No more criminal deactivation as long as we are working there!
That was a major concern during the donation proceedings. I made it clear several times that the donated guns should be delivered in working condition.
When a gun is put for public display, it is temporarily deactivated by removing only the internal parts enough to be rendered not ready to be fired (such as firing pin, bolt or recoil springs). A lot of effort is put to make on the guns displayed to make them look real and correct (and not "handicapped"), while in non-functional condition.
The removed parts are then locked away, after being identified and linked to the gun. So, they all can be easily reverted to the original condition. By doing so, we comply with the local law without damaging the firearms.
I am serious when I am saying that we are mavericks: we will try to keep them as they left the factory, contrary to other institutions that simply destroy them by welding the bolts, doing holes in the barrel or cutting receivers. This is important when we think that their working mechanism can be subject of study by someone in the future. We are even planning to make some videos showing these historical firearms and make them available at the Museum Youtube and Instagram accounts.
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