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Since 1935, the NRA Museum collection has become one of the world's finest museum collections dedicated to firearms. Now housed in three locations, the NRA Museums offer a glimpse into the firearms that built our nation, helped forge our freedom, and captured our imagination. For more information on hours and locations of the NRA National Firearms Museum, the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops, and the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest visit NRAmuseums.com. Follow us on social media! instagram.com/nramuseums youtube.com/c/NationalFirearmsMuseum

01/13/2019

Due to the weather, the National Firearms Museum will be closed to the public today. Stay safe and enjoy the snow!

GUN OF THE DAY - Ed McGivern's Smith & Wesson Model 1917 Revolver.  Caliber:  .45 ACP.  Production Date:  1919-20.  This...
01/13/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Ed McGivern's Smith & Wesson Model 1917 Revolver. Caliber: .45 ACP. Production Date: 1919-20. This GOTD belonged to exhibition shooter extraordinaire Ed McGivern of Montana. One of many handguns he used for aerial shooting and fast-firing demonstrations, this cutaway trigger guard .45 has McGivern's traditional gold bead front sight and also features a recessed mirror in the top of the front base to better direct sunlight to the sight under certain lighting conditions.

GUN OF THE DAY - 5th Model Burnside Carbine.  While NRA's first president, Ambrose Burnside, is credited with the design...
01/12/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - 5th Model Burnside Carbine. While NRA's first president, Ambrose Burnside, is credited with the design of this breechloading rifle, there were several variations fielded before and during the American Civil War. OUR GOTD is one of the last produced, and as a 5th Model, it has a screw mounted into the middle of its receiver that helps guide the breechblock into and out of engagement. Approximately 43,000 of these carbines were manufactured and these were separately serial numbered from earlier production guns. Caliber: .54 caliber percussion. Production Dates: 1863-1865.

GUN OF THE DAY - Pocket Knife Pistol. Caliber: .22. Production Date: Late 19th century. Carrying a pocket knife is a goo...
01/11/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Pocket Knife Pistol. Caliber: .22. Production Date: Late 19th century. Carrying a pocket knife is a good idea; carrying a gun is, too. Carrying a combination pocket knife and pistol accomplished both at the same time. These disguised guns were capable of firing a single .22 cartridge. While not terribly powerful, the goal was to surprise an attacker, who wouldn't expect to be shot by a knife. #GunOfTheDay #NRAmuseums #guns #history

GUN OF THE DAY - Trade Musket Our GOTD is featured in a diorama at the NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro S...
01/10/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Trade Musket Our GOTD is featured in a diorama at the NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO. This .72 caliber flintlock trade musket is unmarked, but follows the lines of the sturdy muzzleloaders that were traded across the land. With a smoothbore barrel, this arm could fire a single ball or multiple shot equally well.

01/09/2019
NRA Museum: The Pedersen Device

Does this century-old design count as the first US military semi-auto rifle? A sneak preview of a tour of the NRA National Firearms Museum, airing on Modern Shooter TV on the Pursuit Channel, Friday Jan. 18, 8:30 pm Eastern.

Turning the bolt-action 1903 Springfield into a semi-automatic rifle in a matter of seconds, the Pedersen device was meant to give U.S. Soldiers a leg up in ...

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Rifle. Caliber: .50-110 Express. Production Date: 1891.  This GOTD was a s...
01/09/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Rifle. Caliber: .50-110 Express. Production Date: 1891. This GOTD was a special order lever-action and built to handle the largest cartridge chambered in the Model 1886. By the time this model appeared on the arms market, the American bison had dwindled radically in numbers and the California grizzly bear was even more rare. The Express cartridges chambered in this rifle followed British African loads with a lightweight (300-grain) bullet pushed to over 2200 feet per second at the muzzle.

GUN OF THE DAY - Petersen Paterson Revolver.  Caliber: 28 percussion. Production Date: 1837-38.  Colt's smallest Paterso...
01/08/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Petersen Paterson Revolver. Caliber: 28 percussion. Production Date: 1837-38. Colt's smallest Paterson revolver, dubbed the "Baby Paterson," by collectors, but called the Pocket Model or No. 1 at the New Jersey factory. This diminutive five-shot percussion handgun was also the first to be made at the New Jersey facility with a total of about 500 being manufactured.

GUN OF THE DAY - Petersen Colt Diamondback Revolver. Caliber: .22 Long Rifle. Production Date: 1979.  The Robert E. Pete...
01/07/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Petersen Colt Diamondback Revolver. Caliber: .22 Long Rifle. Production Date: 1979. The Robert E. Petersen Gallery here in the National Firearms Museum holds many fine Colt handguns, but a special affection is accorded by our visitors to this engraved Colt Diamondback revolver. A blued six-incher barreled in .22, this impressively scroll engraved sixgun is a great understudy to the centerfire Colt Pythons also represented on display.

GUN OF THE DAY - Thompson/Center Encore Single-Shot Pistol. Caliber: .600 Nitro Express. Production Date: 2014. One of t...
01/06/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Thompson/Center Encore Single-Shot Pistol. Caliber: .600 Nitro Express. Production Date: 2014. One of the nice things about the T/C Encore is its versatility. The barrels can be swapped with ease, allowing you to have multiple calibers in one platform. This particular Encore pistol has been fitted with an aftermarket barrel from Match Grade Machine chambered for the .600 Nitro Express.

GUN OF THE DAY - Cased Set of Flintlock and Percussion Pistols. Caliber: .51. Production Date: 1958-1963. It took five y...
01/05/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Cased Set of Flintlock and Percussion Pistols. Caliber: .51. Production Date: 1958-1963. It took five years for this four-gun set (two flintlock and two percussion) to be completed by William Diefenderfer. Utilizing stainless steel whenever possible, this quartet of pistols is stocked in Circassian walnut and the case itself, which holds necessary accoutrements, was constructed of cocobolo and walnut. Each pistol was built from scratch and amazingly enough, each one weighs within an ounce of its counterparts.

GUN OF THE DAY - Petersen Winchester Model 42 Shotgun. Bore: .410. Production Date: 1960. While publisher Robert E. Pete...
01/04/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Petersen Winchester Model 42 Shotgun. Bore: .410. Production Date: 1960. While publisher Robert E. Petersen, known for Guns & Ammo and other magazines had thousands of guns in his personal collection, sometimes it is the small ones that attract the most attention. This diminutive .410 pump-action, engraved and gold-inlaid just is one of the pieces that museum visitors stand by for a long time, entranced. But imagine a place where hundreds of great guns are available for viewing daily and you'll get a sense of what our Petersen Gallery at the NRA's National Firearms Museum represents!

So the federal government is shut down, the kids are out of school, and you are looking for something to do. All of the ...
01/03/2019
Home of the NRA Gun Collection

So the federal government is shut down, the kids are out of school, and you are looking for something to do. All of the Smithsonian Museums are all shut down, so why not go to a great museum that is open seven days a week and even free of charge?

Visit NRA’s National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA and check out 3,000 plus historic firearms. See guns of US Presidents, American treasures that were there at famous battles or were owned by shooting sensations like Annie Oakley. Check out our website at www.nramuseums.org for more details.

Virginia too far away? Check out our two other museums - the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO or the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, NM

The NRA Museums are home to the finest firearms collection in the world. The National Firearms Museum, at the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, details and examines the nearly 700-year history of firearms with a special emphasis on firearms, freedom, and the American experience. The National Sp...

GUN OF THE DAY - Engraved Browning Hi-Power Pistol. Caliber: 9mm Parabellum. Production Date: 1935 - present. Another of...
01/03/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Engraved Browning Hi-Power Pistol. Caliber: 9mm Parabellum. Production Date: 1935 - present. Another of John Browning's classic handgun concepts, this semi-automatic pistol really carries the bells and whistles in its embellishment. While bearing a pair of faux mother-of-pearl grip panels, the scroll engraving and gold-plated trigger are the real deal. One of the first pistols to offer a double-stack magazine holding thirteen cartridges, this deluxe Browning bears its "Made in Belgium" marking on its slide.

TV Tuesday (on a Wednesday!)  CANE GUNS & KNIFE GUNSBizarre firearms in this sneak preview of a tour of the NRA National...
01/02/2019
Video: The Cane Gun And Clandestine Self-Defense Firearms | Gun Digest

TV Tuesday (on a Wednesday!) CANE GUNS & KNIFE GUNS
Bizarre firearms in this sneak preview of a tour of the NRA National Firearms Museum airing Friday Jan. 18, 8:30 pm Eastern on Modern Shooter TV on the Pursuit Channel.

Popular in the mid to late 19th Century, cane guns were the choice of the well-dressed armed citizen. Find out more about these and other clandestine firearms.

GUN OF THE DAY - Japanese Poppa Nambu Pistol. Caliber: 8mm Nambu. Production Date: 1904-1925. Our GOTD was manufactured ...
01/02/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Japanese Poppa Nambu Pistol. Caliber: 8mm Nambu. Production Date: 1904-1925. Our GOTD was manufactured by Tokyo Gas & Electric and was the first Japanese pistol model to utilize an aluminum magazine base. As in German Luger pistol magazines, the initial wooden magazine bases on Japanese pistols were replaced with sturdier metal after issues with breakage. The profile of this Nambu pistol resembled the Luger, but varied considerably in its locking system and takedown. While a grip safety was included, it was mounted on this pistol's front gripstrap.

01/01/2019

Happy New Year! The NRA Museum is open today, January 1, 2019! Come celebrate freedom with us in the new year.

GUN OF THE DAY – Collier Flintlock Revolver.  It’s a brand new year and we wanted to start things off with a new gun...
01/01/2019

GUN OF THE DAY – Collier Flintlock Revolver. It’s a brand new year and we wanted to start things off with a new gun – which unless you attended the Chantilly VA gunshow the last weekend of 2018, you haven’t seen until now. The NRA National Firearms Museum received more than 700 great guns in the Raymond Suckling Estate last year and one of these was a “Collier” flintlock revolver. We’ve had some collectors question its veracity, but others share our optimism, and even if just as an example of one of the first revolving flintlock handgun mechanisms – we’re delighted to have this one represented in the collection. Circa 1820. Caliber: .40

PICTURE OF THE DAY - As 2018 comes to a close, we here at the NRA National Firearms Museum wanted to share one of our fa...
12/31/2018

PICTURE OF THE DAY - As 2018 comes to a close, we here at the NRA National Firearms Museum wanted to share one of our favorite images from this year.

When the “Hollywood Guns” exhibition in the William B. Ruger Gallery was re-opened in late May with a small reception, among the special guests that were able to attend were NRA President Oliver L. North as well as Criminal Minds and Gun Stories star Joe Mantegna who donated a pistol to the museum that day. This picture includes full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff who attended the reception.

We hope to have many of our Facebook friends visit the museum in the coming year and we look forward to sharing a bright and happy 2019 with you as well.

GUN OF THE DAY - A Winchester 1886 Rifle.  The 1886 was Winchester's refined big game lever-action, built in calibers ra...
12/30/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - A Winchester 1886 Rifle. The 1886 was Winchester's refined big game lever-action, built in calibers ranging from .33 WCF to 50-110 Express and it was the favored arm for grizzly bear hunting. Our GOTD is a pretty standard example with full octagoinal barrel and full magazine. About 160,000 Model 1886s were built from 1886 to 1935 and it was John Browning's first repeating rifle design to be adopted by Winchester. Caliber: .38-56. Production Date: 1890.

