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Big Gun & Knife Show photo gallery

IMG_7910The annual Big Gun & Knife Show, which is the Valley of the Caddo Museum & Cultural Center’s main fundraiser, was held at the Love Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of people came through to buy, sell or trade guns, ammunition, knives and many other things available.

All the proceeds raised at the show go toward the opening of the Valley of the Caddo Museum & Cultural Center, scheduled for October 4.

Valley of the Caddo board member Don McCaskill is shown holding the AR-15 that was raffled away and won by Matthew Sheldon.
Valley of the Caddo board member Don McCaskill is shown holding the AR-15 that was raffled away and won by Matthew Sheldon.

The mission of the museum and cultural center is to represent the history and culture of the four northeastern Texas counties — Lamar, Fannin, Red River, and Delta. In an attempt to promote academic knowledge and education in areas of local history, archaeology, astronomy and the arts.

The VoCM&CC raffled a Bushmaster 90391 XM-15 AR-15 Carbine ORC, which is a semiautomatic assault rifle with a 16″ barrel. The winning ticket was drawn by the Lila Lanning, granddaughter of Lamar County Probation director and VoCM&CC chairman, Jimmy Don Nicholson. The name on this winning ticket was that of Matthew Sheldon of Pecan Gap, Texas.

Along with all the guns and knives and crafts, the United States Air Force had their ‘Rapid Strike’ full-motion simulator ride that was available for anyone to ride for free. The simulator immerses you in the high-tech world of the U.S. Air Force.

While inside the ‘Rapid Strike’ simulator, participants experienced real Air Force missions from a first-person perspective, including an F-22 flight, C-17 cargo drop and Combat Controller ground surveillance. The ride lasted approximately seven minutes, and there were no age restrictions, although children under the age of 13 were to ride with a parent or legal guardian.

If you are a gun or knife enthusiast, don’t miss next year’s Big Gun and Knife show. The proceeds are for a great cause that will benefit generations for years to come.

(Click thumbnails to enlarge photos) – By Josh Allen, eParisExtra

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