Firearms from a lay person: They're #GunBelievable
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West's Cody Firearms Museum was basically launched on the heels of the Winchester Arms Collection. Those firearms and records came to the Center in 1976 and later became a gift of the Olin Corporation, creating a permanent addition to the new Cody Firearms Museum which opened in 1991. While I don't have a lot of knowledge about firearms, I have to agree with one of the Center's most oft-repeated maxims: The story of the West is incomplete without the firearm. One's rifle was often the only thing standing in the way of dinner on the frontier table, and in places where the Wild West was getting wilder and wilder, that pistol--for good or for ill--was a necessary evil. In short, a firearm meant self-preservation. As I reviewed a modest handful of the Center's 7,000-plus firearms for a project, I discovered some interesting examples--and some compelling stories. I've gathered them into a few categories: Oddities, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, Airguns, Presidents, Famous People (owners, inspired by, etc.), Legends (significant firearms), Art (embellished firearms), and Archaic, some of the oldest firearms in our collection. What can I say? They're #GunBelievable.
A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309