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Response to iverglas (Reply #51)

Thu May 10, 2012, 10:58 AM

54. I well remember the Sears catalogues from the 1950s.

Yes, you could buy guns by mail orderfrom Sears. You didn't do it over the telephone. Long-distance calls were very expensive back in those days and there was no way to pay over the phone. If I remember correctly there was an extra charge for C.O.D. Sears did not have a telephone order department. You filled out an order blank and included a money order for the price + shipping and mailed it in. Gun was shipped by U.S. parcel post. Or you could go into a hardware store and buy a gun for cash, no questions asked.

I routinely purchased ammunition for my shotgun when I was 11, no questions asked. However I must also add that my town was tiny and everybody knew everybody. The merchant knew my father and knew that I had Dad's permission.

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