Going back to the 1970s


June 3, 2012, 02:51 AM
Had the opportunity to watch a science fiction movie made in Asia last night and it was about a cop in his 30s who's father was mysteriously killed by suspected members of an organised crime syndicate 1 year after he was born in the mid 1970s.

The aforesaid son is now a police lieutenant and has chanced upon a naturally occuring "time tunnel" (some kind of wyrmhole) that will allow him to go back in time exactly 10 months before his father's murder. In the movie, he travels back in time with a duffel bag of supplies, a backpack of forensics equipment and what appears to be a gun case containing a remington 870 shotgun and a 9mm browning high power.

If you had to go back to the 1970s for a year or so.....what would you carry in order to blend in? For arguments sake, lets assume you only has space for one longarm and one sidearm.

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June 3, 2012, 04:14 AM

June 3, 2012, 04:18 AM
The 1970's were very much in the age of the revolver yet. Smith & Wesson or Colt DA guns in 357 Magnum were the most popular. If you had a center fire auto it was a 1911 Colt or a Browning Hi-Power for the top two choices.

Remington 870 guns were as popular then as now as were the Mossberg 500's. Ithica Model 37 was still going strong and the most popular semi auto shotgun was likely the Remington 1100.

In rifles, the bolt action guns by Browning, Winchester , and Remington were top choices and Colt AR-15 rifles were a little spendy but certainly available.

Military surplus guns were going strong with 1903 Springfield rifles, 1917 Enfields, British 303 guns being cheap and plentiful.

June 3, 2012, 04:37 AM
First of all, I would try to go to the future and get something better to take to the past. I would conceal it, but it would look like a toy to those who saw it.

Rather than body armor, I would use a force field from the future.

I would also use a cloaking device.

Additionally, I would use future technology to make duplicates of myself and we'd all go back.

I would not try to blend in too much. Why bother?

June 3, 2012, 07:06 AM
I'd take a boatload of gold and buy all the cheap, legal machineguns I could and a big pile of surplus ammo

June 3, 2012, 09:15 AM
I was a cop in the 70's. And I carried a 4" S&W M13 with a Rem 870 in the shotgun rack...

Prince Yamato
June 3, 2012, 10:09 AM
Probably a Walther ppk with threaded barrel and wiped suppressor. Maybe a Sten gun.

June 3, 2012, 10:19 AM
GI style 1911 and a Garand.

I figure a shotgun wouldn't be a bad choice, but i'd prefer a long gun with a bit of reach.

June 3, 2012, 10:24 AM
In the 70's it would have been a four inch Colt Lawman or Trooper revolver in .357.
Long gun would have been the 870.

loose noose
June 3, 2012, 10:37 AM
I was a cop in the early 70's and I would definitely carry my .45 Colt Gold Cup Ntl Match, as well as a Winchester pump. Yes we used a heavy duty recoil spring in them at the time, we carried them. Also note I paid $156.00 for the gun, two additional magazines, and the leather, all bought from Colt in 1971. Not bad eh?!:D BTW I still have that .45 today.

June 3, 2012, 12:32 PM
I don't think a suppressed PPK and a Sten Gun would blend in very well in the 70's I was in.

They would get you the stank eye just as fast then as they would now.

And I can't think of a much more useless weapon then a Sten gun anyway.


Ala Dan
June 3, 2012, 12:43 PM
a 4" Smith & Wesson model 19 and a Remington 870 12 gauge riot shotgun~!:D

June 4, 2012, 05:11 AM
I like his choice of BHP and 870. Take ones produced at least a few years before the date you are going back just to avoid any problems.

An early-ish Colt SP1 would work as well, although 5.56 was probably harder to find back then. So, maybe a Win 94 or something if you wanted a rifle instead of a shotgun.

June 4, 2012, 09:53 AM
What he had would work for me................

June 4, 2012, 10:00 AM
Guns? I'd take a form book from the appropriate year, play the ponies for nine months, and send dad on a six month cruise around the world the week before he would have been murdered.

June 4, 2012, 12:02 PM
I definitely would have gone for a BHP.

But in 1970, how would I get on THR to ask for advice?

June 4, 2012, 12:39 PM
I would carry a Colt Detective Special.

June 4, 2012, 12:47 PM
The 70's?!?!.
I mean, wouldn't you look out of place with anything but a club made from the femur of a woolly mammoth?

June 4, 2012, 01:27 PM
Sounds like the BBC show "Life On Mars."

I guess I must be really old, because my carry piece wouldn't change--a Security Six. Most of my long arms were made before 1970--in some cases way before 1970--and the others have designs that date before then. I'd be happy with a Colt Sp-1.

As far as dad goes, I didn't realize the pulp and paper engineering industry was such a haven for the mob! I guess I was fooled by the short sleeve dress shirts and pocket protectors.

Claude Clay
June 4, 2012, 01:40 PM
'life on mars' was a fleeting thought for me also.
of which i like the British ending but the American version.

what he took is fine by me.

Prince Yamato
June 4, 2012, 03:57 PM
Everyone is citing rather large guns to "fit in". I know I got hammered for my choice of a suppressed ppk, but in terms of reliability, concealability, and availability of ammo (.32acp). I think it would be a good choice. Think about it: you don't have to limit yourself to just the US... you could visit Europe too.

