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!
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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Reminiscing the .32-40 (Best of Show and People's Choice Award Winner)
Dan's collection is limited to rifles of a single caliber, .32-40 which was a very popular target shooting and hunting caliber in the late 19th and early 20th century. As you can see, an amazing number of different models and makers produced rifles in this caliber.
This display was a real family effort, and took the whole crew several hours to set up. We are delighted that he was willing to take the time to share this with us!
The .32-40 cartridge was developed by J.H. Ballard in 1884 for the Union Hill #8 and #9 rifles. Winchester adopted it in 1885. Both Marlin and Winchester added this caliber to their lines of firearms in 1886. It immediately became evident that this round was an extremely accurate round. Even today the .32-40 has a very prestigious record among the target shooters of the world.
Rough Riders (Second Place Award Winner)
Jerry bought an old Colt Single Action Army revolver a long time ago. Later, a friend saw him cleaning it and took the time to check the serial number against historical records. It turned out to be a gun carried by one of Colonel Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry in Cuba during the Spanish American War! What great history!
Another fun gun show for this collector and his supervisor!
Brad's U.S. Krag Jorgensen & Accoutrements (Third Place Award Winner)
Brad first showed his impressive collection at our last show, and came back again, taking third place this time.
U.S. WW2 Small Arms (Honorable Mention Award Winner)
Terry's impressive collection included all the major U.S. small arms of WW2.
[Sorry, the photographer missed this one!]
"Frankenfields" (Honorable Mention Award Winner)
John showed us a number of U.S. military rifles that are "ersatz" (imitations of low quality) copies made by surplus dealers over the years. Here are two of the really strange and frightening rifles from his impressive display.
Helmets & Body Armor from Ancient to Modern Times
Old ideas are new again, and modern technology allows many new ideas to be tried as well. Ed brought this out, but his buddy Carl ended up wearing Roman gladiator armor most of the weekend. We regret that we did not get a photo of his cute legs for the costume contest below.
Colt .22 Caliber Single Action Frontier Scout, New Frontier and Peacemaker
Jimmy has a great collection of these fascinating guns and they are a real crowd pleaser.
World of Bells
One of our advanced gun collectors also has many other varied collecting interests, including an amazing collection of bells used by animals, from those used on 40 mule teams to simple herding bells to ornate parade bells.
Knapping- primitive arms made from rocks with primitive tools
One of our guests is an expert flint knapper, a nearly lost art. These points could be used as spear or arrow points, or as knives when fitted with handles. depending on the material used, the color varies greatly. Very interesting, and you could even buy some of them.
Groups that support the shooting sports and gun collectors ...
We were glad to have reps from the National Rifle Association, the Wahsatch Shooters Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars with us for this show.
Costume Contest Winners
We were proud to recognize our costume contest winners (left to right) Glenda Mosteller (18808s lady); Shane McCann (WW2 D-Day Infantry); Mel Meads (Civil War cavalry sergeant)
We apologize that photos were not available for all of the displayers. We will try to get everyone next time!