Do you think any tool company would
publish an advertisement like this in today's hypersensitive environment? When Weller
ran the ad shown below in the May 1952 issue of Radio & Television News
magazine, nobody anywhere could have conceived of a world six decades later where
the mere sight or mention of a gun would send snowflake types running for the nearest
(which, sadly, has a special symbol a la a nuclear fallout
shelter). It is a little surprising that Weller still markets the tool as a
soldering gun rather than, say a heavy-duty, finger-operated,
palm-conforming, graspable soldering implement ;-( Does anyone know
whether soldering guns are allowed in schools these days?
policies would require any student or teacher picking one up to be expelled for
feigning to point a pistol at someone. Think I'm kidding? Have you read about the
seven-year-old kid who got suspended for biting a
Pop Tart into the shape of a pistol?
Weller Soldering Guns Ad
Deringer Percussion Pistol Model 1843, product of Henry Deringer of Philadelphia.
Deringer's large caliber, short barreled picket pistols were so popular that others
imitated them - calling them "derringers".
John Wilkes Booth used a Deringer to assassinate Lincoln.
Trap or Doorjamb Pistol, Caliber .31, made by North & Couch, Middletown,
Conn. This lethal little device protected householders against burglars. Fixed to
the doorjamb, with a cord running from muzzle rod to door, the pistol fired all
its barrels into any intruder.
Weller Instant-heating Soldering Gun for light or heavy work. Dual heat greatly
increases tip life. Switch instantly to high or low heat as job requires. Pre-focused
spotlights end "blind soldering". Exclusive tip-fastening arrangement assures full,
constant heat. High-impact plastic housing. Perfect balance. Low-cost replaceable
tips. Pays for itself in a few months. See at your Distributor or write for Bulletin
Get Soldering Tips, new Weller Handy Guide to faster, easier soldering. 20 pages
fully illustrated. Price 10c at your Distributor or order direct.
Soldering Guns 810 Packer Street, Easton, Pa.
The Finest Soldering Tool for the Finest Craftsmen
Posted February 7, 2019