2023 - Volume #47, Issue #2, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Artillery Museum Features Specialty Military Equipment
The museum specializes in modern artillery and focuses on pieces dating from the World Wars to the present, including artifacts from the current Russian invasion of Ukraine. Most of the equipment on display is sourced from the museum’s established overseas contacts, which in turn secure it from various military entities and governments.
While there are many private collections of military vehicles, aircraft, and tanks in the United States, this museum offers one of the only options to see a private collection of artillery.
All artillery within the museum is genuine military equipment that has been deactivated and made non-functional per the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive’s (ATF) requirements. This means that the equipment does not work and cannot be made to work. Likewise, all the munitions on display are inert training, drill, or schooling munitions.
In many ways, the museum is a window into a past era. Anti-aircraft artillery and anti-tank guns are being replaced as technology has improved the accuracy, range, and effectiveness of military equipment like shoulder-fired rockets. Visiting the museum gives guests a glimpse of a type of equipment that will likely never see battle again.
Within the museum is an artillery store. It’s the only place in the United States that specializes in the sale of deactivated large ordnance and crew-served weapons for purchase by private collectors and other museums. Everything offered for sale is original military production - no reproductions or “newly made” products are available. Many items for sale are of limited quantity or are even one-of-a-kind.
The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. However, the schedule can be affected by the weather and availability of volunteers. It’s also possible to visit on other days by appointment. Admission is free, although donations are always appreciated.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, International Artillery Museum, 201 S. Main, Saint Jo, Texas 76265 (ph 940-395-9309; www.artillerymuseum.com).
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