President Barack Obama dislikes guns and gun owners, but most past presidents believed differently. In fact, many of our nation’s leaders have been active sportsmen with a passion for the outdoors. Here are three guns of former commanders-in-chief who knew their way around a firearm.
That’s the inscription on this Winchester Model 21 shotgun that was presented to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower by Coca-Cola President Robert Woodruff. The 20-ga. side-by-side gun bears Eisenhower’s initials, as well as five stars to indicate the rank he held in the U.S. Army.
This is one big gun. An engraved, double-barreled firearm, it was made for President Grover Cleveland. First elected in 1884, he was such an avid outdoorsman and hunter—there were few better duck shots—that he was once nicknamed “Cleveland the Sportsman.”
When Theodore Roosevelt left office in 1909, all he wanted was to go hunting. So he did—for an entire year. He and his son Kermit went on an expedition to Africa. Upon their return, Roosevelt was given this Adolph double rifle.