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Virtual Tour: Cody Firearms Museum

Virtual Tour: Cody Firearms Museum



hi guys thanks for tuning into another video on Forgotten weapons comm I mean today I'm here at the Cody Firearms Museum this is part of the Buffalo Bill Center for the West as you can see emblazoned all over that huge building this is actually a complex of five different museums a Natural History Museum a Western art museum Museum of the Plains Indians a museum about Buffalo Bill himself and the Cody Firearms Museum now what I of course I'm particularly interested in here is the Cody Firearms Museum right now they have about 7,000 guns in their collection and about 4,000 of those are actually on exhibit which may not sound like a lot but when you start looking at a lot of museums you realize that's actually a tremendously large fraction of their collection to actually be on display the collection is based on in large part donations from a number of major contributors the biggest single one the most notable one being the Winchester factory collection so what they have on display here includes a tremendous number of Winchester prototypes John Browning prototypes patent samples as well as the collection of competitors rifles that was put together by the Winchester company for many decades it's a fantastic museum really the only downside to it is it's located in Cody Wyoming now Cody Wyoming is the town formed by Buffalo Bill Cody that's why his museum is here that's why they started the firearms museum here and it's a gorgeous town the only problem is it's kind of out in the middle of nowhere up in Wyoming however it is absolutely worth a trip up here if you're ever in the area you should definitely check it out I'll tell you what why don't we go inside let's take a gander through the galleries and you get an idea for what I'm talking about when I say they have a really impressive collection all right so as we enter the main set of galleries they have well and start with something big and impressive big a Gatling gun complete with carriage an armored shield and then an interesting complete track basically of American firearms of the Old West of rifles and pistols now the main section of the museum is actually divided into two major parts one of them which we're taking a look at right here are galleries divided up by different manufacturer and they have a pretty comprehensive selection at least of American so Parker Savage Remington Stevens Evans Marlin Ithaca Bannerman Fogarty which most people probably never heard of Spencer Ballard Marlin high standard Adirondack short-lived manufacturer bought out by Winchester sharps Colt Smith & Wesson including handguns of course one of the main sections of the collection is Winchester because of course the bulk of well not the bulk of one of the major contributions to the Cody firearms museum was the Winchester factory collection so they have a lot of prototypes and pretty much a comprehensive set of everything Winchester ever made including here's a particularly cool example these are the revolvers that were involved in the debacle between Winchester and Colt / Colt producing lever-action rifles Winchester threatening to produce revolvers and they both mess with each other's markets that ended in a kind of backroom agreement that they'd stay out of each other's business which lasted for quite a long time so here are some more of the Winchester's example Winchester Hotchkiss rifles now the other section is divided up by time frame we have a couple of cool immersive galleries Oh an entire section of embellished firearms we'll go through some of this here and this will let us out in the section of firearms divided up chronologically so looking at things even starting with crossbows through very early firearms technology colonial Europe now we have American Revolution or of 1812 moving onward towards more civil war-era post-civil war various incarnations of the trapdoor Allen conversion and then looping around the other side here go from spanish-american war World War one and take a look at that that right there is one of the Winchester 1907 s adapted to aircraft use here we have World War two I back up quite a long way you can see that entire water-cooled m2 and a very nice selection of US service arms another Gatling gun oh now here is a lone collection from the Smithsonian with some really cool engraved guns and even cooler some fascinating original patent models of some really influential development guns and I'd love to show them to you but I can't because the Smithsonian signed a thirty-year exclusive video contract with the Showtime network and so nobody else is allowed to do any video of anything from the Smithsonian collection so if you want to see those you'll just have to come down here back and take a look through Ruger we nest Ruger on the way up did you know by the way that one of Bill Ruger seniors very first gun projects was a light machine gun for the military during World War two may have it right there didn't end up working out not necessarily his fault section on air guns effect there are couple sections on air guns which are pretty cool they have for example a juror Dhoni air rifle right there along with several other contemporary models here we have additional later 19th century air guns and 20th century air guns all right and the next thing we're going to do is head downstairs all right I forgot as we head towards the elevator we actually have a small section right here on the summerling that's pretty cool they have a substantial number of summer links alright let's head downstairs so the lower floor here isn't divided up quite like the top floor this includes a lot of the other guns that they didn't it didn't fit all that well into the specific examples upstairs so this case our breech-loading flintlock and percussion guns muzzleloading percussion guns muzzle loading flintlocks have this pretty cool turret cannon a couple of Porter turret guns now this right here is actually a really cool set of firearms storage lockers trays cases I don't know what you'd call it each one of these let's get the reflection out each one of these is six or eight more firearms in a pull-out display which is this really cool way to get a whole lot more guns actually visible and what's also neat about this is that the display is clear on both sides so you can see all the way around each of the guns now this section is pretty much all sporting arms of this type make clothes out of the rest of the way and when we go on to the other corner of the basement here there's a similar counter or a similar set of racks narratives of mostly military arms so this one is going to go from some of the early breech loaders here sorry about the reflections the glass makes that difficult with the lighting all the way through stuff like this and ending with an entire case of Johnson rifles and machine guns now there's one other particularly cool section down here that I'd like to show you well first off we have military arms including an awful lot of n fields don't worry about that blank spot those are actually rifles that we pulled out for me to do video on while I'm here so by the time you see this video all those guns will be right back in their case where they belong but I'm saving the best for last here so the valet browning gallery is really I think one of the crown jewels of the Cody museum's collection because in here they have the actual sample guns that Browning handmade and sold to the Winchester company he worked with Winchester for a couple decades and he didn't really sell them complete guns he sold them patents and then it would be up to Winchester to take those patents and either develop them into marketable firearms or in some cases just sit on them so that nobody else could but these are the actual guns that browning built to demonstrate those patent ideas browning did not build the B AR and the a m2 there but the rest of them are thanks for watching guys hope you enjoyed the video this place is definitely worth at least a day to come in check out the guns Explorer find things you've probably never seen before because there's a lot of one-of-a-kind stuff here stay tuned I will be doing an interview with the firearms curator Ashley Lipinski she's a really cool person you'll enjoy watching that too thanks for watching


