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.
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Let's go to the UGCA gun show!
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.
Here are two neat items that showed up. Two absolutely fantastic early European
arms were brought in by a member, but we did not get photos of those. One was
a double barrel French flintlock shotgun circa 1750-1790, with Damascus, OCTAGON
barrels, with a flat top between them. Lavishly decorated with silver wire inlay,
and engraving and a great rendition of the goddess of the hunt- Diana with a
dog at her feet. The other was a German made rifle circa 1760-1795 made with
a Spanish made barrel dated 1719.
However, we did get photos of two other neat items that showed up. One is an item that was recently brought home by a military member who served in Afghanistan. Most people thought it was a British military musket made in 1861. However, closer examination showed that this is one of the copies made in the border region of Pakistan/Afghanistan. Close inspection of the lock markings show that they did not quite get the hang of spelling "ENFIELD" and the large knot in this wood used for the stock forward of the lock would never have been accepted by the British authorities. Also, the rear sight is a simple type that was used on special "Colonial" pattern muskets to be issued to less trustworthy troops. However, these imitations sold well to the natives so they could engage in endless wars with each other and foreign invaders for decades.
Another great item is a "Eprouvet" or powder tester.
These are not too uncommon, but they are not seen very often made with percussion
locks, and this one is marked "U.S." and has two inspector cartouches,
RPB and JH (or JCC). Who, what, where? We are still researching this one!
Colt .22 caliber
Single Action, Frontier Scout, New Frontier and Peacemaker
Jimmy's superb collection and great presentation walked away with two awards. Guns don;t have to be 100 years old to be collectible, and most of these were made since 1960.
War I Arms & Equipment
Gus. B brought his prize winning display back.
Three of the four mannequins showing the uniforms and equipment of German, English, American and French troops.
Click here for detailed instructions how to make these mannequins yourself!
A Bit of Scottish...
A wonderful collection of pistols, knives and swords made in Scotland from the 18th and early 19th century. Scottish pistols were unusual in their use of all metal stocks. No real practical advantage, but more of a fashion preference, sort of like big fins on the cars of the 1950s.
They Rolled Their
Own (Old reloading tools)
In the early cartridge era it was not always easy to get ammunition, so reloading was often a necessity rather than a hobby. Many different approaches were tried to get accomplish the decapping, repriming, resizing, powder measuring, casting bullets, and and bullet seating. This is a pretty impressive collection and helped people realize the importance of having access to guns AND AMMUNITION.
John gave us an interesting look at an aspect of U.S. military arms often overlooked by collectors. This included foreign designed rifles made for Russia, but used by the U.S. British designed rifles made on U.S. contract but never intended for U.S. issue, training and survival guns, and three models of shotguns showing the trench, riot and training types of shotguns procured during WW2. Complete text of this display and detailed photos are available here.
Third Place Award Winner !
Artifacts of the Great Basin and South West
Gilmer shared this important collection of ancient artifacts which includes weapons, household utensils, and other items that people had to make themselves since there were no WalMarts nearby.
the West was Won 1863-1873
Dave shared another great display of items related to the settling of the west. This is especially significant as our show is within about 50 miles of Promentory Point where the "golden spike" was driven celebrating the completion of the first east-west transcontinental railroad in 1869. Much of the work was done in the face of Indian attacks, as well as huge challenges from geography, weather and primitive engineering technology.
Home Front Items- Civil Defense
Chuck volunteers a lot of time to support gun rights, gun safety education and sign up new members for the NRA. THis show he had some young assistants.
Muzzle Loading Rifle Association
Always welcome additions to our shows these folks still shoot the type of guns that many of our members collect!
Uniformed officers inspecting and putting safety ties on any guns brought in, and ticket sales staff.
Our friendly check in staff handling table assignments.
and Sportsman's Groups
We are always glad to support shooting ranges and wildlife groups. Some of those present this time included:
Wasatch Shooters Association.
Weber Wildlife Federation
The Friends of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and Browning Firearms teamed up to offer this fantastic one of a kind Citori Shotgun to help raise funds to support their education and wildlife preservation efforts. As expected, it is the hunters who help fund these, not the "environmental" extremists.
These fine historians are sometimes called "reenactors" or "Living History Participants" and do a great job of preserving historic events, often including arms. Many go on to become serious collectors.
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US AT THE NEXT UGCA SHOW!