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
If you do not bring a gun, maybe you can leave with one.
We usually give away a great door prize. The happy winner from this show received this high quality replica of the famous Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver.
Now- on to the Great Displays!
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Fight at Night: U.S. Army Night Vision Systems 1945-1980 (Best of Show Award Winner)
The ability to detect and engage the enemy at night has given the U.S. Army a tremendous advantage. This display covers the use of active visible light provide by flares, the use of active invisible light (infrared) light sources and telescopes circa 1945-1970 and the use of passive "starlight" telescope systems circa 1965-1980.
Overall view of the display, and a photo of the center with background information and three active infrared units: one for the M3 Carbine, a hand held viewer, and the AN/PAS-4 for the M14 rifle.
Left- a very rare T3 carbine with integral scope mounts and light source mounted under the stock, and the very rare 1945 vintage M2 Infrared Telescope, along with the Korean War vintage "20,000 Volt Set Number 1" Infrared Telescope system on a M3 carbine, and the same scope setup for hand held observation. The photo on the right shows three scopes used with M14 rifles, the AN/PAS-4 active infrared system, and the AN/PVS-1 and AN/PVS-2 passive starlight scopes. On the extreme right is the AN/PVS-3 starlight scope introduced for use with the M16 late in the Vietnam war.
Evolution of the Colt Dragoon (Second Place Award Winner)
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. He also has one of the replicas of the Colt Walker, the ancestor of the Colt Dragoons, that people are invited to pick up and handle. These weigh about twice as much as a modern revolver, but their increased firepower made the weight irrelevant at the time it was adopted in 1847.
The Colt percussion models 1851-1862, and cartridge conversions.
Left- 1848 Dragoons and the 1849 Pocket Models.
Right- Model 1873 "Single Action Army" revolvers and 1873 "Bisley" Models.
Winchester Model 1876 Rifles (Judges' Choice Award
William D. had a number of scarce Winchester Model 1876 rifles. These are a scaled up version of the Model 1873, but were not really able to handle powerful cartridges. Browning's Model 1886 was a far better design which ended the production of the Model 1876.
Note the beautiful color case hardened finish on the left, and the nickel finish on the right, both on high grade guns with special order features, and in excellent condition!
M3-M3A1 Grease Gun (Judges'
Choice Award Winner)
Jim C. featured this legendary weapon and related accoutrements, along with photos of local vets using them. Jim's son is a Military Intelligence officer serving in the middle east now.
Floorplate artistry! Left- a custom 98 Mauser in .375 Whelen caliber done by Roger Fehr of Washington in 1995.
Right- Browning Olympian in .338 Winchester Magnum done by Maerchbleg in Belgium in 1969.
Left- A Mannlicher-Schoenauer in .270 caliber engraved by Albin Obiltsching of Ferlach, Austria in 1974.
Right- A Browning BAR "Whitetail Deer" special edition with great receiver decorations.
Details of a Remington 870 shotgun factory engraved in 1955, without the gold inlays often used.
Winchester 1885 Single Shots (Judges'
Choice Award Winner)
John M. Browning's first design purchased for production by Winchester was his single shot lever action design. Keith showed us sixteen of these fine rifles, eight of which were sold through Browning's shop here in Ogden, Utah! This display showed the broad range of features and calibers offered in this popular model.
Left- The Browning marking added to guns sold at their shop.
Left- three great guns! Top a Schuetzen model with a factory Winchester scope. Middle is.... (um, I forgot!), and bottom is a scarce 20 gage shotgun on the 1885 action.
Left- a beautiful Ulrich engraved "High Wall" (with the frame covering most of the block and hammer).
Right- A plain, but color case hardened "Low Wall" where the block and hammer are mostly exposed.
Lee-Enfield Target Rifles
Terry shared these fine rifles which dominated the British Empire's target shooting sports during most of the 20th century. Look closely and you will see some very rare rifles!
Just a sample of the great presentation and variety in this popular display
Unusual small guns and Old animated toy guns
U.S. military insignia and old Utah law enforcement badges
Before there was a Wal-Mart in every town, cowboys often had to reload their own ammo in the bunkhouse. Bill showed us examples of some of the tools and techniques and the guns that were used.
Groups that support the shooting sports and gun collectors ...
We always welcome the National Rifle Association, the Utah State Rifle & Pistol Association, the Wahsatch SHooters Association, and (not shown) the Utah Shooting Sports Council.
19th Century Backpacking
Before it was done for "fun" backpacking was a necessary mode of travel. Dave G. is active in living history groups and showed some of the stuff used then. You don't find any of this at Cabela's!