Remember When


February 14, 2013, 07:18 AM
We used to drive to high school with these in our pick-ups, especially during squirrel and rabbit hunting season. Sometimes they were brought inside for "show and tell." Nobody got shot, nobody got alarmed, ...

Every kid past the third grade had a pocket knife.

We even had "smoke breaks" (LOL) where students hung out at their cars.

Growing up in the rural South was kind of neat.

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ole farmerbuck
February 14, 2013, 07:26 AM
Yup, I remember those good ole days.

February 14, 2013, 07:36 AM
That is still seen around here. Not as common as it once was but where I come from kids (Including my daughter) still hunt last light after school gets out.

February 14, 2013, 07:40 AM
Yea, I remember, and no one got upset and no one stole them.

Sav .250
February 14, 2013, 07:40 AM
Remember it well!!

February 14, 2013, 09:43 AM
While I remember some folks keeping them in the trucks it was mostly overlooked. I'm young enough where I think if many teachers/the police officer at our school (yep we had one and they still do I believe) noticed it wouldn't have been good for the student.

February 14, 2013, 09:47 AM
Yeah, but those are tame rifles. They don't have evil high powered assault clips that are just waiting for the opportune moment to wreak havoc :what:

February 14, 2013, 09:49 AM
We used to drive to high school with these in our pick-ups, especially during squirrel and rabbit hunting season. Sometimes they were brought inside for "show and tell." Nobody got shot, nobody got alarmed, ...

Every kid past the third grade had a pocket knife.

We even had "smoke breaks" (LOL) where students hung out at their cars.

Growing up in the rural South was kind of neat.
The Good Old Days................

February 14, 2013, 10:39 AM
Political Correctness is getting the best of us, and it is a shame...

February 14, 2013, 10:42 AM
I still have my '75 Chevy with the gun rack ($500 worth of picking up / stacking hay). I went to school in the 80's and into the 90's. Even then, it was no big deal. If you didn't carry a pocket knife, you were looked upon as unprepared. Middle blade on a stockman was used all the time as a makeshift flathead screwdriver.

February 14, 2013, 10:55 AM
Yep. I started school in 1947, the same year I started shooting.
Growing up in my generation was a lot different than now.

February 14, 2013, 11:51 AM
We kept our rifles or shotguns dependent on the season in our wall lockers.Things began to change when JFK was assassinated.

February 14, 2013, 11:54 AM
unfortunately, I'm 18 :(, but I remember when I was in pre school, I made a gun out of Legos, and the teacher didn't even call the feds...
Those were the days.

February 14, 2013, 12:01 PM
Yep. Kept my old .270 in a padded case behind my pick up seat. Half of my teachers did the same thing. Heck, I think the only way I got through trig as a senior was to take my teacher to a "secret buck spot" one Saturday! I feel truly sorry for the last couple of generations who have grown up not knowing the freedoms those of us who came of age in the 70's and before knew.

February 14, 2013, 12:16 PM
I'm sorry to say that I have never lived in such a gun friendly time, especially as I grew up in Britain. I have noticed that it has got worse during my lifetime however.
I went back to the UK to visit in December, and I was looking forward to visiting the two gun shops in the city center while I was there.
Beautiful old English sxs shotguns that I could look at but would be illegal for me to touch, as I don't have a UK firearms certificate.

Both shops were closed down :(

I remember talking to a nice old man that worked in one of them, and he was telling me that when he was a kid, his local gun shop used to keep two buckets of old pistols outside the front door. Big ones were 10, and small ones were 5.
He said that they were mostly wartime handguns that had little perceived value at the time.

My, how times have changed...

February 14, 2013, 12:31 PM
Back in the "good ole days" (early '60s), in Houston, I wandered up and down White Oak Bayou after school shooting water moccasins, tin cans and other assorted junk. No one ever questioned it. When I was 13, I wanted a new gun so I walked into a Western Auto and walked out with a new .22 rifle and ammo. Rode home with it across my bicycle handle bars. It was a different time.

Ky Larry
February 14, 2013, 02:09 PM
My old man would let me slide on my afterschool chores on Tuesday during rabbit season. The math treacher, the shop teacher, my cousin, and I would hunt 'till can't see. It was a different time in America(Late '60s).

February 14, 2013, 02:28 PM
Im surprised that I am the only one who still sees this practice today. Granted, I think Maine does have the lowest crime rate of all the states and everyone I know uses gun cabinets as furniture not safes and we do not lock our vehicles.

But still, I am shocked no one has kids who hunt before/after school and have a gun rack.

My daughter personally keeps her rifle in the tool box, but others have gun racks.

BP Hunter
February 14, 2013, 02:33 PM
Consider those good ol days as history...

This generation has become too soft.

February 14, 2013, 03:04 PM
Yep, use to go hunting after school, had my gun locked in my truck, and I graduated in 1990, not that long ago.

February 14, 2013, 03:13 PM
I gradtated a year before gun free zones. My truck couldnt be locked so i would take my shotgun into shop class and teacher would lock it in his office till i got off of school. Since he is retired i guess i can even tell ya on lunch break...since seniors could leave school grounds..him amd i would run across the road and do a little rabbit or squirl those were the days.

February 14, 2013, 05:16 PM
Yes I remember. And I was one of them with the guns in the back window. Graduated in 1983. Small town school. And we built stocks and such in shop class...

