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Utah Gun Collectors Association
January 2006 Gun Show
"The ORIGINAL Ogden Gun Show" 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.

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

Old Colts - Lost and Found (Best of Show Award Winner)
      A truly amazing selection of rusty old Colts. And we mean REALLY rusty! these are al relics that were lost or discarded years ago, and later recovered. This display includes one of every model percussion or cartridge conversion Colt revolver (except for a Paterson!).




Colt .22 caliber Single Action Frontier Scout, New Frontier and Peacemaker (Second Place 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.

Just a sample of the great presentation and variety in this popular display.

A Selection of Austrian WW1 Arms, Equipment & Related Items (Third Place Award Winner)
Gus is the proud owner of these interesting WW1 relics. If you want to see how he makes the nifty mannequins, be sure to check out ___________.



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.

Small Pistol Variations (People's Choice and Judges' Choice Award Winner) 
ONe of our Lady collectors brought out this truly amazing assortment. Careful study will show an amazing variety of designs and features used in these small guns.


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Multi-Purpose Arms (Judges' Choice Award Winner) 
Many times people have tried to combine two or more funstions in a single weapon. Sometimes their ideas worked well, but most often they did neither job very well. Here are a number of examples.

Below, we will explore the items seen in this view of one part of this display.

Starting with the Model 1855 Pistol-Carbine which proved to be clumsy and useless at both tasks, especially when compared with the Colt revolvers and Sharps carbines being adopted about the same time.

Here we see a Model 1900 "Bowie" Bayonet-Entrenching Tool for the Krag rifle, which in trrials proved no better than the standard bayonet for either job, even though they sure do look sexy. Also on the left we have a British Pattern 1858 Cutlass-Bayonet intended for Navy use at a time when both the bayonet and cutalss were being rendered obsolete for naval uses other than ceremonies.

The brass handled U.S. Model 1855 Sword-Bayonet was for the use by elite Rifle units. Theheavy weightmade it unweildly for use as a bayonet, and it was too short for effective use as a sword. On the top reight we see two .45-70 "trapdoor rifles with (top) the Model 1873 "Trowel Bayonet" which failed in field trials. Underneath that is the Model 1888 rifle with the Rod Bayonet which could be used as a bayonet or a cleaning rod. Since the Indian Wars had little opportunity for bayonet use, this was perhaps a good idea, but the weight of this attached to the muzzle created serious accuracy problems.

The ubiquitous Knife-Bayonet used by U.S. Froces from 1945 until the present.
Left to right- the M4 for the M1 Carbine; the M5 for the M1 Garand; the M6 for the M14 rifle and the M7 for the M16 rifle.

The current issue M9 Multi-Purpose Bayonet System. This combines a knife, bayonet, wire cutter and saw.
Collectors love these and have identified nearly a dozen variations so far.


Small Arms of the Allied Forces
This fine assortment if from one of our younger members, and got a lot of favorable attention. A lot of younger collectors like the WW2 arms, while older collectors someitmes prefer more antique items.


An overall view, note flags of the major Allies.

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And details of each panel.

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.

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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