About this project

B.R. Howard was contracted by the U.S. Naval History Center to conserve dozens of historic firearms. The guns spanned in ranged from Civil War era to WW2 and also included Franklin D. Roosevelt’s shotgun. 


What we did

The guns were all partially or completely disassembled to facilitate the treatments. Parts were labeled and documented throughout the process. Treatments objectives included surface cleaning, corrosion reduction and stabilization, reduction of non-original oils and varnishes. Repairs of splits or replications of missing wooden components were also performed as well as machining and fabrication or missing or broken steel mechanisms and fasteners. All firearms were packed and transported back to the Naval History and Heritage Command Center upon completion.