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Utah Gun Collectors Association
April 2006 Gun Show
"The ORIGINAL Ogden Gun Show" celebrating our 46th 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.
Walter Beaty won our replica black powder pistol door prize!
And among our costume contestants, Shane was the winner!

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.

Civil War Guns
Winchester 1885 rifles
Evolution of the Colt Dragoon
Military Rifles of Argentina
Soviet Infantry Weapons of the Cold War
Carolina Rifles & Pistols
American Military Swords
WW2 Army Gear
Lee Enfield rifles 1895-1955
Good Old Stuff
Colt Single Actions
Teen Girls with Guns
American WW1 Uniforms
Commemorative Guns
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Colt .22 caliber Single Action Frontier Scout, New Frontier and Peacemaker (Best of Show Award Winner!)
   Jimmy is rightly proud of this great display which always interests the public. Nice guns, nice info, nice guy and extremely well displayed.

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Folks lining up for an education on these classic American made revolvers

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 cousins are an interesting and affordable option. Jimmy's skill as a woodworker produced a great looking display that adds to the appeal of his collection.

1851 Sharps Rifles (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 roll of caps (similar to a cap gun) instead of needing to handle individual loose percussion caps. Sometimes called a "box lock" (because of the way the hammer is located inside the lock instead of on the outside) these were the very earliest of the famous Sharps rifles and carbines


Steve keeping watch over some exceptional antique arms! Note the two Sharps in the glass case- one in its original fitted case, the other in its original wooden shipping box.


This 1851 Sharps carbine (serial number 374) is one of 60 ordered in 1852 for U.S. Navy use. It is one of only three survivors known to collectors today

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.

A Tribute to the American Long Rifle (Third Place Award Winner!)
George brought a sample of beautiful "Kentucky Rifles" and their companion pistols and accessories for our enjoyment. These are a uniquely American form of artistic craftsmanship on a utilitarian tool needed for hunting and defense as settlers moved inward in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Old Toy Guns (People's Choice Award Winner!)
This young lady's fantastic collection included everything from cap guns to a genuine Buck Rogers Ray guns and an Atomic Disintegrator!


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That "Colt Look"
Jerry's display included the full range of the classic Colt revolvers prior to 1900. Very impressive!

Two Fine Long Guns
Another Jerry brought these two great items. On top of the case is a U.S. Model 1863 "Lindsay double musket" which loaded like other muzzle loader, but you loaded a second round on top of the first. There are two hammers and when you first pulled the trigger, the first hammer fires the percussion cap which leads to the front charge. Pulling the trigger a second time drops the second hammer which fires the rear charge.

In the case is a real oddity- a French made pinfire revolving rifle (firing 10 shots!) by J. Chaineux and presented to "Major Caleb Huse, CSA" according to the presentation plate on the stock. Huse was the Confederate agent responsible for purchasing arms in Europe during the Civil War.

Small Arms of the Three Major Allies (Judge's Choice Award winner!)
Ed and Rusty teamed up to share this nice selection of the arms of the U.S., England and Russia during WW2.

Lee Enfield Target Rifles (Judge's Choice Award winner!)
Terry's great display deserves a good photo, but our photographer's camera ate the evidence. Sorry, Terry!

Honoring a Member
Long time member and all around good guy Art G. was unable to attend the show due to health reasons, but we honored him with a photo tribute showing many of his past displays, and some cards for members and guests to sign.


World War Two Gear
Honoring the memory of our WW2 vets, Brent brought out some of his collection.


Some Pistol Types
John dug into his collection and came up with a display that shows the evolution of various types of pistols and their ammunition, from flintlocks to Gyrojet "rocket" pistols.


In the beginning.... A Spanish Miquelet was a primitive design using flint striking steel to ignite the powder, and these were loaded from a flask or horn. This is an inexpensive specimen probably about 1750-1830. The fancy brass buttcap was really a thin sheet metal piece, while better quality guns would have use solid brass.



