"That belongs in a museum!"


May 16, 2011, 11:58 AM
The Shelburne museum in Shelburne VT is currently exhibiting the collection of Terry Tyler from 5/15 through October 30th. He is a collector of Vermont-made firearms from Dorset, VT. For more info see:

It is my hope to get there to see this extensive collection...
If I do, I promise to post pics, if you do before me, post away!!!

Is there any special firearms collections being displayed at your local museum?

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Lex Luthier
May 16, 2011, 12:17 PM
Those are beautiful.

This reminds me of a scene in Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" where one of the bandit/ hero characters insists that the local smithy cut the barrel off his (stolen) ornately carved silver shotgun, and the smithy refused on principle. The drunken protagonist pushes him out of the way and hacks it off, files, and shoves it into his belt.

Claude Clay
May 16, 2011, 12:52 PM
thanks for the heads up. i make the drive during foliage. now have another reason to go this fall.

May 16, 2011, 12:52 PM

Too far away for a quick day trip!

May 16, 2011, 01:32 PM
I've been to the Shelburne Museum twice...that place is awesome without this display. The hunting lodge is a highlight, all kinds of stuffed game. I believe the Museum was started by one of the founding members of Boone and Crocket

I was just there last September and they told us about this event, and my dad and I were already working on a way to get back there for it.

May 16, 2011, 07:20 PM
I've been there a bunch of times and can't wait to get there for this...

Rök Telumehtar
August 8, 2011, 10:24 PM
Over the past weekend I went to this exhibit. I have been to the Museum many times, but I think this is one of my favorites. I would highly recommend a visit. The pieces are loaded with history and each of the 106 are interesting in their own right. The Museum provides audio media to accompany the exhibit that describes the unique qualities of each gun: quite engaging and informative. Thanks for the heads-up effengee.

August 8, 2011, 11:03 PM
Went to the OKC Cowboy museum but didnt take any pics. Have some very nice examples of early guns.

August 9, 2011, 03:01 PM
Is there any special firearms collections being displayed at your local museum?

The Grand Rapids Public Museum has a permanent display of Knives & Guns. They've got some pretty nice ones in there, from a Persian hunting flintlock to a Vickers machine gun.

It's also the current home to the Bodies Revealed exhibit, all the plasticized cadavers. Pretty neat.

Jericho 941
August 9, 2011, 07:08 PM
I hope that one day I have a gun collection that belongs in a museum. Need to get 100+ historically relevant guns first though.

If anyone ever has a weekend vacation in mind I recommend a trip out to Tulsa. There is a Wildlife preserve and Western-themed museum near Bartlesville called Woolaroc. You could time it so you can go to one of the big gun shows and then take the kids out there to see some buffalo and a real shrunken head. They also have beautiful hiking trails, Native-American art, a snack bar where you can eat buffalo and ostrich BBQ sandwiches, and did I mention one of the largest Colt exhibits in the world?

Seriously, when I was a kid I was not exactly enthused about the idea of going to a museum until I saw the gun collection. I probably went hiking out there a few times a year after that.

For $8 the gun collection alone might make you reconsider the $10 price of admission to the Wanenmacher in November. Kids are free at Woolaroc too, which is more than I can say for the $3 the Wanenmacher wants to bring a 9 year old boy in to take a peek at some stuff he can't even buy...

I promise I don't work for them or anything, but after writing this I'm pretty sure I am going to take my family out there this weekend.

Here are two websites if anyone is interested:



I bet you can guess what I will be doing November 12.

Pat M
August 9, 2011, 08:09 PM
Hey, if you're ever in Lima Peru, don't miss this collection:


They've got everything from the Conquistador's blunderbuss to Mausers and Lugers presented by their German friends.

erik larson
August 30, 2011, 04:59 PM
I went there a while ago found it interesting that Vermonters seem to favour the under hammer set up wall that's enough talk heres pics

erik larson
August 30, 2011, 05:46 PM
I liked the harmonica feed system

VT Deer Hunter
August 31, 2011, 01:04 PM
I am in NH but that is to far. But MAN i want to see those guns so bad!!! My uncle is nuts for Vermont made firearms and i am too.

erik larson
August 31, 2011, 05:13 PM
rifle with the long scope and targets it shot in competition more pics on the way

September 2, 2011, 09:49 AM
Wow. Works of art. Wonder if the makers felt bad firing them the first time.

dodo bird
September 2, 2011, 06:13 PM
Anybody have the "Chuck Norris Revolver"???

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