Sunday evening May 7, 1944 five men met in the home of Walter MacGregor on Cumberland Avenue in Wethersfield, Connecticut to discuss the formation of a new organization to promote their interests in the preservation, study and collecting of antique firearms.
The Guild and it’s members have been gathering monthly since 1944 fostering the preservation of history and an appreciation for all things militaria. From the waning years of World War II to the present, the Connecticut Gun Guild has grown from five enthusiastic men to a diverse, multinational organization of over 350 members. The Guild continues to promote safety, responsibility, friendship, and research while attempting to preserve our constitutional rights and pursue our chosen hobby which includes the collecting and preservation of firearms.
largest collection of Kentucky long rifles in the world
1947 his son Joe III joined him in the business
“Joe,” a wealthy York business man said,”when are you going to get a shave and a haircut and look like other folks?”
“On the day,” Mr. Kindig snapped back, “when you give $5000 to charity.”
The man took him up on it, and wrote $2,500 checks for two needy causes. Mr. Kindig, as good as his word, sat painfully through a shave and haircut. “It was awful,” he told a reporter. “With my hair and beard gone, I looked as ridiculous as you do right now.”
May 1955, Life magazine published its first-ever foldout, highlighting Joe’s rifles
1960 wrote Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in Its Golden Age
his book changed popular attitudes from thinking of the rifle as a weapon to appreciating it as an art form & the gunsmith a skilled artisan
Few rifles are ever offered to the collecting public.