols, subguns (before the Hughes Act of 1986