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Capybara
08-11-2012, 4:16 PM
Thought some might find this interesting. This is how you used to go shooting legally in downtown LA. Any car experts able to pinpoint the year of the cars pictured? This has to be late 1940s to early 1950s.

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nick
08-11-2012, 4:24 PM
Lots of pawn shops - still a dump :)

prime mover
08-11-2012, 4:32 PM
I always go by the newest car in a picture I'd say this is 1950 maybe 1951 if nobody in the area got a new car yet.

Braddah Jay
08-11-2012, 4:39 PM
The black car is a 1949-50 Chevy business coupe.

berg
08-11-2012, 4:42 PM
Didn't they used to have rifle ranges at most large high schools too? I know the YMCA near here used to have a range on the top floor. great photo.

Elite Armory
08-11-2012, 5:06 PM
Got a picture like that in SF?

858casper858
08-11-2012, 5:33 PM
Lots of pawn shops - still a dump :)

Seriously! There are 4 in that pic alone!

biglou
08-11-2012, 6:26 PM
1950 Chevy. Looks like you can only shoot .22

Arkangel
08-11-2012, 9:09 PM
I guess those were simpler times.

joepamjohn
08-11-2012, 9:48 PM
Chevy has a 1951 vintage license plate with a 52 registration tab on the lower right corner. LA (and America) was a much different world back in those days. To think "Automatic .22 Rifles" we're available. Those would be listed as full automatic assault weapons now! I will bet those nearby pawn shops had some great guns for sale too.

tuna quesadilla
08-11-2012, 10:34 PM
Chevy has a 1951 vintage license plate with a 52 registration tab on the lower right corner. LA (and America) was a much different world back in those days. To think "Automatic .22 Rifles" we're available. Those would be listed as full automatic assault weapons now! I will bet those nearby pawn shops had some great guns for sale too.

I highly doubt they were fully automatic.

Vlad 11
08-11-2012, 10:47 PM
Great photograph

You guys were on it ... 1952

Feb. 24, 1952
200 block of South Main St. Los Angeles on Sunday http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/cushman/results/detail.do?pnum=P05734
Strange, my dads birthday and they came to California in 1952

I would love to rummage thru stuff that's in a 1952 pawn shop

TAK
08-12-2012, 2:21 AM
There is still a firing range in downtown Los Angeles.

bill_k_lopez
08-12-2012, 5:28 AM
2011 - 200 block of South Main, a beautiful parking lot now, right down the street from Tony V's place. Note the street lamps are still the same - the City of LA has some great pictures of the different styles of street lamps and their dates. (http://bsl.lacity.org/gallery/bslphoto.htm)


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http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff509/bill_k_lopez/200BlockSouthMainStreet.png

joepamjohn
08-12-2012, 6:16 AM
I highly doubt they were fully automatic.

I know they weren't. I was referring to the way the sign was written. It appears that an "Automatic" or in this case semi-automatic .22 rifle was just as much a luxury as the range itself.

meaty-btz
08-12-2012, 6:32 AM
I know they weren't. I was referring to the way the sign was written. It appears that an "Automatic" or in this case semi-automatic .22 rifle was just as much a luxury as the range itself.

Correct, the term Automatic refers to the feeding mechanism. What we call, semi-auto. The 1911 and Browning, as well as the first automatics such as the Broom Handle .30 Mauser, were all called automatics for which the better term is auto-loader. In other words the gun loads and cocks the mechanism on it's own. Prior to that the weapons all required direct user motion to load and cock the action: lever, pump, bolt, revolving cylinder.

sir9usr
08-12-2012, 6:48 AM
Great pic - that range is right across the street from the old St Vibiana's Church. You can see the old trolley rails of the red car lines in the pic (which would disappear years later). Now theyre talking of putting in new trolleys downtown...

