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Utah Gun Collectors Association
March 2001 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.
      One especially neat item attracted a lot of attention.

      A beautiful early flintlock Kentucky Rifle, about .52 caliber with 44 inch barrel and nice Pennsylvania style brass patchbox.  Probably made circa 1790-1810 in what collectors call the "Golden Age" of rifle making, this is a fine a piece of American craftsmanship and history as the furniture of the period, but requiring much more skill to make.  Besides the very nice rifle, this had its original powder horn, along with an amazingly cute little priming horn, the tiniest horn most of us had ever seen.  The larger of the two horns had wonderful folk art scrimshaw work depicting houses, martial motifs, etc.

    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.

 Art of the Gun Makers 1600
Spur Trigger Revolvers
Evolution of the Colt Dragoon
Hunter in the Old South
Winchester Model 1873s
Sidearms of Imperial Russia
Evolution of German Light Machine Guns
Guns Used by the North & South
Native American Lithics
The Children's War
Elegant Gun Engraving
 Stevens Single Shot .22s
Single Action Shoting Society
U.S. Army Recruiting
Other Key people

The Art of Gunmakers in the 1600's

      Silesia is part of central Europe, where gun makers of the 1600s were masters of artistic design as well as makers of fine weapons.  These five superb examples of the gun makers art have similar artistic motifs, with inlays of bone, ivory, and mother ot pearl on nearly every area of the stock.  Four of them have the recurring theme of hounds chasing rabbits while the other has a beautiful image of a lovable but mythical griffin.  ARms of this quality are seldom seen outside of the finest museums, and it was an extreme treat for UGCA members and guests to view these true works of art.  These were on exhibit courtesy of a collector who wishes to remain anonymous.



"The Hunter in the Old South"
George N. brought out what many people think of as "Kentucky" rifles and pistols.  These were used widely throughout the country with different areas or "schools" having distinctive features.  Here are some nice rifles and pistols that were used by hunters in the south.

Spur Trigger revolvers
Jim C.  rarely shows his impressive collection of revolvers circa 1870-1900 which all feature the "spur trigger" instead of the trigger inside a trigger guard everyone is familiar with.  These include Colts, Smith & Wessons, copies of them, and guns by makers that few people have ever heard of.  Quality ranges from elaborately engraved and gold plated pistols to really cheaply made examples.

Guns of the Civil War
    Mr. M. ("Ol' sarge in the photo) shared his impressive variety of Civil War Carbines and revolvers and related items.  He enjoys preserving these historic arms and explaining their features to visitors.

Evolution of German Light Machine Guns
An American, Hyrum Maxim, invented the Maxim mg08 machine gun (and its nearly identical British cousin, the Vickers) prior to WW1, built around an ingenious "lock mechanism" that performs most of the complicated steps involved with firing, unlocking, extracting, ejecting, cocking, loading, and locking a piece of machinery at a firing rate of about 10 rounds per second.  However, the water cooled gun weighted over 68 pounds, limiting its use to fixed positions in the trenches.  In 1915, the Germans made a modified version (the mg08/15) weighing about 48 pounds, which became the first widely used machine gun for maneuvering in the field, an attempt to overcome the ghastly casualties of mass attacks against trench lines.  The exhibit explained the changes in this gun, and also how it led to the sneaky development by the Nazis of a much better gun in Switzerland in the 1930s.  This became the mg34, adopted in 1934 with a weight of about 24 pounds and many innovative features that continued in used in armies for the rest of the 20th century.
Note:  Machine guns are legal to own ONLY after passing a strict background investigation by the FBI, payment of a large tax, and approval of local law enforcement officials, and registration of the guns.  These are legally owned by a medical doctor who has complied with all the rules on these.  He enjoys history, and also enjoys shooting these on occasion!

Imperial Russian Side Arms
Jeff D.  collects items from the Russian Army, prior to the 1917 overthrow of the Czar.  This display includes two variations of Smith & Wesson revolvers made in 1874, and some edged weapons.  Note that the scabbard for the sword at the top also has two loops where the bayonet is carried.  Everyone wonders how the Russians carried the bayonets for their Mosin-Nagant rifles. The infantry had no scabbards, but kept them on the rifles at all time.  The cavalry (Cossacks) carried them attached to their sword scabbards.  Now you know!

The Evolution of the Colt Dragoon
Jim C uses some really great modern replicas of the extremely valuable originals to show how Col. sam Colt improved his pistols over the years from a very basic concept (the revolver cylinder) into practical arms for use by our mounted troops.  Jim loves to explain the story to visitors.

Winchester 1873
    Al is a serious Winchester collector, and brought out this superb Model 1873 rifle in .38-40 caliber for us to see.  Notice that the butt is 2 inches shorter than standard, and it even has the correct letter from the original factory records confirming this rare feature.  On the right are three very scarce variations of the reloading tools used with the early Winchester rifles and carbines.  Cowboys out on the frontier had to reload their own ammo when they could not get "store bought" ammo.

Native American Lithics
    Always popular with the public, Mr. B. brings an amazing display of weapons, tools, and other artifacts from the earliest Americans.  Apparently efforts by the Utahns Against Bow and Arrow Violence were unsuccessful in outlawing or confiscating the dangerous assualt weapons of the period, as a large number have been recovered for display here.


Western Military History Association- "The Children's War"
    Reflecting the youthful ages of many combatants during the Civil War, here are exhibits of tye types of uniforms, camp gear, and weaponry used.  Also a child, learning about history, and proud ofher dad's work to educate others.

The graveur's Art
   Geroge's award winning display of outstanding artistry in wood and metal.  Incredible skill is needed to combine the utilitarian aspects of a top quality firearm and the best artistic qualities of engraving, sculpting, and carving in walnut, steel and precious metal

Cowboy Shootist- Single Action Shoting Society
    Ken brought out many of the neat guns used by the "cowboy action shooters" in their fun filled competitions.  Both men and women compete in these events, using inexpensive modern reproductions (or sometimes very valuable originals 100 year old guns).  Thanks Ken!

Stevens Single Shot .22s
    Ralph shared his collection of a wide variety of models, all by a single maker.  Hundreds of thousands of these were sold between 1890 and 1940 for use by youngsters learning to shoot safely.  Most were used hard, and examples in nice condition are surprisingly hard to find.

An Army of One?
What a deal!  Everyone else is selling guns, but this guy will give one away FREE to man or women 18 or older, along with lots of ammo and training in their use, along with a paycheck!  Between talkling to prospective recruits, he is studying manuals for promotion exams.

An Army of Volunteers
    Every organization depends on a small cadre of great people who do a lot of work.  Here are two guys and a gal who do so much for the Utah Gun Collectors Associaion, the National Muzzle Loading Association and the National Rifle Association.  THANK YOU ALL!


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