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"If only these guns could talk..."-Gary Asproth


September 23, 2020

Gary Asproth, a collector of historic guns, poses with an 1876 Winchester 45-60 rifle believed to have once belonged to former President Teddy Roosevelt (TR). The rifle was purchased from the Mickey Kane estate in 2017. Kane was a rancher and big game hunter from the Big Sandy area. The first teddy bear, still a popular child's toy, was created based on a cartoon depicting an incident involving TR on a bear hunting trip in Mississippi. Asproth will have the rifle and other items on display at the upcoming Chinook Gun and Antique Show running October 2-4 at the Blaine County Fairgrounds.

When the eighth edition of the Chinook Gun and Antique Show opens in early October Gary Asproth, from Park Rapids, Minnesota, will be making his second appearance as an exhibitor at the annual show. In a recent phone interview Asproth said he'll be displaying two "historic Winchester rifles, one belonging to Teddy Roosevelt (26th President of the U.S. and an avid big game hunter) and the other to Buffalo Bill Cody (a buffalo hunter and showman who spread the idea of the Old West through several live, traveling shows)."

Gary Asproth describes himself as "a collector of historic guns, Wester...

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