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Image of 1973.304A-I - Anti-Aircraft Shells, 1940. Six empty shells (A-F), two metal bullet heads (G,H), and one metal ring (I).  Empty shell casings are cylindrical in shape and open at one end.  Closed end narrows then widens to flat bottom with a raised ring.  Flat bottom has two etched rings in center with text around rings.  Two metal bullet heads are small and have oblong oval shapes.  The metal ring has threading on the interior side.

1973.304A-I - Anti-Aircraft Shells, 1940. Six empty shells (A-F), two metal bullet heads (G,H), and one metal ring (I). Empty shell casings are cylindrical in shape and open at one end. Closed end narrows then widens to flat bottom with a raised ring. Flat bottom has two etched rings in center with text around rings. Two metal bullet heads are small and have oblong oval shapes. The metal ring has threading on the interior side.

Anti-Aircraft Shells, 1940. Six empty shells (A-F), two metal bullet heads (G,H), and one metal ring (I). Empty shell casings are cylindrical in shape and open at one end. Closed end narrows then widens to flat bottom with a raised ring. Flat bottom has two etched rings in center with text around rings. Two metal bullet heads are small and have oblong oval shapes. The metal ring has threading on the interior side.

Image of 2000.021.001 - .50 Caliber Shell, 1944. One of three brown metal shells that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The bottom has the engraved letters reading, "D M" and the number reading, "4". The bottom also has an engraved circular ring with three notches. The shell was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

2000.021.001 - .50 Caliber Shell, 1944. One of three brown metal shells that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The bottom has the engraved letters reading, "D M" and the number reading, "4". The bottom also has an engraved circular ring with three notches. The shell was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

.50 Caliber Shell, 1944. One of three brown metal shells that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The bottom has the engraved letters reading, "D M" and the number reading, "4". The bottom also has an engraved circular ring with three notches. The shell was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

Image of 2000.021.002 - .50 Caliber Shell, 1944. One of three brown metal shells that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The bottom has the engraved letters reading, "D M" and the number reading, "4". The bottom also has an engraved circular ring with three notches. The shell was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

2000.021.002 - .50 Caliber Shell, 1944. One of three brown metal shells that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The bottom has the engraved letters reading, "D M" and the number reading, "4". The bottom also has an engraved circular ring with three notches. The shell was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

.50 Caliber Shell, 1944. One of three brown metal shells that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The bottom has the engraved letters reading, "D M" and the number reading, "4". The bottom also has an engraved circular ring with three notches. The shell was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

Image of 2000.021.003 - .50 Caliber Shell, 1944. One of three brown metal shells that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The bottom has the engraved letters reading, "D M" and the number reading, "4". The bottom also has an engraved circular ring with three notches. The shell was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

2000.021.003 - .50 Caliber Shell, 1944. One of three brown metal shells that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The bottom has the engraved letters reading, "D M" and the number reading, "4". The bottom also has an engraved circular ring with three notches. The shell was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

.50 Caliber Shell, 1944. One of three brown metal shells that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The bottom has the engraved letters reading, "D M" and the number reading, "4". The bottom also has an engraved circular ring with three notches. The shell was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

Image of 2000.021.004 - .50 Caliber Ball Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom slightly narrows to a finished bottom with an indented circular ring. At top the body narrows to a point. and ends with a finished edge. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

2000.021.004 - .50 Caliber Ball Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom slightly narrows to a finished bottom with an indented circular ring. At top the body narrows to a point. and ends with a finished edge. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

.50 Caliber Ball Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom slightly narrows to a finished bottom with an indented circular ring. At top the body narrows to a point. and ends with a finished edge. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

Image of 2000.021.005 - .50 Caliber Tracer Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom has a  finished edge and the bottom is filled with the tracer composition. At top the body narrows to a point and is painted orange. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

2000.021.005 - .50 Caliber Tracer Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom has a finished edge and the bottom is filled with the tracer composition. At top the body narrows to a point and is painted orange. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

.50 Caliber Tracer Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom has a finished edge and the bottom is filled with the tracer composition. At top the body narrows to a point and is painted orange. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

Image of 2000.021.006 - .50 Caliber Armor Piercing Incendiary Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom slightly narrows to a finished edge and the bottom is filled with a metal composition. At top the body narrows to a point and is painted silver. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

2000.021.006 - .50 Caliber Armor Piercing Incendiary Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom slightly narrows to a finished edge and the bottom is filled with a metal composition. At top the body narrows to a point and is painted silver. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

.50 Caliber Armor Piercing Incendiary Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom slightly narrows to a finished edge and the bottom is filled with a metal composition. At top the body narrows to a point and is painted silver. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

Image of 2000.021.007 - .50 Caliber Armor Piercing Incendiary Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom slightly narrows to a finished edge and the bottom is filled with a metal composition. At top the body narrows to a point and is painted silver. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

2000.021.007 - .50 Caliber Armor Piercing Incendiary Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom slightly narrows to a finished edge and the bottom is filled with a metal composition. At top the body narrows to a point and is painted silver. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

.50 Caliber Armor Piercing Incendiary Bullet, 1944. Brown metal bullet that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom slightly narrows to a finished edge and the bottom is filled with a metal composition. At top the body narrows to a point and is painted silver. The bullet was manufactured at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Iowa.

