Guns of the Week: Christmas Wish List
December 22 – 26, 2014
This week’s Guns of the Week focuses on firearms that the Cody Firearms Museum does not have in the collection, but would like to have. These range from the historical and expected firearms to the bizarre. Check out our holiday wish list:
1. FERGUSON RIFLE
While we have a similar device, we do not have a Ferguson Rifle in the collection. This gun was one of the first breech loading rifles used in battle. It operated with a vertical rising screw breechlock that is lowered by rotating the trigger guard. A ball could then be placed in the empty chamber, followed by gun powder.
2. PEDERSEN DEVICE
The Pedersen Device was invented under a top secret mission that was used with a Springfield Model 1903 Rifle. It allowed the soldier the ability to fire a short .30 caliber intermediate cartridge in semi-auto mode. This would increase rate of fire on the go and also allow the rifle to be used in its traditional bolt action form for long range fire.
3. COTTRELL FLASHLIGHT GUN
This firearm was made out of Buffalo, New York, in the 1920s. It is incredibly rare and falls into the category of firearms curiosa. It fired seven shots of .22 RF. They advertised the firearm as the “most practical disposal defense arm ever invented.”
4. BUFFALO BILL SAVAGE MODEL 1907
This Savage Model 1907 was presented to William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody in August 1911. While we were unable to obtain it at auction, information on the gun can be found here.