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NRA Museums Photo 2019-07-10 13:00

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 ...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-07-08 13:00

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 hun...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-07-06 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Wirnhier Custom Sporter Rifle. Our GOTD was created in Pfarrkirchen, Germany - a small town in southern lower Bavaria. Josef Wirnhier utilized a 98 Mauser action as the foundation for his custom sporter, fitting double-set triggers and a claw mounted Kahles telescopic sight. ...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-07-05 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - The Little-Used Zouave. During the American Civil War, Remington produced more than 12,500 “Zouave” percussion contract rifles. This short-barreled (33 inch) rifle was in standard .58 caliber, and its barrel’s right side had a lug for a long saber bayonet. In official doc...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-07-03 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Sporterized US Model 1917 Rifle. In the years following the ending of the Great War, American military arms were culled and some that were no longer needed were sold off as surplus. Hobbyists in search of a longer action were able to purchase a rifle whose stripped action could...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-07-02 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Caswell Krag. Competition in the military match circuit around the turn of the last century revolved around the blackpowder “trapdoor” Springfield rifle and the smokeless powder Krag-Jorgensen. One Massachusetts militia rifleman was John Caswell, whose competition Krag is our GOTD...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-07-01 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Paul Giffard Airgun. The Giffard Gun Company Limited of London manufactured this repeating CO2 gun that featured a horizontally mounted gas cylinder. The company advertised that its rifles could fire three hundred shots without reloading, but also offered an integral shot counte...

I Have This Old Gun: M1 Garand—Korea - NRA Museums 2019-06-30 22:04

When the U.S. became involved in the Korean War, the M1 Garand went back into mass production. The "Korean Garand," as it is sometimes referred, had undergone improvements since its World War II days, and once again proved why Gen. George S. Patton called the Garand "...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-06-28 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - A Monaco Colt. Colt’s Single Action Army revolvers have been tremendously popular since their introduction in the 19th century. However, this particular example celebrates something that dates back way before the gun’s design: the history of Monaco. This SAA came out of Colts...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-06-27 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Luger Carbine. Prior to the Great War, DWM produced a limited run of Model 1902 carbines. Our GOTD is one of the 2500 carbines manufactured and still retains its matching shoulder stock. These 7.65mm carbines were fitted with 11.75 inch barrels and a finely checkered detachable w...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-06-10 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Kart .22 Conversion. In days of older formal handgun competition, where shooters may utilize two centerfire pistols and one rimfire pistol, or a .22 conversions like this Kart, manufactured in Riverbend, NY, were very popular. The reason being that an accomplished shoot...
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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