Depression Era Guns.... Any historians here?

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Blackjack, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Ok, I'm a history nut.... and a gun nut, but I've never really focused on the guns of the 20's and 30's, but now I'm interested.

    Bonnie & Clyde, John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Pretty Boy Floyd, Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. I'm hooked now, and I can't seem to find out a lot about the guns of the time, well some, but not enough.

    So I'm wanting to know what guns were common in the period.

    I know:
    The Thompson smg of course

    Auto Pistols:
    1903 colt pocket (Bonnie Parker)
    Remington 51
    M1911 (and still today)

    Smith & Wesson M&P
    Colt Detective Special
    Colt Police Positive

    Pump Shotgun:
    Marlin Model 19
    Winchester Model 12

    Semi Auto Shotgun:
    Remington Model 11 (my dad had one)

    Pump Rifle:
    Remington Model 10 pump Rifle

    Lever Rifle:
    Winchester 92 and 94 and 95

    Semi Auto Rifle:
    Remington Model 8

    Tell me some more....
    Especially semi auto rifles, The Remington Model 8 was all I could find.

    Here's a pic of the Dillinger Gang Weapons:

    Talk History to Me!
  2. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    What are the semi's in the picture? Brownings? What model? They don't look like the Remington model 8.

  3. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Colt Peace makers were used alot.
  4. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    True enough, the 1873 Colt Single Action Army. I believe Roosevelts favorite handgun, or at least it was in the Spanish American War.
  5. BigO01

    BigO01 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I am surprised they didn't have a Winchester model 97 , I would think those would have been very popular in the 20's and 30's .
  6. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    History channels' "history of the gun" spent an hour on Bonnie and clydes fondness for rthe "BAR".( 30-06, BROWNING AUTOMATC RIFLE.) IIRC , I think they were cut down in an FBI ambush of BAR's.
  7. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Correct, Fully Auto 1918 BAR's (30-06). That's a lotta firepower! Rifles in the above photo look like the civilian/sporting version of the BAR that's still made today, but I can't find reference to when browning started making those.
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