Michael Zomber has collected antique guns, armor and swords for over 40 years. He particularly loves antique weapons from the 16th through the 19th centuries. This passion informs his thirst for history, and he has studied the role of weapons in politics and military conflicts. He’s an acknowledged expert on Japanese samurai swords. His unique expertise made him a logical choice to serve as a consultant to the History Channel when they ran a series of shows, Tales of the Gun.
He helped the History Channel with Shotguns, Automatic Pistols, Guns of the Famous, Dueling Pistols, Million Dollar Guns and Guns of the Orient. Zomber considers safeguarding the past as part of his mission in life
In Dueling Pistols Michael Zomber tells how dueling with guns began with two knights on horseback shooting at each other with wheel lock pistols, and probably neither hit the other. According to him, that’s the earliest report gun duel, and it took place in the third quarter of the 17th century. In Shotguns, he comments on how the sound of a shotgun shell being jacked into the chamber signaled the machinery of death coming into motion. Early shotguns were called fowlers because they were designed specifically to shoot birds. It could be used for rabbits and other small game, but birds were their main targets. Noblemen in both England and the European continent competed with each other to use fowlers to shoots birds. The nobles held parties. Hundreds of beaters would make noise to flush all the birds out so nobles could shoot at them while they were flying.
Through his study of war, weapons and military history, Zomber realized the futility of solving problems through violence, and came to understand weapons played a role in past societies that was not constructive on the whole. Unlike many modern political activists, though, he did not turn against guns and swords as objects, but against the violence of people who wish to harm other people. He is a huge philanthropist who supports Amnesty International, UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders.