The Cody Firearms Museum is well known for its huge collection of Winchester firearms. But Danny Michael, museum’s curator, said the museum actually has a much larger Winchester archival collection. “We might have a few thousand firearms that Winchester gave us. But we have 30,000 drawings…engineering drawings that they gave us of how they built […]
Cody Firearms Museum Blog: Unloading the Myth
The Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West houses over 7,000 historically significant firearms with more than 15,000 firearms-related artifacts. We seek to provide every visitor – from gun aficionados, to firearms novices, to those without previous firearms experience – with a unique educational opportunity. This museum is more than just guns; firearms help inform the story of the West, the story of gun cultures, and the story of people.
The Winchester Model 70 has long been called the rifleman’s rifle. The gun is also an iconic American Bolt-Action that was designed in the 1930s. It’s so popular that a version of it is still in production today. The rifle has been used by hunters and target shooters for decades. Danny Michael, the associate curator […]
Most people know Abercrombie and Fitch as a clothing store. But Ashley Hlebinsky, the curator emeritus of the Cody Firearms Museums, said it started out much differently. “What they don’t know is the fact that Abercrombie and Fitch actually got started around 1892,” said Hlebinsky. “And it started off with David T. Abercrombie and Ezra […]
Walter Snyder, Ithaca historian, has generously donated the surviving records from the original Ithaca Gun Company to the Center to be used by the Cody Firearms Records Office to provide factory letters and serial number searches. Why we’re excited These documents provide valuable historical insight for collectors—including our own Cody Firearms Museum. Associate Curator, Danny […]
The latest Cody Firearms acquisition is a set of 3D printed firearms. Danny Michael, the associate curator of the museum, said one of them made national news at one point. “You might be familiar with the Liberator pistol that caused quite a stir a few years ago and became probably the most well known of […]
Did you think there’s any connection between baseball and firearm production? Turns out, Hillerich and Bradsby Co. and M1 Carbines have a little in common, said Danny Michael, the associate curator of the Cody Firearms Museum. “You might know Hillerich and Bradsby a little bit better by one of their trade names, the Louisville Slugger, […]