Part of my trip to the UK took my to Le Havre, France. Being so close, I had to go to Normandy and see Omaha Beach. I went to the Normandy American Cemetary. The visitor center has a wonderful exhibit with a few firearms inside.
Nearby in Caen, France, is the Mémorial de Caen Museum. It focuses on WWII and has some exhibits after 1945. The museum is a center of History and Peace. Outside, they have the famous Non-Violence statue. There are 16 copies of this Non-Violence sculpture. It was made by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd of an oversized Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with a knotted barrel and the muzzle pointing upwards. Carl made this sculpture after singer, songwriter and peace activist John Lennon was murdered.
The museum did not have a lot of firearms but I took some pictures of a few of them.
This was an odd display. Almost like preserving an archaeological dig.
I finally saw a PTRD. Funny story about the PTRD, during a live chat with Polenar Tactical they told me a local Slovenian Gun Dealer registered his PTRD for hunting purposes. He wanted to show how ridiculous the regulations were since there were no restrictions on size or caliber.
This 1911 looks to be a COLT M1911. However I do not recognize the stampings near the beaver tail.
Here are the stampings I was talking about. “AN” and what looks like a crown or antlers. Does any 1911 expert know what these stampings are for?