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Day of days so far at the museum
« on: August 10, 2020, 09:19:30 PM »
   So, for the past two weeks I have been about ready to burst. I was contacted by a gentleman from the West side of Michigan about a donation of some military related firearms. Basically he was looking for a museum that might take them and I quote "before Biden takes office and destroys them" . No strings attached, no tax deduction, just a 501c(3) museum that would be willing to take them.
   I told him we were certainly interested and he said he would send me the details with a flash drive in the mail. So, my inner self chalked it up to another "tire kicker" and I moved on... Last Monday to my surprise, the aforementioned flash drive arrived in the mail. I plugged it into the usb port and nearly fell out of my chair!
   In the drive were photos of 120 weapons from the American Revolution through the present time complete with slings and bayonets! To name just a few, there was a 1941 Johnson Rifle with bayonet, an American Civil War Greene Rifle, of which there were only 900! A Finnish Suomi SMG, all of what you might call the common weapons from all periods and all major combatants with almost no duplication. Where there was duplication was in 3 US M-4 carbines in various sight and grip configurations, 2 French Gras rifles from different arsenals, and 2 Tokarev pistols.
   Well, today I made the pickup with a crew of 7 and it took 2 hours to load them all into a van and two full size trucks! The donor also forgot about 10-15 more, most of which were non-guns like a PPsH, a Thompson, a Sterling and a British SA-80 but also several actual guns like a Soviet PPS and more! We also received 3 very old de-milled LMG's to include a Bren, a BAR and an MG-34. All told somewhere near $200,000.00 worth of guns and bayonets. A donation that will certainly be hard to beat in the future. So, my museum in full to the top with these until we can get some custom cabinets built and we are just beside ourselves.
    The donor is a retired Marine Major who also offered 1600 built military models that are top notch, though we simply cannot care for that many at this time and its really too far to move them as its about 2.5 hours one way for the drive... He has two more guns at the gunsmith that I have to go back for and a few other misc items as well. Just an amazing day to say the least. I will try and post some pics Wed as I begin to sort and catalog them with the volunteers. All told there are around 150 weapons and nearly as many bayonets!        Scott
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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2020, 08:10:49 AM »
Scott,

A curators dream.. best of luck cataloging them and ultimately storing them..

You'll need a very large gun vault for sure

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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2020, 07:21:00 PM »
Scott

That is just simply amazing!  Good luck with cataloging and displays. Looking forward to seeing some photos.

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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2020, 08:55:40 PM »
Thanks guys! Here are a few pics of my work for tomorrow and likely the next several months! Sorry for the poor quality, my Wife has my cell phone as hers died and I am using a cheap old digital camera.   Scott
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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2020, 09:15:34 PM »
Our bathroom of anarchy...
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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2020, 09:23:07 PM »
Some pistols
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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2020, 09:24:01 PM »
More pistols
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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2020, 09:25:21 PM »
  Some hard to see modern assault rifles
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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2020, 10:07:57 PM »
Sterling and PPSh
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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2020, 06:56:45 AM »
Stunning..

At a loss for words...

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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2020, 08:35:19 PM »
    True story Smitty, we took two full size trucks and my van with all the seats down. We layered the rifles in rows between wool blankets and they were about 4 layers deep. So, as I had to catalog and do other things this week, I didn't remove the blankets or put my seats up until yesterday as I had to go to the store. While folding the blankets I found a Czech VZ-52 still in my van! I had been driving most of the week with it under the blankets! What a crazy week...   Scott
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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2020, 02:42:15 PM »
Good thing you weren't driving into Mexico..

You'd still be in the klinků. ???

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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2020, 10:33:22 PM »
   Yeah Smitty, can you imagine?

   Officer: where are you going in such a hurry sir?
   Me: Picking up the kids at school officer
   Officer: whats under the blankets in the back, do you mind if I look?
   Me: Nothing at all and go right ahead.
   Officer while calling for backup: Step out of the car slowly....

   Attention to detail, how could I forget that? :o     Scott
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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2020, 06:47:09 AM »
Scott,

With all the excitement it happens.. I forget things like that most of the time...

I get some strange looks sometimes when I unload my M60 machine gun or B.A.R. or my M3A1 grease gun from my truck at the house..

Never got paid a visit from PD though...

Maybe the neighbors feel safer knowing they got some firepower in the neighborhood, in case the zombies come one day....

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Re: Day of days so far at the museum
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2020, 10:37:26 PM »
  Yes! Artillery makes for good respectful neighbors ;)        Scott
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