Museum Of The West – Historical Firearms

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Romanticized in countless movies, the Old West was the epitome of white hat law dogs versus black hat scoundrels. In reality, however, it was an unforgiving life on the high plains with days of never ending, back breaking labor by families just trying to make a life for themselves. Of course, gunfighters both good and bad existed, carrying some historic weaponry. At the Museum of the West in Grand Junction, Colorado, there are several exhibits displaying guns from famous (and infamous) historical figures – It’s worth the trip if you are ever staying or driving through.

Did any of these guns actually ‘Win The West’? Doubtful. More likely a solid lever action rifle or a double-barreled shotgun was the tool used most often to put food on the table and protect the homestead. But it’s still fun to romanticize the Old West anyway.

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This almost looks like one of those giant foam hats you’d get at the county fair.

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I’m a sucker for an old top-break revolver.

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Kid Curry of Butch Cassidy and The Wild Bunch fame.

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The Old West was full of robbers and bandits. Apparently at the same time.

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Buffalo Bill needs no introduction.

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A great picture of a Ute Indian leader carrying an 1861 Remington. Finger on the trigger? Not exactly: of course the 1861 is a single action revolver, usually carried hammer down on an empty chamber.

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General George S. Patton represented in the Museum of the West.

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There’s a good chance that Alfred Packer was innocent of murder and cannibalism after all.

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Annie Oakley’s pair of pistols.

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Even in the 19th century, firearms manufacturers produce models aimed towards the women’s market.

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Sidearms of Western Colorado Sheriff’s from the late 1800’s to the late 1900’s.

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Miscellaneous:

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Museum of the West – https://www.museumofwesternco.com/museum-of-the-west/

462 Ute Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

(970) 242-0971
Summer Hours
May 1 – September 30
Monday – Saturday • 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday • Noon to 4 pm
Winter Hours
October 1 – April 30
Monday – Saturday • 10 am to 4 pm
Closed Sunday



Pete

LE – Science – OSINT.
On a mission to make all of my guns as quiet as possible.
Pete.M@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Never in the History of America has there been at time of more peace and more prosperity than in days of western expansion into “The Wild West”. Sure, there were incidents. But they were actually few and far between and all of them pretty much well documented. Unlike any given weekend in Chicago today…

    • Bill

      Uh, maybe, if you were a wealthy white Anglo male. Or you buy into the romanticized, Hollywood schema.

      • john huscio

        White Anglo males on the frontier faced extremely good odds of dying an extremely gruesome death at the hands of war bands of various native Americans….. the more I actually think about it, the less I’d actually have liked to have been alive then…. of course those that survived and their children laid the groundwork for this country to become a global superpower.

      • Kelly Jackson

        You mean the same white Anglo males that built everything from the computer to the A/C electric system you use today to express your liberal white guilt?

        • Standard Velocity

          Think what you will but being anything other than wealthy white and male in the West at that time was anything but peaceful or prosperous. Broad generalizations about “the good ol’ days” are always about perspective. Prosperity has always come at someone’s peril.

          Recognizing that being born white and male has given me or anyone else a decided advantage is neither liberal nor guilt ridden; it is real life.

          • CapeMorgan

            You really should just speak for yourself and your own white guilt. Not everyone shares your view about white privilege. Obviously, you needed it but others have worked for what they have achieved. That is real life.

          • Standard Velocity

            Please do not presume to know how hard I have or have not worked. I have worked very hard since before it was leagal for me to do so.

            White guilt is not the same as recognizing the struggles of others.

            History is an interpretation by those who did not live it through the lense of the media of the time. Maybe the Native Americans and Chinese/black/white rail workers had a nice time. Who am I to say?

          • CapeMorgan

            I stand by my comment and I know you need white privilege to get through the day. This is not the blog for liberal white guilt. Discuss with your own navel.

          • john huscio

            “100 acres and a mule” ended tragically for many…..

