Captain America wasn't the first to be packing

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Everyone is talking about how Captain America now open carries a pistol! They have all forgotten that the Phantom has carried two .45’s for decades!

I didn’t read comics much as a kid and my memory is vague so please correct me if I am wrong.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Razorskarr Razorskarr on Oct 18, 2007

    That's right, the Phantom used to carry a pair of 1911s.

    The Phantom was not immortal, IIRC, but the role was passed from father to son. Whenever there was a flashback to an earlier Phantom the firearms would change accordingly.

    I only ever owned one Phantom comic but I remember one such flashback contained therein. A Phantom in the late 18th/early 19th century was shown, identical to his modern counterpart in every way except that his trusty Colt .45s had been replaced by a handsome pair of flintlock pistols.

  • Steve Steve on Oct 18, 2007

    Thanks Razorskarr for confirming that.