GUN OF THE DAY - Colt's Army Revolver.  Our GOTD had the honor of being the most ordered handgun during the American Civ...
12/29/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - Colt's Army Revolver. Our GOTD had the honor of being the most ordered handgun during the American Civil War and about 127,000 were purchased to arm Union forces during that conflict. But many Confederates, like guerilla leader John S. Mosby, were able to acquire examples by capture. Mosby's men usually carried pairs of Colts, providing them with additional firepower when needed in skirmishinig. But our example is a counterfeit - fitted with a fake fluted cylinder to emulate an early production gun. Caliber: .44 percussion. Production Date: late 1862.

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester's Model 1895 Musket.  The Winchester lever-action legacy lingered well into the coming of th...
12/28/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester's Model 1895 Musket. The Winchester lever-action legacy lingered well into the coming of the military bolt-actions. The Model 1895 was a lever-action that offered a box magazine suitable for the most powerful smokeless cartridges utilizing pointed spitzer bullets. A traditional lever-action with tubular magazine would not have been the best choice for this type of ammunition. Our GOTD is classified as an NRA musket and was intended for use in long range military competitive shooting matches. Caliber: .30-40 Government. Production Date: 1905.

GUN OF THE DAY - Colt's Navy Revolver.  A bit more than 250,000 Model 1851 "Navy" Colts were manufactured from 1850 thro...
12/27/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - Colt's Navy Revolver. A bit more than 250,000 Model 1851 "Navy" Colts were manufactured from 1850 through 1873. This larger caliber percussion GOTD was an arm that proved popular during the California Gold Rush and into the American Civil War. Both the Hartford, CT plant and the London location manufactured this six-shot handgun, although the London-made examples had iron backstraps. Colt offered a re-issue of this model revolver in the 1970s. Caliber: .36 percussion. Production Date: 1971.

GUN OF THE DAY - Classic Model 70 Rifles.  For collectors, for hunters, for shooters - Winchester's Model 70 bolt-action...
12/26/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - Classic Model 70 Rifles. For collectors, for hunters, for shooters - Winchester's Model 70 bolt-action is a classic rifle that covers all the bases. Visitors to the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO can take in an incredible exhibit of Model 70s - more than 120 rifles. Our GOTDs are two pre-64 rifles we've selected for special attention. Caliber: .458 Winchester Magnum (top gun) and .22 Hornet. Production Dates: 1955 and 1947.

12/25/2018

Merry Christmas!!! The NRA Museum is closed today in celebration of the holidays. We will reopen tomorrow, December 26th, at 9:30am. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday with your loved ones.

GUN OF THE DAY - Le Petit Protector Ring Pistol. There are some of our Facebook friends that would be delighted to see t...
12/25/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - Le Petit Protector Ring Pistol. There are some of our Facebook friends that would be delighted to see the small presentation box for our GOTD under their Christmas tree. But inside, this unique firearms oddity holds court. Utilizing a percussion cap to "fire" a diminutive pellet, this is one "gun" that can be worn on the finger. This item was marketed by Glasgow retailer R. Stewart around 1870.

12/24/2018

So many visitors to the NRA National Firearms Museum linger near the end of our galleries to take in one special case – one display that perhaps takes them back to a time when America was simpler. As today is Christmas Eve, inside many of our cases one can discover tinsel and ornaments and in this exhibit, it’s not hard to imagine a young cowboy or cowgirl in their room getting ready to go to bed.

One of our staffer’s mothers was once a California girl that lived on a ranch and her bedroom was much like this one. Tuning in to hear “western” serials on the radio, going to the cinema downtown to catch the latest installment of cowboys out on the range defending small towns – all part of that now bygone time we remember.

And as we hear sleigh bells drawing close, we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas from the NRA National Firearms Museum.

