Museum presents WWII Firearms with Jerry Meyer

| August 13, 2018

COSHOCTON – World War II warfare saw new advancement in military strategy, not only producing more efficient weaponry, but also lightening the load of the soldier. Learn more about this fascinating history at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum on Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Jerry Meyer will give a presentation on the origin, technology and use of the weapons in the museum’s WWII exhibit, which features rifles, carbines, revolvers, lugers and bayonets as well as holsters, bullets and cartridge belts.

Meyer, an expert in firearms history, will share interesting facts and anecdotes on several of the objects, including the first standard issue semi-automatic military rifle, the M1 Garand, dubbed by General Patton as “the greatest battle implement ever devised”, as well as a Soviet Tokarev Rifle, which was ahead of its time, with a 10-round detachable magazine, gas-type semi-automatic operation, and excellent accuracy. Another interesting firearm innovation in the collection is a rifle with attached grenade launcher, allowing for longer range. The Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III – Grenade Launcher utilized a Burns Discharge Cup clamped onto the muzzle end of the barrel, employing the front barrel band. A hand grenade, with a metal disk attached to its base, called a Mills Bomb, was inserted into the cup, and the grenade pin was pulled. All daunting rifles, these and many other firearms on display will be discussed by Meyer.

WWII Firearms with Jerry Meyer will be in the Montgomery Gallery where the WWII Exhibit: We Can…We Will…We Must! is currently on display. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students, and free for Friends of the Museum.

The exhibit is sponsored by the West Lafayette Rotary, West Lafayette Lion’s Club, the Janusian Club and the Timmon’s Foundation.

The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 300 N. Whitewoman Street, in Historic Roscoe Village, Coshocton. For more information, contact JHM at 740-622-8710, email: [email protected]org or visit its website The Ohio Arts Council also helped fund this event with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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