Elwood_Blues
08-12-2012, 6:53 AM
Looks almost like a screenshot from L.A. Noire
http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb57524/lanoire/images/a/a9/Bank_Job.png

Mojave Desert
08-12-2012, 6:57 AM
I'm guessing it was more of a carnival type shooting gallery where you shot their .22 rifles instead of a public range where you can bring your own. I think I can barely see a sign that says ___ shots for ___?

bsg
08-12-2012, 7:11 AM
nice photo.

SocomM4
08-12-2012, 7:42 AM
7 shots 25 cents.

smle-man
08-12-2012, 7:46 AM
Didn't they used to have rifle ranges at most large high schools too? I know the YMCA near here used to have a range on the top floor. great photo.

My high school in PA had a rifle range in the basement (and a rifle team) at least through the 70s. It was open to the public Wednesday evenings. Our team traveled all over Western PA competing against other schools. I even got a letter jacket in 'rifle' much to the disgust of the football players! But we had girls on our team (nice looking and great shooters) and they didn't so we had better team practices.

CSACANNONEER
08-12-2012, 7:50 AM
I agree that this probably wasn't a range where they rented full autos but, over the years, there have been more than a few ranges in Ca that have.

SupportGeek
08-12-2012, 7:51 AM
7 shots 25 cents.
Yup, zoomed in and its easy to see.



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Capybara
08-12-2012, 8:19 AM
Bill K Lopez and Vlad11, great detective work, thanks for doing that. Bill, I produced a documentary piece for the Harold Lloyd Collection DVD for New Line http://www.amazon.com/Harold-Lloyd-Comedy-Collection-Vols/dp/B000B5XORA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344788196&sr=8-1&keywords=harold+lloyd+comedy+collection a number of years ago. Harold Lloyd was a huge silent film star as big as Chaplin and Keaton in his day and he shot almost all of his most popular films downtown.

We did the same thing you did with the photos, only with video, we spent a couple days finding iconic locations in downtown LA and matching them up with shots from the Lloyd films. The famous dangling clock scene from "Safety Last" http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4d/Safetylast-1.jpg/220px-Safetylast-1.jpg was filmed on a dowtown LA rooftop but it was just an optical trick. In reality, Lloyd was only about 10' above another part of the roof with mattresses below him in case he fell. We found locations all over dowtown, Hill Street, Alvarado, etc. Most were gone but a few of them were still intact from the teens and twenties when Lloyd filmed them.

Downtown LA has an amazing history and I imagine in the teens through about the early 30s, was a pretty cool place, a real metropolis.

Jack L
08-12-2012, 11:30 AM
Thought some might find this interesting. This is how you used to go shooting legally in downtown LA. Any car experts able to pinpoint the year of the cars pictured? This has to be late 1940s to early 1950s.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/331668_413385648718160_1582096003_o.jpg

When I was a kid in the LA area, the traveling carnivals had .22 rifles to shoot (.22 shorts), knock down a wooden duck and win stuffed one.

smle-man
08-12-2012, 12:50 PM
When I was a kid in the LA area, the traveling carnivals had .22 rifles to shoot (.22 shorts), knock down a wooden duck and win stuffed one.

The big amusement park outside of Pittsburgh when I was a kid had a shooting gallery with Marlin 39 carbines and Winchester 62 rifles. We used to pick up the fired cases and drop them from the roller coasters on the people below. then they went to air operated guns that fired round frangible balls, now it is all electronic, nothing really gets shot out of the gun.

GMG
08-12-2012, 1:25 PM
In the late 40's and early 50's my dad would take me to the Santa Monica Pier shooting arcade.

.22 cal pump action rifles (22 shorts). First gun I ever shot. I think they were Winchester's, not sure.

tyrist
08-12-2012, 10:13 PM
LA gun club is in downtown.

DEVOREGUNNER
08-12-2012, 10:19 PM
That's a black 1949 Chevy parked in front. I have a Winchester Mod 62a Gallery 22 short that was my first gun and was a common gun in shooting arcades.