Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show
had some 30,000 people in attendance this past weekend.
Our very own Jim Supica and Phil Schreier were on hand representing the NRA National Firearms Museum. They chatted with as many of those 30,000 people as time would allow. A few of Clint Eastwood's guns accompanied the pair (details here). “The display proved extremely popular. It caught the eyes of lots of passersby, plus many folks showed up specifically to see the display,” Supica told NRAblog.
“The Dirty Harry S&W .44 Magnum made a special side trip to the Smith & Wesson Collectors Association “Southwest Bunch” Bar-B-Q dinner on Saturday night, where a number of SWCA members got the opportunity to have their picture taken with the original “Make my day” revolver. Funny… in each picture, the subject is grinning like a kid in a candy store.”
Adding a layer to the excitement, NRA News was on the scene to capture both the general feel of the show and to allow the Museum curators to play a few rounds of Antique Roadshow. You won’t want to miss this footage, coming soon to both NRAnews.com and NRAmuseum.org.
“Some spectacular guns came out of the woodwork for our inspection, identification, and value estimates for NRAnews.com," Supica continued. "Here are just a few of the rare arms that viewers will get to see:
- Winchester 1886 smoothbore .50 caliber lever action rifle
- “Apache” combination brass knuckles, pinfire revolver, and dagger
- A trapdoor carbine attributed to one of Custer’s Indian scouts
- Marbles “GameGetter” folding combination shotgun / rifle."
“Phil and I also reviewed some more common classic firearms such as a Browning Superposed shotgun, Winchester Model 70 rifle, and even an RG 10 revolver!” Supica told us excitedly. “Value estimates ranged from sixty dollars to six figures.”
Knowing before we asked the question how silly it would seem, we couldn’t help ourselves: What gun did you see that you would have liked to add to Museum collection, we ask.
“How much money you got?” Supica asked. “I’d take the Winchester 86 .50 cal smoothbore and run. No wait, the Indian scout trapdoor. No wait……”
When he calmed down, Supica was able to communicate that viewers should keep an eye out for segments featuring a young champion shotgunner, exquisite engraved firearms, the origins of the .44 Magnum, how to grade firearms conditions, and much more -- all filmed on site at the world’s largest gun show in Tulsa, OK.
Would you like to see the show for yourself? Wanenmacher’s website lists the upcoming shows:
November 13 & 14, 2010
April 2 & 3, 2011
November 12 &13, 2011
March 31 & April 1, 2012
November 10 & 11, 2012
April 6 & 7, 2013
November 9 & 10, 2013
Make a point to pencil one -- or more! -- of these into your calendar.