The National Congress of Old West Shootists convention will Friday through Sunday at the Radisson Quad-City Plaza, Davenport.

Events and seminars will appeal to historical re-enactors, cowboy shooters and Old West enthusiasts of the time period from 1865 to 1899.

More than 100 attendees from 12 states will be on hand. Most attendees will wear historical clothing throughout their stay so visitors will see an array of colorful characters.

Opening ceremonies at 1:15 p.m. Friday will include a flag ceremony using an 1896 American flag and color guard participants wearing military uniforms from the late 1800s representing four military branches.

An Old West show and sale will feature vendors with period clothing, antique and reproduction firearms, leather, books, collectibles and more. Admission is $5 for the public. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Other events include a ladies’ tea, an indoor western action shoot at Davenport Guns & Shooting Club, and a Saturday night banquet.

Seminar topics will include the evolution of the Colt Pistol, firearms engraving, long-range black powder rifle reloading and the life and times of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler.

Visitors do not need to be congress members to attend the convention or sale.

A one-day pass, payable at the door, is $5 for admittance to the show, sale and all the seminars being held that day. A conventioneer pass of $60 includes all four days.

For more information about the convention, the seminar schedule and to register for the convention pass, visit

The Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau expects this convention to have a local economic impact of $34,000.


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