The American Precision Museum building is modestly appointed and seemingly inconsequential. I joked with my wife that it might contain three musket balls and a broken musket. I do so like being wrong in instances like this.
The museum contains a fascinating collections of early rifles and pistols and possesses a wealth of history and significance. They were the first to develop interchangeable parts for rifles and were later visited by Samuel Colt and emissaries from the Springfield Armory who wished to study these techniques. They made innumerable rifles for the North in the Civil War. The company was founded and developed by two VT brothers who never got beyond high school. The contributions of these two to American technology and the industrial revolution are truly significant and yet almost unknown. They also designed tools to make tools that would make tools. Many of the originals are still on the museum floor and there are some working models one can study.
One would think that the appeal of this museum would by largely to males, but my wife was equally fascinated. Unfortunately, we had an appointment that force us to cut our visit short after only two hours. Plan on spending more time.
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