Jim Supica, Director of the National Firearms Museum, recently made a trip down south for the Texas Gun Collectors Association Fall Show at the Ft. Worth Stockyards — here's his report:
Any gun show is a good gun show, but the TGCA annual Fall show is something special.
The show is set up inside the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, with collector displays of exceptional historic firearms and sales tables groaning with loads of old Texas Colts mixed right in amongst the museum showcases.
The Hall is an ancient airy brick building in the heart of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards district, where a cattle drive rambles down the rough brick streets right outside twice a day – keeping a touch of the Old West alive and well here in Texas.
TGCA shows always have an easy going and Texas-friendly feel to them. It’s a relatively small show, but the quality of the items on display and for sale is remarkable, and appeals not just to the hard corps gun collector, but to anyone with an interest in history or a soft spot for the romance of the Old West. It’s a show to see, buy, sell and trade guns, of course; but also a place to enjoy old friends and make new ones, and enjoy the sweet Texas fall weather.
At most gun shows you “walk” or “work” the aisles. Here, even big-city Yankees can’t help but mosey the aisles.
In keeping with the NRA Museum’s current hot display, Hollywood Guns, and the location, the National Firearms Museum brought a display of firearms used in the Alamo movies. The centerpiece was an original antique flintlock seven barrel Nock Volley Gun, used by Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie in John Wayne’s 1960 version of The Alamo. It was accompanied by the flintlock rifle and bowie knife used by Billy Bob Thorton as Davy Crockett in the 2004 production.