February 26, 2010
The Cody Firearms Museum Blog has been suspended. I will attempt to respond to current comments, but there will be no posts in the foreseeable future.
The Cody Firearms Museum post has been filled.
Cody Firearms Musem
September 15, 2009
The CFM is still in search of a curator. We have interviewed a number of good candidates and have a few more interviews scheduled. We hope to be able to make an announcement later this fall.
It has been interesting trying to find an individual with a good balance of firearms history and museum training. A large number of applicants are very strong on one side with little knowledge or experience of the other.
If you know of a highly qualified individual contact the Human Resources office at 307-578-4089.
July 27, 2009
Thanks to everyone who called in for serial number searches from the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Assoc. show last weekend. I did about 30 serial number searches and answered a lot of questions about the CFM and the Records Office. Wish I could have been on the ground there. Hopefully the budget will allow us to go in the near future.
Next month I’ll be open to support the folks at the Big Reno Show on the 15th from 9 am to 5 pm (Moutain time). Check out the Big Reno website for information about the show http://www.bigrenoshow.com/
June 11, 2009
We are into our busiest weeks of the year.
This weekend (June 12-14) the CFM and the town of Cody host the Winchester Club of America annual gun show. The show is at the Riley Arena (1400 Heart Mountain Street – Cody).
Next weekend (June 19-21) the Winchester Arms Collectors Association annual show is also at the Riley Arena.
The Records Office will be doing serial number searches for folks at both gun shows and offering discounts on CFM memberships. I invite to stop by the shows if you are in the area.
The rest of the BBHC also has a lot going on this month with the Plains Indian Museum Powwow and the grand opening of the new Whitney Gallery of Western Art and many other activities. The whole town bustles with events and activities so visit Cody in June!!
May 23, 2009
We wished Dave a fond farewell a couple of weeks back and have been settling in to work sans curator. No word on the search for a new curator, but we hope to have someone in place this fall.
I returned home from the Denver gun show last Monday (May 18). It was a good weekend; we did around 150 serial number searches, eight Cody Firearms Museum memberships and a number of Factory Letters. I wish I could make it to the Orangeville, Ontario show on May 31 as I am in the area visiting family, but unfortunately, I fly back to Wyoming that day. We are looking forward to the two big gun shows in Cody in a couple of weeks. The Winchester Club of America show is June 12-14 and the Winchester Arms Collectors Association show is June 19-21. Makes for a couple of long weeks for us, but we enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones.
April 29, 2009
Yes, I know. That isn’t the real line from the song. But, it fits better.
This will be the last post to this blog from me as the Curator. As I am leaving, I will be turning the blog reins over to Jesi Bennett, the CFM Records Specialist. She will try to post semi-regularly until the next Curator comes on board. And, if he or she chooses not to blog, then Jesi may continue to do this (don’t tell her – shhh!).
I have had a great time in Cody and I am about the only person I know who worked in their dream job. I can only hope that the next position is as fulfilling!
Thank you and good night
April 27, 2009
If you spend enough time in the gun business, you learn better than to say that Winchester, Colt, Smith & Wesson, Remington, or anyone else “Never did this.”
I am about to do the unspeakable…
We received an inquiry from a gent. His question has to do with a Winchester Model 12 shotgun and whether or not it was ever produced in a left-side-eject/left-handed version. He bases his question in an image printed in the George Madis book, “The Winchester Model 12″. On Page 83, there is an image of a Model 12 with a factory-installed Cutts compensator.
The issue here is that the image shows the right side of the gun, with no visible ejection port. My belief is that the image used in the publication of the book was flopped, creating a reverse image. In other words, Winchester never did this.
There. I said it. At least I won’t be here next week when someone shows up with one…
Thanks to all of the supporters and firends I met over the last (nearly) six years!