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THERE’S A CRIMINALLY GOOD TIME TO BE HAD AT THE J.M. DAVIS ARMS AND HISTORICAL MUSEUM WITH SHOWPIECES RANGING FROM A 1350 A.D. CHINESE CANNON TO A TANK, SAMURAI SWORDS AND PISTOLS OF FAMOUS OUTLAWS.

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In 1934, Pretty Boy Floyd, a contemporary of Baby Face Nelson and Machine Gun Kelly, was laid to rest, once and for all, in the largest attended funeral in the history of Oklahoma with 20,000-40,000 in attendance. Why was it so well attended? Folks wanted to see the burial of one of the most infamous gun-toting bank robbers in the history of the United States. Was Pretty Boy Floyd notorious? Yes. A victim of hard times during the Great Depression? Perhaps. Amazingly, one of the many guns used in those infamous robberies can be found on

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display, right here in Green Country. The J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore houses the largest privatelyheld firearms collection in the world. Not only is a gun once owned by Floyd available for viewing, but also those of Bonnie Parker of the infamous duo Bonnie and Clyde, the Mexican Revolutionary general Pancho Villa, the American outlaw Jesse James, and the like. Weapons like these and many more can be found in Claremore’s historic museum.

visit every year to enjoy the expansive 40,000-square-foot museum with all its historic treasures.

Since 1969, the museum has made its collection of over 14,000 weapons available to the public. Over 30,000 people

Years later, when arriving in Oklahoma, Davis bought a 125-room hotel in Claremore and began displaying his collection of 29 guns for

In 1894, John Monroe Davis received his first gun from his father when he was only 7 years old. Davis’s childhood had been wrought with sickness, and one day his father bribed him to take medicine by giving him a muzzle-loading shotgun. This was the beginning of a long, healthy life and a passionate love affair with guns for Davis.

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