MUSEUM & HISTORICAL PICTURES from the Gun Collector Traveling Photographer
How to Get Started in Arms Collecting. Advice for new collectors.
On Ordnance and Ordnance Stores: The Starr Arms Company. An excerpt from the Civil War's famous Holt-Owen Report of 1862, a great primary resource for historians and collectors alike.
Fraud and Fakery: Protecting Yourself and Making Smart Purchases.Two editorials from Stuart Mowbray of Man at Arms magazine. Stuart gives important suggestions for novices and experts alike.
From the Collectors: More on Fakes and Frauds. Readers of Man at Arms respond and continue the dialog on this important topic in the field of arms collecting.
Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and their Values, 6th edition. A book review of a publication that every gun collector should own.
Full Circle. This article by John S. du Mont is from the March/April 1988 issue of Man at Arms, and provides some advice to new collectors on how to build a successful collection. It also does a good job of outlining the history of collecting in this century, with special reference to Colt revolvers. While this article is now about ten years old, the information it contains is truer than ever.
The World War II Colt Commando. This article by Charles W. Pate is from the October 1997 issue of Man at Arms. Mr. Pate is also the author of the book U.S. Handguns of World War II: The Secondary Pistols and Revolvers.
Early References to the N.P. Ames Sword Factory. A selection of historical quotations commenting on what was to become America's largest and most successful sword manufacturer. This article is from Man at Arms, March/April 1995.
An Excerpt from The Colt M1905 Automatic Pistol. A sample chapter from the popular book (available through this web site) by John Potocki that also covers the M1907 military pistols and documents a critical step in the development of the famous M1911 automatic.
Document Concerning Gunmaker Asa Waters. This document is a letter from the Waters family lawyer, written in 1945, outlining the history of the family and their role in firearms manufacturing.
The NRA's Condition Standards for Antique Firearms. These are the standard definitions for those words like "fine" and "factory new" that you see in gun advertising. Most dealers and auction houses use these standards when describing guns for sale.
Guidelines for Authors of Gun Collecting Books and Articles. Lots of collectors have great information that they want to share with their fellow collectors. They want to become authors, but they just don't know how to get started. Check out this document for hints on how to present your writing to a publisher!
A Scud It's Not, But the Trebuchet Hurls a Mean Piano...Giant Medieval War Machine is Wowing British Farmers and Scaring the Sheep. A news article by Glynn Mapes.