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Terry Tyler’s Firearms Collection Will Fire Up Shelburne Museum In May

by Craig Altschul

The Terry Tyler collection of Vermont firearms from 1790 to 1900 has been acquired by The Shelburne Museum, says the Burlington Free Press. You can see the 106 firearms beginning May 15 through Oct. 30 at the museum’s “Lock, Stock and Barrel” exhibit. Tyler’s collection took about 50 years to assemble. He also has published books about the history of gun manufacturing in Vermont. The collection includes target rifles, military guns from the Mexican-american and Civil wars, and a pistol which could be hidden in an overcoat. Some of the guns sport intricate metal inlays and engraving. “This extraordinary collection is unique in both the quality of the firearms and its comprehensive nature,” says museum director Stephan Jost.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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