This graceful French Flintlock circa 1750-1780 has a much better lock, but still uses flint striking steel to ignite the powder. Note the high quality of the silver mounts and artistic carving on this piece (one of a pair) made for a wealthy owner.



By 1860 cartridges were being widely used, although percussion guns still were the most common type. Smith and Wesson's "tip up" revolver (left) introduced in 1860 used a .22 short riimfire cartridge. The barrel tipped up and the cylinder was removed and the empties were poked out using the rod under the barrel. While that sounds awkward, it was modern convenience at it s finest to people accustomed to loading cap and ball revolvers and placing percussion caps on small nipples. These small .22 caliber revolvers were popular "back up guns" during the Civil War and later.
The pinfire (right) used cartridges that loaded from the rear, but they used an ignition system that had the primer mix inside the cartridge, but ignited when the hammer hit a pin sticking out to the side of the case. When loading the pin had to be carefully lined up in the slot at the back of the cylinder. This 12mm (about .44 caliber) example is probably one of several thousand imported for use by Union cavalry troops during the Civil War.


By the late 1860s, "center fire" ammunition was adopted, allowing greater pressures than was possible with thin rimfire cases. The U.S. Army had a great idea using center fire ammunition, but it was not very effective in a .50 caliber single shot "rolling block" pistol like this Model 1871 made by Remington,



In 1873 the Colt "Single Action Army design was adopted combining powerful center fire ammunition with a cylinder loaded from the rear. After firing, cases were ejected using a spring loaded rod under the barrel. The "single action" design required that the hammer be manually cocked for each shot. Although made of better quality materials, the basic design has changed little in the last 133 years, and more of these are made and sold today than during the late 19th century! This is one of the recently made Italian copies in .45 Colt caliber.



By the 1890s "double action" revolvers were introduced where the hammer could be cocked each time like on the single action, or just pulling the trigger would cock and fire the pistol. The "swing out" cylinder included an ejector where you push the rod once and all six fired cases would come out. These double action revolvers, often in .38 Special caliber were widely used by military and police forces circa 1890-1980. This one is a WW2 era "Victory Model" made by Smith & Wesson for use by Navy pilots as a survival or combat weapon.



By the early 1900s many types of "semi-automatic" pistols were available, with most of the best springing from the designs of Utah's own John M. Browning. This is a "Browning Hi-Power" introduced about 1935 based on improvements to Browning's designs. It was one of the first to feature a "high capacity" magazine holding 13 rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition. With the press of a button the old magazine would drop out and a new one could be inserted in the grip.

By the 1960s, this innovative "Gyrojet" 13mm (about .50 caliber) rocket pistol was being made in small numbers. After the magazine is loaded, the hammer (above the trigger) is cocked (pushed forward). WHen the trigger is pulled the hammer strikes the FRONT of the Gyrojet rocket, driving it against a fixed firing pin at the rear of the barrel. That ignites a standard centerfire primer which ignited the rocket propellant in the cartridge. The bullet gains velocity from the burning propellant escaping through tiny angled ports at the base of the cartridge, and the barrel served to guide it. There is no pressure in the barrel as with an ordinary cartridge, so the entire pistol is very light weight. Accuracy was very poor with these and penetration was not very good. While hailed by the inventors as a major breakthrough when introduced, the use of propel lent and primer in the base of a cartridge is actually quite old, and was used in the Volcanic pistols (Smith & Wesson's initial product) and later in the "Hunt Rocket Ball" cartridge.

Randall Knives
Many gun collectors are also knife collectors, and Randall is one of the most desired makers of the 20th century. Orville brought out this nice display. Some are still in production, but here is a multi-year waiting list to get one.





Pearl Harbor
    Ed and Carl from the Western Military History Association share brought out some interesting displays from that "Day of Infamy" including some uniform items from Captain Melvin Bennion (a Utah native) who was killed in the attack, while commanding the battleship USS West Virginia.

Diorama of the remains of USS Utah

Diorama of the remains of USS Arizona


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