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Silly gun advertizing

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Moonclip, Apr 26, 2008.

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  1. Moonclip

    Moonclip Member

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    Anyone have any good examples? I don't mean so much like the HK blooper with the backwards loaded magazine(I've actually see this happen at indoor ranges!)

    What I mean is things like this. In my 2007 Glock annual/catalog, every time the word "Glock" is written in an article, it is capitalized for no reason like this= GLOCK

    I found that quite silly. I'm not a Glock basher either though I don't think they are the best things since sliced bread I own two and may acquire more.

    Also while I do like the females that EAA uses to promote their guns in the ads I feel this may not be the best way to promote them.
     
  2. Threeband

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    The latest issue of "Guns" magazine has a Desert Eagle ad on the back cover. At the top of the ad, the words jump out at you:


    THE SCIENCE OF
    KABOOM.




    I do not want a gun that goes "Kaboom".

    They should fire the copywriter.
     
  3. Dave Pendleton

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    GLOCK is capitalized because that's their trademark.
     
  4. RedLion

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    Maybe you want Armalite's AR-50 that simply goes "BOOM".
     
  5. Moonclip

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    Then how come my "RUGER" annual/catalog doesn't feel the need to do that:)?

    That Kaboom ad is funny!
     
  6. CmpsdNoMore

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    I always thought models and brands were capitalized because they're a name.
    I would capitalize McDonald's in a sentence, just like I would Glock, Mauser or Remington.
     
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    They don't just capitalize the first letter, like Glock, they capitalize the whole word, like GLOCK, and it always has the little trademark logo next to it as well. Always seemed strange to me, but heck, it's their company and they can write it however they please. Maybe it's an Austrian thing.

    The silliest I've seen have been for a gun store in Arizona, Guns Etc. They use impersonators mimicking Bill and Hillary Clinton in their ads. Some are cute, most are just annoying. Of course that's not a gun ad, but a gun store ad.
     
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    Not silly, but that brunette in the Kahr column ads needs to contact me about a possible marriage.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. The Lone Haranguer

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    First she needs to get her finger off the trigger. :uhoh: (Visible at right.)
     
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    Her finger isn't on the trigger...
     
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    http://www.blackhawk.com/
    It's not Blackhawk, or even BLACKHAWK. It's BLACKHAWK! on every page.

    And... those who need no introduction:
    http://www.extremeshockusa.com/

    It's on the frame.

    MDeViney, you have excellent taste.
     
  12. Moonclip

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    Kahr girl is too skinny but VERY sexy, I just don't feel this is always the best way to advertize guns.

    My Glock issue was with Glock spelled like this= GLOCK

    Over and over again.

    But they at least didn't put the trademark symbol next to GLOCK each time thank goodness.
     
  13. saspic

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    The man's name is Gaston Glock. The company's name is GLOCK, GmbH. If you spell it with lowercase letters, it's technically incorrect.
     
  14. Moonclip

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    I'm gonna legally change my name to MOONCLIP :) Thats Senor MOONCLIP to you!

    I still feel GLOCK is silly, as silly as marking the guns .40 now instead of the dreaded .40SW as they were marked.

    I don't blame them for being mad at S&W though and this sort of thing has been going on for years with many manufacturers.

    At least S&W doesn't have a problem marking their barrels with .45 Colt!
     
  15. Diamondback6

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    Let's put it this way, anything from Extreme Hype or BlackCrock! or Vulcan/Hesse, or any other firm affiliated with whoever their corporate parent is.

    IMNSHO, an ad and its company's credibility vary in INVERSE proportion to the number of exclamation points, flashy logo graphics and high-viz colors in their ad copy.

    To shamelessly rip a line from John "GunCrank Diaries" Connor, we've had way too much GeeGollyWhizBangUberTacticoolTupperware--show me your "Lance Corporal In A Mudhole"* model!

    *Disclaimer: I am neither current nor former active-duty, but if it's good enough to win the approval of the hardest-working grunts...
     
  16. ShakyJ

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    I laugh every time I see that silly tv commercial for Hornady TAP ammo on the Outdoor channel. Husband and wife attending to their baby when a masked ninja breaks in to do harm. After the ninja is put down, we get to hear a former 3 gun champ (with poor audio) talk about the importance of effective ammo. Just seems really cheesy. Almost as bad as those home security system commercials, in my opinion.
     
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    Well, guys, a friend and I are coming out with a line of lubricants. The first one is SuperSlide.

    I'm putting the word "tactical" on the label. I figure that'll attract at least a few customers... In actuality, it's high quality high pressure/temperature grease, and while it'll function well in a "tactical" situation, it'll also work just fine while plinking.

    Darn it! I shoulda used black syringes!
     
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    Mr SHAKYJ, I have dsl internet but rabbit-eared tv. Who is the 3-gun champ in the ad?
     
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    I like the recent EAA ad with the blonde in a tube top, we need some more like that.
     
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    I think the Taurus ads touting Taurus as the "world's premiere handgun manufacturer" were a bit tough to swallow for me. There's marketing and then there's pure hyperbole.
     
  21. HogManMagnum

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    ammo ad not gun ad but i think its worth the mention...

    [​IMG]


    yes, obviolsy they are AGENTS and should be taken serioulsy...


    fake, funny, and kinda sad when u think about it...
     
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    The funny part of the Extreme Shock picture is they all appear to be the same guy.

    And he looks like Jeff Goldblum
     
  23. Rachen

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    They work well in promoting Georgi Vodka. However, they don't work well at all to promote guns, machines that are so cherished by the individual in this brave new world, and represents our country's roots.






    Last time I heard, the American Bar Association is very anti-gun. Let them use the female model advertizers. It makes them look like sickos and perverts.
     
  24. .38 Special

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    I don't have anything against Brian Hoffner, but the Hoffner's "hell and darkness" ads in American Handgunner make me roll me eyes every time I see them.
     
  25. fearless leader

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    I guess somebody had to say it; I hate H&K adds. They always hype their stuff as the uncompromisable choice, but I have owned 3 H&K products and found them grossly mis-represented. I had 1 H&K pistol that was reasonably accurate (P-7) and one I couldn't hit very well at all when I tried it (SS USP 40), and let's not forget the world's fastest cycling, lightest recoiling, quickest handling shotgun, the M1 Super 90! It was fast but KICKED like a Gov't. mule!
    I can take any Glock, Colt, or any other gun I own and shoot circles around those 3 guns, and I paid easily 3 times as much!

    Is anyone here old enough to remember when H&K began to manufacture the USP? They said it would be more affordable, and retailed about $400.....until they got popular with SWAT.
    Now, you would think it's made of gold or something! When exactly does a piece of moderately accurate, combat tupperware become worth $750+?
     
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