I have written on other sites about my dream of owning a Brownie. And most collectors quickly respond with, “Why?” I was initially and superficially drawn to the name and looks of the gun. I first saw it in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Firearms Collection and then encountered several in the Cody Collection. It’s not the most collectable firearm, but I thought it was cool. Finally, seven years later, I received a pre patent Brownie as a birthday present from my boyfriend. Mad props to him because I was so excited I burst into tears. I’m a girl; I know.