Cody Firearms Museum

Cody Firearms Museum

Colt-Paterson Model 1839 revolving shotgun at the Cody Firearms Museum. 1988.8.605

Colt-Paterson Model 1839 revolving shotgun. Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection. 1988.8.605

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The Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West houses the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world. In 1975, the Winchester Arms Collection, the heart of this museum, adventured west as a loan from the Olin Corporation. It was deeded as a gift in 1988. To date, the Cody Firearms Museum has over 7,000 firearms with more than 30,000 firearms-related artifacts.

Winchester-made guns are not the only manufacturer you will see here, though; virtually every significant manufacturer in the world is represented! Visitors are able to explore the evolution of modern arms technology from its earliest days through today’s outstanding variations. Whether you are interested in sporting, military, embellished, or even Hollywood guns, there is something for all visitors to enjoy.

Gun collectors can take advantage of the Cody Firearms Museum Records Office to acquire information about individual firearms manufactured by Winchester, Marlin, and L.C. Smith. Factory letters are available to Cody Firearms Museum members and non-members for a fee. Go to our Firearms Records page for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: The Cody Firearms Museum staff is able to respond to general questions regarding firearms and firearm-related issues beyond the scope of the Records Office on a limited and complimentary basis. E-mail Curatorial Assistant Daniel Brumley or call 307-578-4117. Response times to such inquiries vary with the workload of the curatorial staff. We are unable to respond to gunsmithing, highly technological, or hand-loading inquiries.

A classic, reprinted and available in our online store!

Book: Cody Firearms MuseumCody Firearms Museum

By Herbert G. Houze, former curator

This 79-page book highlights just a portion of our extraordinary arms collection, with detailed images and descriptions.

Available in our Museum Store online or by calling 800-533-3838.

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Our newsletter, the Cody Firearms Record

We’re pleased to share back issues of our newsletter:


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Find our more about a Firearms Membership with its firearms research benefits.


More information

We offer a Glossary of Firearms Terms as well as a select Firearms Bibliography. Also see our list of some quirky Firearms-Related Sayings and information about Winchester Collectibles.

*According to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Code of Ethics, under no circumstance may staff members appraise objects either as part of their normal daily duty or as an independent service.*

Thank you to Wyoming PBS for producing this underwriter spot that airs on their station.