Michael Zomber, known for his expertise with America’s history. Notable with his series on the HIstory Channel’s Tales of Gun series. Some of the series include Guns of the Famous, Dueling Pistols, Guns of the Orient, Million Dollar Guns and Automatic Pistols.
With his forty years of collecting antique arms and armor proves he knows his antiques. Being internationally recognized as an authority on Japanese samurai swords, Michael Zomber, with his two children and his wife live just outside of Philadelphia. With his bachelor’s degrees with honors in English Literature and Psychology, with a Master’s degree in English Literature from UCLA.
The Amazing Arcade Target
Where can you get away with shooting something and have fun doing it. Yes the amazing arcade. The amusement park holds the so many memories for our country. For just a coin then, you were able to practice the efficiency of your shooting with a .22 caliber rifle. The Arcade target ventured to be about any type of target that could be manipulated by moving it from side to side or up and down. Your careful aim with the prize if you were able to hit your target. These targets were pieces of cast iron and you could see the chips and dents from other shooters who wanted the same thing. There is a certain pleasure when you accomplish your goal and then handed the prize.
Today, such liberal use of firearms are thought absurd, especially in the hands of our children. Who knew the rapid transformation would change the arcade forever. Now the arcades use a less dangerous air-powered BB gun and pistol that when carefully aimed will shoot a stream of water into the mouth of a target.
The cast-iron targets from late 19th and 20th centuries are still collected as a form of folk art. The targets were painted and the goal was the painted bull’s eye.
There are actually several collectors that find their joy in displaying all types of arcade targets. One thing that the collectors all say and that is the targets are heavy to move around. There are books written about arcade memorabilia for those who choose to learn more about the arcade targets.