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Primary Creator: Gunn, Dr. Richard "Dick"

Extent: 6.0 Boxes


The Ballistics Research Collection (No. 422) is arranged into seven series by intellectual subject, as follows:

Series Descriptions

Series 1. Articles, 1931-2008, .4 ft (Box 1)

Papers written and published in firearms related publications by various authors.

Series 2. Booklets, 1993-1996, .1 ft (Box 1)

Small informational publications.

Series 3. Books, 1809-1992, 2 ft (Box 1 – 5)

Large informational publications related to ballistics research and history.

Series 4. Correspondence, Undated, .1 ft (Box 6)

Correspondence between various authors.

Series 5. Diagrams, Undated, .2 ft (Box 6)

Illustrations of various ballistic designs, and their statistical outcome.

Series 6. Photographs, Undated, .1 ft (Box 6)


Series 7. Reports, 1967-1991, .3 ft (Box 6)

Discrete documents produced for internal ballistics testing and development.

Date Acquired: 03/04/2009

Languages: English, French, German


The collection of Dr. Richard F. “Dick” Gunn consists of primarily photocopies of books and articles related to firearm ballistics and the underlying scientific studies.

Collection Historical Note

Richard F. “Dick” Gunn (December 3, 1946 – October 6, 2007), born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Richard W. and Janet E. Gunn, lived in Stratford, Connecticut for most of his life.  He graduated from Bunnell High School in 1964, where he was a National Merit Finalist.  He then attended Union College, and earned his Bachelor's degree from Maharishi University of Management.  He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and active duty on the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard during the Vietnam war.  He married Marguerite P. Duffy on December 28, 1974.  He graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1980 and was a practicing chiropractor in Stratford for 26 years.  He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the Legislative Officer for the Bridgeport Rifle Club, which was co-founded by his great-grandfather.

Administrative Information

Repository: McCracken Research Library

Access Restrictions: McCracken Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials. Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation or publication. Contact McCracken Research Library for more information.

Acquisition Source: Gift from Dick Trenk in memory of Dr. Richard “Dick” Gunn

Preferred Citation: Ballistics Research Collection, MS 422, Harold McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Articles],
[Series 2: Booklets],
[Series 3: Books],
[Series 4: Correspondence],
[Series 5: Diagrams],
[Series 6: Photographs],
[Series 7: Reports],

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