The civilian disarmament industry would have you believe that the Wild West was all about gun control. That guns were only for militias. That the Founding Fathers would never not let civilians own “weapons of war.” Horseshit, obviously. America was, is and hopefully always be a nation of gunmakers, guns and gun owners. But it’s hard to imagine just how many gunmakers there were back in the day. Click here for a list provided by the Association of Ohio Long Gun Collectors [autoplays damn sad music] or head down to the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta this weekend for their exhibit. As for utility, “They brought whatever they had with them from New England to fight off Indian attacks, bears or somebody’s jealous husband,” joked Warren Offenberger of Reno, a founding member. It stops being funny when it starts being your bear, if you know what I mean.