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A portrait of Davis. Photo courtesy J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum.
A portrait of Davis. Photo courtesy J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum.

J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum

Claremore
Founded: 1969
Home to the world’s largest privately held arms collection, the Davis Museum houses more than 14,000 guns and more than 50,000 objects. The museum’s director, Wayne McCombs, says the collection was amassed by J.M. Davis, a Claremore hotelier and entrepreneur who began collecting arms, among other objects, in the 1930s. A big draw to the museum is its Law & Order exhibit, which showcases weapons that were used by famous outlaws, including Bonnie Parker, Pancho Villa and Pretty Boy Floyd; as well as by famous law enforcement officials, including a trooper from the first class of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, in 1937.

A pistol from the museum’s Law & Order Exhibit. Photo courtesy J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum.
A pistol from the museum’s Law & Order Exhibit. Photo courtesy J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum.