A museum exhibition of firearms? Count me in! I noticed last week that the normally fairly dull Yunnan Provincial Museum was putting on a display of weaponry and so, despite a persistent cold and cough, I headed out there yesterday to check out the guns! Rather ironically, on arrival, I had to walk thorugh a metal detector and have my bag checked. With an enormous armoury a few feet away, what exactly were they afraid I would bring in?
The exhibition was surprisingly well attended; mostly salivating men, but some women and children, too! I've been to the museum three times before, but never seen as many visitors as the guns attracted! All the most important firearms were on display - Gatling (an early machine gun), Colt .45 revolver, M-16 assault rifle (8 million worldwide), AK-47 (75 miliion worldwide), plus a rather worrying number of seemingly homemade Chinese guns....
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