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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 - Cutaway Glock Pistol.  Our polymer presentation is a little lighter than some others as this pistol is ...
05/15/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Cutaway Glock Pistol. Our polymer presentation is a little lighter than some others as this pistol is an actual factory cutaway, sectionalized to illustrate the internal components and their functioning. For armorers, or arms students, seeing "inside" the action of a handgun can reveal how parts fit together and other details. For collectors, these factory made cutaways are not often encountered on the market. Caliber: 9mm. Production Date: 1988.

GUN OF THE DAY - Recuerda De Vera Cruz Rifle.  Our GOTD is one of those rare rifles that can talk about its past history...
05/14/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Recuerda De Vera Cruz Rifle. Our GOTD is one of those rare rifles that can talk about its past history. In April of 1914, a combined Marine Corps and Navy task force landed in Vera Cruz, Mexico using whaleboats. Their goal was to smash an illegal arms smuggling operation there. One of the American military trophies brought back from that operation was this Remington rolling block rifle with an inscribed brass plate on the side of its buttstock noting its souvenir status. Caliber: 7mm. Production Date: ca. 1905.

GUN OF THE DAY - A Golden Commander. Our resplendent GOTD has a lot of gold and engraving represented on the slide and f...
05/13/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - A Golden Commander. Our resplendent GOTD has a lot of gold and engraving represented on the slide and frame, but its blued accents include the sights, slide release, trigger, thumb safety, grip screws, hammer, grip safety, mainspring housing, magazine release, the barrel and bushing as well as all the pins. For a golden gun, it still has a lot of blued components, not to mention those ivory grip panels. Caliber: .45 ACP. Production Date: 1974.

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester Model 1866 Musket.  Our GOTD was Winchester's first brass-framed musket and that extended ba...
05/12/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester Model 1866 Musket. Our GOTD was Winchester's first brass-framed musket and that extended barrel length was 27 inches long. With that length also came increased magazine capacity as Winchester's advertising for their muskets boasted that they could hold seventeen cartridges. For those who didn't want to rely on just the shooting capability, these muskets also were offered with an angular bayonet to fitted snugly to the round barrel at the muzzle. Caliber: .44 rimfire. Production Date: 1866-1899.

GUN OF THE DAY - A Savage 99 Two-fer.  Our nicely cased GOTD must have been ordered by an outdoorsman that wanted to get...
05/11/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - A Savage 99 Two-fer. Our nicely cased GOTD must have been ordered by an outdoorsman that wanted to get an all-around backwoods gun. The base package - a Savage Model 99 lever-action rifle would have been good for most big game. But for small, winged game, the auxiliary smoothbore barrel would have been just the ticket for bagging a limit of grouse. As the Savage 99 was already a takedown model, swapping barrel was an easy proposition. Caliber/Bore: .300 Savage/.410. Production Date: 1931.

GUN OF THE DAY - A National Match .45 Pistol.   Any classic GOTD just gets better in competitive harness.  The semi-auto...
05/10/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - A National Match .45 Pistol. Any classic GOTD just gets better in competitive harness. The semi-automatic Model 1911A1 pistol in .45 ACP served as the foundation for many target handguns fielded for local competitions to the National Matches at Camp Perry, OH. Our example has arsenal inspection markings and bears a military parkerized finish. Many of these pistols were built up in the 1960s and remain in regular use today.

GUN OF THE DAY - Sig Sauer M11 Pistol.  This semi-automatic GOTD served alongside the M9 Beretta, but its smaller size w...
05/09/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Sig Sauer M11 Pistol. This semi-automatic GOTD served alongside the M9 Beretta, but its smaller size was better suited for concealed carry utilization. While most of the contract run was destined for U.S. NCIS issue overseas; a limited number of surplus pistols were later sold on the US commerical market, but only after the M11 and US markings had been neatly obliterated on the frame. Collectors realized the rarity of these pistols and they quickly disappeared. Caliber: 9mm. Production Dates: 1992-1995

GUN OF THE DAY - Hall M1843 Percussion Carbine.  One of the last versions of the Hall breechloading system, our GOTD fea...
05/08/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Hall M1843 Percussion Carbine. One of the last versions of the Hall breechloading system, our GOTD features a thumb lever on the side that operated the breechblock mechanism. About 10,500 were manufactured by Simeon North of Middletown, CT. This iron-mounted percussion ignition breechloader was issued during both the Mexican War and the American Civil War. Caliber: .52 smoothbore. Production dates: 1844-1853.

