Welcome everybody to the wild, wild west. In the run up to our Wild West Weekend, we thought we'd introduce you to a magnificent seven of guns from our collection you may have seen in the hands of your favourite cowboys and cowgirls. Winchester 1873 Rifle Based on the 1860 Henry Repeating Rifle, the famous … Continue reading Guns of the ‘Old Wild West’
Following their recent appearance at the Historia Ludens conference on ‘History and Gaming’, held at The University of Huddersfield, Royal Armouries curators Jonathan Ferguson and Lisa Traynor reveal their experience of working with the team from video game developers - Rebellion - on the latest edition of their successful Second World War game series, Sniper Elite … Continue reading Shooting for Accuracy: Historicity and Video Gaming
In this monthly blog series, our collections team will write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. In this month’s blog Lisa Traynor, Curator of Firearms, gives us a short history of PR.6375, Vetterli-Vitali Model 1870/87 Rifle and its fascinating journey from Naples, to Terni, to Larne, and finally how it arrived … Continue reading Object of the Month for May: Vetterli-Vitali Model 1870/87 Rifle
After the release of Skyfall, Jonathan Ferguson, Curator of Firearms at Royal Armouries talks guns and gadgets and poses the question - does Bond’s PPK still make sense? Gadgets, cars and firearms have always been part of the Bond package, from novelties like the famous 'Golden Gun' to Bond’s own personal issue pistol. Most famously, … Continue reading Skyfall: Making sense of Bond’s PPK…
The last battle on English soil was fought on 18 December 1745, when dragoons of the Duke of Cumberland’s Government army caught up with the rearguard of the retreating Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart – ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’. The rebel Jacobites had advanced as far as Derby, but due to lack of support from … Continue reading Going by the book!
This English flintlock is a William III Land Service musket dating from approximately 1689-1702. The lock-plate is engraved with the cipher of William III and Mary II and the maker’s mark ‘WP’ is stamped on the right side of the lower breech and repeated near the muzzle. The barrel is also marked ‘EG’ crowned, referring … Continue reading Flintlock Repair Work