TR's Fox "F" Grade Shotgun on Display in Cody, WY

The Outdoor Pressroom reports that U.S. President and NRA Life member Theodore Roosevelt's "F" Grade A.H. Fox shotgun is now on display at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo. Last fall the gun fetched a record $862,500 at an auction held by James D. Julia, Inc. (which also auctioned Nash Buckingham's prized "Bo Whoop").

The 12-gauge side-by-side traveled with Roosevelt during his famous 1909 African safari, and TR later remarked, "no better gun was ever made." The Billings Gazette further reports:

The shotgun belongs to collector Jason Roselius, who lives and works in Oklahoma City. He bought the weapon at auction and agreed to loan it to the museum, calling it a national treasure of a “larger-than-life” American.

The shotgun is a work of art. It features intricate scroll work, oak leaves and a gold-inlaid hunting dog on each side of the frame.

The gun is displayed in an oak frame with the original case and a fading tube of “gun grease.” An inscription on one of the barrels says “Made Expressly for Hon. Theodore Roosevelt.”

The maker's mark on the other barrel reads, “By A. H. Fox Gun Company Philadelphia U.S.A.”

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