Image of 2000.021.008 - Blank Cartridge, c. 1941-1945. Brown metal shell that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. The bottom also has an engraved circular ring. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The top has purple paper wad that is placed inside the shell.

2000.021.008 - Blank Cartridge, c. 1941-1945. Brown metal shell that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. The bottom also has an engraved circular ring. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The top has purple paper wad that is placed inside the shell.

Blank Cartridge, c. 1941-1945. Brown metal shell that is cylindrical in shape. The bottom narrows and then widens to a lip. The bottom also has an engraved circular ring. At top the body narrows and ends with a finished edge. The top has purple paper wad that is placed inside the shell.

Image of 2010.090.068 - WWII U.S. Army 50 Caliber Machine Gun Case.  c. 1939-1944.  Expended (empty).  Hollow bronze colored metal casing.  "S L  /  43" on bottom.

2010.090.068 - WWII U.S. Army 50 Caliber Machine Gun Case. c. 1939-1944. Expended (empty). Hollow bronze colored metal casing. "S L / 43" on bottom.

WWII U.S. Army 50 Caliber Machine Gun Case. c. 1939-1944. Expended (empty). Hollow bronze colored metal casing. "S L / 43" on bottom.

Image of 2010.090.069 - WWII U.S. Army Sharpshooter Badge.  c. 1939-1944.  For rifle.  Pewter colored metal pin in the shape of a wreath with a cross in its center and a circular target in the center of the cross.  Bar hangs below wreath and says, "RIFLE."

2010.090.069 - WWII U.S. Army Sharpshooter Badge. c. 1939-1944. For rifle. Pewter colored metal pin in the shape of a wreath with a cross in its center and a circular target in the center of the cross. Bar hangs below wreath and says, "RIFLE."

WWII U.S. Army Sharpshooter Badge. c. 1939-1944. For rifle. Pewter colored metal pin in the shape of a wreath with a cross in its center and a circular target in the center of the cross. Bar hangs below wreath and says, "RIFLE."

Image of 2013.007.008 - 22 Caliber Revolver, n.d. Engraved curved handle that leads to the firing mechanism and trigger.  Trigger is framed by metal oval.  Above trigger is 6-shot firing mechanism which leads to narrow cylindrical  barrel. Small notched sight on end of barrel.  Small metal rod for empty cartridge release below barrel.  Handle is engraved with a floral and vine pattern.

2013.007.008 - 22 Caliber Revolver, n.d. Engraved curved handle that leads to the firing mechanism and trigger. Trigger is framed by metal oval. Above trigger is 6-shot firing mechanism which leads to narrow cylindrical barrel. Small notched sight on end of barrel. Small metal rod for empty cartridge release below barrel. Handle is engraved with a floral and vine pattern.

22 Caliber Revolver, n.d. Engraved curved handle that leads to the firing mechanism and trigger. Trigger is framed by metal oval. Above trigger is 6-shot firing mechanism which leads to narrow cylindrical barrel. Small notched sight on end of barrel. Small metal rod for empty cartridge release below barrel. Handle is engraved with a floral and vine pattern.

Image of 2014.018.002 - 1921 Thompson Submachine Gun (Tommy Gun) with a 25-round stick magazine.  Firearm is comprised of black-painted steel with wooden front and back hand grips and shoulder butt.  Butt end of rifle has a black-painted metal plate.  There is a metal loop on the bottom end of rifle butt, probably for a shoulder strap.  Barrel above front hand grip has 29 circular ridges.  Top of barrel end, just in front of sight, has 4 rectangular openings.  Proper left side near trigger has two levers:  one is for "FULL AUTO" or "SINGLE," and the other is for "FIRE" or "SAFE." This type of firearm was used by the military during WWII and would be part of a sheriff's arsenal.

2014.018.002 - 1921 Thompson Submachine Gun (Tommy Gun) with a 25-round stick magazine. Firearm is comprised of black-painted steel with wooden front and back hand grips and shoulder butt. Butt end of rifle has a black-painted metal plate. There is a metal loop on the bottom end of rifle butt, probably for a shoulder strap. Barrel above front hand grip has 29 circular ridges. Top of barrel end, just in front of sight, has 4 rectangular openings. Proper left side near trigger has two levers: one is for "FULL AUTO" or "SINGLE," and the other is for "FIRE" or "SAFE." This type of firearm was used by the military during WWII and would be part of a sheriff's arsenal.

1921 Thompson Submachine Gun (Tommy Gun) with a 25-round stick magazine. Firearm is comprised of black-painted steel with wooden front and back hand grips and shoulder butt. Butt end of rifle has a black-painted metal plate. There is a metal loop on the bottom end of rifle butt, probably for a shoulder strap. Barrel above front hand grip has 29 circular ridges. Top of barrel end, just in front of sight, has 4 rectangular openings. Proper left side near trigger has two levers: one is for "FULL AUTO" or "SINGLE," and the other is for "FIRE" or "SAFE." This type of firearm was used by the military during WWII and would be part of a sheriff's arsenal.

Image of 2014.018.027 - San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .45 ACP Model of 1911 U.S. Army, c. 1915.  Colt Firearm patented April 20, 1897; September 9, 1902; December 19, 1905 and February 14, 1911 and model of the 1911 U.S. Army.  Silver colored metal gun has white pearl handles attached with two screws on each side.

2014.018.027 - San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .45 ACP Model of 1911 U.S. Army, c. 1915. Colt Firearm patented April 20, 1897; September 9, 1902; December 19, 1905 and February 14, 1911 and model of the 1911 U.S. Army. Silver colored metal gun has white pearl handles attached with two screws on each side.

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .45 ACP Model of 1911 U.S. Army, c. 1915. Colt Firearm patented April 20, 1897; September 9, 1902; December 19, 1905 and February 14, 1911 and model of the 1911 U.S. Army. Silver colored metal gun has white pearl handles attached with two screws on each side.

Image of 2014.018.028 - San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .32 ACP Pocket Hammerless Automatic Pistol, c. 1920-1921.  Colt Automatic 32 Caliber Firearm patented April 20, 1897, December 22, 1903.  Silver colored metal firearm has white pearl handles attached with one screw on each side.

2014.018.028 - San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .32 ACP Pocket Hammerless Automatic Pistol, c. 1920-1921. Colt Automatic 32 Caliber Firearm patented April 20, 1897, December 22, 1903. Silver colored metal firearm has white pearl handles attached with one screw on each side.

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Pearl-handled Colt .32 ACP Pocket Hammerless Automatic Pistol, c. 1920-1921. Colt Automatic 32 Caliber Firearm patented April 20, 1897, December 22, 1903. Silver colored metal firearm has white pearl handles attached with one screw on each side.

Image of 2015.029.006 - Zap Gun Award Presented to Paul M. Cook, 1968. Zap Gun (A) and mount (B) are two pieces which can be separated. The gun (A) is the original, first zap gun ever made. The barrel of the gun is  brass shaped like an oblong sphere that is tapered at the ends. When trigger is pulled, nose of the barrel opens up to release heat. In the middle of the barrel is a embossed ring around the widest part. The back end has a small circular cutout which exposes a transparent glass piece (light?). Glass piece has cylinder base with a protrusion out the top. The black, plastic handle conforms to the bottom of the barrel from end to end. The end of the barrel that opens attaches to handle with a J-shaped metal piece. Handle has hash marks pressed into plastic. Very base of the handle has a black rubber tube attached. The bottom of the tube has a gray, four-pronged outlet for connecting a power source. The gun attaches to the award base (B) by sliding into a black, metal plate. The plate is attached diagonally to a black, metal mount which is screwed into the base. The base is a transparent, acrylic square. Glued to the front, center of the base is a square, brass metal plate. Inscribed on the plate "TO  /  PAUL M. COOK  /  for sticking to his guns  /  THE FIRST ZAP GUN  /  produced in summer, 1965 and presented by  /  Heating and Devices Department  /  June 1968".

2015.029.006 - Zap Gun Award Presented to Paul M. Cook, 1968. Zap Gun (A) and mount (B) are two pieces which can be separated. The gun (A) is the original, first zap gun ever made. The barrel of the gun is brass shaped like an oblong sphere that is tapered at the ends. When trigger is pulled, nose of the barrel opens up to release heat. In the middle of the barrel is a embossed ring around the widest part. The back end has a small circular cutout which exposes a transparent glass piece (light?). Glass piece has cylinder base with a protrusion out the top. The black, plastic handle conforms to the bottom of the barrel from end to end. The end of the barrel that opens attaches to handle with a J-shaped metal piece. Handle has hash marks pressed into plastic. Very base of the handle has a black rubber tube attached. The bottom of the tube has a gray, four-pronged outlet for connecting a power source. The gun attaches to the award base (B) by sliding into a black, metal plate. The plate is attached diagonally to a black, metal mount which is screwed into the base. The base is a transparent, acrylic square. Glued to the front, center of the base is a square, brass metal plate. Inscribed on the plate "TO / PAUL M. COOK / for sticking to his guns / THE FIRST ZAP GUN / produced in summer, 1965 and presented by / Heating and Devices Department / June 1968".

Zap Gun Award Presented to Paul M. Cook, 1968. Zap Gun (A) and mount (B) are two pieces which can be separated. The gun (A) is the original, first zap gun ever made. The barrel of the gun is brass shaped like an oblong sphere that is tapered at the ends. When trigger is pulled, nose of the barrel opens up to release heat. In the middle of the barrel is a embossed ring around the widest part. The back end has a small circular cutout which exposes a transparent glass piece (light?). Glass piece has cylinder base with a protrusion out the top. The black, plastic handle conforms to the bottom of the barrel from end to end. The end of the barrel that opens attaches to handle with a J-shaped metal