Huge firearms museum to auction off duplicate guns (PHOTOS)
By Chris Eger
Claremore, Oklahoma has been home to the J.M. Davis since 1965 (Photo: Davis Museum)
An Oklahoma arms museum is using an auction house to trim their excess collection to keep the rest of their guns protected for future generations.
The J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum in Claremore is home to a unique collection over 12,000 firearms. Established in 1965, the institution survives through a combination of state funds and private donations. To help keep the museum on a stable footing in the face of thinning revenue and fewer school visits, Davis officials told local media they plan to develop a $2 to $3 million endowment for a rainy day. The money for such a fund would come from selling off surplus guns — duplicates — from the collection.
The first such sell-off, to be held by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, has more than 130 items listed with bids accepted both in person and online. Each gun includes the museum’s brass oval property tag as proof of its provenance.
Below are a few of the guns from the collection headed to the gavel next week.
How about a Mauser “Red 9” broom handle C96 with a 500m sight?
These Reid model “My Friend” knuckle dusters are highly