Frequently Asked Questions:
Why a Museum for Artillery?
There are outstanding private collections of military vehicles, aircraft and tanks in the United States. While there are some excellent government owned artillery museums, in the private sector, the artillery family as a primary collection, has been virtually overlooked.
Where do you find Artillery?
Everywhere in the world.
There is not a great deal of artillery available in the United States. Artillery is located in the countries and regions where wars have occurred or have a higher risk of conflict.
We have well established overseas contacts and acquire artillery from various entities and from some governments.
Are the items on display real?
Is Artillery Still Relevant?
Yes, everything is real.
However, everything on display or available for sale is deactivated and non-functional per ATF requirements. They do not work and cannot be made to work.
Likewise the munitions on display are INERT training, drill, or schooling munitions and have never been live or contained any energetic material.
YES and NO
YES. Nothing conventional delivers the volume of blast effects and shrapnel at less cost than artillery.
YES. Technology has improved the accuracy, range and effectiveness of the artillery family of weapons.
NO. It depends on your adversary.
The United States and other developed countries, for example, can return counter battery fire while incoming projectiles are still in flight.
NO. Most anti-aircraft artillery is obsolete with the advent of shoulder fired and other more effective anti-aircraft rocket/missile systems.
NO. Other than tanks, most anti-tank guns have been replaced by more effective shoulder fired weapons and other types of anti-tank systems. Some anti-tank guns have been observed in use however, in Ukraine.
What type of Artillery is in the Museum?
Everything is modern.
The focus of the museum is WWII, Vietnam, and other wars and conflicts up to the present time including the war in Ukraine.
We have some artillery dating from WWI that was used in early WWII until more modern weapons became available.
Why is the Artillery “Demilled”?
We are a museum.
It makes no difference whether an item we are displaying works or doesn't work
We have no interest in live artillery.
It is a different and longer process for
ATF approval to possess live
What is the
"Artillery Family of Weapons"?
The artillery family is generally considered to consist of tube artillery, mortars, and rocket artillery.
Tube Artillery types are Cannons, Howitzers, Gun-Howitzers, Anti-Aircraft and Anti-Tank. They can be wheel mounted or self-propelled.
Mortars are generally man-portable infantry weapons that are smooth bore and drop fired.
Rocket Artillery may be small, inaccurate rockets fired from simple launchers or larger rockets, technically missiles, with significant range and precision accuracy.