MAM’s Gun Show 2015-08-09

Robin Rapley Memorial Best Display Winner

For the 9th year this open to the public show provided those interested in all things arms and militaria an opportunity to display, buy and sell. With increasing public interest in celebrating 100 years since WWI significant displays of Signalling Equipment, the NZ Mounted Rifles mannequin horse with saddle equipment and Hotchkiss Machine Gun and, personal items and equipment from Gallipoli Campaign attracted much attention.

Attendees were greeted at the Riccarton Race Course by 3 jeeps and a Land Rover parked at the bottom of the steps leading to the 2 rooms full of sales tables and displays.

Other world-class displays evoked much interest and included arms and militaria from may eras and countries. Again this year it was noted that many people stayed for much longer with a growing number coming and going several times.

Just recently during the demolition of an earthquake damaged factory a wall crumbled when pushed over by a digger to reveal several WWI MG trophies that had until then remained elusive to the several collectors who had known of their existence and searched for them since the 1970’s.

Relic MG's found in wall during demolition

Relic MG’s found in wall during demolition

Once again active living history displays involving medieval Knights, bayonet training and the field stripping of Machine Guns informed and entertained attendees.

For the second year the winner of the Public Choice Best Display was awarded the Robin Rapley Memorial Trophy. Robin’s stepson Sean (also one of the medieval Knights) representing Robin’s family along with Show Organisers Graeme Barber and David Hunter presented the trophy to Mark Twineham for his ‘life like’ world class display of the Luftewaffe in North Africa during WWII.

Next years MAM’s Gun Show date is Saturday July 23 – the last weekend of the July school holidays – so make your bookings early.

Graeme Barber

About Us

Mainland Arms and Militaria presents annual Gun Shows in Christchurch featuring a wide range of items for sale, collectors displays plus promotional information from collecting, sporting and shooting clubs.

The extensive range of antique through to modern items for sale or display includes firearms, bayonets, swords, militaria, medals, badges, models, hunting, fishing, books and scale models.

Attendees will be amazed by the quality of items on display.

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MAM’s Now Selling Books

NZ Distributor for most of Ian Skennerton books and DVD titles.

Look here for the list of available titles and or go to for further information about each title.

Look here for Colt  books for sale.

Contact details

Mainland Arms and Militaria Show Ltd
PO Box 9244 Addington
Christchurch 8243
Cell: 0274 35 1940


Show Organisers  Graeme and David thank all sellers, displayers and attendees for their on going support of the Gun Show and its aim to promote all things to do with Arms and Militaria.