Crack Shot

Af­ter a com­plete over­haul, the Cody Firearms Mu­seum is once again open at the Buffalo Bill Cen­ter of the West in Wy­oming.

Western Art Collector - - WESTERN ART NEWS -

Texas pain­ter Kyle Polzin once said that he strives for au­then­tic­ity in his Western still lifes be­cause it makes the pic­tures bet­ter, but also be­cause ea­gle-eyed view­ers will call him out if any­thing is out of place.

For in­stance, if a Winch­ester Model 1886 lever-action ri­fle isn’t shown with the cor­rect car­tridges, gun afi­ciona­dos will spot it in an in­stant. “They know right away if the gun is cham­bered for the rounds that are shown

in the picture,” Polzin said prior to a pre­vi­ous show, one which fea­tured a Western ri­fle. “They keep you hon­est and ac­cu­rate, that’s for sure.”

Artists, as well as mu­seum vis­i­tors, will once again be able to learn about the his­tory of guns in the West at the ren­o­vated Cody Firearms Mu­seum at the Buffalo Bill Cen­ter of the West in Cody, Wy­oming. The mu­seum houses the most com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can firearms in the world. In 1975, the Winch­ester Arms Col­lec­tion was loaned to the mu­seum from the Olin Cor­po­ra­tion and later, in 1988, was given as a gift for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to view. The $12-mil­lion ren­o­va­tion will house more than 10,000 ar­ti­facts.

The new mu­seum space will al­low vis­i­tors to ex­plore the evo­lu­tion of mod­ern arms tech­nol­ogy from its ear­li­est days through to­day’s vari­a­tions. From sport­ing, mil­i­tary, em­bel­lished or even Hol­ly­wood guns, the mu­seum has a full col­lec­tion of firearms for mu­seum vis­i­tors.

The Cody Firearms Mu­seum will have a soft open­ing in early June, and then fea­ture a grand open­ing on July 6. Vet­eran or ac­tive mil­i­tary vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in a spe­cial VIP ex­pe­ri­ence on July 5. For more in­for­ma­tion visit the mu­seum’s web­site at www.cen­terofthewe­st.org.

Flint­lock ri­fle made by Ma­con Ge­or­gia School, Amer­i­can, 1825-1835. Buffalo Bill Cen­ter of the West, Cody, Wy­oming, USA. Gift of Olin Cor­po­ra­tion, Winch­ester Arms Col­lec­tion, 1988.8.1586.

Breech-load­ing per­cus­sion ri­fle with Lin­coln head ham­mer (in de­tail) de­signed by Hi­ram Ber­dan, ca. 1863. Buffalo Bill Cen­ter of the West, Cody, Wy­oming, USA. Gift of Olin Cor­po­ra­tion, Winch­ester Arms Col­lec­tion, 1988.8.1241.

Breech-load­ing per­cus­sion ri­fle with Lin­coln head ham­mer de­signed by Hi­ram Ber­dan, ca. 1863. Buffalo Bill Cen­ter of the West, Cody, Wy­oming, USA. Gift of Olin Cor­po­ra­tion, Winch­ester Arms Col­lec­tion, 1988.8.1241.

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