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Old Yesterday, 06:48 PM   #1
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Earp Revolvers at College of the Ozarks

I spent an enjoyable afternoon at the Ralph Foster Museum, on the campus of the College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. This museum has a large gun collection in addition to exhibits of early Americana, stuffed birds and game animals. Quite a few of the guns are attributed to famous people. Being a cowboy at heart, I thought I would share two Colt Single Action Army revolvers, identified as owned by Wyatt Earp's brothers, Morgan and Virgil.

The one with the 7 1/2 inch barrel is identified as Morgan Earp's revolver, and the 4 3/4 inch revolver belonged to Virgil Earp, and is identified as the gun he carried at the OK Corral. I'm including the notes by each gun, hope they are legible enough. The thumbnails do not do justice to the grips. Virgil's are undoubtedly ivory. Morgan's gun might be antler or bone with it's discoloration, but I am not an expert...it could be ivory as well.

Whether or not the provenance is correct, they are a neat looking pair of guns.

If you are ever in Branson, treat yourself to a meal at the Keeter Center on the college campus and a tour of the museum Students at this college literally work their way through to a degree and graduate debt free; pretty remarkable these days.
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Old Yesterday, 07:06 PM   #2
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Very nice and thank you for sharing. Amazing how the guns lack semi-auto function, night sights, rail, flashlight, and all the other tacticool stuff we have now - And yet these are historic pieces of our days in the Wild West. What a treasure.
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Old Yesterday, 11:43 PM   #3
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Those grips are gorgeous on the 44-40. Nice to see a cowboy gun in cowboy flavor, you just don't see that very often any more.
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Old Today, 12:20 AM   #4
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Very interesting.
I wouldn't have thought that Virgil Earp would be the kind of tinhorn who filed notches in the butt of his gun though.
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