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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

GUN OF THE DAY - Mossberg Model 402 Rifle.  This GOTD from Mossberg was designated as their Model 402, but the manufactu...
07/31/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Mossberg Model 402 Rifle. This GOTD from Mossberg was designated as their Model 402, but the manufacturer also called it the Palamino, likely in an acknowledgment of its lever-action design. Both carbine and rifle variants of the Palamino were available in the 1960s. The tubular magazine under the barrel held Short, Long and Long Rifle .22 rimfire cartridges, a common trait of most tube magazine .22s of that period. Caliber: .22. Production Date: circa 1965-1967.

GUN OF THE DAY - Paterson & Walker Revolvers.  Colt's early revolvers are showcased today.  The five-shot folding-trigge...
07/30/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Paterson & Walker Revolvers. Colt's early revolvers are showcased today. The five-shot folding-trigger Paterson helped arm the Texas Navy and the Texas Rangers but the massive Colt Walker was the six-shot handgun that really put Sam Colt out in the military and commercial marketplace. Both early Colt percussion revolvers were the precursor guns that set the stage for the many models Colt was able to offer during the California Gold Rush, the American Civil War, and out on the frontier. Calibers: .36 (Paterson), .44 (Walker). Production Dates: 1836-1847.

GUN OF THE DAY - McGivern M&P Revolver.  One great GOTD from Ed McGivern, this four-inch Smith & Wesson revolver was fit...
07/29/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - McGivern M&P Revolver. One great GOTD from Ed McGivern, this four-inch Smith & Wesson revolver was fitted with an adjustable rear sight and is a square butt gun. In McGivern's exhibition shooting demonstrations, he would sometimes shoot with both a fixed sight and an adjustable-sighted guns of the same model to show his fast shooting techniques worked equally well in either case. Caliber: .38 S&W Special. Production Date: 1915-1942.

Come see them at the MVACA Summer National Show at the KCI Expo Center this weekend!
07/28/2019

Come see them at the MVACA Summer National Show at the KCI Expo Center this weekend!

GUN OF THE DAY - A Confederate Sharps Carbine.  The breechloading design that originated with Christian Sharps turned ou...
07/28/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - A Confederate Sharps Carbine. The breechloading design that originated with Christian Sharps turned out to be popular on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. Our GOTD whistles "Dixie" as it was manufactured in Richmond, VA. Like its Northern counterpart, this rebel Sharps was a falling-block action, but it was also simplified as to sights and is missing the Lawrence pellet priming system on the lockplate. About 5,000 of these Southern "Sharps: carbines were made. Caliber: .52 percussion. Production Dates: 1862-1864.

Come see them at the MVACA Summer National Show at the KCI Expo Center this weekend!
07/27/2019

Come see them at the MVACA Summer National Show at the KCI Expo Center this weekend!

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester Model 70s.  One special place you can see Winchester Model 70 rifles is at the NRA's Nationa...
07/27/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester Model 70s. One special place you can see Winchester Model 70 rifles is at the NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO. While over 120 of these bolt-action rifles are on daily exhibition there, today, we wanted to show "big and small" with a .22 Hornet and a .458 Winchester Magnum chambered pair of rifles. For many collectors, the Model 70 represents a shooting work of art. As a bonus, we'll include an image of the display with many more Model 70s represented.

Bigger may well be better and Grover Cleveland was one of our biggest Presidents.  Come by the MVACA show at Kansas City...
07/26/2019

Bigger may well be better and Grover Cleveland was one of our biggest Presidents. Come by the MVACA show at Kansas City this weekend to see the NRA Museums traveling exhibition and find out more! The Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association gunshow at the KCI Expocenter is where you can see the biggest Colt Model 1883 shotgun – President Grover Cleveland’s 8 gauge. Check out great guns of Presidents Dwight David Eisenhower and Theodore Roosevelt as well.

The KCI Expocenter is located at 11730 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153. Don’t miss this show!

Come see them at the MVACA Summer National Show at the KCI Expo Center this weekend!
07/26/2019

Come see them at the MVACA Summer National Show at the KCI Expo Center this weekend!

GUN OF THE DAY - Triple Threats.  We admit that multitasking guns have gained favor with us over the years.  Having a co...
07/26/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Triple Threats. We admit that multitasking guns have gained favor with us over the years. Having a compact revolver that also combines brass knuckles and a folding dagger offers so much more for potential personal protection capability. Folding compactly for pocket storage, these handguns could be quickly deployed. Our examples were crafted in Belgium, although one bears a later British retailer's marking and both are chambered in 7mm pinfire. Production Date: circa 1870s.

07/25/2019

If you can’t make it to one of the NRA Museums – perhaps you can head to Kansas City for the MVACA show this weekend.

