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03/26/2017 at 16:36. Facebook
Hanging out at the Virginia Gun Collectors Association gun show this weekend. We brought three Medals of Honor! #guns #history #NRAMuseums
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03/26/2017 at 13:01. Facebook
GUN OF THE DAY - Belgian Dagger Pistol
Single-shot pistols just didn't offer enough protection for some, and so our .48 caliber GOTD was equipped with a deployable bayonet under the barrel. In order to activate the bayonet feature, one had to just pull back on the triggerguard. The spring-loaded bayonet would pop forwards and lock into a fixed position, pointing forwards. We can't help but...
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03/25/2017 at 13:02. Facebook
GUN OF THE DAY - Turlock Officer's Pistol
Our GOTD was made by Turlock in Dublin, Ireland and this .69 caliber percussion pistol is typical of the powerful muzzleloading handguns that military officers relied on for personal protection. For ease of loading, the ramrod is retained by a hinged swivel to the barrel, which also ensures the ramrod cannot be lost in the confusion of close quarters...
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03/24/2017 at 13:02. Facebook
GUN OF THE DAY - Japanese Temple Gun
Around the world, firearms have been used for many purposes. In Japan, pieces like our matchlock GOTD have been used to open and close temple ceremonies. This .60 caliber matchlock has been uniquely embellished with stylized chrysanthemums in brass and silver. Many of these temple guns have other markings that can be traced to specific families in Japan....
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03/23/2017 at 13:01. Facebook
GUN OF THE DAY - Savage Cased Pair
The finest known cased pair of embellished Savage semi-automatic pistols is this set of mother-of-pearl grip .32s. One engraved pistol is gold plated and the other engraved handgun is blued finish. Both are currently on loan at the NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO and can be seen daily upstairs in our galleries....
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Another edition of History in a Handgun on the NRA Blog! This handgun was a presentation piece and a part of history. [ Ow.ly Link ]

History in a Handgun: William Tecumseh Sherman’s Smith & Wesson No. 2

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GUN OF THE DAY - Ball Butt Dag Pistol
While some have discounted the theory that our GOTD's ball end could have been used offensively, we will note that its weight as a counterbalance does make it easier much easier to line up its heavy .51 caliber barrel for a shot. With its reliable wheel lock action, German-made pistols like this one could hit targets at 50 yards. But this elaborately bone...
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We had a bit of fun with Cam and Co. last week at the NRA Range. Sometimes, we just have to make sure things work.
GUN OF THE DAY - Engraved Walther PP Pistol
Great guns have come to America in a variety of ways. This elaborately engraved Walther PP pistol was formerly imported by Interarms, a long-time Alexandria, VA firm that sadly doesn't exist anymore. With its Germanic style of embellishment with oak leaves and acorns, this classic 7.65mm semi-automatic pistol is a hit out at the NRA Whittington...
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GUN OF THE DAY - One Millionth Savage 99 Rifle
Milestones are a big part of people's lives, but they're also a big part of a gun's life, too. Today's GOTD is the one millionth Savage 99 rifle. Chambered in .300 Savage, the gun is beautifully engraved and inlaid with gold. Of note is the savage logo on the right side of the gun and the NRA eagle logo on the left side of the gun. The reason for...
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Saying goodbye to Steampunk Guns. Keep an eye out for something new and exciting in its place!
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GUN OF THE DAY - Robert E. Petersen's Automag Pistol
He definitely collected an incredible assortment of automobiles, but Bob Petersen's Automag pistol was definitely a high powered "hot rod" of a handgun. This stainless steel semi-automatic pistol was chambered for .44, .41 and .357 Automag cartridges, based on a cutdown .308 cartridge case. The gun itself came out in the 1970s, with the...
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GUN OF THE DAY - Winchester Model 70s
One place you can see Winchester Model 70 rifles is at the NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, MO. While over 120 of these 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...
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This weekend is your last chance to see our Steampunk exhibit! It's time to get ready for some new and exciting things at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Va!
Check us out at the Baltimore Antique Arms Show this weekend! Show hours are 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-3pm on Sunday. Drop by and say hello to Senior Curator Philip Schreier!
GUN OF THE DAY - Cutaway M1 Garand Rifle
Our GOTD is quite revealing, but as a cutaway, we'd expect nothing less. This Harrington & Richardson M1 Garand rifle was altered by sectionalizing, whereby "windows" were cut into the stock and metal components to illustrate internal mechanisms. Military armorers could take a damaged or defective rifle and make it into a teaching tool rather than...
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The NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Va is now part of the Fairfax Business Hall of Fame! Thank you, Fairfax!
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NRA Range, National Firearms Museum Named To Fairfax Business Hall of Fame

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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 much for potential personal protection capability. Our examples were crafted in Belgium, although one bears a later British retailer marking and both are chambered in 7mm.
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GUN OF THE DAY - Langenhan FL Selbstlader Pistol
It can be nice when a GOTD is an exclusive. The Langenhan company was able to win an exclusive contract from the German army for their 7.65mm semi-automatic pistol and were to produce about 50,000. But this design had an issue with its breechblock being held in place by a screw. With some firing, the screw loosened and the breechblock could...
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This revolver saw the end of the Civil War, passing from Jefferson Davis to Captain Given Campbell.
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History in a Handgun: Jefferson Davis and His Kerr Revolver

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