Welcome
to the
Utah Gun Collectors Association
October 2006 Gun Show
"The ORIGINAL Ogden Gun Show" celebrating our 46th year of Quality Gun Shows in Utah
 Click here for date and location of our next picnic and historic arms shooting session

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.

 If you collect guns, we invite you to join UGCA.
Membership benefits include for free admission to all UGCA shows, reduced table rates, and a great newsletter.
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Copyright 2006 by Utah Gun Collectors Association.  All rights reserved.  Box 711161, Salt Lake City, UT  84171


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.

A nice young lady won our replica black powder pistol door prize!


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.

1851 Sharps Rifles & Carbines
Indian Artifacts of Great Basin & Southwest
Primary U.S. Cavalry Pistols
S&W Breaktops 1876-1940
Collection of WW1 Uniforms
Teh Hunter in the Old Carolinas
Soviet Infantry Weapons of the Cold War
U.S. Military Bayonets & Knives
Post-War M1 Garands
Engraved Second Generation Colts
Colt .22 Frontier Scouts
Daisy Cowboy Guns
Old Dice & Chips
NRA, Wahsatch Shooters Assn; USR&PA


1851 Sharps Rifles & Carbines (Best of Show 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



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Smith & Wesson Revolvers- the .38 Breaktop, 1876-1940 (2nd Place Award Winner!)
   Bruce is quite a collector with some really great S&W revolvers, with most of these in their original boxes (which hardly ever survive!). In addition he is a talent designer and craftsman, as seen by the well thought out display.

 


Russian Infantry Arms of the Cold War (3rd Place Award Winner!)
By the late 1980s the Soviet Union was defeated, by economic means and the concept of freedom. Since then they have slowly been selling off many of their small arms, a lot of them ending up in teh American surplus market at very modest prices. Even their full automatic wepaons have shown up, thoroughly deactivated, but capabile of being restored to their original appearance but NOT AS FUNCTIONING AUTOMATIC FIREARMS. Lance has collected a lot of this material and has put together a very interesting display of individual and crew served weapons and many accessories.

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A Collection of World War I Uniforms (Judges' Choice, People's Choice and Costume Award Winner!)
   As the stack of awards indicates, everyone liked this one! Gus brings his collection down from Idaho to share with us, and have a good time. This is a super display!

 

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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

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The Hunter in the Old Carolinas
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.


Indian Artifacts of the Great Basin & Southwest (People's Choice Award Winner!)
While not really gun related, this impressive collection of artifacts is very much a part of Utah's history. The public seemed to enjoy it.

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Old Dice and Chips
Another western icon- gambling stuff! (Surely not endorsed or used by any of the local citizens....) Starting with a nice old gun with a dice motif inlaid on the grips.

 

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Second Generation Engraved Colts"
Jerry's display included ta nice selection of engraved guns, as well as a backdrop of "cut off" Colts.

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Primary U.S. Cavalry Pistols
Carrol squeezed a lot of mighty fine guns into one case! These represent the full range of handguns carried by U.S cavalry men from the earliest days to their being dismounted during WW2.

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Post-War M1 Garand
Terry's great display included superb examples of different makers, snniper models and match rifles!

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Small Arms of the World Wars
Ed and Rusty' combined efforts produced these interesting items.

 


Been Where? Done What?
Among the millions of military arms made over the years, only a very tiny number actually have any specific history. John dug into his collection and came up with these examples from the Civil War through Vietnam that saw service allover the world. Each had extensive documentation, much of it from the superb efforts of the Springfield Research Service.

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Overall views and map showing where these arms served.


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(Left- top to bottom: click on item name for full story)
a. M1873 Trapdoor used in Cuba in the Span-Am War in 1898
b. M1873 Trapdoor used in the Span-Am War in 1898
c. M1884 Trapdoor used in the Philippines in the Philippine Insurrection in 1899.
d. Spencer Carbine used in the Mississippi Valley campaigns in the Civil War
(Right- top to bottom- click on item name for full story)
e. M1892 Krag used by West Virginia National Guard 1895
f. M1917 Eddystone used by Viet Cong in Vietnam in 1972
g. M1903 Springfield used by USMC in Haiti 1931
h. M1903 Springfield used U.S. Coast Guard on the Great Lakes 1928

 

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M1917 S&W revolver- shipped to 2nd Corps Artillery 1918 M1911A1 Pistol carried by P-38 Lightning pilot in the Philippines 1944-45

 


81st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
Many gun collectors are also educators, maybe not school teachers, but those wonderful people who share their knowledge of history through living history, or reenactment events. Wearing the uniforms and equipment of past eras, these men (and women) pass along information on a wide variety of topices related to their subject including clothing, camp life, weapons and tactics, and the historical events of that era. Dave is a great supporter of such events, and shared some of his gear here.

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U.S. Military Knives & Bayonets
This nice display presented examples of the standard issue U.S. bayonets and knives from the Civil War to the present. Thank you to Shane and Sheldon for sharing these shiny sharp objects!



Daisy Cowboy Guns
Remember these? Every well behaved kid had one, sometimes more! Now they are collector items, but your kids can still learn a lot about good behavior and marksmanship and gun safety with one of the currently made BB guns. Mac (the big kid on the left) loves these, and we love him bringing them out for the public to enjoy.

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National Rifle Assocation, The Wahsatch Shooters Association and the Utah State Rifle & Pistol Association
    All these fine groups had members present recruiting and showing some of the great public services they offer. THANK YOU!

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SEE YOU AT THE NEXT UGCA SHOW!


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