February 14, 2013, 05:32 PM
Around here a gun in the back window of a pickup is as common as someone yakking on a cell phone most places. :D

February 14, 2013, 06:56 PM
I didn't have any rifles in my car because I grew up in a non-hunting family. But friends of mine did, and yeah, some of them smoked at school. There were designated smoking areas at the high school and I think even the middle school. I was in the marching band, and when we traveled to events there was a bus designated for smokers. Nobody died, got burned up, or anything.

American society has become almost unrecognizable since then, a change for the worse, IMHO. I really wish we could roll the clock back about 30 years and run the 80s all over again, this time with the understanding we have now about how "gun culture" would come under assault in the years to come. We'd know how to fight it this time around.

February 15, 2013, 01:41 AM
I went to school in the '80's and our woodshop teacher let us all build crossbows in class! We were graded on how well we hit the target. Being a slacker at the time, I cut alot of corners and shot my bolt into the adjacent housing complex and the class was hurried back into the shop. I asked the teacher if I was going to flunk since I had missed the target.

He said I would get a 'C' if nobody called the cops on me or hadn't killed someone!

February 15, 2013, 01:51 AM
I graduated highschool in 2006. I didn't grow up in a hunting family but we were rural enough for students to talk guns with teachers, have rifles/shotguns in their vehicles on school property, make projects involving firearms, all without a SWAT team showing up. Now deaf children are being told to change their name because the hand sign for their name looks like a gun or a piece of paper has the general shape of a firearm causing kids to be expelled. Being cautious at school went from knee jerk reaction to downright insanity.

February 15, 2013, 02:01 AM
Pepperidge Farm remembers.

February 15, 2013, 12:02 PM
In our local high school now they bring in dogs and sniff down the school parking lot for drugs, guns, I don't know what all. I watched one dog hit on a car, watched the school officials go in and bring a student out to open his car up. In front of several cops and K9 handlers, school officials, teachers, janitor, you name it, the dog carefully and professionally worked over the inside of the car eventually uncovering a well hidden and cleverly That poor kid was just shaking, scared to death asking to call his parents while the search was conducted, which he was not allowed to do until things were wrapped up. I don't know how good those dogs really are, but I am always suspect as I have personally had $5000.00 lion hounds look me in the eye and SWEAR that porcupine peering down from high in a ponderosa was an 8 foot tom. Also have watched high dollar setters lock up on meadowlarks.

One of my buddies lives close to the school and has kids attending there. Their friends park cars at his house and walk the 300 yards or so to the school so that things are handy for a quick after school hunt, and so they aren't subjected to this kind of lunacy. Sign of the times, I suppose, but I know more than a few parents who would not take the idea that their kid was not allowed to call them laying down.

February 15, 2013, 12:20 PM
We also didn't have the drug gangs and drug problem then as we do now.

We also lived in a more rural society instead of a metro/urban society.

The above and political correctness has changed our society for the worse, sad to say.

February 15, 2013, 12:34 PM
I still have gun racks clearly visible in my Jeep and have a rifle or shotgun in them a lot of the time, never questioned in my small hometown in Wyoming but if I leave them in there when I head to SLC for work I get all kinds of glares and I swear I've seen people call the cops on me while driving. Wish I could stay in Wyoming all the time...

February 15, 2013, 09:50 PM
You had to have yer rifle and shotgun handy, as well as yer buddies that didn't have a truck so you could go right from school. wasn't enough light to go home first and then to the woods! That's 4 guns in one vehicle, nowadays with ammo for all of em, that would be an arsenal!!

February 15, 2013, 10:41 PM
Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Guess I'm the only one who got the Family Guy reference. Well played sir....

Iron Sight
February 15, 2013, 10:47 PM
Michigan grade school taking small game in my lunch box to eat.

February 16, 2013, 04:47 AM
In my high school in Northern Ontario (Canada) we had a hundred-or-so fully functional Enfield #4 .303 rifles, PLUS several .303 BREN light machine-guns, PLUS a half-dozen C#7 .22 rifles (outwardly identical to the the #4).....which we fired in a dead-end hallway into a roll-away backstop.

Yep, the government trained us on all these firearms, and even sent us off to all-summer encampments to learn a variety of specialized soldierly skills far from home. A young man might study motor mechanics one summer, signals/radio, the next summer , rifle coaching the next etc etc etc.

It made our summers very interesting indeed, as well as seeing different parts of the country, From the Northern Ontario bush I was sent to to the Saskatchewan prairies, to the Alberta mountains, to the urban concentration of the nation's capital in Ottawa... we did travel!

....and we SHOT a whole lot, for free.

February 16, 2013, 05:22 AM
Heck yes I remember those day fondly. A .22lr and shotgun in the back window. Heck they didn't even make a fuss about coyote and bobcat carcass's in the bed from running my trap lines before school. Only ever got was a compliment about "that's a nice one." or Is that all you got?

Thank goodness I got out of school in the mid 80's

February 16, 2013, 11:03 AM
Dad was born in 1921 and passed last year at 90. One of his favorite stories was how he checked his traps on the way to school and one day he got sprayed by a trapped skunk.

He went on to school and everything was pretty much SOP till the wood stove thawed his frozen clothing ..... class was dismissed for the day.


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