June 4, 2012, 04:13 PM
A Glock 20 and Ruger LCP just to confuse the heck outta them :D

June 4, 2012, 04:47 PM
The 70's?!?!.
I mean, wouldn't you look out of place with anything but a club made from the femur of a woolly mammoth?
:D ha haaa

June 4, 2012, 04:53 PM
The 70's? Depends on the crowd I had to fit in with. You might need a nickel plated 1911 with gold inlays and a back up chrome plated chief's special hidden in your platform goldfish tank shoes.

June 4, 2012, 04:57 PM
cop late 70's smith 66 and 870 with a model 65 3 inch hb rb as a spare.

June 4, 2012, 08:10 PM
Ithaca DSPS, a S&W Model 10, and a brutal set of muttonchop sideburns.

June 5, 2012, 12:49 PM
I would go with a S&W. M13 & a Win. 94 in .30-30win. They would fit in fine. Ammo easy to get & popular!

P5 Guy
June 5, 2012, 02:08 PM
S&W Model 39-2.
Winchester model 12.

June 5, 2012, 02:52 PM

June 5, 2012, 03:08 PM
Smith & Wesson model 19 with a 4" barrel and a 30 carbine. Remember, this is the 70's.

June 5, 2012, 04:08 PM
I second the idea to get a bunch of machine guns

June 5, 2012, 05:15 PM
Colt Lightweight Commander, maybe an M1 Carbine.

Maybe Jim Cirillo would like my choices.

You also might consider a tie wide enough to use as a plate carrier.

and a brutal set of muttonchop sideburns +1

The BHP is a really really good choice it was a toss up, I picked the Colt as being lighter and smaller. There just weren't a lot of HP bullets available back then, so 9mm/45 were pretty even caliber wise.

June 5, 2012, 08:15 PM
It would be my SW Model 19 with 6 inch barrel and my Marlin 336 30/30
Both are good utility arms and extremely reliable.
Ah back to some good old days when ammo and supplies were rock bottom and the real sports guns reigned supreme.

June 5, 2012, 08:19 PM
A Colt revolver...about the same as today.

June 6, 2012, 01:30 AM
It's funny I've been thinking about what I would be carrying in different periods of time as well. For the 70's I'd likely have gone with a Browning Hipower and Remington 870. I prefer 9mm and would go for a shotgun if I could have only one long gun.

and a brutal set of muttonchop sideburns

Absolutely. If I could grow some muttonchops as groovy as my old man used to have I'd be one cool cat. ;)

June 6, 2012, 01:57 AM
If you had to go back to the 1970s for a year or so.....what would you carry in order to blend in?

Very high heeled shoes with gold fish in them, a bright yellow suit, and very large sunglasses.

June 6, 2012, 12:44 PM
How much do I have to "blend in"?

Here's my rationale - something like a Glock will draw attention. Something like a Browning won't...but there is a world of difference between a BHP Mark II (available circa 1975) and a BHP that has been fully tuned by Novak's or Cylinder & Slide. Ditto for 1911s and AR-15s. Even bigger differences in sights and ammunition.

I can equip myself with hardware that looks period, until you take a very close look. That's when you notice the upgrades. But I'm not letting you have a close look.

June 6, 2012, 09:21 PM
As long as I just need to blend I'll take a 38 super commander and a M1 carbine.

June 6, 2012, 11:27 PM
Blued S&W model 19 with 4 in barrel, and a Remington 870, parkerized with 18in. barrel and no magazine extension.

Ah memories................on second thought. I'd buy all of the M1 Carbine ammo I could, and hoard it until 2012.

I used to love blasting away with a carbine with cheap ammo. :)

June 8, 2012, 01:34 AM
'51 Navy and a Henry rifle, of course.

June 16, 2012, 06:32 AM
What I carried on duty in the 70's a S&W model 10.

Trunk Monkey
June 16, 2012, 11:19 PM
I'm with bubbles I'd be betting the ponies, the super bowl any thing I could find and I'd look up Mark Zuckerberg and try to talk him out of some facebook stock

June 16, 2012, 11:50 PM
Zuckerberg wasn't born until 84
In the 70's you would have been talking to those three punks who thought that they were on to something, their names were Jobs, Wozniak and Wayne. Oh yeah another one named Gates.
Guns for me would be the model 19, the Mossberg 500, and maybe an AR 15 they hit the market when I was three so by the 70's the original bugs would have been worked out. For a BUG maybe a Smith with a 2 inch Bbl

Trunk Monkey
June 17, 2012, 08:23 AM
I'd also change my name to Sam Tyler and see if I could get a job with the NYPD

June 17, 2012, 08:53 AM
The '70s weren't that long ago. You could carry just about anything you wanted and not stand out. A Glock might be taken for a toy as with any polymer gun. I would carry my 1911 and an 870 without hesitation....and $10,000.00 to invest in Microsoft! :D

June 17, 2012, 09:23 AM
+1 on money for wise investments.

As for guns... i dunno. I'm kinda thinking I might be the stand-alone here, but I'd probably go with a S&W 59. First produced in 1970, so it's period correct, but darn rugged and reliable and I get 2 shots more than with a BHP.

And for a long gun... I don't know. Probably just an 870, but could easily be talked into a good lever gun, or .30 carbine.

Only other thing I might think of would be a Ruger Security Six and Marlin 1894 combo in .357mag. Keeps things simple and neither gun would stand out.

June 17, 2012, 09:38 AM
Colt 1911 , leaver action 45-70

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