Guns, Wheels, and Steel: Cyclists and Small Arms in the Late 19th Century

Some more interesting bicycling history

Cycling History

A few weeks ago Jean, who writes at Cycle Write Blog wrote an interesting piece on stereotypes of cyclists and how these perceptions ignore the fact that, like car drivers, cyclists are not a homogenous group but represent all walks of life and all manner of viewpoints. In the piece Jean briefly commented on gun ownership among modern-day cyclists, which reminded me of this late nineteenth-century advert for a, “lovely little shooter”, from the English gun factor, T. W. Carryer & Company, Limited, that carried the tag-line, “I fear no tramp.”

'The Cyclist's Friend', a gun advert from England

Safety on the highways and byways of the United Kingdom was a more significant issue for the late nineteenth-century public and police than it is today, and adverts for small arms such as these catered for the demands of those who wished to protect themselves against perceived risk when out and about. A fear that was captured by the 

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3 thoughts on “Guns, Wheels, and Steel: Cyclists and Small Arms in the Late 19th Century

    • That’s interesting. When I researched this piece I couldn’t find any mention of modern day guns that were specifically marketed to cyclists. Though there is a literature which discusses guns that are suitable for cyclists to carry.

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      • S&W M&P 9mm SHIELD. Only holds 6-8 rounds depending on the standard or extended magazine, but that’s more than enough. Small, sub-compact, but one of the best pistols on the market. They’re so good, I have two. One M&P Compact and one SHIELD. Never one misfire or jam.


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