Cody Firearms Museum: Presidential Presentation Rifles

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Throughout the history of this great nation, manufacturers have made special embellished arms for presidential presentation. The following is a sample of rifles from the Presidential Collection at the Cody Firearms Museum, Buffalo…

Cody Firearms Museum: Factory Cut-Away M16A1 Rifle

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The M16 is one of the most recognizable firearms in our recent history. In the 1950s, a new select-fire rifle was developed by an engineer named Eugene Stoner known as…

Cody Firearms Museum: 1854 Smith & Wesson Repeating Rifle (Serial Number 8)

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In previous posts I’ve written about the predecessors to the Winchester Lever Action Rifle. Like the Hunt Volitional Rifle – the only one located at the Cody Firearms Museum – and…

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Cody Firearms Museum: Winchester World’s Fair Model 1866 Deluxe Sporting Rifle

World’s Fairs have always fascinated me. The best-known first international exposition was held in 1851 in Hyde Park, London. Prince Albert launched the event under the banner “Great Exhibition of the Works of…

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Cody Firearms Museum: Raymond Wielgus Collection

What do you get when you mix an art collector, firearms, and the city of Chicago? While I’m sure there are many ways to unpleasantly answer that question, but in…

Cody Firearms Museum: Gastinne-Renette Muzzleloading Percussion Target Pistols

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If I mention the terms racing and guns, it may conjure the image of a NASCAR fan out in the woods hunting. However, in this particular scenario, those two terms…

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Cody Firearms Museum: Oliver Winchester’s Jennings Repeater

On July 4, 1976, legendary screen actor John Wayne helped ring in the dedication of the Winchester Arms Collection in Cody, Wyoming. In November the year prior, the Olin Corporation…

Cody Firearms Museum: Henry Ford’s Winchester Model 1887

The Winchester Model 1887 lever-action shotgun was one of the first successful repeating shotguns on the market. It pushed Winchester’s lever action brand optimization into new markets. This gun is…

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Cody Firearms Museum: Winchester Model 1866 Musket in .44 Rimfire

The Merriam-Webster definition of a musket is “a heavy, large-caliber muzzle-loading usually smoothbore shoulder firearm.” The key terms here are muzzle-loading and smoothbore. However, by the time of the American…

Cody Firearms Museum: English Wheellock

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This English-made hunting wheellock is an extremely rare gun. Whilea popular firearm made by gunmakers all over the world, very few signed English wheellocks have lasted to present day. This…

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“Southern Belle” American Longrifle

The Southern Belle American longrifles have a history that predates the United States. It is one rooted in European tradition. Initially made in Europe, American settlers adapted these rifles to…

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Annie Oakley’s Winchester Model 1892 Smoothbore Rifle

It’s safe to say that a lot of people recognize the name Annie Oakley. She’s one of the most iconic shooters in American history, a woman who got her start…