To show some more highlights of the show . . . .
This is but one of several display cases of Civil War cartridge types and the handguns in which they were chambered which was available for study. The exhibitor included primer packages, bullet molds and similar accessories in the display. This particular photo was chosen because of its clarity and lack of overhead light reflections; he had some fifty or so different types displayed, not just Colts, but also Savage, Perron, Remington, IPs, combustibles, teatfire, paper, rimfire, cupfire, etc. This was, at least for me, a truly outstanding exhibit: museum grade, educational - stunning in the details and diversity. Even the NRA’s National Firearms Museum has no such exhibit of ammunition and associated firearms; I’m still trying to fit my eyeballs back into my skull! Last year, this same gentleman had four tables of Confederate packets and single specimens, absolutely mind-boggling for the student of early American ammunition, Civil War buffs or indeed anyone with an interest in history.
Then, of course, there are the “small” rounds such as this display of naval ordnance . . . . For those of you who’ve not met him, that’s the infamous Tailgunner1954 steadying the 16" TP projectile. This exhibitor left his torpedoes home, however (sorry APFSDS). Neat stuff - I don’t pretend to understand the details of the fuses scattered there on the floor, but I know a lot more about this big stuff today than I did last week thanks to similar exhibits and a very interesting presentation on the topic at the Thursday night seminars - a very big tip of the hat to the IAA’s Research Committee chaired by Paul Smith for bringing that program on line.
Here’s the bottom line on SLICS - with very little effort, one can spend a minimum of 14 hours a day socializing with other “bullet nuts,” networking, making new friends, reaffirming ties with old ones, finding gems for one’s collection and greatly expanding one’s knowledge in the field. If you only go to one show in a year . . . go to St. Louis; you will be well rewarded for your efforts!