Michigan Antique Arms Show going strong

A Report From The Second Oldest “Gun Show” in America     

The Winchester was arguably the gun that tamed the west and there are plenty to be found at the Michigan Antique Arms Show.

The Winchester was arguably the gun that tamed the West and there are plenty to be found at the Michigan Antique Arms Show.

 

by Peter Suciu

While some states have attempted to ban, or at least tightly limit, gun shows there is little worry that one of the longest running shows would be run into such trouble. Gun ownership is taken seriously in Michigan, which is home to Michigan Antique Arms Collectors, Inc. The group began in 1947 as the Michigan Gun Collectors Association and now regularly holds four regional-sized shows each year.

“The show has been running at the Novi Expo Center for more than a decade,” said Greg Zemsta, business manager for the Michigan Antique Arms Collectors, Inc. “Our club was formed in 1947 and we’re the second oldest gun collecting club in the country.”

The show and the club may be based in the Wolverine State, but dealers and attendees come from much further away.

“We’ve got gentlemen who come from Connecticut and Missouri and parts further,” Zemsta told Military Trader. “Our mission remains to educate the public of history arms, military history and western history.

These shows feature antique and collectable firearms from the Revolutionary War to modern times, with upwards of 500 tables including antique arms, swords, knives and uniforms. In addition to the aisles of treasures that can be bought and sold, the organizers regularly offer unique displays – with past examples including “Firearms of Gangland Chicago,” “Small Arms and Uniforms of the Spanish American War” and “Guns that Tamed the Old West.”

At the most recent event, which was held over the weekend of April 25-26 at the Novi Expo Center north of Detroit, Michigan, the focus was on rare Japanese rifles of World War II and a British World War II dispatch rider display, complete with original BSA motorcycle!

Upcoming shows will be held Sept.19th- 20th and Nov. 28-29.

 

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A mannequin of a British World War II dispatch rider and (non-firing) Bren machinegun.

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A Spanish-American display from a past Michigan Antique Arms Show.

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Modern handguns are far and few between but these 19th century beauties are so much nicer to take in.

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A collection of Japanese small arms and accoutrements was on display at the Spring Antique Arms Show.

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This quote from George Washington sums up the feelings of the Michigan Antique Arms Collectors club!

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It isn’t just “old guns” at the Michigan Antique Arms Show, and there is plenty of militaria – from uniforms to equipment for the collector.

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You won’t find aisles of “beef jerky” or modern black guns at the Michigan Antique Arms Show but you will find plenty of fine 19th century firearms like these in the collection of Richard “Red” Daugherty.

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Tim Barna, one of the club’s directors, is a regular fixture at the Michigan Antique Arms Show with his thousands of unique firearms related books.

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A 1944 BSA WM20, a 500 cc single cylinder motorcycle with 4 speed transmission. This motorcycle was manufactured in Birmingham, England on August 28, 1944.

 

 

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