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The Andy Griffith Show

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by f4t9r, Mar 6, 2006.

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  1. f4t9r

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    I was watching the tribute to Don Knotts this weekend
    and even though i laughed my head off at Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show. I could not help but notice how careless they are with guns. Can you imagine what kind of stir we would get out of the anti's today if a show like that was on TV. The shows were funny just like they were when I watched them when they first came out. Barney waving that gun around and having it go off , then there was Gomer knocking his rifle off the top of the building.
    I laughed so hard watching that stuff. Some of us do not have cable so it had been awhile since I had seen some of these shows. I think Barney missed the classes on gun safety but he sure was fun to watch. :)
     
  2. merk

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    I think its just over analyzation of something theyre trying to make funny(and doing a damn good job of it).
     
  3. Shipwreck

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    I watches some of those episodes too. Good shows :)
     
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    Notice that the poor gun handling was Barny or Gomer or one of the other "doofus" characters while Andy always seemed spot on.
     
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    Even before his death, I always enjoyed the show. Brings back an easier time, when right was right and wrong was wrong. Today, the lawyers and courts, and special interests decide what's right.
    But back then, and still today....
    Barney was the man.:D
     
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    I liked the episode where Andy and Barney go quail hunting. Barney saw a quail flush, and without checking to see where his hunting partner was, fired his shotgun. Poor Andy got peppered in the face pretty good.

    Certainly not something that could happen in real life.:p
     
  7. Shipwreck

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    That wasn't Barney, that was Cheney :p
     
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    My bad.:evil:
     
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    One thing I always liked about the Andy Griffith show was the attitude of Law Enforcement. I think Andy honestly tried to do the "right" thing whether it went along with the exact letter of the law or not. IMO, this is needed more these days...

    but as far as gun handling and safety, I agree they were a bit lax.

    I love the episode where that old man is guarding the bank with a gun so old that when he draws it, it falls apart.

    A truly great show, and I think that Don Knotts is the main reason it was so popular.
     
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    "I love the episode where that old man is guarding the bank with a gun so old that when he draws it, it falls apart. "

    I think I have that on DVD. You folks do know that the first 5 seasons of the Andy Griffith show are out on DVD now right? If I was rich I'd buy them:( .
     
  11. Roadkill

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    Ever notice that the guns in the rack at the Sheriff's office were never locked and the door stayed unlocked all day.

    rk
     
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    The best episode ever is when Andy and Barney stole the money train from the Armenian mob.

    Hi-larious!

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  13. M.E.Eldridge

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    One that was on the other day had a scene were Barney comes in and Andy is sitting at his desk cleaning his revolver. That is the only time I have ever seen something like that in a television show. Just a little subtle thing, but it sort of stuck out.

    My favorite part is where Gomer, I think, knocks the Chrsitmas lights of the roof of the station and the BGs here them crash to the ground and think they're taking machine gun fire.

    About the guns not being locked up, its freaking Mayberry, the ideal place to live. If the town was real, I doubt anyone would lock up much of anything.
     
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    God Bless Mayberry...
    and all it stands for.
     
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    Thinking of all those times Barney's gun went off accidental... there was this one time Andy had Barney's gun go off too, but it weren't no accident. He thought it was unloaded 'cause he told Barney not to load it (hence the "one bullet in the shirt pocket"). Instead of opening the cylinder and showing it was empty after the bad guys were secured, Andy pointed Barney's gun to the ceiling and pulled the trigger IIRC four times and the forth time was when it went off. And that was the only time it ever happened to Andy. But yeah, Andy was generally right on when it came to guns.

    I recall this one episode where Opie got gipped at the carnival's shooting gallery... You know, I don't ever remember Andy taking Opie out shooting, but in that time and place, you just take it for granted that they did, just like fishin' Myers Lake. I recall how when Opie had a rifle that hadn't been "modified" by the shooting gallery clowns, he could shoot, so you just know Andy took him shooting.

    And there's a couple of episodes where Andy strapped his revolver on and/or told Barney to load his with a full cylinder. It was uncommon for them, but you just know sooner or later it becomes necessary. And there were episodes where Barney actually caught a dangerous criminal, although most times unwittingly.

    And ya'll may recall that while Barney was a bit overzealous as a LEO, he was also the kind of peace officer who didn't believe in a "police state".
     
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    Mork and Mindy - spinoff from Happy Days: Ron Howard from Happy Days
    visits M and M. The T.V. is on in the backgroung playing (of course!) Mayberry
    R.F.D.

    When Howard's character leaves the scene, Robin Williams turns to the T.V.
    and says (close as I can remember) "Opie. That would be a great name for
    a Martian."

    P.
     
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    Different time, different country. In some ways it's better and in other ways, it makes me want to :barf:
     
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    The show would never make it to air today, yet it remains one of the most popular TV shows in history. Sorta makes me wonder where the problem is.
     
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    Great old shows. The show taught values by example. Andy and Barney were absolutely great and the show the remains an American Icon to life in the South and American virtue. Other shows of the day tried to do the same thing, Dick Van Dyke, Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver, My Three Sons, and even Lucy. Guns were just a natural part of the Andy show. Andy would only let Barney have one bullet for his gun because he was unsafe.
     
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    I was truly sadden by "Barney's" death. I felt as if I had lost a friend. Those were simpler days for sure. Why don't networks produce shows like that now? Shows like the Walton's, Little House on The Prarie, etc. I am talking about shows that the whole family could sit down and watch together. The crap that the show today is just another stab in the family unit. I am very thankful for TV Land. It lets me "go back" at least for a while.

    Bama61
     
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    It is real...but it's actual name is Mount Airy, NC....right up the road from Pilot Mountain, NC. One of my best friends grew up there. From what I understand the folks in Mount Airy don't think much of Andy Griffith though.

    Just the same, that's a great show. I watch it every chance I get (to my wife's dismay).
     
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    The show was my "anchor" in the days after 9-11. Took me back to simpler times.
     
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    About the guns not being locked up, its freaking Mayberry, the ideal place to live. If the town was real, I doubt anyone would lock up much of anything.


    It is real...but it's actual name is Mount Airy, NC....right up the road from Pilot Mountain, NC. One of my best friends grew up there. From what I understand the folks in Mount Airy don't think much of Andy Griffith though.

    Just the same, that's a great show. I watch it every chance I get (to my wife's dismay).


    Well, Mayberry is based on Mt. Airy and Mt. Pilot is based on Pilot Mountain...but Andy Griffith himself said Mt. Airy was never as idyllic as Mayberry. No place is.
    The real Mt. Airy is a nice town, but it has crack houses and meth labs like any other place.
    I've also heard Andy Griffith could be a real a$$ and that he's not treated like an idol in Mt. Airy. But I have to say, you have to respect the man's talent. And something about the run of "The Andy Griffith Show" says alot about him. He created a true hero in Andy Taylor, and wonderful escapism entertainment. I love that show, and the world he created. Any child (or adult) who has ever seen that show has seen the best role model they could ever hope for.
    Hats off to Andy Griffith, warts and all.
    -David
     
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    Mayberry is a fictional town.

    It is loosely based on Mt Airy, NC because Andy is from there.

    A few businesses there capitolize on Mayberry/ TAGS but that's it.
     
  25. taliv

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    nothing like waxing nostalgic about the days when cops had to take the bullet out of their shirt pocket before doing a no-knock.

    there's an oleg poster in there somewhere, i'm sure
     
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