Museums at Normandy

    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.


    Springfield M1.

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    German Luger



    Battlefield cross.

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    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.

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    This was an odd display. Almost like preserving an archaeological dig.

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    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.

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    This 1911 looks to be a COLT M1911. However I do not recognize the stampings near the beaver tail.

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    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?


    Nicholas C

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