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NRA Museums Photo 2019-03-30 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Massachusetts Arms Company Percussion Shotgun. While better known as the manufacturing point for Maynard rifles and carbines, this company also produced a limited number of side-by-side percussion shotguns that were also fitted with the Maynard tape-priming system. While capable...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-03-29 14:00

While Director Jim Supica is out, we’re taking the opportunity to post some extra Facebook guns for folks to enjoy.
SPECIAL GUN OF THE DAY – First Model Maynard rifle – circa 1858-59.
We know Dr. Edward Maynard’s first breechloading longarm was popular on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. T...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-03-29 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Designed by Remington’s superintendent of its mechanical department, the single-shot Remington-Hepburn design has a great “target gun” look to it. No surprise, as Lewis L. Hepburn was also a member of the Creedmoor International Shooting Team. From its introduction in 1880, th...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-03-28 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Egyptian FN Model 1949 Rifle. Caliber: 8mm. Production Date: circa 1950-52. In the wake of the Second World War, many nations wanted to dispense with bolt-action rifles and move into issuing semi-automatic service rifles to their military forces. Fabrique Nationale develo...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-03-26 13:00

With “snake” fever gaining ground with collectors across the country, our GOTD has gained quite a following. Made only from 1966 to 1991, the Diamondback was one of Colt’s double-action revolver lineup and was offered in .22LR, .22WMR and .38 Special chambering. With its vent-rib barrel, it...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-03-25 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - William Powell & Son Shotgun. Bore: 10 ga. Production Date: 1895-1902. Our GOTD represents a classic British hammer double and if necessary, this side-by-side could be sent back for refitting to the Birmingham factory on Carrs Lane that still produces two models of f...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-03-22 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Engraved Presentation Sharps Model 1853 Rifle. This Sharps rifle is in exquisite condition - possibly even unfired - and with good reason. It was awarded to William Caughey for being the best shot in the Sharps Rifle Guard on November 2, 1858. Not only was Caughey named the best s...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-03-21 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Four of A Kind. There are GOTDs and then there are GOTDs likely presented to and from a Maharajah. This four-Colt cased set, all British-proofed, consists of two Model 1849 .31 caliber guns and two Model 1851 .36 caliber guns. Finished in both fine blue and golden damascene, ...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-03-19 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Sommer & Ockenfuss Rifle. Intended for usage as a counter-sniper rifle, our tactical GOTD has all the appropriate bells and whistles. Its optic is a Schmidt & Bender 3-12x50mm telescopic sight and to provide a stable firing platform, an integral bipod and rear ...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-03-17 14:00

The NRA Museum is displaying at the Maryland Arms Collectors Association Baltimore Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD. Admission is $10.00 and the show is open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, March 16 and 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday, March 17.

This year’s exhi...

NRA Museums Photo 2019-03-16 14:00

The NRA Museum is displaying at the Maryland Arms Collectors Association Baltimore Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD. Admission is $10.00 and the show is open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, March 16 and 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday, March 17.

This year’s exhi...
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