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Gun enthusiasts learn about the 'Gun That Won the West'

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Published: Feb. 19, 2017 at 10:33 PM CST
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History buffs and rifle enthusiasts got the chance to take a look at ‘The Gun That Won the West' Sunday afternoon.

The owner of First Stop Gun in Rapid City held a learning forum at the Journey Museum to talk about the Winchester model 1873 rifle. It's the 150th anniversary of the rifles. Mark Blote describes the gun as a piece of western history that helped modernize the area. The guns were used by cowboys, in wars and by icons like Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and President Theodore Roosevelt . After 40 years of collecting the Winchester models, Blote hopes to share his variety of gun styles to help people learn about their history.

"I hope they find some interest in the history of the firearms and the evolution of them, and maybe even someone will be interested in collecting them. Hopefully it'll be though provoking, and make people think about history," said Blote.

The Journey Museum also had a raffle for a rifle, and the proceeds will go toward more educational programming at the museum.