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Utah Gun Collectors Association
October 2005 Gun Show
"The ORIGINAL Ogden Gun Show" Our 45th 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.

Smith & Wesson Revolver 1857-1896
1851 Sharps
Evolution of the Colt Dragoon
Soviet Infantry Weapons of the Cold War
Saluting a Centiry of U.S. Military .30-06 Ammo
Carolina Pistols
WW2 British Small Arms
U.S. WW2 Gear
Small Arms of the USSR
Teen Girls with Guns
That Colt Look
Fine Firearms & Fun Shooters
Military Communications Through the Years

Smith & Wesson Revolvers 1857-1896 (Best of Show Award Winner)
      Bruce shared this impressive collection of early S&W revolvers. Most were in their original boxes, some cardboard (very few have survived after 100-150 years!) some in "gutta percha" molded cases and one exceptional engraved pair cased in a wooden box. One came in a fitted "purse" holster suitable for ladies to carry in a pocket or purse.





1851 Sharps (Second Place Award Winner)
Steve showed a beautiful assortment of the first commercially successful Sharps rifles. These featured the "Maynard tape primer" which was very popular in the early 1850s as it used a rollof caps (similar to a cap gun) instead of needing to handle individual loose percussion caps.

(Left) Detail of a fantastic engraved and cased Sharps rifle. At the right- A case explaining the Maynard tape primer used on this model of Sharps, along with some paper cartridges and examples of the bullets in them, both as molded and as recovered from a battlefield.

Two fantastic rifles- great condition, scarce model, and with original cases. One is the fancy engraved gun (detail shown above) in a case with allthe accessories. The other is in the original plain wooden shipping box, one of a very few still in existence.

Soviet Infantry Weapons of the Cold War (Judges' Choice Award Winner)
    Lance showed us the variety of weapons used by the "Evil Empire" ranging from rifles to heavy machine guns. (Note- all automatic weapons comply with applicable loaws and BATF regulations.)


Left a variety of rifles including a SVD Dragunov sniper rifle (camouflaged) and a bolt action Mosin Nagant have the attention of this visitor. Right we have several other types of rifles, and one of the middle eastern "prayer rugs" featuring the AK-47 in the design.

Kids of all ages love guns, and hear a young historian is learning how a water cooled Maixm gun on a wheeled "Sokolov" mount works.

Saluting a Century of U.S. military .30-06 ammuniiton (Judges' Choice Award Winner) 
John lugged al this stuff out, but what a story it tells. All sorts of fascinating goodies here, from how a cartridge case is made to many scarce and unusual special purpose types of ammunition. The big boxes tell the story of how ammo was shipped over the years, and what was done to make the packing and shipping more efficient.

Left side of the display, note the 1907 Frankford Arsenal bench reloading tools at the left.

Right side of display with "Mann accuracy barrel" used for testing ammunition to make sure it meets accuracy strandards. Boxes show the evolution of the markings, and shift from large M1917 wooden boxes (about 120 pounds when full) to smaller "spam cans" adopted at the end of WW2.

Map showing the location the eleven places that made .30-06 miltiary ammunition during WW2, and a box from each.

Military "cartridge Board" training device, with examples of may types of .30-06 ammunition and how it was packed (5 or 8 round clips, belts or links) cutaway examples of the bullets, and also many other types of military small arms ammuniton from .22 caliber to .50 caliber.

U.S. WW2 Gear

Brent and his boss brought out these collectible items which were enjoyed by all. To anyone under the age of 40, World War 2 seems as remote an even as the Civil War or Hannibal crossing the Alps. It is becoming an increasingly popular collecting field along with Vietnam era military items.
"If you like your freedom, thank a Veteran!"

WW2 British Small Arms
Along with a nice assortment of rifles, including sniper rifles and training cutaways, Terry brought a variety of pistols as well.


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.

Small Arms of the USSR
   A first time displayer brought out this ice assortment.

Teen Girls with guns!
   Hey, this is a gun show, and we are not going to show pictures of cute babes to distract you. (The young ladies were out working at the rifle range with other shooters to make range improvements today!)
But, here are two of their nifty guns! The upper rifle is the type used in free rifle (Olympic style) competition. The lower rifle is one of the "evil assault rifles" which were banned by the Clinton administration. Note the large number of adjustable components so the shooter can get it to fit their body to minimize the transfer of motion from breathing or muscle tension. These are EXTREMELY accurate guns in the hands of a skilled shooter. One of our local teen age girl shooters went on to join the U.S. Marine Corps and was the Service Rifle National Champion a few years ago, beating ALL the men and women with her M16.

That Colt Look
    Jerry showed us an impressive collection of thirteen different models of Colt revolvers


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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.

The Frontier Scout and New Frontier models are 7/8 size copies of the famous Model 1873 Single Action Army (SAA). Collecting the SAA is a very expensive hobby, but the .22 caliber cousing are an interesting and affordable option.

Left- Jimmy pointing out some details to a guest, and right, comparing the quality of the finish between examples made by the regular Colt employees, and the rather nasty looking product turned out by non-union employees during a prolonged strike. (Some collectors will find just about any excuse to justify getting another gun for a collection!

Fine Firearms and Fun Shooters
Make had a bunch, and they looked a lot nicer than the lousy picture shows....

Carolina Pistols
As a change from his regular diet of long rifles, George brought out some nice pistols made in North or South Carolina. You can almost see the French Hugonaut influence in the beautiful flintlock pistol shown in detail.


Kids' Stuff
Young Parker with his display of......

Keepsake Boxes...
and other more gun related stuff was shared by one of our lady members.

Military Communications Through the Years
    Ed and Jonathan and a friend from the Western Military History Association brought this fine display ranging from early semaphore to recent secure radios and all sorts of technology in between.


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