How Times Have Changed

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

TFB writer Phil White found this photo in his 1966 high school yearbook. Phil wrote on Facebook …

I was thinking about how things have changed over the years as far as attitudes towards guns are concerned.

I remembered one my high school yearbooks had a photo of a student making a class presentation—cleaning a rifle!

This is from the 1966 yearbook at my high school.

Do they still teach AK-74 maintenance in Russian schools?

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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  • Alan Aardman Alan Aardman on Mar 25, 2013

    Honestly, I don't think times have really changed all that much. My high school had a rifle team, and I graduated in 2005. It was a very suburban high school in New York.

  • Michael A Michael A on Jan 19, 2014

    I have been to Russia many times; I met Sergei Kalishnikov, Mikhail's nephew. I also fired .22 rifles at an ROTC indoor rifle range on the campus of my high school in the 60's. There was a time in this country when responsible gun ownership and skill was honorable, enviable, and at times a patriotic duty. Now Hollywood glorifies sex, violence, drugs, firearms---but then we suspend a fifth grader for fashioning a pastry into the shape of a gun. We question patriotism when the political winds and agenda start to run counter to the battle plans in the field. Col. Jessup gets a court martial for crossing the red line to save soldier's lives, Seal Team 10 decides not to cross it and pays with theirs---then a reporter asks Marcus Luttrell how he feels fighting a losing war. The arrogance, the ignorance that this country has become---a luxury paid for by blood.