GUN OF THE DAY - Classic Sig P210.  Choosing a great GOTD doesn't depend on caliber.  Our 9mm Sig 210 pistol can stand o...
05/07/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Classic Sig P210. Choosing a great GOTD doesn't depend on caliber. Our 9mm Sig 210 pistol can stand on its own merits. Still in production today, after a production span that included sales to the West German Border Patrol and an elite Cuban agency, this single-stack magazine Sig enjoys a well-earned reputation. With elaborately carved wood grip panels and full coverage engraving, this semi-automatic handgun really makes a statement as a spectacular piece in the Robert E. Petersen Gallery in Fairfax, VA.

GUN OF THE DAY - Thomas Pistol.  Sometimes our GOTD is specially memorable for serial numbering.  This Alexander James O...
05/06/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Thomas Pistol. Sometimes our GOTD is specially memorable for serial numbering. This Alexander James Ordnance Thomas semi-auto .45 employed a delayed blowback action, but this example bears serial number 000002. Problems with this compact self-loading design resulted in few of these double-action-only pistols being manufactured. One of the company's officers donated this pistol to the museum collection and noted it was a gun that had broken several pairs of grips during testing. Caliber: .45 ACP. Production Dates: mid-1970s.

GUN OF THE DAY - Bill Jordan's Sixgun for the Border Patrol.  Designed by Bill Jordan (d. 1997) and Harlon Carter (d. 19...
05/05/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Bill Jordan's Sixgun for the Border Patrol. Designed by Bill Jordan (d. 1997) and Harlon Carter (d. 1992) for the U.S. Border Patrol, this revolver later evolved into the popular Colt Trooper. This prototype is one of only 400 manufactured in the .38 Special caliber. Made in 1952, it was Bill Jordan's personal sidearm and bears his name engraved on the side of the receiver.

GUN OF THE DAY - Flintlock and AR.  When you visit the NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfi...
05/04/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Flintlock and AR. When you visit the NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO, the first two guns you'll see at the entry are an AR-10 semi-auto rifle and a flintlock rifle that once belonged to NRA President Joe Foss. Our staff likes to consider this important first case as also serving as the "bookends" of the collection, illustrating the wide variety of historical pieces on display there. The modern custom flintlock was made for presentation to General Joe Foss (later to be NRA President). Caliber: 7.62mm and .45 flintlock. Production Date: 2013 and 1978.

GUN OF THE DAY - The Legendary Sharps .50 Rifle.  On the frontier of Texas, one “Big Fifty” Sharps rifle was wielded...
05/03/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - The Legendary Sharps .50 Rifle. On the frontier of Texas, one “Big Fifty” Sharps rifle was wielded by Billy Dixon in the June 1874 siege at Adobe Walls. While we can’t claim our GOTD, made about that time and shipped to Fort Griffin, was there with Mr. Dixon, it is mighty impressive in its own right. Firing a nearly 500-grain paper-patched lead projectile atop 90 grains of blackpowder, the “Big Fifty” was a powerful cartridge introduced by the Sharps company with their 1875 catalog. For buffalo hunters following the southern herd, this cartridge, in a good single-shot rifle like the Sharps, could result in substantial harvests of meat and hides.

The 40th Edition of Blue Book of Gun Values is now available!  We just aren't able to handles questions on firearms valu...
05/02/2019

The 40th Edition of Blue Book of Gun Values is now available! We just aren't able to handles questions on firearms values at the NRA Museums, so we regularly refer callers to this important standard reference, updated annually. (Author Steve Fjestad included a picture from the NRA Museums Tulsa Arms Show exhibit on page 12.)

