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Utah Gun Collectors Association
October 2000 40th Anniversary Gun Show
Celebrating 40 years of service 1960-2000
"The ORIGINAL Ogden Gun Show"
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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.

We recommend you just scroll down the page to see everything.
You can also use the links in this table to find a specific item.

What Showed up
40th Anniversary Members' Dinner
Liberator & CIA Deer Gun pistols
Costume Contest Winners
graveur's Art
How to Engrave
Lugers, Lugers, Lugers
Workers at our show
Evolution of Colt Dragoon
Wacko Cut Off and Cut Up Colts
Evolution of US Military pistols
South Pacific Souvenirs
Echoes of Glory (Civil War Infantry)
Civil War Cavalry
Stevens Single Shot .22s
Guns of the Old West
Remington Military Arms of the 20th Century
Some Indian Items

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Membership benefits include for free admission to all UGCA shows, reduced table rates, and a great newsletter.
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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 guest brought in a great set of Civil War equipment that his family had in their barn in Arkansas.  This included the belt, buckle, cap box, bayonet and scabbard, and cartridge box with box plate and shoulder strap and even a packet of 10 rounds of the original paper cartridges still in it!  No picture of this, but it was neat, and he was amazed to learn that it was probably worth about $1,000.
    Lots of people bring old guns or related items to our show for free appraisals or to sell.  Dealers had two guns designed by John M Browning in Ogden, Utah (where our shows are held) made by Winchester, but then shipped back and sold through Browning's own shop.  To many collectors these have near religious relic status, but to a lot of  local folks, they are just grandpa's old gun.  One gun was a Model 1886 lever action rifle in .40-82 caliber, serial number 21807, made in 1888.  Marked ahead of the sight is the small marking "BROWNING BROS, OGDEN, U.T." for Utah Territory (statehood came in 1896).

Another Browning gun offered was a Model 1897 shotgun, serial number 205300 made in 1904.  The marking reflect the "BROWNING BROS CO OGDEN, UT"

Now- on to the Great Displays!

Ralph H.'s special display of "Liberator Pistols and the CIA Deer Gun"
    Many gun collectors have heard about the "Liberator pistols" made during WW2 using cheap stamped parts and intended for use by the underground forces against enemy forces.  About three million were made in a few weeks and most ended up with the OSS or later the CIA.  A few collectors have actually seen one of these, so this was a special opportunity to see several variations, including prototypes and examples still in the sealed boxes. If anyone wanted to know ANYTHING about these guns, Ralph is the guy to ask.  He literally "wrote the book" about them!
    A special thanks to Craig  for sharing this museum quality collection with UGCA members and guests.

The gun in the styrofoam case at the left is one of two 9mm single shot "CIA Deer Guns" in Ralph's display, out of about 25 known to exist today.  These were CIA assassination weapons, but ordered destroyed following the murder of President Kennedy.  Close ups of the bulky "Liberator and "space gun" styled "Deer Gun" are below.

When Ralph got his first "Liberator" pistol his wife told him "That is the ugliest gun I have ever seen, but I like it." Little did she realize how extensive his collection would become.  Ralph is a telecommunications engineer when not being a collector, researcher, and author.

Both the above guns trace their origin to this handmade prototype of the "Liberator" with a variety of cast and stamped parts, and seamless tubing for the barrel.  It is a single shot weapon to shoot .45 ACP cartridges.  The grip serves as a storage area for 10 rounds of ammunition.  These were air dropped to resistance fighters in a box with one pistol, instructions and 10 rounds of ammunition.

At the left is one of the original "comic book"  instruction sheets packed with the Liberators, and at right is the cover of Ralph's thoroughly researched book.

George F. brought out his finest examples of the "graveur's Art" for a 1st Place Award.
George is well known for his fine displays and he is a member of the UGCA board of directors.

WOW!  Can you say "BEAUTIFUL!!!!"?

In case you were wondering how these guns get engraved, here is a skilled artisan hard at work, from a photo in George's exhibit.  All you need is a vise to hold the gun, a hammer, a couple of sharp chisels and a ton of skill and an eye for detail.

Besides beautiful engraving, fine arms such as these feature stocks made of the finest grades of figured walnut.

Larry A. and a magnificent assortment of Luger Pistols and related items, 2nd Place Award
Larry is a real student of these, and can explain the reasons for the many different variations shown.  The basic Luger semi-automatic design was invented in 1893.

Collectors love variety.  Here we see different barrel lengths, different types of magazines, and a whole row of similar looking pistols with different markings or makers.  Lots of these were brought home by American veterans after WW1 and WW2.

"Guns of The Civil War" (Civil War Cavalry items) 3rd Place Award (tie)
Mel M. collects original Civil War items, mainly cavalry arms and equipment.  Here are about half the items from his display the rest hidden by the guest on the left.  Mel is a government employee.  This is Mel's firt display award.


Mel was also a winner in our costume contest, portraying a Civil War cavalryman.  Here he is admiring a new fangled cartridge revolver.

Jim C. told the story of the "Evolution of the Colt Dragoon" for a 3rd Place Award (tie).
Jim is a safety engineer for the U.S. Air Force.  He really enjoys talking with guests about his displays.  Beautifully done cabinet work and lighting show off the beauty of these guns.

He really enjoys talking with guests about his displays.  Beautifully done cabinet work and lighting show off the beauty of these guns.

The pistols are all made by Colt, and are known as "second generation" by those who like them, or reproductions by those who do not like them.  They are exact copies of what Colt made circa 1847-1860, except still have all their finish and the price tags are a tiny fraction of what a rusty original would cost.  Note the use of mirrors to show off the handsome blue and color case hardened finish.

The Dragoons were based on the earlier "Walker" model introduced in 1847 and used by Walker's Texas Rangers.  These are BIG and HEAVY guns.  Jimmy has this one out for guests to pick up.  Despite its size and weight, it was a major breakthrough in firepower for mounted troops.

Carrol C. with the Evolution of U.S. Military Pistols"
From the flintlock through percussion arms and the cartridge revolvers, and the semi-automatics of the 20th century.  Carrol is a heating and air conditioning contractor who loves history.

These were carried by our fighting men (and more recently women too) defending the nation over the last 200 years.  Wish these could speak- maybe of Gettysburg, Appomattox, Indian campaign, san Juan Hill, Belleau Wood, Normandy, Chosin Reservoir.  (UGCA modestly notes that the longest serving US military pistol s the .45 automatic invented by John M. Browning, right here in Ogden, Utah.)

"Echoes of Glory" by Dave G. (Civil War Infantry items)
Dave is a plumber who is active in living history events and shares his knowledge with many school events.  Of course, such learning experiences will be ended if the anti-gun people succeed in banning all guns in schools.  That will not stop criminals, only good guys like Dave.

Dave has a wide variety of uniforms, arms and camp equipment as used during the Civil War.  Dave and his friends use exact reproductions of the originals so kids can handle them..

He even has samples of the food soldiers ate, including "hardtack" crackers.  Apparently Dave, one of our costume contest winners thinks the chow is pretty good!

"Wacko Colts- Crazy Cutoffs and Cut-ups"
Jerry D's collection has some great old guns. and this great old Air Force fighter pilot has fun too!

An original Colt Dragoon cut down to make it easily concealed.  The Colt Army when cut to this configuration was often called an "Avenging Angel" and popular with Porter Rockwell's pals enforcing law in the early days of Utah. Both these are .44 caliber percussion revolvers.

A smaller Colt "New Police .36 caliber percussion revolver and a Colt "Bisley" .38-40 cut down.

"South Pacific Souvenirs" by Larry J.
Veterans brought back all sorts of items, and Larry has been collecting them.  THe white Special naval Landing force uniform is pretty scarce and the paratroop rifle with a barrel that unscrews is pretty unusual too.  Larry is a marketing specialist for a large retail operation.

Note the Japanese belt and cartridge boxes made of canvas and rubber.

Some of the people working at our show....
It is not all fun and games.  Some people have serious jobs to do, and we appreciate their efforts too.

Two friends from the Utah Shooting Sports Council signing up members, getting people signed up for free e-mail alerts, registering voters and distributing information.  They help protect our gun rights!  Thanks guys and gals!

