Prior to the Gun Control Act of 1968, you could buy almost any firearm that struck your fancy by mail order.Many of us received copies of gun and outdoors magazines back then. In addition to being chocked full of interesting articles on hunting, the history, use, and maintenance of your firearms, you could buy guns directly by mail from a host of gun dealers who advertised in these magazines. Pay the price and the shipping and your gun would be delivered directly to your home by an agent of the United States Government, the postman.
We have pictured here an assortment of mail order firearm advertisements from 1964 to 1967. Its amazing what $24.00 to $39.00 or so could bring to your door. Or, try this one. For a little more, how about an M1 Garand direct to your door for $79.99 plus $1.00 postage? These ads will be a shocker to anyone who doesn't know about the freedom of mail order back then. They will be nostalgic and painful for those of us who miss those salad days.
The only requirements to buy by mail were that you be over 18 years of age and fill out the following form.
Send the form to your mail order dealer and wait for it to arrive in the comfort of your home.
Here's the form that the NRA suggested you send in with your mail order.
"Please send this Coupon, properly filled in, with your order for any cartridge firearm.
Name of RIFLEMAN advertiser
I certify that I am 18 years or more of age; that I have never been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment for a term exceeding one year- that I am not a fugitive from justice; that I am not a mental incompetent, a drug addict or an adjudged drunkard- and that I am not prohibited from legally acquiring a firearm by state or local laws."
Here's what a few dollars would bring to your door back then.
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The Germans wanted the Geneva Convention to ban them.
The dynamic Duo of WWII, Korea, and early Viet Nam
Here's a little less expensive M1 carbine for $58.95.
A 1903 Springfield above. You could get an 03-A3 for $39.95 too
How about a Luftwaffe favorite Astra Model 600 (holster extra)?
Or, a scoped Enfield Mk 4 for $79.00?
Norwegian Licensed Colt 1911 for $50.00
Or, this "Arctic" marked K98 Mauser for under $30.00.
Here's your Garand for $79.99 + $1.00 postage