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Standing Their Ground: Tejanos at the Alamo

Firearms of the Texas Frontier - Flintlock to Cartridge (1836 - 1876)

In 1836, single-shot flintlock muskets, rifles, and pistols served as the primary firearms in the Battle of the Alamo. Just forty years later in 1876, Texans carried Winchester repeating rifles and six-guns for armament. "Firearms of the Texas Frontier" tells the fascinating story of the technological evolution of the firearms industry.

It is actually not bragging to say that Texas played a prominent role in the emergence of Colt, Smith & Wesson, and Winchester as giants of the firearm industry.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view firearms that helped settle the Texas frontier. Through the generosity of collectors and contributing institutions, the Alamo has brought together historic firearms and artifacts that are sure to please any fan of the West.

However, one does not have to be an historian to appreciate the skill and artistry of the nineteenth century firearms designers who created rifles and revolvers so advanced that they are still being produced today.

In addition to the exhibit of historic firearms inside the Alamo Shrine, the Alamo staff and trained volunteers invite visitors to visit a hands-on exhibit of replicas of the historic firearms.  This hands-on experience is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and is located in Convento Courtyard on the north side of the Alamo Shrine in good weather, and inside the Alamo Shrine in inclement  weather.  The interactive exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to discuss the history of the firearms as well as to see them up close.  It is a way for families to learn Texas history in an interesting and entertaining way.

Place: The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Dates: October 15, 2014 through May 31, 2015
Admission: Free to the Public
Contact: Dr. Bruce Winders at, Sherri Driscoll at