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NRA Museums Photo 2018-09-17 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - WHB Smith Prototype Pistol. Prototypes can be unusual items, and our exotic GOTD might have changed the handgun market, if it had gone into full production. Noted arms designer and author W.H.B. Smith came up with a lightweight alloy frame single-shot concept pistol which was ...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-09-14 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - Griffin & Howe Sporter. Dedicated sportsmen in the day would line up at the counter of Griffin & Howe in New York to take in the latest sporters created from former military bolt-action rifles. Our engraved and gold inlaid GOTD is an amazing Mauser action example t...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-09-13 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - CSM Fox Shotgun. The Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company created an amazing smoothbore in this side by side gun. Engraved by Richard Roy in a deep relief pattern that includes a golden inlaid rabbit flanked on either receiver face by a groundhog and a squirrel, this shotgu...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-09-12 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY: A Bill Jordan Combination. Many years ago, the National Firearms Museum received a fine Colt double-action revolver from 30-year U.S. Border Patrol legend Bill Jordan. Since that day, it has resided in our modern law enforcement exhibit. But a recent donation of a belt/ho...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-09-10 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - Standard Arms Model G Rifle. Wilmington, DE was the birthplace for our GOTD, and it was here about 5,000 of these semi-automatic or selective slide-action rifles were manufactured. This design allowed the gas port to be closed and then the rifle would need to be manually cyc...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-09-08 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Fun Little Flobert Gun. In the glory days of catalog houses like Sears & Roebuck, lucky young shooters might be surprised by the arrival of a long wooden box that held inside a Flobert single-shot rifle. These inexpensive arms were manufactured and proofed in Belgium. ...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-09-06 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - Walther GSP Pistol. The 1984 Olympics owe much to Robert E. Petersen. The California publishing tycoon was asked to coordinate the construction of the Olympic shooting venue near Los Angeles, and thanks to his expert guidance, a cow pasture was changed to a world-class facilit...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-09-01 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Webley Falling Block Rifle. Another selection from the Robert E. Petersen Gallery, this heavy single-shot rifle features a strong falling-block action, well-suited to the powerful big game cartridges needed by hunters back in the day in Africa and India. The sights on this r...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-08-31 13:01

Our heavy-barreled #GunOfTheDay was made in Philadelphia, but with its .50 caliber bore, this half-stock rifle may have been used in the West. Andrew Wurfflein is known to have made rifles from 1835 to 1871 and even received a patent in December of 1849 for a lock design. Andrew’s son William ...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-08-30 13:01

#GunOfTheDay: Westley Richards 12 ga. Super Magnum Paradox gun is kind of a shotgun, but also kind of a rifle. Paradox guns are smoothbore with a short rifled section near the muzzle that allows them to be used with either a single large projectile or multiple shot. Our engraved example bears ...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-08-29 13:01

Our #GunOfTheDay was a pump-action shotgun was respected on both sides in the First World War. Capable of discharging 12 ga. buckshot cartridges as quickly as the action could be cycled, this short-barreled smoothbore was ideal for prisoner control or could be pressed into service in the tight c...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-08-28 13:02

Affairs of honor used to be settled by gentlemen with single shot, smoothbores like our #GunOfTheDay. British master gunsmith John Manton created this exquisite pair of .57 caliber flintlock pistols around 1820. The finely checkered grip allowed for firm control while aiming and the long barrel ...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist: http://bit.ly/2JsMlxa

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 https://goo.gl/RvZ97V

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2xPE44R … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: http://bit.ly/2GQArzJ