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.
Here are some unusual items that attracted a lot of attention:
(left) Everyone is familiar with barrels that have round bores. A fedw people
have heard of the "Whitworth" rifles that used a six sided (or hexagonal)
bore and either a hexagonal bullet, or a cylindrical bullet. One collector brought
out this rifle that has a four side or square bore! It is actually not "twisted"
but is straight. Rifling was initially adopted to allow a gun to be fired longer
without cleaning by allowing the residue to build up in the grooves. It was
only incidentally that thye discovered that if the rifling was cut in a spiral,
it would greatly increase accuracy.
(right) Everyone loves a cannon, and this one was made by Winchester about 1898.
These were used for patriotic salutes, and also for signalling at yachting events.
Everyone has seen the rubber recoil pads to absorb the "kick" when a gun fires. Here is something that someone invented long before the rubber pads became available. This is a spring that is bent over at the bottom to provide a buttplate that will bend when the gun is fired, and the upper tang slides in a slot on the top. Pretty neat! No one here had seen one of these before.
Did you ever wonder about all those old flintlock rifles you saw in the movies? Well, most of them are trapdoor .45-70 Springfields, with brass bands added ,and the regular hammer has been replaced with a large flintlock looking hammer, and a breas frizzen assembly added. One of our dealers had this.
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.
Variations of the 1851 Sharps **BEST OF SHOW AWARD WINNER!**
Just three guns inthis display, but all are rare, and one is a real gem that was discovered on the internet. That one is one of 150 M1851 Sharps made for the U.S. military, and today only 15 were know to exist before this one was found. The accessories and ammunition int he display added a lot to the educational value.
Model 1851 Sporting Carbine
1851 Sharps Sporting rifle with tang sight and special order extra heavy barrel.
Model 1851 Military Carbine (one of 16 known)
Ammunition and a loose lock, showing the use of Maynard tape primer ignition system.
Arming the U.S. Navy **Second Place Award Winner!**
A great selection of arms made especially for use by the U.S. Navy (and the very proud Marines who are really part of the Deaprtment of the Navy, not matter what they tell you!).
A Selection of WW1 Uniforms, Weapons, Equipment and Related Material ** Third Place Award Winner!**
One of our members from Idaho takes a break from his farming and ranching to enjoy collecting these items. We sure enjoy him coming to our shows, and he amazes people with not only his displays, but his wearing of uniforms of the period. This time he was in a WW1 Russian uniform. All he had for change in his pockets was pre-1918 Russian coins, so we cannot figure out if he bribed the judges. Great display!
A Target Shooter's Dream
What a beautiful rifle. Made by Sharps using their last "Borchardt" type action, this had a super accurate barrel made by legendary machinist Harry M. Pope installed by Stevens. Note the "false muzzle" which allows the shooter to load the bullet from the muzzle and push it back to rest agasint the mouth of the cartridge case. This gave better accuracy than when loaded into a case, and then "jumping" until the rifling engaged it, leaving minute damage to the exterior of the bullet that could hurt accuracy. This also features a schutaen stock, schutzen buttplate,a palm rest (for use when shooting in the "offhand" or standing position. Complete with some of the tools needed for loading ammunition. Don ONLY collects rifles in the caliber that this one is- .32-40.
Most people have heard of Marlin's lever action rifles, but few are familiar with Marlin revolvers. Here are examples of all except five of the models they made.
Some other Interesting People
Jim- an\ accomplished artist, and a M3 "Grease gun" (just like the one the Gunny used for painting on "Mail Call.")
Friends of NRA doanted $1,360 to Wahsatch Shooters for Remage improvements.
Got Guns? Wana keep them? Wanna have fun? NRA is gonna get you to sign up, or show up at the Friends of NRA events coming up soon.
And, our friends from the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.
Civil War Living History
Many serious gun collectors start off with an interest in living history. Here some folks are explaining things to our visitors.
Hunting Arms 1490-1850
WOW! An impressive display of arms from 1490 (a bross barrel matchlock with a dragon mouth muzzle). There were also examples of wheel lock ignition, and percussion. Note that one of the rifles has a barrel with a SQUARE bore! These were on exhibit courtesy of a collector who wishes to remain anonymous.
Okay, so these guns don't really seem to fit into any pattern. John found some artistic, historical, or technical features that appealed to him, so he added them to his collection.
A recently made example of a high-art "Kentucky" rifle showing the artistic skills of the balckmsith, gunsmith, furniture maker and silversmith all combined into a functinal weapon. Note relief carving and beautiful wood grain.
Flint pistol pair made in France circa 1746-1760 (trigger guard missing on lower pistol.)
Flint pistol pair detail- carving and silver thumb escutcheon above, trigger gurard detail below.
Flint pistol pair detail- cast silver sideplate, with belt hook added later.
Flint pistol pair detail- Note figures on butt caps face in opposite directions.
Two of the 100 US Navy Model 1871 .50-70 rifles converted to .22 caliber trainers. These were a Remingt design, made at Springfield Armory, and converted by Winchester.
Close up of the .22 caliber conversion using an insert. (Thumb piece on rolling block has weld from restoration work in progress)
M1903 Springfield in ratty condition- but used by U.S. force,then the Fernch, and finally by the Viet Cong.
A toy rifle that went to war- USN Mark I Dummy Training Rifle
Jimmy loves these guns and has educatged a whole bunch of people on their many virtues. Guns don't have to be 100 years old to be collectible.