The Army Reserve has not resorted to selling their guns to support their readiness, but they were here to recruit more soldiers.  Their uniforms, arms, and chow are a lot different from some on display.  Chuck is recruiting more NRA members, proudly displaying the "I'm the NRA" poster featuring Utah Jazz basketball star Karl Malone, who sometimes attends gun shows.  Probably the most recognized person in the state, Karl still has to produce ID and get a background check when he buys a gun.

One of our security officers checking guns entering the show to be sure they are unloaded and safe to handle.  safety is critical to every gun show.  These two cowboys are recruiting for the local sass (Single Action Shooting Society) group who have shooting matches with old western style events and clothing.  Fortunately they bathe more frequently than the old timers and therefore we are glad to have them around.

"Stevens Single Shot .22s"
Ralph S. is a skilled gunsmith and UGCA Vice President (in addition to being a genuine nice guy!).  His excellent display featured a wide variety of .22 caliber rifles and pistols.

Some Stevens pistols and....

some Stevens rifles for beginning youngsters and advanced competitors.

"Guns of the Old West"
Steve T. is a modern law enforcement officer, but collects historic artifacts of the lawless days of the frontier west.
Here are some samples from his impressive display of top quality items.

A superb Sharps buffalo rifle with tang sight-  just like Quigley in the movies, but this is real!

Three cute little .41 rimfire Remington Derringers, and ammo, and silver dollars and a knife.  All set for the next card game/gun and knife fight!

A neat photo of Buck Taylor, a famous old Wild West showman wearing his fabulous leopard skin chaps.  Even neater, it is signed by him on the back, as "presented to Annie Oakley"!

An interesting and often valuable addition to a gun collection is authentic ammunition from the period.  Here is a nice box of .44 caliber Winchester ammunition for use in Winchester rifles.

Don V's Amazing Indian Items
Long time member Don V was raised with a Native American family, and has always appreciated the historic and practical nature of their moccasins, clothing, beadwork, tools, etc.  A good friend to all UGCA members.

Remington Military Arms of the 20th Century, Many designs, Many Plants, Many Armies
John S. brought these out for us to enjoy, with an example of just about every type rifle or pistol made by Remington for military use 1900-1999.  John is a retired Navy man who runs an internet retail business.

Remington made the Rolling blocks for many South American Countries and even for France.  The Berthier Mle 1907/15 was made for France, and the Model 1891 Mosin Nagant rifle for the Russian Czar, but both these types were later used by American troops during or after World War 1. The Model 10 Trench gun below is very rare.

A Pattern 1914 .303 rifle made for Britain at Eddystone, and its American cousin the .30-06 Model 1917 Enfield made at Remington's Ilion, NY plant.

Some U.S military Remingtons, M1911 pistol by Remington-UMC, M1911A1 by Remington-Rand, and WW2 training guns- Model 11 and Model 31 shotguns and Model 513T .22 target rifle.

Some recent Remingtons, a very early  Model 1903 used by New Zealand, a M1903A3, and a M1903A4 Sniper's rifle used by Thailand.  The Model 541-X and Model 870 shotgun are from the 1970s and 1980s.

The "signal pistol" or flare gun is one of 20,000 made by Remington's Bridgeport Connecticut plant, along with the green, white and red flares for it.

Remington made all sorts of ammunition during the 20th century, literally billions of rounds of most types for rifles, pistols, shotguns and machine guns.  One of their plants was in Utah.

Gun Engraving- How it is done-
Gene L.  reminds us "Life is too short to hunt with an ugly gun." Happily, he can fix that for you by engraving your gun.  While many people think it is done by magic, Gene uses his spare time to show how it is really done.  Here he is working on a .22 caliber Winchester Model 52 rifle.  A critical step is making exact size sketches for each area to be engraved and then transferring the design to the part to be engraved.

Costume Contest Winners!
Among the entrants were UGCA members (left to right) Dave G., Bill H., Linda L., and Mel M.
Bill H., attired as a U.S. Cavalry NCO of the 1875-1890 period in full dress uniform, took first place.

UGCA 40th Anniversary Dinner.
After a busy day buying and selling guns and related items, members and their families enjoyed a great dinner.  Of course, a 40th Anniversary event must be recognized by a suitable cake!

The cake, and the cake being cut and distributed by Vice President Ralph S. and one of our young members.

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