lie gun collection which we have here at "Independence Hall" in Chicago numbers about 500 handguns and several dozen rifles of American interest. Most of the guns are from the Civil War period. Among all these guns, I find I have no favorites, since each one has its place in the collection. The history of this country is revealed in the guns men used to make it. Not only fighting, but trade, commerce, design and engineering development are shown in the "story of the guns." The pistol I am holding is one of the rarest in the group. It is a U. S. Holster Pistol of 1813, a "horse pistol," made at the National Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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