Kirk Brumbaugh receives the E. Andrew Mowbray Excellence in Exhibitry Trophy from Jim Supica, Director of the National Firearms Museum. (Photo by Bob Wos)
Philip Schreier, Senior Curator for the NRA National Firearms Museum, sent NRAblog the following report from the 15th Annual National Gun Show in Kansas City, Missouri:
Brumbaugh takes Best of Show at NRA's 15th Annual National Gun Show
By: Philip Schreier
(Kansas City, Missouri) - On July 23 - 25, the NRA sponsored it's 15th Annual National Gun Show in Kansas City, Missouri hosted by the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association during their 40th Anniversary Show. In addition to the 1,000 trade tables, there were 47 exhibitors who competed for over $11,000.00 in NRA display awards.
NRA judges made the rounds evaluating some of the finest collections of historic arms ever presented in public. From multi-barreled flint-lock combination guns to Barrett .50 sniper rifles, the displays were some of the best we have ever seen.
Winning overall best of show earned Kirk Brumbaugh of Omaha, Nebraska the E. Andrew Mowbray Excellence in Exhibitry Silver Bowl and $4,000.00 in cash from the NRA with his stunning exhibit of Vickers Machine Guns. Other notable exhibits included the M. 1895 Gatling Gun, SN 1041, one of the 4 Gatlings used by Lt. John Parker at San Juan Hill, Cuba on July 1st, 1898 and excellent historic displays of Colt Woodsman and High Standard .22 pistols. All the exhibits were of 1st class quality and the staff of the NRA thanks each and every one of the participants and visitors to this remarkable event.
The 16th Annual NRA National Gun Collectors Show will be held in Dallas, Texas August 20 - 21, 2011.