A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 06, 2015
“Sun’s out, guns out”

"Sun’s out, guns out” is a popular saying that has been printed on many shirts. “Gun” is slang for “biceps.” When the summer sun is out, it’s time to get the “guns” out—that is, to show off one’s muscles.

“Sun’s out guns out” was entered in the Urban Dictionary in 2006. The saying is also sometimes interpreted that summer days are a time period of high gun violence.


Urban Dictionary
sun’s out guns out
When the winter is finally over and it is just starting to get warm, you wear your short sleeve polo shirts to work rather than a long sleeve. This particularly applies to musclehead italians from the tri-state area who have been dying to show off their bi’s and tri’s all winter.
-"hey Paul, nice shirt-short sleeves already??”
-"yep. sun’s out guns out”
-"but Paul, it’s mid April?”
-what do you mean???

by Johnny Fontaine April 12, 2006

runnerunner
running etiquette: the shirt
by The Burmeister » Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:34 pm
My general rule of thumb: suns out, guns out.

Google Books
The Kings of Innocence
By Michael Burns
Boston, MA : Tucket Publishing
2007
Pg. 45:
He gave me an upbeat nod, then took his right hand off the mower handle and jokingly flexed like a beach hero — sun’s out, guns out.

OCLC WorldCat record
Fist Pump : an In-Your-Face Guide to Going Guido.
Author: Guido DiErio
Publisher: New York : Running Press, 2010.
Edition/Format: eBook : Document : English
Contents:
SUN’S OUT, GUNS OUT

Google Books
Relinquish:
Oath Keepers/Russkaya Mafiya Novel 3

By Sapphire Knight
Published by Sapphire Knight
2015
Pg. ?:
“Nice day today, perfect to have your guns out.” Ares cocks his head and looks at Nikoli as if he has lost his mind.

“Pardon?” Ares asks gruffly.

“You know, your guns. Like, sun’s out, guns out?” he says and squeezes his bicep. Ares looks forlorn and I start to chuckle.

“Brother, he’s talkin’ ‘bout having your muscles out, like in a beater shirt or sumthin’.”

Amsterdam News (New York, NY)
Michael Tucker says no to ‘suns out, guns out’
Brian Josephs | 8/6/2015, midnight
The summer’s sun comes with a slight sense of dread. That old adage is often repeated, “Sun’s out, guns out.” This is the season where the murder rate rises.

(Trademark)
Word Mark SUN’S OUT GUNS OUT
Goods and Services IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Clothing extenders for t-shirt,tank top,sweatshirt,hooded sweatshirt, long-sleeved shirts,Sweatpants,racerback tank tops, burnout shirts, crop tanks,hats,caps; Graphic T-shirts; Short-sleeved or long-sleeved t-shirts; T-shirts; T-shirts for babies,adults,childen,men,women. FIRST USE: 20150400. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20150400
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 86646378
Filing Date May 30, 2015
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Owner (APPLICANT) HASKO TRADING INC. CORPORATION CALIFORNIA 2601 E.28th st. ste 302 SIGNAL HILL CALIFORNIA 90755
Description of Mark The color(s) blue is/are claimed as a feature of the mark. The mark consists of the words “SUN’S OUT GUNS OUT” represented in stylized font color blue used on a portion of the goods.
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register SUPPLEMENTAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE