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Pinedene Small Arms Museum is an accredited private museum, privately funded and located on the farm Kromdraai in the Ficksburg district of the Eastern Free State. It came into existence in 1992 when it was registered as an Institutional Member of the South African Museums Association. 

The focus of the museum is, as the name implies, on military firearms and militaria, but also included and separately displayed, is a sizeable collection of Sporting weapons. The military display consists of infantry weapons from the various conflicts in which South Africa has been involved, including weapons from the opposing forces.

They date from those used in the Eastern Cape Frontier Wars, the Basotho Wars, the Zulu Wars, the Lesotho Gun War, the Anglo-Boer War, World War I and World War II, as well those used in the South African Liberation Forces’ struggle for democracy.

The Military theme is sub-divided into various sub-themes and sub-divisions thereof, such as British Military Small Arms, the various configurations of the Snider rifle, Martini-action Rifles, Webley pistols and revolvers, Small Arms of the Anglo-Boer War, Mauser pistols and rifles and the Luger P 08 and related German pistols, etc. 

The weapons displayed include handguns, muskets, carbines and rifles, sub-machine guns, light and general-purpose machine guns, medium machine guns, mortar and rocket launchers .

The firing mechanisms date back to matchlock and proceed through flintlock and percussion, to black-powder cartridge, and then smokeless and modern cartridge weapons. To make the display more interesting, various relevant items of militaria are also included, as well as appropriate drawings by a military uniform artist of the various period uniforms worn by the armed forces involved. The sporting firearms displayed include handguns, rifles, shotguns and shotgun/rifle combinations .

The mechanisms include air, black powder muzzle-loading flintlock and percussion, black powder cartridge, as well as cartridge weapons using modern propellants There are also a number of weapons which previously belonged to eminent people from the community. 

In total the museum possesses some 500 firearms, which are securely displayed within purpose-built strong-rooms. 

For security reasons, entrance to the museum must be arranged by appointment with the owner/curator, Charles Barrett             051 933 4301       

between 07:00-09:00 or 19:00 – 22:00. 
Charles Barrett             +27 51 933 4301       between 7 - 9 a.m. or 7 - 10p.m.
GPS Co-ordinates S 28° 52. 3921' E 027° 59. 243'