A couple of years ago while visiting Nauvoo with my family, we stopped by Jonathan Browning’s home and gun shop. Housed there is a large collection of Browning’s guns, many of which include a brass plate on the handle with the inscription, “Holiness to the Lord — Our Preservation.”
For the last three years, I have searched for a picture on the internet of one of these guns, and while browsing recently, came across the following image (via wikipedia).
I’m curious as to what this interesting piece of material culture from Mormonism’s past reveals about Mormonism of the era. Because my understanding of Mormon material culture is cursory at best, and my knowledge of early Mormon narratives concerning violence and divine vengeance is even more limited, I thought I’d toss this out there for those who know more about these subjects (I’m looking your way, David and Stan (though certainly anyone and everyone else is invited to chime in)). What do you make of Browning’s gun?