Lock, Stock, and Barrel
The Rockwell Museum is proud to display an important selection of historic long arms and handguns from the Robert F. "Bobby" Rockwell, III collection. Over the past 4 decades, Bobby has amassed an impressive collection of over 800 historic firearms. His fascination began more than 40 years ago when he began firing antique firearms in shooting competitions. By using these antique firearms, he came to learn about the technology, craftsmanship, and history behind each gun. Bobby has purchased firearms throughout the United States, including from many individuals in New York, Pennsylvania, and New England, various auctions and estate sales, and even from the Apache Reservation in Arizona. This inaugural display celebrates Bobby as a collector by featuring a broad selection of long arms and handguns ranging from the American Colonial period (1760s-1790s) to World War I (1914-1918). In the coming years, the Rockwell Museum will explore more of Bobby's historic firearms through various displays drawn from his one-of-a-kind collection.