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Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-04-19 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - AMT AutoMag Pistol
This GOTD was the closest thing to a "hot rod" in handguns that existed in the 1970s. Chambered for exotic cartridges that were made from rifle brass, the AutoMag was a pistol that required dedicated handloading, as at the time of introduc...

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-04-18 13:01

Our GOTD is just a shell of what it once was. No joke. This is the outside casing for a portable rocket launcher that was intended as an unguided anti-armor system for infantry. This solid fuel rocket was first adopted by the US Army and US Marine Corps, and later w...

Photos from NRA Museums's post - NRA Museums 2018-04-17 16:29

The crew from NRATV was on hand today to film new episodes of Curator's Corner with Senior Curator Phil Schreier, Special Projects Coordinator Ernie Lyles, Registrar Erin Sabatini, and Firearms Specialist Logan Metesh. Watch for the new episodes soon!

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-04-17 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - Recoil Counter-Vectoring Patent Gun
While once an unusual feature of our Steampunk Guns exhibition, this patent model represents an attempt to create a gun with dramatic recoil reduction. Pulleys, springs, and reciprocating counterweight fixtures give this test platform ext...

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-04-16 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - Marble Arms Game Getter
As a combination GOTD, our over-under piece was once favored by subsistence hunters and trappers for its convenience. The folding shoulder stock allowed this gun to be compacted down quickly and deployed again for firing equally rapidly. The folding ape...

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-04-15 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Walch Pocket Revolver
Our GOTD was John Walch's ten-shot wonder and it was made by the New Haven Arms Company of New Haven, CT- the same firm that produced the Henry rifle (at roughly the same time period.) About 3,000 of these twin-hammered revolvers were manufactured,...

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-04-14 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - Graham's Patent Revolving Gun
We can sometimes use the term unique with a GOTD, but this is the only known example based on Edmund H. Graham's revolving turret firearm patent of September 16, 1856. This five-shot horizontal revolving gun incorporated a cover plate to keep...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-04-13 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - Staudemayer Percussion Pistol
While part of a matched pair, this percussion conversion no longer strictly matches its mate, which was retained in flintlock ignition configuration. Some gun owners, back in the day, might have felt that percussion ignition was just a passin...

NRA Museums Photo 2018-04-12 16:00

Mensa came by for a visit! We gave them a tour of the galleries and a peek into our conservation lab. We enjoyed having you here!
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American Museum of Natural History: This Throwback Thursday, we want to feature one of the Museum’s most popular videos: On Earth Day 2017, we highlighted what’s changed since the first Earth Day in 1970. Our population has doubled, temperatures have risen, and wild animal populations have shrunk. But the world has also changed for the better—key pollutants have decreased and ozone-depleting CFCs were banned! Check out the video for more facts. And remember: together, we decide what the future of our planet looks like.

National Gallery Photo 2018-04-19 13:40

Canaletto died #OnThisDay in 1768. He was very influential, favoured by English collectors and was famous for his precise depiction and evocative views of the city. Canaletto often made meticulous preparatory drawings. He may have used a camera obscura for topographical accuracy in creating some of his designs, but he always remained concerned with satisfying compositional design, not simply slavishly recording views. His 'London: Interior of the Rotunda at Ranelagh' in Room 38 shows this extreme precision: