published Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Grundy County Historical Society Heritage Center hosts antique gun show

Some of antique gun collector Bill Beard's flint and percussion rifles and shotguns will be on display Saturday at the Grundy County Historical Society Heritage Center on Railroad Avenue in Tracy City, Tenn., according to organizers.

The display starts at 2 p.m. CDT and admission is free, organizer Oliver Jervis said.

Beard has been collecting guns since 1949 and became interested in collecting from stories relayed to him by his maternal grandmother, Jervis said. Her father was a surgeon during the Civil War.

The guns displayed Saturday are part of a collection Beard has placed on loan with the society's Heritage Center. He will display six full-stock rifles and two double-barrel shotguns and speak on how the guns were made and the role the weapons served for settlers.

"Visitors will be impressed by the workmanship of the weapons," Jervis said. "History buffs will revel in contemplation of the manufacturers and craftsmen."

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