This photo of a gun from a bygone era goes viral after Baltimore police post it on Facebook

Photo via Baltimore Police Department/Facebook


The Baltimore police department on Wednesday arrested a 36-year-old man with a loaded handgun after a traffic stop, and after the officers detained him, they took him to jail.

Then, the police department posted a photo of the gun to Facebook. And the internet took it from there.

Eastern DistrictOfficers arrest man with a loaded handgun during traffic stopOn March 1, 2017, officers from the…

Posted by Baltimore Police Department on Thursday, March 2, 2017

Does that look like a normal gun that we regularly see in the 21st century? No, it does not. It looks like a weapon from a bygone era when men wore muttonchops and when the country was on the verge of a civil war. Facebook commenters almost instantly made this photo a star.

A sampling.

Baltimore police gun Photo via Baltimore City Police/Facebook

baltimore police gun Photo via Baltimore City Police/Facebook

Baltimore police gun Photo via Baltimore City Police/Facebook

Great job, everybody. Now, there’s only one thing left to do. Wait for President Lincoln to rise from his slumber and tweet about it.

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is the Weekend Editor for the Daily Dot and covers the world of YouTube. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He’s also a longtime sports writer, covering the NFL for and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.