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Utah Gun Collectors Association
January 2004 Gun Show
"The ORIGINAL Ogden Gun Show" Our 44th 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!

    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.
If you do not bring a gun, maybe you can leave with one.
We usually give away a great door prize. In this case it was a nice high quality replica of the famous Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver.

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.

It's a DAISY!
Gardner Machine Gun
Evolution of the Colt Dragoon
Carolina Rifles & Pistols
American WW1 Uniforms
.58 Caliber Springfields
Lugers, etc
US Soldiers WW2 & Korea
Native American Lithics
Wacko cut down Colts
The Graveur's Art- Engraving
Animal Bells

It's A Daisy!

      "Mac" had this amazing collection of guns that some of us remember from our childhood, and some are still being played with (safely with proper parental instruction and supervision) by kids today.

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The Gardner Rapid Fire Gun, Improved Model 1877, caliber .45-70
Ray brought a gun most of us had never heard of before, let alone seen one This was invented by William Gardner of Toledo, Ohio in 1874. Using the gravity feed system it will fire 350-400 rounds per minute our of two barrels. It functions very much like a two cylinder engine, using a crank shaft and pistons, functioning as bolts. It was also capable f continuous fire. Only 21 of these weapons were manufactured in the United States, by Pratt & Whitney. The U.S. Navy tested the gun in 1879 with good reports, but the gun was never adopted. The patent was taken to England where the British Navy tested the gun with good results and it was adopted in 1881, with the British Army following. The piece saw service in the Sudan Wars, the Burma campaign in 1885, and with the Navy in the Upper Nile in 1884 and 1885, and in the British campaigns in Africa. This attracted a big crowd, and guys love to peek at the inside of the gun to see how it operates.


Lugers, etc.
Jack has not brought displays to our show in the past, only items for sale or trade. Now we find out that he has a very nice collection of Lugers and other military pistols. Just another example of the wide variety or interests found in our club.


Wacko Cut Down and Cut Up Colts
    Courtesy of a collector who wishes to remain anonymous, here is a great selection of Colts (including many very rare models) that were altered or otherwise butchered at some point in their history. "Makes you want to say "If only these guns could talk"

U.S. Soldiers of WW2 and Korea

Two of our members teamed up for this one. A year or so ago, one of them got a M1 carbine as a shooter, and that has grown into a serious collection of many other types of WW2 and Korean war arms and equipment.

Nothin' Could be Finer- Pistols & Rifles Carolina Style (2nd Place Award Winner)
Each region of the country developed its own artistic styles and mechanical preferences in guns that were handmade to individual order, and some collectors specialize in those of a particular region. It takes quite a bit of study and experience to track down the origins of these guns. However, this is no different than those who collect guns that were mass produced in Ilion, New York, New Haven or Hartford, Connecticut, or Springfield, Massachusetts. Each collector finds something that appeals to them and there is no "right" or "wrong" field to specialize in.


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.

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 assault weapons of the period, as a large number have been recovered for display here.

The graveur's Art
   George'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


U.S. & U.K. Military Target Rifles
    Terry not only collects these, but enjoys using them in competition. Several of the people who compete in military rifle matches also were at his display, including these three young ladies with their custom AR-15 semi automatic "assault rifles". Yes, they do know how to shoot them, extremely well. No, they have not hurt anyone with them, despite the lies that some of gun grabbing extremists would like you to believe. Shooting sports are among the safest in the entire country, at the scholastic, collegiate, and open levels.


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Ferguson Flintlock Breech Loading Rifle
    Terry had this custom made for his collection, an exact replica of the earliest successful breechloading military rifles, circa 1776. In most respects this was a fairly conventional flintlock rifle of the period except for the breechloading mechanism. Ferguson designed a breech with a vertical hole about 1 inch in diameter, and a threaded plug that had the trigger guard attached as a lever or crank to turn it open or shut. Because the pitch of the breech screw threads was very rapid, it only takes about two turns to completely raise or lower the breech screw. When opened, the soldier would place a ball into the exposed breech of the barrel, and then fill the chamber with powder and close the breech screw. The pan was primed, the hammer cocked and the rifle was ready to fire. Since the ball did not have to be rammed down the barrel, it could be large enough to ensure a good fit into the rifling, and not need any sort of a patch. Ferguson served as an officer in the British Army, and was killed during the American Revolution. Only a very few (something like 3) of his original rifles are known to exist, one of which was stolen from a museum in the 1990s. Thus, the only way for most collectors to ever own an example of this historic type of gun is to own a replica like this one.

