Vt. museum acquires collection of vintage guns

SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) - A collection of vintage firearms that documents the history of Vermont gunmaking will go on display at Shelburne Museum next spring.

The 106-gun collection, amassed by Terry Tyler, consists of firearms manufactured in the state in the 18th and 19th centuries. Among them: Hunting rifles, pistols and military guns from the Mexican-American and Civil Wars, some with stocks made of tiger maple, burled walnut and other decorative woods.

The exhibit, "Lock, Stock and Barrel: The Terry Tyler Collection of Vermont Firearms," opens May 15 at the museum.

Museum director Stephen Jost says the collection is unique for both the quality of the guns and the era they span.