Guns from the American West to go on display at Royal Armouries - Monday, 14 May 2012

The Royal Armouries has received a collection of historic guns, associated with the American West.

The weapons – dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries – will be added to the national collection of firearms, with some set to go on public display.
Worth an estimated £40,000, the 40 guns were handed over by police, following a court case involving the illegal possession of firearms. The defendant agreed to disclaim the guns and they are now stored at the National Firearms Centre (NFC), part of the Royal Armouries.

Mark Murray Flutter, the Royal Armouries’ Senior Curator of Firearms and Weapons, said, “We are delighted to receive the firearms as they will enhance the national collection and help to fill any gaps in it, for the purposes of explaining and illustrating the American West in our exhibitions and displays.

“They are in good condition and have clearly been well looked after. It is now early days, and we need to conduct more investigations into their history, but some will go on public display in the future.”

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Sharps Model 1855 carbine, made about 1864 for the US Army
Sharps Model 1855 carbine, made about 1864 for the US Army
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Colt 1873 Army Single Action revolver made in 1893
Colt 1873 Army Single Action revolver made in 1893
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