Interesting Old Print Ad For the AR-15 From Colt

Definitely an interesting way to hold a rifle.  I can’t imagine that not using the sights on the rifle, and shooting from the hip would be endorsed by any police force in the world.

Also, what’s with the cross draw setup he has for his revolver? Is that something people do with outside the pants hip holsters?  Seems like a great way to unnecessarily muzzle sweep people every time you pull the gun out.  The only time i’m used to seeing cross draw is on shoulder rigs, but in that case it is necessary to have it on the opposite side.

Someone made a hilarious parody of the ad:



Steve September 24, 2010 at 01:27 am

Obviously a method used to control muzzle rise. :)

Ed September 24, 2010 at 02:56 am

Yeah, Easy fella. Don’t let that 5.56 get away from you now.

On the holster issue though. Perhaps it’s for driving, and he swings the pistol into position in his car? I’ve heard it recommended to keep the pistol on your left hip/thigh area in your front when seated in a vehicle of you need to draw it with your right hand. Perhaps I’m being too kind, but I’m just trying to help this poor guy out.

Ron May 25, 2021 at 09:42 am

I had P.D. buddies who wore their sidearm like that in the patrol car so the person they stopped and was sitting in the front seat with them couldn’t grab it and shoot. Sadly it did happen when a state trooper had his .44 mag on the left. He was killed, but they got the bad guy and his wife shortly after that. RIP George Amos, Nebraska State Patrol 1973

Paladin September 24, 2010 at 06:29 am

I can’t imagine that not using the sights on the rifle, and shooting from the hip would be endorsed by any police force in the world.

Maybe the “Extremely Accurate” feature makes actually aiming redundant?

As for the cross draw: Don’t worry about muzzle sweep. The gun’s not loaded. Andy keeps Barney’s one bullet in his pocket and only gives it too him when trouble is a brewin’ and he might need it. Like when they have to lock Otis up in the jail cell to sleep it off.

Admin (Mike) September 30, 2010 at 04:20 pm
Rob September 24, 2010 at 06:31 am

Well, if you actually take a look at his rig, the buckle is in the front. I think he meant to wear and maintian it that way

Huey September 24, 2010 at 06:47 am

look at his front hand, seems kind of awkward to be holding the front end of an AR. Look at not only the angle of his wrist and hand but also the palm facing downwards grip. I know of nobody who would instinctively grip the rifle like that. I bet this pic was taken from some type of training manual on using a baton and the baton and rear hand removed and replaced with the AR. That would be the proper grip for utilizing a straight baton in a thrust.

Jeff September 24, 2010 at 08:14 am

So THAT’s why the front sight is hollow, its for stickin’ yo thumb in!
And maybe this is where the Assault Weapons ban got its “the pistol grip makes it easier to handle” characteristic =P

dayid September 24, 2010 at 11:20 am

The cross-draw is also seen commonly on historic police-show Adam 12. It just seems it just to be a fairly common way (of at least portraying police) “back then”.

Critter September 24, 2010 at 08:48 pm

i can’t speak to the “thumb grip” on the rifle, but the cross draw holster was seen often enough back in the day. a lot of officers claimed they could get to their guns better while seated behind the wheel. there wasn’t a lot of standardization back then so a lot of oddball stuff was seen as to carry options.

KBS Guns September 25, 2010 at 06:50 am

In fact the Military used to teach this method when walking in a line for a frontal attack, the training today is quite different.

Dannysaysnoo September 25, 2010 at 08:03 am

“Arm your men with confidence!” And then get a whole lot less confident as your men don’t aim. xD

Pete September 25, 2010 at 09:03 am

I’d go with having a shotgun with buckshot as more accurate than this guy and his wacky grip.

That just looks uncomfortable.

Tom L September 27, 2010 at 07:39 am

My first guess is that this is an early example of Photo Shooping, especially since it’s a drawing. Colt didn’t have a picture of a beat cop with an AR, so found one with a cop using a baton and added the AR. Nice try.

Rusgunnut1 September 29, 2010 at 11:40 am

The magpul guys hold the handguard at an odd angle similar to this.

EASY610 March 31, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Thats awesome! I love old ads like this. ANyone know where I could get a poster of this print?

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