The Cody Firearms Museum houses the most comprehensive assemblage of American firearms in the world. The Winchester Collection, the heart of this museum, was transported from New Haven, Connecticut, to Cody, Wyoming, in 1975. Dedicated in 1991, the museum provides an expansive permanent home for the collection.
Don’t expect to see only Winchester-made arms here, though; virtually every significant manufacturer in the world is represented. Within the exhibits, visitors are able to trace the evolution of modern firearms technology from its earliest days through today’s outstanding variations.
Gun collectors can take advantage of the Cody Firearms Museum Records Office to secure information about individual firearms manufactured by Winchester, Marlin and L.C. Smith. Factory letters are available to Cody Firearms Museum members and non-members for a fee. Go to the Firearms Records section of the website for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: The Cody Firearms Museum staff is able to respond to general questions regarding firearms and firearm-related issues beyond the scope of the Records Office on a limited and complimentary basis. Contact Curatorial Assistant Daniel Brumley at 307.578.4117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Response times to such inquiries vary with the workload of the curatorial staff. We are unable to respond to gunsmithing, highly technological, or hand-loading inquiries.
By Herbert G. Houze, former curator
This 79 page book highlights just a portion of our extraordinary arms collection, with detailed images and descriptions.
Available in our Museum Store online or by calling 800.533.3838.
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