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Utah Gun Collectors Association
March 2002 Gun Show
"The ORIGINAL Ogden Gun Show" Our 41st year of Quality Gun Shows in Utah
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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.

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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 them all.
The Art of Gunmakers
Colt .22 caliber Frontier Scouts
Evolution of the Colt Dragoon
Scarce .45 cal Springfields
Hunter in the Old South
It's a Daisy Air Rifle
Guns of Yesteryear
Spur Trigger Revolvers
Smoothbore Muskets of the Civil War
South Pacific Souvenirs
US Soldier WW2 & Korea
Artistic Arms
Colts & Bolts
Two Historic Guns

People's Choice Award Winner!
"Colt .22 Caliber Single Action Frontier Scout, New Frontier, and Peacemaker Revolvers"
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.

 Best of Show Award Winner !
"Evolution 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.

 Second Place Award Winner !
Five Scarce .45 caliber Springfields... and Two Conversions.
    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 at sea.

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

 Third Place Award Winner !
The Hunter in the Old South
    George is busy checking to see that he got all these fine "Kentucky" rifles in his display.

It's a Daisy!
    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.

The 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?

Guns of Yesteryear
    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.

Spur Trigger Revolvers
    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.

Buck & 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.

South Pacific Souvenirs
    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.

U.S. 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....

Artistic Arms
    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.

National 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.

Bolts & Colts
    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.

Two Historic Guns
    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.


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