History and Firearms
Friday, February 25, 2005
Hunting and trapping hold an important role in the history of Canada. A persons skill and ability with firearms have put food on the table. Canada's lands abound with wild game.
Firearms provide protection from dangerous predators.
Older firearms, from family heirlooms to war trophies or relics are fascinating. They represent a direct link to our past. Holding a family heirloom -- a great grandfather's handgun or rifle -- is to make a very personal connection to the past, and to your own family history.
Many Canadians collect firearms. Some are casual collectors and some have made their collections a life long study.
Asking a firearm collector why they collect a certain type of firearm -- or even why they collect firearms will yield many different responses. Some hold a fascination for a certain period of history, or a historical event. Yet others have made a life long study of a firearms maker, John M. Browning, or Samuel Colt as two obvious examples.
Some firearm collectors relish sharing their enjoyment and knowledge of firearms and history with others. Collectors like Mr. and Mrs. Alan Kerr.
Alan and Sharon's collection is on display at Milarm, in Edmonton. They have a large collection of firearms and Canadian military history. Alan Kerr is only too pleased to invite in his fellow Canadians sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm.
Alan Kerr "at home" in his museum"
It might surprise readers, but in addition to an extensive collection of Canadian military firearms, some dating back to the 1800s, Alan and his wife Sharon have one of the most extensive collections of military collectables in Canada.
But, not all firearm collectors have to be as extensive as Alan and Sharon Kerr. Many firearm collectors start their collections with a single firearm -- one that interests or intrigues them.
If becoming a firearm collector is your goal, you never know where it will take you. Your journey has begun!