In this week’s No Lowballers podcast by GoWild presented by GunBroker.com, we’re talking about several iconic firearms of the Great Depression era that have long been admired in the hunting industry.
We start by visiting what hunting was like during the Great Depression era. Have you seen Teddy Roosevelt’s “Big Stick” Royal Grand Double rifle? Roosevelt worked really hard to preserve public lands and protect hunting for future generations. He was behind important hunting regulations such as the Lacey Act of 1900 and the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906. During this time, market hunting turned into subsistence hunting and the North American Model of Conservation was established.
We check out a classic Winchester 1894 in .30-.30 and learn why this lever action rifle has become such a popular caliber for whitetail deer hunting. The Winchester 1894 has also become a cherished possession that’s been handed down in families over the generations. What is it that just makes lever guns so cool?
Shotguns were also utilized during the Depression era but their popularity in America goes all the way back to the 1700s when smoothbore flintlocks were found throughout the colonies. When J.M. Browning came out with the Auto 5 (A5) in 1905, it completely changed the game as a repeating semi-automatic shotgun. Even how this gun came to market has a complicated and exciting story–find out how it all happened!
We also showcase the Winchester Model 70 that came out in 1936 during the Great Depression. This bolt-action rifle became an iconic gun and highly collectible in a variety of calibers and barrel lengths. This rifle became the “Rifleman’s Rifle” and a true do-it-all rifle with a stunning aesthetic and function.
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