Famous firearms headline at Cody Firearms Museum

CODY, Wyo. – The Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo., houses one of the most remarkable collections of firearms in the world. The gallery features more than 6,500 historically significant firearms dating from the mid-1400s through the present day. The extraordinary gun collection is seen by up to a quarter of a million visitors annually.

Exhibiting into early 2013, the museum is displaying selected examples of extraordinary guns from the renowned private collection of Wes Adams of Nevada. An amazing man, the late Wes Adams was born in Vernal, Utah, to a rancher’s daughter and a jack-of-all-trades father. He had a very modest upbringing, but one rich in the culture and spirit of the American West.


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Adams’s deep and passionate interest in firearms enabled him to amass, in only about a decade, one of the finest collections of Winchesters and probably the finest collection of Savage firearms ever assembled. He was incredibly adroit in acquiring rare and premium firearms.

“The guns from the Wes Adams collection are the most remarkable blend of firearms technology and decorative artistry I have ever had the opportunity to see,” says Bruce Eldredge, Executive Director of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

Winchester Model 1886 takedown  A detailed image of the gold inlaid Winchester Model 1886 takedown rifle in unfired condition, made for John F. Dodge, co-founder of the Dodge automotive company. Photo courtesy James D. Julia, Inc.

Among the guns to be displayed in Cody is a superb gold inlaid Winchester Model 1886 takedown rifle in unfired condition, made for John F. Dodge, co-founder of the Dodge automotive company. The special engraving was executed by Winchester Master Engraver John Ulrich, who used 195 grams of gold in his artistry. The carving and checkering of the stock were done by his equally famous brother, Conrad Ulrich, also a Winchester Master Engraver.

Altogether, more than 30 examples of the Adams collection appear in this special exhibit.

For more about the Wes Adams exhibition, please contact Firearms Curator Warren Newman at the Historical Center at 307-578-4092 or warrenn[at]bbhc.org.

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