Reader Comments

  1. Good Grief! Information overload! My great regret is that as a crippled 69 year-old collector and firearms enthusiast, I will never be able to afford to come to America to view such amazing collections as this! (short of winning a lottery). Thanks Ian, for giving us an insight as to how vast it is.

  2. This had the potential to be a good presentation, but the wild, vertigo/nausea-inducing flailing about with the camera essentially ruined it.

  3. This episode on Forgotten Weapons: Gun Jesus takes us for an all-exclusive look at Gun Heaven's Gun Museum.

  4. I could go there at opening time and they'd have to drag me out to get home after closing. I'd be drooling over everything so hard.

  5. If you are ever in the Chicago area you might want to spend some time at the 1st Infantry Division Museum, Cantigny, at Wheaton, IL. Of particular interest is the World War I sections given the Centennial and your current emphasis on WW1. The museum is on the grounds of the estate of COL McCormick who was the artillery commander of the 1st Inf. Div. during WW1 and was the publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It was founded in the early '60s and has lots of military vehicles and equipment displayed outside including a WW1 Renault tank.

  6. The problem with this museum is that I can't go with anyone I know because I would be gawking for days…

  7. "..really the only down-side, is that it is in Cody, Wyoming."

    Haha, that sounded so much worse than it was intended to…

  8. Those who are unhappy with the video, please understand that it is VERY difficult to film in that museum. Unless you set up a special event with the museum, you are not allowed to use lights, tripods, monopods, etc. The lighting in the museum is great for the displays, but really bad for cameras. So, you are severely limited in what equipment you can use, and given the size of the museum, it is not practical to do slow, stable shots of each display.
    I also have a video virtual tour of the Cody Firearms Museum, and my video is about 36 minutes long. I imagine that Ian worked very hard to make this video happen. My own video took 8-10 hours for me to edit down to half an hour length.

  9. Very nice. Somehow i hadn't seen this video yet. Been hearing about the museum and the center for years. Nice to get a sense how big and comprehensive it is. My buddy and i will probably make a pilgrimage next year. The only time i've been through Wyoming was when we moved back to CA 34 yrs ago, at the age of 11. Only places i remember stopping were Little America and Rawlins for lunch (both on I-80). It'll be nice to go back and see some sights, and of course Yellowstone. Great video as always. Thank you

  10. I've been to this Museum twice and I have to say it is absolutely the most amazing place to go I want to see is probably the best museum in the northern Americas the only thing I could think of that's under it is the World War II museum in Louisiana

  11. Thanks for bringing the museum to my attention a few months ago. I spent about 10 days in Yellowstone the beginning of the month a took a day at the museum. Very impressive place. The Indian Museum & Buffalo Bill Museums were also interesting for those travelling with non gun nuts.

  12. Are the adirondack lever action rifles still made? If not, are there any that can still be bought and work fine? Or at least a version of them? The lever on those rifles look amazing.

  13. I'm glad I stumbled upon this. An excellent video, thank you! One suggestion for the future: Please don't pan the camera quite so quickly. It makes it difficult to focus on any one thing. Plus, I found myself getting seasick! That said, please keep these videos coming; I love seeing these historic firearms!

  14. I am disappointed you didn't mention the Parsons exhibit. I worked with his youngest son, Lynn Parsons MD. Doctor Parsons was such an enthusiast for writing and promoting the idea of donating the family collection. As you know early in the 20th century his father Herb was a sharp shooter as well as a trick shot specialist. The family would travel in a station wagon  from town to town, putting on exhibitions,. his employer and sponsor Winchester.  This was a large venue for sales of guns and such during Herb's era.

  15. If you ever get a chance please do a video on a .30 Kiraly-Cristóbal Carbine. There is not much about it in the world. Thanks.

  16. Check out the J.M. Davis Gun Museum in Claremore, OK. Five times more firearms, as well as other items—and it's free! Claremore is also home to the Will Rogers Museum. http://thegunmuseum.com/jmdavis.html

  17. This museum is fantastic. We were there last year. It would take you a very long time to go through the whole thing. Cody is a neat town….loved it.

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