(photo courtesy of Brett French)
The Cody Firearm Museum in Wyoming has some unbelievable old weapons on display. It’s no wonder, they have a collection of about 7,000 pieces. For the next three months, the museum is displaying 64 unique items it received on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The pieces include the pistol pictured above that was a prototype of a chain fed 20-shot revolver.
It seemed like many of the improvements and advances in firearms were made to increase the ability to fire more rounds more quickly. There is also a 7-foot long musket that was given to President Thomas Jefferson by the Bey of Tunisia after the U.S. Navy kicked the tails of the Barbary Coast pirates.
The musket has intricate gold filigree along its entire length. The firearms museum is just one wing of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo. It’s a great place to spend several hours on the way to and from Yellowstone National Park. You might want to add it to your travel itinerary this summer.
To read a story about the exhibit, visit The Billings Gazette’s Outdoors page online at: http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/
(This post was written by Brett French, Outdoors Editor of the Billings Gazette)