GUN OF THE DAY - Colt's Model 1862 Pocket Police Revolver.  With the same streamlined appearance of the Model 1860, but ...
12/23/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - Colt's Model 1862 Pocket Police Revolver. With the same streamlined appearance of the Model 1860, but in a smaller size, but retaining the same caliber, the Model 1862 was an attractive handgun. Like other Colt percussion revolvers, its production run continued until 1873. Our example also has the standard walnut grip panels. Caliber: .36 percussion. Production Date: 1862.

GUN OF THE DAY - Marlin Tom Mix Special Rifle.  Our Marlin single-shot bolt-action rifle was once recommended by actor T...
12/22/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - Marlin Tom Mix Special Rifle. Our Marlin single-shot bolt-action rifle was once recommended by actor Tom Mix, a man renowned for doing his own stunts and always protraying a "clean-cut good guy" image both in front of the camera and in his private life. Once considered the "King of the Cowboys," Mix was an influential star during the era when later stars like Ronald Reagan and John Wayne were developing. Caliber: .22. Production Date: 1937 - 1941.

GUN OF THE DAY - Manhattan Revolver.  A competitor to Colt, Remington, and Whitney during the American Civil War, Manhat...
12/21/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - Manhattan Revolver. A competitor to Colt, Remington, and Whitney during the American Civil War, Manhattan Arms lagged behind as a result of not receiving any government contract awards, although many individual officers purchased examples like our GOTD for personal protection. Several elaborately engraved Manhattans were presented to notable Union Leaders, including General U.S. Grant. Caliber: .36 percussion. Production Date: 1859-1868.

GUN OF THE DAY - Alonzo Perry's Rifle.  Newark gunmaker Alonzo Perry produced miltary carbines and pistols using the sam...
12/20/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - Alonzo Perry's Rifle. Newark gunmaker Alonzo Perry produced miltary carbines and pistols using the same action embodied in our GOTD. This sporting rifle also incorporating Perry's unique self-priming system which, as the action was worked, fed a percussion cap to the cone on the breechblock. Most of Perry's surviving rifles demonstrate considerable variation in barrel length and caliber. Caliber: .54 percussion. Production Date: circa late 1850s.

GUN OF THE DAY - Deja Vu Pistol.  This Heckler & Koch USP Expert semi-automatic pistol had a starring role in the 2006 f...
12/19/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - Deja Vu Pistol. This Heckler & Koch USP Expert semi-automatic pistol had a starring role in the 2006 film Deja Vu, which starred Denzel Washington as a federal agent uncovering a secret plan to prevent terrorist incidents before they happened. While Denzel wielded a Glock pistol onscreen, this H&K was used by actor James Caviezel. Now it is featured in our "Hollywood Guns" exhibition, a perfect choice for holiday viewing at NRA HQ in Fairfax, VA. Caliber: .45 ACP. Production date: 2006.

TV Tuesday - EARLY REPEATING RIFLES .A miserable failure leads to a spectacular success, in this sneak preview of a tour...
12/18/2018
Video: Development Of The Lever-Action Rifle | Gun Digest

TV Tuesday - EARLY REPEATING RIFLES .
A miserable failure leads to a spectacular success, in this sneak preview of a tour of the NRA National Firearms Museum airing this January on Modern Shooter TV on the Pursuit Channel.

Developed by some of the most legendary names in firearms, the lever-action rifle was destined to be a classic from the start. Find out more about this classic American firearm.

GUN OF THE DAY - Allen & Wheelock Bar Pistol.  Worcester, MA was a hotbed of gunmaking and the firm of Allen & Wheelock ...
12/18/2018

GUN OF THE DAY - Allen & Wheelock Bar Pistol. Worcester, MA was a hotbed of gunmaking and the firm of Allen & Wheelock was one of many in that region. Its products were shipped across the country and relic condition examples of our GOTD were found on the steamboat Arabia, part of a shipment heading westward. Simple, inexpensive - these handguns were chosen by many individuals seeking a personal protection arm. Caliber: .44 percussion. Production Date: circa 1858.

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11250 Waples Mill Rd
Fairfax, VA
22030

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Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
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