Cody Firearms Museum: Raymond Wielgus Collection

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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…

Fate or Fashion: Why Some Calibers Live Forever

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The small arms world is ripe with contradictions. In the edifice of ballistic paradox, there resides the haunting presence of some immortal designs. These concepts were likely never expected to…

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My Friend the Knuckleduster

No, I’m not being cheeky calling the knuckleduster revolver my friend. Instead, I’m using its actual name. James Reid got a wonderful belated Christmas present in 1865. On December 26,…

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An Amnesty Any Administration Can Implement

In 1968, Lyndon Baines Johnson forced the gun control act of 1968 through a reluctant Congress. The act was not popular, but Johnson’s ability to twist arms and bribe Congressmen…

Cody Firearms Museum: Oliver Winchester’s Jennings Repeater

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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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Something Fishy: Joseph Aster’s Foot Operated Revolver

By T. Logan Metesh There’s an old rumor floating around that Charles Duell, commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (1898 – 1901), once said, “Everything that can…

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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…