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Beard collection opens Thursday at Archives
Beard Collection - Ross and Purvis Display WEB
Camdens Ross Beard, who has donated much of his large collection of firearms, weapons and other memorabilia to the Camden Archives and Museum is pictured standing by an open case filled with items connected to his godfather, famed FBI agent Melvin Purvis. Purvis was responsible for hunting down such 1930s mobsters as Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd and, most notably, John Dillinger. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Visitors won’t be able to help but stop and stare at the giant rifle at the Camden Archives and Museum. At 6 feet long and 90 pounds heavy, the training rifle features an 8-inch bolt for .50 caliber armor piercing rounds. Fashioned at Pearl Harbor, the rifle’s barrel is actually from the USS Arizona sunk during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941, that catapulted the United States into World War II. "I’ve only ever seen a Navy Seal be able to lift it.