Gun photos in the Life magazine Google archive

    Google is hosting a huge archive of millions of Life magazine images since 1750. I thought I would see what interesting gun photos I could find.

    Winchester 1890 pump action rifle. © Time Inc.

    Actress Donna Drake taking aim with a rifle on the balcony of her home, dressed in a two-piece swimsuit, her dog lying on a cushion nearby.

    Location: CA, US
    Date taken: 1942
    Photographer: Peter Stackpole

    Hollywood is just not the same anymore. Imagine the media frenzy if Scarlett Johansson was spotted with a rifle on her roof!

    Full sized photo here.

    Guy waterskiing with revolver. WTF?

    Swiss farmer’s rifle with bandolier. Taken 1941. Presumably on hand in case of a German invasion.

    Ordnance shop at Skoda Munitions factory. Too little too late. Less than a year later the factory would be producing arms for the German war machine.

    What not to do with a gun.

    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!