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Wanted: ideas for making portable Winchester rifle display for gun shows
September 13, 2019
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I hope this is the correct forum for this topic.  I would like to start doing Winchester rifle displays at certain collector shows.  I need to be able to create a display set up that has some pretty strict criteria.  I have some ideas based on what I have seen others do at shows.  

1.  Be light and portable so I can assemble/disassemble/transport it myself

2.  Fit in the back of a standard sedan such as Honda Accord

3.  Fit on standard 8 foot display tables used at most shows

4.  Allow for up to 8 rifles/carbines to be securely displayed.  My thoughts are four on each table

5.  Other items such as books, cartridge boxes, reloading tools, cleaning rods, etc., would be displayed on the tables also

I don't have a shop set up so I would have to get someone such as a cabinet maker or handyman to build the basic display for me.  I envision something like two sturdy oak uprights that would each be clamped down to the display table with large C clamps.  The uprights would have regularly spaced holes where the supports for the rifles would go.  A top piece would fit over the uprights giving extra rigidity and allowing a place to put the display title.  Drapes could be used as a backdrop for the rifles since they are easily portable and much lighter than a sheet of plywood for example.

I could use a cable/lock to secure the rifles together.  A glass case would have small items such as cartridges, boxes, etc.

Any other ideas or plans would be appreciated

September 15, 2019
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Bill I don't have a full picture of one but there are dealers that sell a 3 piece stand that holds 4 or 5 guns per stand.  These consist of 2 side pieces and a center bar.  The center bar has a threaded fitting on each end that goes through the side pieces and are all held together with 2 wing nuts.  Dissembled they are no more than 8" wide and 16" tall.  These are really easy to make yourself.  Here is a partial shot of them.  A back drop could stand by itself behind these and there are companies that make display cabinets.  If every thing is made in pieces it will be easier to transport.  This company is one of the best but pricy.  Get one of their catalogs for ideas.

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 Chuck, Nice picture of Walt with the "yea really" look. T/R

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 Chuck, Nice picture of Walt with the "yea really" look. T/R  

Thanks Tom.  I really miss him.  He was such a character.  He was one of the guys that taught me all about restorations, for the better or the worse.  I was his lackey and picker for many years.

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I don't know if these are still available.  I got these from Bill Goodman in Bozeman, MT,  (406)587-3131 several years back.  His son was making them.  Roger

 

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I don't know if these are still available.  I got these from Bill Goodman in Bozeman, MT,  (406)587-3131 several years back.  His son was making them.  Roger

 

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Roger these are basically the same, only taller, as the one in my picture.  Many people sell this type.  Bill there is another type that comes in a suitcase that opens up to become a gun rack.  Really I don't know how fancy you want?  Loading, transport and reloading is important to those who travel with these a lot.

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Chuck,

Because I only attended the Reno shows, I don't recall anyone selling the stands there for a long time.  So I am not aware of the availability of current display aids at the shows.  I just thought my picture might give him a better idea of using more than one stand on a table.  Just trying help, not promote an item.  Roger 

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Roger, Your picture was much better than mine.  I was trying to say a lot of people make these.  I really am not sure how fancy he wants his display to be?  I just don't have a lot of pictures from the shows.  Most frown upon this. 

Roger I don't know if you remember me but I first met you when you used to share a table with Carl and Cathy Petersen.

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Hi Chuck,  If I saw you, I would probably remember you.  My ability to recall names was never good and now it is really bad.  I remember things and names at the weirdest times and then when I need the information.....it's there, but I can't put it into thought.  Getting older is not for the vain or faint of heart.  I am sure if we sat down together it would all come back.  Thanks for remembering me though.

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Thanks gents for your replies.   I am not related to the late Glenn Hockett, although we met on several occasions.  

I have one of the late Walt Hallstein's Model 1876 rifles, so it's interesting that you posted a photo of him.  I never met the gentleman but I appreciate his taste in antique Winchesters.  

I have one of those "knock down" four gun stands.  Based on what other collectors have done with those to build readily portable displays, getting another one and using them might be a good option.  

Cheers!

November 8, 2019
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Bill,

I’m going to be at the upcoming Reno Show and have two “suitcase” style cases that open up and have 6 -8 slots per side for upright guns. They fit on the 8’ show tables perfectly. Just screw in a couple wing nuts to affix a top bar. The shape is like an upside down “V”. They have a cable that can or cannot be used to run through the levers and connect to the other end, where a paddle lock can be attached. Easy to pack & carry, and are well made. If interested, email me at blueliner15@yahoo.com

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From my recent, but overall very limited, experience with gun show displays; and a detail I suspect is oft-overlooked:

I would ensure that the crotch; curve; bight, recess, or what ever it is called, for the stock end of the gun or rifle be lower on the rack than the barrel end. In my opinion, it is more aesthetically appealing, as it ensures that the gun or rifle is fairly level and not “aiming down”.

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Bill,

I’m going to be at the upcoming Reno Show and have two “suitcase” style cases that open up and have 6 -8 slots per side for upright guns. They fit on the 8’ show tables perfectly. Just screw in a couple wing nuts to affix a top bar. The shape is like an upside down “V”. They have a cable that can or cannot be used to run through the levers and connect to the other end, where a paddle lock can be attached. Easy to pack & carry, and are well made. If interested, email me at blueliner15@yahoo.com

Bill  

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