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Published June 05, 2009, 08:11 AM

Cowboy Hall hosts gun show

The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame will host its second annual Gun Road Show for gun owners with one of the nation’s top firearms experts on June 13-14 in Medora.

The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame will host its second annual Gun Road Show for gun owners with one of the nation’s top firearms experts on June 13-14 in Medora.

Gun owners are invited to dig out the family heirloom and have it evaluated by firearms experts. One of those scheduled to help with evaluations is National Firearms Museum Curator Doug Wicklund. Wicklund, a noted author about firearms who’s often seen on the History Channel and published in numerous publications, will tell gun owners who have questions, what they have, what it’s worth and where it came from.

Wicklund, who’s in charge of the National Rifle Association’s 4,500-piece collection at the National Firearms Museum in Virginia, has tentatively agreed to do the Medora event.

Wicklund will be joined at this year’s Gun Road Show by historian and firearms collector Gerald Groenewold from Grand Forks and historian Mark Halvorson of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

“Anyone who wants to have a gun evaluated must have it checked at the door, and only one gun per person will be allowed,” said Darrell Dorgan, NDCHF executive director.

Wicklund and the NRA, in a cooperative effort with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, provided the historic guns for the Guns of Dakota exhibit that opened at the Hall of Fame last summer. The exhibit features a cross section of guns used in North Dakota from the time of Lewis and Clark until the early 1900s. This year, NDCHF is also featuring a .36 caliber Colt that once belonged to world famous 1800s showman “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who took his famous Wild West Show around the world.

Other featured pieces include one of Teddy Roosevelt’s hunting rifles, a set of dueling pistols that once belonged to the Marquis de Mores, a rifle used at the Battle of the Little Big Horn and a plank cannon found at the site of Fort Dilts near present-day Marmarth, North Dakota. There are also 30 other historically important guns on display in the Hall of Fame’s Hauer Gallery.

The show runs from 1 to 4 p.m. (MDT) on Saturday and will feature a 7 p.m. talk by Groenewold on the important firearms of North Dakota. The Gun Road Show continues Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. (MDT) at the Hall of Fame in Medora.

Access will be on a “first-come, first-served basis”, and all guns will have to be inspected and tagged at the door before they can be brought in to be examined and evaluated.

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