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.58 Caliber Springfields
    John showed us the wide variety or U.S. military arms adopted in .58 caliber between 1855 and 1865. These are very important arms, not just as the main items used in the eh Civil War, but as key steps in bridging the technology gap between the old smoothbore musket and the breechloading rifle, all in a very short time period.

Left-: the M1855 Rifle musket with Maynard Tape Primer and a M1861 rifle musket, essentially the same but without the Maynard primer.
Right- Model 1863 Type I (top) and M1863 Type 2 (bottom), with improved location of hammers and nipples, and different band designs.

Left- At the top, a M1863 Lindsay "Double Musket" that used two loads in the barrel, with two hammers. By pulling the trigger the first hammer would fore the forward charge, then when pulled again, the second hammer would fire the remaining charge. An innovative approach to increasing firepower, but not successful when tried in combat. Lower rifle is a Model 1865 .58 caliber "First Allin" conversion of a M1861 musket to a breechloader using a copper case .58 rimfire cartridge. Below them is a Model 1855 Pistol Carbine, which could be used as a pistol while on horseback, or after adding the detachable shoulder stock, as a carbine when fighting on foot.
Right- A better few of the M1855 Pistol Carbine.

Left- .58 caliber ammunition, a "paper cartridge" and a .58 caliber Minie ball recovered from a Civil War battlefield, and the .58 rimfire cartridge used in the M1865 breech loading conversions.
Right- Tools used with .58 caliber Springfields

Two views of the Maynard tape primer system, which worked much like a roll of caps in a cap gun. Each time the hammer was cocked the roll of caps was advanced so that the next would be over the nipple, ready to fire. Example at left is complete, showing the feed fingers, while the one at the right had the guts removed when the gun wad overhauled at the end of the Civil War and the Maynard primer system no longer kept in service.

Comparison of the M1855 on the left and the M1861 on the right, showing the much less complicated rear sight and lock without the Maynard system, changes made to speed production to meet the needs of the Civil War.

Model 1863 lock showing difference from M1861, and at right the Type I bands held in place only by clamping screws, and the Type 2 bands held in place with a band spring.

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Left- the breech of the M1863 Lindsay Double musket showing the two nipples and single barrel. (note: right hammer is missing on this example).
Right- M1865 "First Allin" conversion to .58 rimfire breech loading rifle.

Colt .22 caliber Single Action Frontier Scout, New Frontier and Peacemaker
   Jimmy is rightly proud of this great display which always interests the public. Nice guns, nice info, nice guy and extremely well displayed.


A Selection of American WW1 Uniforms
    Gus brought a very complete grouping of historic uniforms and related arms and equipment, as well as some for himself so he would win the costume contest. (If you want to see how he makes the mannequins to display the uniforms go to http://ugca.org/03jan/gusinstructions.htm)


Animal Bells

Just as an example of some of the other thing that appeal to gun collectors- one of our most loyal members brought some "animal bells" from pack trains, sleighs, reindeer, etc etc. Unless you were a glutton for punishment, people usually got animals to haul their heavy loads, like arms and ammunition.


Dean's Carvings
   Speaking of animals, Dean has turned a hobby into a business, embellishing gun stocks with some very nice high relieve carvings. Some of the motifs he showed included a rabbit scurrying for cover on a hunting rifle; a wagon train scene on a commemorative type gun. He also has a trap gun that he shoot with a most unusual stock design which he shows to other shooters before the matches. The fish scales instead of standard checkering is quite novel, as is the well endowed mermaid beckoning from the forend.

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Western Classics
    Mike shared a selection of historic arms used in the west.

Wasatch Shooters Association Volunteers
    Every organization depends on a small cadre of great people who do a lot of work.  Here are two guys from the Wasatch Shooters Association telling a prospective member what a good deal it is to join up to use their excellent range.


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