BONUS GUN OF THE DAY:  Beretta Set of Four & Beretta Set of Five.  These two sets are currently displayed at the NRA Nat...
05/02/2019

BONUS GUN OF THE DAY: Beretta Set of Four & Beretta Set of Five. These two sets are currently displayed at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO.

Today, our staff there added new horizontal exhibit racks to the case and here's a sneak peek of how the new arrangement looks. For those of you that want more close-ups of the exceptional bulino engraving - we'll be doing a series of special GOTDs later on this month, so stay tuned...

GUN OF THE DAY - Buffalo Bill's Colt Navy Revolver.  Some Colt Model 1851 revolvers are very special, but our GOTD is ri...
05/02/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Buffalo Bill's Colt Navy Revolver. Some Colt Model 1851 revolvers are very special, but our GOTD is right up there in the front row. This serial number one gun, made at Colt's London factory, was presented to western showman and frontiersman W.F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Like many other shooters out in the wild west, Cody favored the well-balanced, .36 caliber percussion Colt "Navy" revolver. With its ultra low serial number, it was likely this London manufactured Colt was built in 1853.

GUN OF THE DAY - Blake Rifle.  Several designs once completed for both American military and national guard arms contrac...
05/01/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Blake Rifle. Several designs once completed for both American military and national guard arms contracts as the nation gradually shifted from blackpowder single-shots to repeating smokeless, bolt-action rifles. The Blake bolt gun was a New York concept that didn't get any acceptance in either state or federal trials, with US Ordnance notes stating that this rifle system was "unsuited to the military service." Perhaps it was the spindle-loading magazine that tended to open when firing? Caliber: .30-40 Krag. Production Date: 1892-1910.

GUN OF THE DAY - Cased Flint/Percussion Pistol Group.  Our GOTD actually is four, but this quartet represented a total o...
04/30/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Cased Flint/Percussion Pistol Group. Our GOTD actually is four, but this quartet represented a total of five years of gunsmithing for William Diefenderfer. Stainless steel was utilized wherever possible and each pistol was stocked in Circassian walnut in a semi-saw handle pattern. Each of these handbuilt pistols weighs within an ounce of its mates. The two pairs were shot for accuracy together and as an added feature, spare parts were constructed in the event of any of the four pistols breaking down. Caliber: .51. Production Date: 1958-1963.

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's German Shotgun.  One last Annie Oakley gun to round out the 2019 Indianapolis NRA Annual...
04/29/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's German Shotgun. One last Annie Oakley gun to round out the 2019 Indianapolis NRA Annual Meetings - this one is very special as it was a gift to Little Miss Sure Shot from showman W.F. Cody - "Buffalo Bill" himself. We've heard that while on a European tour for his Wild West Show, Buffalo Bill had provided Annie with some gunpowder to reload her shotshells, but that those reloads damaged her gun. Feeling bad that his powder had resulted in the loss of Annie's gun, Buffalo Bill decided to buy her an engraved 12 gauge Hambrusch shotgun and added a silver presentation plate to the stock.

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's Stevens Pistol.  One of our special treasures from the Robert E. Petersen Gallery in Fai...
04/28/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's Stevens Pistol. One of our special treasures from the Robert E. Petersen Gallery in Fairfax, VA has travelled out to Indianapolis for members to enjoy at the NRA Annual Meetings. This gold-mounted Stevens .22 features mother-of-pearl grip panels and exquisite engraving as well. Both short and long chamber rimfire barrels were included as part of this Annie Oakley presentation package.

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's .410 Shotgun.  If you are out in Indianapolis this weekend, we hope you plan to attend t...
04/27/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's .410 Shotgun. If you are out in Indianapolis this weekend, we hope you plan to attend the NRA Annual Meetings. Some great Annie Oakley guns are on display there, but this diminutive .410 shotgun is currently on exhibit at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO. Annie Oakley reportedly gave this little Gold-Hibbard double to a close friend in the Midwest.

This week - while the NRA Annual Meetings are going on at Indianapolis, back at the National Firearms Museum, we’ve ad...
04/26/2019

This week - while the NRA Annual Meetings are going on at Indianapolis, back at the National Firearms Museum, we’ve added two great derringers to our Gold Rush exhibit. Both were made by Henry Deringer of Philadelphia, but were retailed by two San Francisco agents – Charles Curry and Nathaniel Curry & Brothers in the time when California was deep in the Gold Rush. Those of our Facebook viewers that receive America’s First Freedom magazine may also have viewed these handguns in the 2019 issue’s centerfold.

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's Smith & Wesson Revolver.  It's Friday in Indianapolis at the NRA Annual Meetings and our...
04/26/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's Smith & Wesson Revolver. It's Friday in Indianapolis at the NRA Annual Meetings and our engraved Smith & Wesson No. 1, Third Issue .22 was actually a gift from Annie Oakley to a young boy. The story goes that Annie Oakley encountered a young shooter practicing and wanted to encourage his efforts with the presentation of this handgun. That young boy later grew up to compete at the NRA National Matches at Camp Perry, OH.

PERSON OF THE DAY – Ernie Lyles, Museum Special Projects Coordinator. If you’ve seen the cover of the latest NRAStor...
04/25/2019

PERSON OF THE DAY – Ernie Lyles, Museum Special Projects Coordinator.

If you’ve seen the cover of the latest NRAStore catalog, you’ve already noticed an impressive mountain man sighting in the latest Henry Side Gate Lever Action Rifle. Wearing a buckskin outfit that usually resides on the wall of our Hawken Shop exhibit, Ernie (and his moustache) really made this cover.

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's Remington-Beals Rifle.  This engraved .22 Remington rifle, fitted with a target front si...
04/25/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's Remington-Beals Rifle. This engraved .22 Remington rifle, fitted with a target front sight, was a special presentation model from the Ilion, NY factory and another embellished example was made for Philo Remington's own daughter, Ida. Less than 800 of these guns were made from 1866 to 1870. If you are in Indianapolis, come by the NRA Annual Meetings and see even more Annie Oakley guns.

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's Parker Shotgun.- Over the next six days, our GOTD selections will feature America's favo...
04/24/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Annie Oakley's Parker Shotgun.- Over the next six days, our GOTD selections will feature America's favorite sharpshooter - Annie Oakley. Museum staff have taken some of our collection's great guns out to the NRA Annual Meetings at Indianapolis. One of our best Parker shotguns is this beautiful 12 ga. example that bears an inscribed plate on the pistol grip that also helps date this presentation (April 1901) to Annie Oakley. Be sure to drop by the NRA exhibit to see more of these travelling treasures.

GUN OF THE DAY - James Reid New Model Knuckle-Duster.  Our GOTD is a little less recognized than the traditional James R...
04/23/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - James Reid New Model Knuckle-Duster. Our GOTD is a little less recognized than the traditional James Reid "My Friend" Knuckle-Duster that can be fired without the benefit of a barrel. It has been estimated that about 360 Reid New Model revolvers were manufactured up in Catskill, NY, but our GOTD model is believed to be the last version that Reid's factory made. Caliber: .32 rimfire. Manufacture Date: 1883.

GUN OF THE DAY - A Seagoing Henry Rifle.  Family oral history states that Henry Model 1860 rifle was owned by a New Engl...
04/22/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - A Seagoing Henry Rifle. Family oral history states that Henry Model 1860 rifle was owned by a New England sailing ship Captain who was accompanied by his wife and child on a voyage. While the Captain was ill, the ship's crew took advantage of his absence from command and mutinied. The Captain's wife, armed with this rifle, joined with a few loyal officers and managed to hold off the mutineers and regain control of the ship. The desk, box, and photos are also pieces from the Captain. Caliber: .44 rimfire. Circa 1866.

