Dixie Gun Works

founded in 1954
Union City, Tennessee

largest supplier of blackpowder shooting equipment, parts and antique guns in the world

 

  • 1931 Turner E. Kirkland began collecting guns
    – paid seventy five cents for a “dug up” 1849 Colt Pocket pistol
  • 1938 By the time Turner entered college he owned about one hundred guns
  • World War II two years in the Pacific
  • 1948 small ad in Muzzle Blasts magazine
  • Friday, April 10, 1954 arrived home from one of my jewelry selling trips to find that nearly all the guns and parts I had advertised had been sold
    – realized I just might be able to make a living at what had been a hobby
  • Dixie Gun Works started
  • 1954 Dixie Gun Works Catalog
    – 700 plus page publication
    – illustrates more than 10,000 items
  • 1955 Dixie Kentucky Rifle first production made muzzleloading rifle
  • 1955┬á purchased a 4000 square foot building
  • 1960 built a 12,000 square foot building
  • 1968 moved to its current location 30,000 square foot
  • 1974 added on 46,000 square feet
  • 1978 Dixie Gun Works Blackpowder Annual
    – 75,000 sent out
  • Dixie Gun Works Old Car Museum
    – 1850’s period log cabin gun shop
  • July 26, 1997 Turner Kirkland died (77)

Dixie Gun Works
1412 W Reelfoot Ave
Union City, Tennessee 38261

731 885 0440

dixiegunworks.com

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