“Melvin Purvis my godfather.” Now there’s a combination of words I wasn’t expecting to hear. Nor do I expect to be able to make my way from Texas Hill Country to Camden, South Carolina (though I would appreciate a break from the heat). Members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia situated in the Palmetto State are well advised to head over to Camden Archives and Museum (on any day other than Sunday) to view the Ross E. Beard Jr.’s collection of historic firearms, initiated by the legendary FBI agent himself. “Purvis was an avid gun collector and he hired Beard, then 10 years old and his godson, to clean some guns that had been packed in grease and crated. As a reward, he gave Beard the first firearm in what would grow over the next 74 years into a collection of more than 1,000. ‘The first gun I collected, Mr. Purvis gave me,’ said Beard, now 84 and living in Camden. ‘One of John Dillinger’s machine guns.'” Included in the exhibit of 400 guns: one of Dillinger’s sawed-off shotguns and the gun that took Purvis’ life. How great is that?