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A display box of hand guns from the American Civil War (1861-'65) is one small sampling of the wide range of arms that will be available for viewing on Saturday and Sunday at the Maritimes Arms Collectors Association Annual Antique Arms Fair and Sportmen's Show and Sale. The show is being held at the Bible Hill Junior High School.
TRURO - An antique gun display this weekend in Bible Hill will enable arms enthusiasts to get up close and personal to a wide variety of historical weapons.
"We have about 50 exhibitors coming in from around the Maritimes with historic items and hunting gear and different things sporting related," said Dana Smith, president of the Maritimes Arms Collectors Association, regarding this weekend's 51st annual antique arms fair and sportmens show and sale.
"We have a fellow coming up from the south shore who has flintlock pistols and/or swords from the 1780s, around that time," he said. "They go back into Revoluntionary War time period and the War of 1812."
Arms from the American Civil War (1861-'65) will also be on display as well as some from the Spanish American War (1898).
"Throughout our Canadian-related history, a lot of Canadians fought in the civil war on both sides and there'll be quite a few items like that," Smith said.
There will also be a wide variety of more modern guns and other sporting and military/medal displays.
Some items will also be available for purchase and appraisers will be on hand to provide free information on guns that participants bring to the show.
"We know some of what is going to be there, but we don't know entirely what is going to be there," Smith said. "We're like the antique road show sort of thing."
All items brought to the show will be subject to security checks.
If you go
Where: Bible Hill Junior High School, 741 College Rd.
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Adults – $4, seniors and students – $3, children under 12 – free (when accompanied by an adult), weekend pass – $6;
For more information call Stu MacKenzie at 895-6644.