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Published on 29 May 2021 / In News and Politics

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This color film from 1964 illustrates the basics in firearm safety in the home, and includes examples of how to inspect several types of firearms to ensure they are not loaded and safe to handle. After Mrs. Johnson accidentally discharges a carelessly placed shotgun in the basement rec room, a narrator explains how to handle each of the Johnson family’s firearms, and even provides some backstory on each weapon. Guns examined here include a Savage Model 99 lever action rifle, a Winchester Model 52 .22 bolt action target rifle, a 12-gauge pump action shotgun, a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, a P08 Luger pistol, and an antique flintlock rifle. After all firearms have been examined, the narrator invites Mrs. Johnson to inspect and unload the same shotgun she had had a run in with earlier. A presentation by the National Rifle Association of America. Written by Lewis Baer. Directed and edited by Werner Schumann. Produced by Norwood Studios, Inc., Washington, D.C.

The National Rifle Association is a gun rights advocacy group based in the United States, first chartered in 1871. Though originally nonpartisan, since the 1970’s the NRA has become increasingly criticized by gun control and gun rights advocacy groups, political commentators, and politicians.

:08 Exterior: two story, brick suburban home, summertime :12 A man reads a newspaper in the bathtub; he stands up and reaches for something and falls out of frame, water splashes :34 In a kitchen, a housewife stands precariously on a stool, setting a plate atop a high cabinet; she slips and falls out of frame, dishes crash :47 A man at a workbench fishes nails out of an Armstrong Ceilings nail apron; he attempts to drive a nail into a piece of wood; camera pans up to show the man grimacing, as he has struck his finger with the hammer (out of frame.) :57 Mrs. Johnson dust mops a basement rec room; archery set, spring horse, dart board, hi-fi stereo, tennis rackets, fireplace hearth 01:15 A 12-gauge pump action shotgun leans against the side of the hearth 01:21 Mrs. Johnson knocks over the shotgun with her dust mop; shotgun discharges and hits a floor lamp 01:30 TITLE CARD 01:41 Narrator in suit and tie enters basement rec room; guitar, deer head mount, felt top table, gun rack with three long guns, framed marksmanship certificate 02:47 Gun rack closeup; Savage Model 99 lever action rifle, Winchester Model 52 .22 bolt action target rifle, 12-gauge pump action shotgun 03:07 Camera pans to a projection screen 03:10 Film clip; animated demonstration of how a gun works 03:53 Film clip ends, narrator returns; flintlock rifle above the fireplace 04:24 Narrator unlocks gun rack, opens drawer; gun cleaning supplies 04:49 Narrator picks up the .22 target rifle 05:09 Narrator demonstrates opening the bolt, confirms the rifle is not loaded, and sets it on the felt top table 05:30 Narrator picks up the lever action rifle, demonstrates the action and confirms the rifle is not loaded, sets it on the table 05:56 Narrator picks up the pump action shotgun, demonstrates the action and confirms the shotgun is not loaded 06:43 Narrator demonstrates clearing a dummy shell and sets the shotgun on the table 07:04 Narrator handles up a wooden baseball bat 07:39 Narrator picks up a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, demonstrates the action and confirms it is not loaded 08:05 Narrator picks up a P08 Luger pistol, demonstrates the action, removes the magazine, and confirms the pistol is not loaded 09:03 Narrator removes the flintlock rifle from above the fireplace, inserts a dowel into the muzzle and confirms the rifle is not loaded 10:12 Narrator loads a dummy shell into the shotgun and leans the shotgun against the fireplace 10:31 Mrs. Johnson enters the rec room 11:14 Mrs. Johnson inspects and unloads the shotgun 12:12

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