Sweetwater County Museum Starts Antique Firearms Research Service

Sweetwater County Museum Starts Antique Firearms Research Service

The Colt Single Action Army revolver, often referred to as the “Peacemaker,” was among the most iconic firearms in American history. This nickel-finish SAA belonged to William A. Johnson, who served as Sheriff of Sweetwater County from 1879 to 1880.

GREEN RIVER — The Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River christened a new service on Wednesday – vintage firearms research.

“When it comes to guns, ‘vintage’ covers a lot of territory,” said Dick Blust, a museum researcher. “While a Sharps buffalo rifle from the 1870s is beyond question ‘vintage,’ so, in many respects, is a Smith & Wesson revolver manufactured in the 1920s or a Colt Model 1911A1 semi-automatic pistol made during World War II.”

The museum recently researched a badly rusted rifle found years ago in Uinta County that the owner had been unable to determine much about. It turned out to be a Winchester Model 1894 lever-action chambered for the .30 WCF (.30/30) cartridge with a 26-inch octagon barrel manufactured in 1903.

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The Model 1894, designed by John Moses Browning, was one of the most popular sporting rifles every manufactured; in fact, it’s still in production.

The Model 1903A3 Springfield bolt-action rifle in .30/06 caliber was issued as a ‘substitute standard’ to American troops during World War II. This Remington-made ‘03A3 was manufactured in April, 1943.

People with a vintage firearm (or firearms) who would like to learn more about them need only contact the museum at (307) 872-6435 or via email at sweetwatercountymuseum@outlook.com.

Blust said there will be no charge for the museum’s firearms research service.