          • Kelly Jackson

            Kind of like the idea that Indians were nice folks who rode around on unicorns as opposed to warrior cultures that performed human sacrifices of women and children?

            For the next “Ingenious peoples day” we should build a stone monument then slit the throats of 10,000 of our enemies to consecrate it with blood.

            You know, the type of thing the ACTUAL people of the Americas ACTUALLY did.

          • iksnilol

            To be honest that’s the issue.

            Good old proper Americans; blood sacrifices for the blood God, skulls for the skull throne.

            Todays Americans: can’t even start a global thermonuclear war.

            What I’m saying is you got weak.

          • ostiariusalpha

            It’s why the Nativists of that time didn’t want all those furriners coming in. Buncha’ papist micks & wops with their cheap labor and inherent criminality ruining the good WASP’s hard won rewards from pillaging the redskins and exploiting colored folks’ unpaid labor.

          • ostiariusalpha

            It’s why the Nativists of that time didn’t want all those furriners coming in! Buncha’ papist micks & wops with their cheap labor and inherent criminality ruining the good WASP’s hard won rewards from pillaging the redskins and exploiting colored folks’ unpaid labor.

        • Bill

          And the same white Anglo males who lived in houses made out of sod and built the Indian boarding school system. Yeah, those white Anglo males.

          • Kelly Jackson

            So go ahead and put your money with your mouth is, sell your car, stop using the internet, your phone, your computer, and go back to living in a muddy squallar. Yeah, I thought so.

          • Bill

            Uh, what are you babbling about? You want “squallar” without Internet, try the average Indian reservation.

          • iksnilol

            And you stop using peanut butter.

      • No… I only majored in History and actually lived in the West and studied history in the West.

        • Bill

          I study the history of everywhere.

  • Bill

    “Blood and Thunder” by Hampton Sides is a great read on the opening of the Western Frontier.

    I’ll have to check this place out on my next western sojourn, I’m a sucker for a good museum.

  • john huscio

    Memo to self: if time travel holidays ever become a thing in my lifetime, don’t get captured by Indians in the old west.

  • I love to see the early Browning auto pistol designs, with their slightly awkward lines, evolving as he refined his ideas into the 1911.

  • Don Ward

    *Triggered*

    Keyboard commandos who complain about “finger on the trigger” in staged, old-time photos.

    • ostiariusalpha

      LOL! I take your point, but regardless of safety, it still looks really awkward to me living in the present. Like that habit they had at the time of putting little boys in dresses.

    • ostiariusalpha

      LOL! I take your point, but regardless of safety, it just comes across as really awkward to me living in the present. Like that creepy habit they had at the time of putting little boys in fancy dresses or “hidden mother” photography.

      • Anonymoose

        Well at least the kid’s not dead (yet) in the picture.

        • Marcus D.

          Actually, it may be dead. It was a common practice3 in the mid to late 19th century to photograph mother and (deceased) child; prior to photography, there were death paintings to remember the child by. You can find a discussion of this in Drew Faust’s “This Republic of Suffering,” an excellent book about how the Civil War changed how we dealt with death due to love ones dying so far from home. There was a PBS special based on the book as well.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Yeah, that was a weird, sad custom.

  • Anonymoose

    That’s either a really huge hat worn by a normal sized guy, or a really small guy wearing a reasonably oversized hat. I’m actually willing to bet on the latter.

    • M.M.D.C.

      He’s just glad to see you.

  • Anonymoose

    There was article on TTAG yesterday about Annie Oakley’s smoothbore Winchester ’92, also.

  • Pete – TFB Writer

    Will you gun nuts knock it off and enjoy… The guns! The Blog about arguing over social issues in the west is that way ——->

    🙂

    • iksnilol

      Poltics not guns, amirite?

      Oh, wait, wrong blargh.

  • Paul

    Thanks for posting this. I was not aware of this museum’s existence. Spent a week in Grand Junction last year and did visit the Allen Unique Autos museum. Who knew GJ would be home to such fine museums.