An important incentive to go to the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association gunshow at the KCI Expocenter would be your chance to see one of Theodore Roosevelt’s Smith & Wesson revolvers. You won’t see a better engraved “T.R.” S&W elsewhere this weekend. And that’s not all – great guns from Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Grover Cleveland will be there as well. Check this off your bucket list for the summer.

The KCI Expocenter is located at 11730 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153. Don’t miss this show!

Come see them at the MVACA Summer National Show at the KCI Expo Center this weekend!
07/25/2019

Come see them at the MVACA Summer National Show at the KCI Expo Center this weekend!

GUN OF THE DAY - Flintlock Four-Shooter.  Back in the day, finding a handgun that provided more than two shots was a rar...
07/25/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Flintlock Four-Shooter. Back in the day, finding a handgun that provided more than two shots was a rarity, but our GOTD doubles down. This unmarked, but British-proofed four-shot flintlock pistol has four barrels that swivel to place a pair of bores into firing position. Twin triggers allow the shooter to fire just one barrel at a time. Shooting four times in succession would generate a bit of recoil in a regular pistol, by our example has a solid metal stock, whose weight helps dampen recoil. Caliber: 9mm. Production Date: circa 1800.

There’s going to be a really big show in the Midwest this weekend and the NRA Museums will be there with a traveling e...
07/24/2019

There’s going to be a really big show in the Midwest this weekend and the NRA Museums will be there with a traveling exhibition! Come by and see the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association Gun show at the KCI Expocenter and meet three American Presidents! Well, at least some great guns of Dwight David Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt, and Grover Cleveland will be waiting for you.

Today, we’ll showcase what has been called the 5-star Winchester. Additionally, Eisenhower’s Model 21 shotgun is an incredible 20 gauge gun that was used and loved by our 34th President.

The KCI Expocenter is located at 11730 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153. Don’t miss this show!

GUN OF THE DAY - A.J. Plate Percussion Shotgun.  This double-barreled GOTD was a handy piece to have around in the Calif...
07/24/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - A.J. Plate Percussion Shotgun. This double-barreled GOTD was a handy piece to have around in the California Gold Rush. Percussion double shotguns like this 12 gauge, marked to retailer A.J. Plate, could provide personal protection and also put food on the table in the West. But a few were modified by shortening the barrels to become handy "coach" guns that could help guard stagecoach shipments of gold dust and nuggets from the diggings into San Francisco - where Plate's retail operation was located.

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester 1892 Trapper.  Having a compact, repeating firearm was a handy thing for hunters and trapper...
07/23/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester 1892 Trapper. Having a compact, repeating firearm was a handy thing for hunters and trappers back in the day. But many others also found that a short-barreled lever-action carbine could prove convenient. Both Winchester and Marlin once manufactured arms with shorter barrels than 16 inches on special order, but modern ownership of these rifles may run afoul of federal law governing minimum barrel length. Caliber: .44-40. Production Date: 1927.

GUN OF THE DAY - A Cane Gun with Feathers.  One of the more popular GOTDs for visitors that partake of our daily 1pm tou...
07/22/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - A Cane Gun with Feathers. One of the more popular GOTDs for visitors that partake of our daily 1pm tour is this Remington cane gun that bears a carved ivory duck head that even has mounted glass eyes. Beautifully rendered feathers are part of the duck's head and the realism is such that if we hold it around the corner of an exhibit case, someone will usually say, "Look Martha, there's a duck in the gallery." None of our staff have borrowed this artifact to complete a dapper outfit, but we're still waiting for that upcoming day. Caliber: .32 rimfire. Production Date:1866-1888.

GUN OF THE DAY - Accuracy Test Fixture.  While our GOTD is only a single shot, we haven't found any other examples repre...
07/21/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Accuracy Test Fixture. While our GOTD is only a single shot, we haven't found any other examples represented in the collections of other museums. The story associated with this .50 BMG accuracy text fixture is that it was utilized by Winchester during WWII to evaluate machine gun ammunition. Unfortunately, it bears no markings to confirm this, but it incorporates a remote firing release mechanism that would have come in handy for safely testing "prototype" loads before mass production runs. Caliber: .50 BMG. Production Date: circa 1940.

GUN OF THE DAY - Magnum, P.I. Colt Pistol.   Everyone "knows" that television's Magnum, as a former U.S. Naval officer s...
07/20/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Magnum, P.I. Colt Pistol. Everyone "knows" that television's Magnum, as a former U.S. Naval officer supposedly carried a .45, but this Series 70 Government Model pistol was chambered by Colt in 9mm. When it went to Hollywood, it was adapted to fire 9mm blanks with a screw-in bore constriction, widely used for semi-automatic special effects. In that configuration, the gun was carried by Tom Selleck in his portrayal of Thomas Magnum, a private investigator in Hawaii. Caliber: 9mm. Series aired: 1980-1988.

GUN OF THE DAY - Sharps Coffee Grinder Carbine.  Our unusual GOTD was actually manufactured using a condemned Civil War ...
07/19/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Sharps Coffee Grinder Carbine. Our unusual GOTD was actually manufactured using a condemned Civil War barreled action, but this falling block breechloader offers something special. Soldiers were in need of a way to grind their rations of grain and coffee and the government came through. While some collectors have felt that the buttstock mill was intended just for grain, our independent testing has shown that coffee can be ground up just as easily. Caliber: .52 percussion. Production Date: 1865-1866.

Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association
07/18/2019

Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association

Don’t miss The 49th Annual National Summer Arms Show, Sat & Sun July 27-28 at the KCI Expo Center. See NRA Museums’ Jim Supica with historic Presidential Arms along with dozens of rare and historic collections and more!

GUN OF THE DAY - Sommer & Ockenfuss Rifle.  Intended for usage as a counter-sniper rifle, our tactical GOTD has all the ...
07/18/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Sommer & Ockenfuss Rifle. Intended for usage as a counter-sniper rifle, our tactical GOTD has all the appropriate bells and whistles. Its optic is a Schmidt & Bender 3-12x50mm telescopic sight and to provide a stable firing platform, an integral bipod and rear stock support point are standard. This compact straight-pull pump action rifle, also known as the Griffrepetierer, or "Shorty" was specially configured to permit a variety of chamberings if desired. Caliber: 7.62mm. Production Dates: 1998-present.

GUN OF THE DAY - Thompson-Center Contender Pistol.  This GOTD is really a jack-of-all-trades, at least as far as being r...
07/17/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Thompson-Center Contender Pistol. This GOTD is really a jack-of-all-trades, at least as far as being ready for almost any shooting application. With a quick change of its single-shot barrel, the Contender can go from a rimfire plinker to a centerfire hunting handgun and even then change into a pistol that can fire shotgun loads. Many Contender owners possess several barrels to maximize their handgun's capabilities. Caliber: .45 Colt/.410 shotshell. Production Dates: 1967-2000.

If you haven't visited the NRA National Firearms Museum yet - you really should.  After all, this is the one museum that...
07/17/2019

If you haven't visited the NRA National Firearms Museum yet - you really should. After all, this is the one museum that supports the right to keep and arm bears.

GUN OF THE DAY - Shiloh Sharps No. 3 Quigley Rifle.  Last year, we could only report on the Quigley rifle out at our Spr...
07/16/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Shiloh Sharps No. 3 Quigley Rifle. Last year, we could only report on the Quigley rifle out at our Springfield MO museum, but we now have another much closer here in Fairfax, VA! This GOTD was one of three used in the movie, "Quigley Down Under" and was donated to the NRA Foundation. This rifle was also fitted at times with an aluminum prop barrel for use in scenes where the rifle was employed in close contact fighting. This particular rifle was also the one that Mr. Selleck carried back to his hotel room to get used to its "feel" so that he could handle it more effectively. It is on display at the our Hollywood Guns Gallery. Caliber: .45-110. Circa: 1990.

GUN OF THE DAY - A Reproduction Ferguson. The Ferguson rifle was the first breech-loading rifle ever adopted by the mili...
07/15/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - A Reproduction Ferguson. The Ferguson rifle was the first breech-loading rifle ever adopted by the military. About 100 of them were made in 1777 to equip the company of riflemen raised by the inventor of the rifle, British Major Patrick Ferguson. The rifle has a unique dropping breech that accepts a .65 round-ball. Major Ferguson's riflemen used the guns with good effect at Brandywine and Little Egg Harbor, but historians are still debating whether they were used at King's Mountain where Major Ferguson was killed in 1780. Only a handful of original military Ferguson rifles are known to survive. Two are on current exhibit at Morristown, NJ and Milwaukee, WI. The National Firearms Museum’s Ferguson is one of the very few reproduction guns on exhibit in our collection.

GUN OF THE DAY - Springfield M1903 Rifle and Winchester M1897 Shotgun.  We're doubling up on GOTDs as this exhibit is no...
07/14/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Springfield M1903 Rifle and Winchester M1897 Shotgun. We're doubling up on GOTDs as this exhibit is not at any of our own museums, but now at the Alexandria, VA Lyceum. Both of these historic longarms are on loan from the National Firearms Museum for a special World War I exhibition at the Lyceum, which runs until the end of November. We can trace both guns to service in the Great War, with the Springfield rifle even being identified to a specific soldier. Rifle: .30-'06 caliber. Production Date: 1916. Shotgun: 12 ga. Production Date: 1917.

GUN OF THE DAY - A Luger For The Navy.  Prior to the Great War, DWM produced semi-automatic pistols with longer (six inc...
07/13/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - A Luger For The Navy. Prior to the Great War, DWM produced semi-automatic pistols with longer (six inch) barrels for German naval usage. Our GOTD is one of those Navy Lugers fitted with an elevation adjustable rear sight. Much as the military “artillery” variants were fitted with flat board stocks, so were the naval Lugers. The vast majority of these pistols were chambered in 9mm, but there were some in 7.65mm also.

Yes, it's never slow at the NRA National Firearms Museum.  If you wish to see our latest Western exhibit - head on down ...
07/12/2019

Yes, it's never slow at the NRA National Firearms Museum. If you wish to see our latest Western exhibit - head on down to the NRA Range to take in "Packing Iron" with selections from the Thurston Collection. We have a room of intoxicated artists painting backdrops and this was their first effort.

GUN OF THE DAY - McGivern M&P Revolver.  One great GOTD from Ed McGivern, this four-inch Smith & Wesson revolver was fit...
07/12/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - McGivern M&P Revolver. One great GOTD from Ed McGivern, this four-inch Smith & Wesson revolver was fitted with an adjustable rear sight and is a square butt gun. In McGivern's exhibtion shooting demonstrations, he would sometimes shoot with both a fixed sight and an adjustable-sighted guns of the same model to show his fast shooting techniques worked well in either case. Caliber: .38 S&W Special. Production Date: 1915-1942.

GUN OF THE DAY - Sam Hawken's Gun For The Plains.  Trappers and hunters heading west would outfit at one of the "jumping...
07/11/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Sam Hawken's Gun For The Plains. Trappers and hunters heading west would outfit at one of the "jumping off" points along the Mississippi River and St. Louis was one of the best. There the Hawken brothers, Jacob and Samuel, had set up shop, turning out rifles for big game like bison or bear and also lighter game. Our percussion rifle was one where an owner fitted a silver inlay and patchbox from another rifle. Caliber: .50 percussion. Production Date: circa 1849.

07/10/2019
Disco Party at the NRA Firearms Museum!

It’s never dull in the National Firearms Museum. Our staff came down to the galleries this morning and found last night’s disco party was still going on near the Hawken Shop.
Evidently our LED lighting system had decided to change its specifications without consulting us.

GUN OF THE DAY - Early Springfield Armory M1A Rifle.  Nowadays shooters recognize the M1A as being made in Illinois, but...
07/10/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Early Springfield Armory M1A Rifle. Nowadays shooters recognize the M1A as being made in Illinois, but at the beginning, these rifles were manufactured in Texas. The first maker of the M1A was a USAF veteran by the name of Elmer Ballance of Devine, TX. First doing business as the Lackland Heights Gun Company, the ATF advised Ballance that in order to sell his new M1A rifle that he had to mark them with a company name and address. Choosing to instead employ a well-known name, he filed as Springfield Armory Inc., a commerical concern completely separate from the government facility that had closed down in 1968. Our GOTD is the one reviewed by American Rifleman magazine in April of 1974. Caliber: 7.62mm. Production Date: 1974.

GUN OF THE DAY - McGivern .44 S&W Special Hand Ejector Revolver.  One of the longest barreled revolvers in exhibition sh...
07/09/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - McGivern .44 S&W Special Hand Ejector Revolver. One of the longest barreled revolvers in exhibition shooter Ed McGivern's extensive collection, this heavy frame S&W bears hand carved wooden grips that feature McGivern's name on one side and oak leaves. These custom grip panels helped in advertising McGivern's name in demonstrations held at state fairs and other venues across the West. Caliber: .44 S&W Special. Production Date: 1930-1935.

GUN OF THE DAY - A Little Single Action.  Big or little, the National Firearms Museum exhibits firearms that help tell s...
07/08/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - A Little Single Action. Big or little, the National Firearms Museum exhibits firearms that help tell stories about our nation’s past. While this miniature Colt Single Action Army revolver isn’t much wider than a dime, the original model (in full scale) was to see over a hundred thousand examples made in less than a decade. Like many arms in our collection, the Colt single-action story covers both military and civilian themes. Handmade collector items like this miniature, once offered through the United States Historical Society are diminutive pieces of history.

GUN OF THE DAY - The Surprizing Schwarzlose Pistol.  Berlin gunmaker Andreas Schwarzlose had created an excellent machin...
07/07/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - The Surprizing Schwarzlose Pistol. Berlin gunmaker Andreas Schwarzlose had created an excellent machine gun and being proud of that design, featured it also on the slide of his seven-shot semi-automatic pistol. But it wasn't your typical handgun design as it incorporated a blow-forward operation that forced the breech onto the cartridge, instead of the opposite action. The awkward manner in which the slide had to be forced forward and then allowed to spring backward may have been the reason this design was not successful. Caliber: 7.65mm. Production Dates: 1908-1911

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