The 11th Annual RSA Historical Seminar was held in Springfield, Massachusetts on July 13th – 15th, 2005. The more than three dozen attendees enjoyed a wonderful program put together by Seminar Chairman Rich Shepler. The activities included a â€œbehind-the-scenesâ€ tour of the Springfield Armory Museum and another â€œclosedâ€ tour of the Smith & Wesson factory! Attendees were also treated to a host of historical talks on a variety of Remington-related topics… banquets, raffles and silent auctions!
The in-depth tour of the Springfield Armory took place on a near-perfect summer day. Our group was welcomed by Doug Clifford, Superintendent of the Museum. His staff at the Springfield Armory Museum gave us an outside orientation of the historic facilities, a talk was given by Conservator Dave Arnold about how to care for antique firearms, a special tour of the closed-off storage areas of firearms was given by Park Historian Rich Colton, and the group took a self-guided tour of the modern firearms museum.
The following day the seminar attendees traveled to the nearby Smith & Wesson factory, where they were given a walking tour of another of Americaâ€™s great gun making companies.
Historical lectures included: â€œA Remington Family Albumâ€ by Rich Shepler; â€œSpringfield-Remington Model 1870 Rifles & Carbinesâ€ by Ed Hull; â€œRemington Bicyclesâ€ by Mark Eddy; â€œA Remington Bibliographyâ€ by Rich Shepler; â€œRemington Model 1100 Autoloading Shotgunsâ€ by Jack Heath; â€œRemington Catalogs and Price Listsâ€ by Gordon Fosburg; and â€œProduction of Model 1903 Rifles at Remington During World War IIâ€ by Roy Marcot.
Seminar Coordinator Rich Shepler informs us that next yearâ€™s seminar is scheduled for the Frazier Gun Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Full details will be printed in the 1st Quarter 2006 RSA Journal.
Park Service Historian Rich Colton explains how finished arms were brought into the entryway of the Old Arsenal Building and hoisted up to to the storage floors above. The artistâ€™s rendition (below) shows how it was done 150-years ago.
RSA Seminar attendees received a thorough briefing from Rich Colton about the 210 year history of the Springfield Armory
A Browning M1917 machine gun made by Rem-UMC during World War I. This was the only Remington gun which we didnâ€™t have in â€œThe Exhibitâ€ at Cody in 1997.
One heck-of-a big Remington-Lee bolt action rifle… or is it wall gun?
RSA Director Ed Hull
â€œSpringfield-Remington M1870 Rolling Block Firearmsâ€
RSA Director Jack Heath
â€œRemington Model 1100 Autoloading Shotgunsâ€
RSA Journal Editor Roy Marcot
â€œRemington Rifle Production During World War IIâ€
RSA Vice President Rich Shepler
Chip and Susan Kloos
Ed and Judy Hull
Ed and Mrs. Adams
Gene and Jan Myszkowski
Lee and JoAnn Estabrook
Jack and Gail Heath
Dr and Mrs Karl Spyridon
The lovely ladies who attended the 11th Annual RSA Historical Seminar
Walt House, Paul Repka, Carol Webb and Gordon Fosburg
Mike Aneskewich, Garland Jackson, Jack Heath, and John Lee