A collection of firearms that trace the history of the United Kingdom, the country of Nepal and the United East India Company will be welcomed to Brownwood with almost a day-long ceremony Saturday.
The exhibit, a large portion of the weapons rescued from Nepal now in the Ray Collection of Fort Worth, is on display at the Firearms Museum of Texas inside the Brown County Museum of History downtown.
Demonstrations of loading and blank firings will highlight the official opening, which will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with a ribbon-cutting and first tour.
Demonstrations of the loading and blank firing of muzzle-loading firearms are set for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and demonstrations of the military use of the Gurkha "Kukuri" fighting knife are set for 1 and 3 p.m.
The exhibit is made possible by owners Marcus and Judy Ray, with the assistance of Firearms Museum director Steve Blake of Brownwood.
Blake said the exhibit will remain on display here through December 2012, and is the only place in Texas the public can see firearms found in the Nepalese palace where some of them had been stored for up to two centuries.