Bullseyes And Misfires: The Quirky History Of Weapons In Western Colorado

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Photo: Grand Junction Weapons Museum
Museum of the West curator David Bailey looks over some of the target-shooting guns from the mountain-man era.

The history of weapons in Western Colorado is a story of bull's-eyes and misfires. Over a span of more than 10,000 years weapons evolved from carved wooden darts and stone clubs to six-shooters and water-cooled machine guns. These weapons tell a story of survival and conflict, and of Paleo mammoth hunters and Wild West bandits. This historic arsenal is currently on display in Grand Junction at The Museum of the West. Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner spoke with the museum's curator, David Bailey, about the collection.