GUNS OF THE DAY – Holland & Holland Apollo Moon Missions Shotguns. Today’s shotguns depict the Apollo 11 and Apollo ...
04/21/2019

GUNS OF THE DAY – Holland & Holland Apollo Moon Missions Shotguns. Today’s shotguns depict the Apollo 11 and Apollo 15 moon missions. The first mission launched on July 16, landed on July 20, witnessed space walks on July 21, and returned to Earth on July 24. This set of Holland & Holland 12 gauge shotguns were engraved by Ken Hunt and the images include the shuttle launch, lunar landing, plaque left on the Moon, the return capsule’s journey back, and recovery in the water. The lunar landing was an iconic event that impacted people all over the world. This is no better showcased than by the fact that the landing of Americans on the moon is engraved on an English set of shotguns. Caliber: 12 gauge. Production Date: Late 20th Century

GUN OF THE DAY - English Airgun.  Our GOTD is an unusual British smoothbore air gun made by an unknown manufacturer, but...
04/20/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - English Airgun. Our GOTD is an unusual British smoothbore air gun made by an unknown manufacturer, but its .52 caliber bore meant it was likely intended for hunting purposes. The air reservoir was held in the removable buttstock, which has two conical/cylindrical chambers. Once charged to capacity by a pump fixture, this air gun utilized the hammer to release pressurized air through the chamber, forcing the projectile down the barrel. In the 1800 to 1850 time period when this air gun might have been used, poachers employed similar arms to avoid detection by gameskeepers.

GUN OF THE DAY - Springfield Armory's Part Carbine/Part Pistol.  Our GOTD is one of those hybrid creations, a compromise...
04/19/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Springfield Armory's Part Carbine/Part Pistol. Our GOTD is one of those hybrid creations, a compromise in arms that tries to do two jobs. Cavalry troopers wanted to have a big-bore pistol for convenience, but also wanted to have a short carbine offering potentially better accuracy for longer range shots. Enter the Model 1855 pistol carbine, a blended pairing of a muzzleloading percussion pistol with a detachable stock. But with the advent of revolvers into military channels, this GOTD didn't last long. About 4,000 were made and numbered in groups of twenty. Caliber: .58 percussion. Production Dates: 1855-1857.

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester's Model 54 Rifle.  Many of our great GOTD candidates attract attention to themselves because...
04/18/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester's Model 54 Rifle. Many of our great GOTD candidates attract attention to themselves because of their stocks. This scoped Winchester Model 54 bolt-action rifle is a nice example of a .30-06, made in 1928, but the stock coloration and figure are even better in person. For a model that had only 50,000 rifles produced before manufacturing ended in 1936, the Model 54 Winchester served as an excellent lead-in for the later classic Model 70 bolt-action.

GUN OF THE DAY - Remington at the Range.  As NRA members competed at Creedmoor Range in the 1870s, one of the guns they ...
04/17/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Remington at the Range. As NRA members competed at Creedmoor Range in the 1870s, one of the guns they used was the Remington rolling block rifle. Issued to NY National Guard regiments, the Remington was a reliable service as well as target gun, and our .45 example also boasts a custom adjustable wrist feature. Single-shot Remington rolling block rifles and carbines were made in the millions at the Remington factory in Ilion, NY and exported to many nations around the world.

GUN OF THE DAY - Napoleon's Flintlock.  We always have a good response for this beautiful double flintlock fowler and so...
04/16/2019

GUN OF THE DAY - Napoleon's Flintlock. We always have a good response for this beautiful double flintlock fowler and so let's welcome back, straight from Elba - Napoleon Bonaparte. Elaborately inlaid with gold on the top of its barrels, this side-by-side is one of the special treasures in the museum collection and has been a part of our holdings since the 1920s, when it was supposedly donated to NRA by William Randolph Hearst. At least one other Hearst firearm donation is known - a flintlock rifle incorporated into a trophy presented to the National Board For The Promotion of Rifle Practice. Bore: 20 gauge. Production Date: circa 1795.

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