Gun Collectors Association
March 2002 Gun Show
Ogden Gun Show" Our 41st year of Quality Gun Shows in Utah
here for date and location of our next picnic and historic arms shooting
Here are some samples of the
educational displays presented by UGCA members.
We hope you enjoy them. Part of the pleasure of
gun collecting is learning about the historical, technical, and artistic
features associated with firearms. Gun shows provide members, and
the general public, a chance to appreciate these aspects.
If you collect guns,
we invite you to join UGCA.
Membership benefits include
for free admission to all UGCA shows, reduced table rates, and a great
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Let's go to the UGCA gun show!
Before we look at the
displays, lets see some items that showed up with dealers or the guests.
Two items with local connections showed
up, from two of the great Utah gun makers.
Lots of people bring old guns or related items
to our show for free appraisals or to sell. Maybe you want to do
this at the next show.
Now- on to the Great Displays!
Click on the title to go
directly to one of these displays or enjoy scrolling down the page to see
.22 Caliber Single Action Frontier Scout, New Frontier, and Peacemaker
Jim C. really likes these slightly scaled down versions of the famous
"Colt Single Action Army" used by cowboys and cavalrymen from 1873 onward.
Jim has just about every variation known, and a story to go with each.
His display is truly magnificent, and attracts a lot of attention whenever
he brings it out. The photos below are just a sample of the contents.
of the Colt Dragoon"
Jim C. uses the high quality modern made Colt reproductions to
show the evolution of the early "Dragoon" model revolvers. Along with the
guns, he provides plenty of reference material to help explain the story.
of Show Award Winner !
Five Scarce .45
caliber Springfields... and Two Conversions.
Place Award Winner !
Springfield Armory made over a half million "trapdoor
rifles" but among that large number are a few variations made in very very
small numbers. These include a "positive cam" rifle, with 100 made
in 1889. One of 183 "long range rifles" made 1880-1881 that used
a special .45-80 cartridge with special sights and six groove rifling;
and one of 753 bolt action "Chaffee Reese" rifles made as experiments.
About 1,000 "Metcalf" rifles were made in 1876 taking a wooden cartridge
block attached to the side of the stock. Another 1,000 rifles were
made in 1881with a "triangular rod bayonet" that proved to be a poor idea.
The conversions are a rifle converted for use in bayonet training ("fencing
musket") and a "line throwing gun" used by the Navy to shoot a heavy brass
rod with a line attached for refueling or other transfers between ships
Details of Model 1888 Positive Cam Rifle (100 made)
Details of Long Range Rifle (183 made)
Detail of Chaffee Reese Rifle (753 made)
Chaffee Reese Markings
Chaffee Reese cartouche
Detail of Metcalf Loading Block Rifle (1,008 made)
Detail of Triangular Model 1880 Rod Bayonet Rifle (1,014 made)
Detail of Fencing Musket conversion
Detail of Line Throwing Rifle conversion
in the Old South
Place Award Winner !
George is busy checking to see that he got all
these fine "Kentucky" rifles in his display.
Mac made everyone remember their younger days,
with this great assortment of Daisy "Red Ryder BB Guns". FIrst introduced
in the 1930s, these are still being produced. Parents are still wrning
thieir kids "Be careful or you will shoot your eye out!" In fact
parents should teach all their kids basic gun safety rules, even if they
don't own guns themselves. With proper supervision an air gun can
be great fun and teach responsibility and marksmanship. Without proper
supervisioin or training, they can be as dangerous as matches, knives,
bicycles or household cleaning products.
Art of Gunmakers
Here you can find all sorts of animals- dogs chasing rabbits, a
majestic lion, stags with graceful antlers, and a griffin. This outstanding
collection featured guns from the 1600's with superb examples of the artistry
achieved with hand tools and lots of skill. The mechanical features
are impressive enough, but this time the focus is on the decorative aspects.
One pistol has a stock made entirely of ivory. The remaining guns
have wood stocks, but breathtakingly beautiful inlays of bone, mother of
pearl, or ivory.
Six superb guns on the left, and the ivory stocked pistol on the right
Griffin (left) and Lion (right)
Hare (rabbit) being chased by Hound, a motif repeated on several of
the guns here, and a favorite on hunting arms of the 1600s.
Two stags (a type of deer) at rest, hiding from the hunters?
Bob's exhibit included major types of guns associated
with the settlement of the American West. This inlcudes the "furt
trade" or "mountain man" era, and the arms of the settlers, cowboys, ranchers,
hunters, and railroad crews, along with military arms. These were
important tools for survival and the spread of civilization, and the establishment
of law and order.
Jim's beautiful display featured revolvers
with the common feature of a "spur" trigger, unprotected by a trigger guard.
This was very popular circa 1880-1900, and could be found in items ranging
from the very cheapest quality to the very finest.
& Ball Smoothbore Muskets of the Civil War
David is our "living history" expert who works
a lot with educational projects, including schools, and his group even
participated in ceremonies opening a session of the Utah legislature, in
full Continental Army garb, with muskets. (Try that in California or Massachusetts
and everyone would go to jail (at least those who did not have heart attacks!)
SMoothbore muskets were more common than "minie ball" rifles
in the early years of the Civil War, and they fired either asingle round
lead ball (about .69 caliber), or a large round ball and three "buckshot"
called a "buck and ball" load. As always, Dave included many other neat
items related to soldier life in the field.
Larry's fine collectin of Pacific campaign relics
includes rifles, carbines, field equipment, uniforms, etc. Rifle
on the right can be quicly disassembled into two parts for use by paratroops.
Neat stuff, and a very innovative method of displaying them.
Soldier WW2 & Korea
Brent and his wife shared this nice display of arms
and equipment. Brent first got started in collecign as a shooter of the
M1 carbine, and then collected several, and then his interest expanded
into more, and more....
Some exquisitely decorated arms from far away
places were displayed by one of out most loyal members, even theough they
were unable to attend the show.
Rifle Association (NRA)
UGCA is a NRA affiliated club, and the NRA works
hard to protect the rights of collectors, as well as target shooters, hunters,
and self defense users. Chuck is busy signing up more people eager
to join to help protect our rights. He also helps people get tickets to
the "Friends of NRA" events, which are fund raisers to support such things
as firearms safety classes, shooting range improvements, and hunting opportunities.
A nice group of Colt Revolvers and Bolt Action
Rifles were shared by Mike, examples of guns that are both collectible
and fun to use.
Jim Brought a very nice example of the "Philadelphia
Deringer" similar to that used by John Wilkes Booth to asassinate Prsident
Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, along with an original copy of the New
York Herald newspaper announcing the dastardly deed. His other gun
is a Smith & Wesson .35 automatic, the only model ever made in that
caliber. THis was made about 70 nyears before S&W's dastardly
deed selling out gun rights to the extortion of the Clinton adminstration.
SEE YOU AT THE NEXT UGCA SHOW!
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