The new exhibition, Firearms, Technology, and the American West, will explore how the evolution of firearms design, technology, and function opened the door for firearms to be used for self-defense, hunting, and sport shooting on a much larger scale than ever before, impacting the lives and livelihoods of those on the western frontier.

Prominently featured in this exhibit is the The Matthew S. Browning Collection of firearms. A legacy collection that was assembled from 1928 to 1960 by Matthew S. Browning, the grandson and namesake of the businessman and gunsmith who, with his brother John Moses, founded the Browning Brothers Company in Ogden, Utah in 1880. Gifted to the C.M. Russell Museum in 1986, the family’s collection contains a diverse range of Browning firearms, as well as a number of significant American and European firearms that the family both displayed and shot.