NRA Museums

NRA Museums: 85 Years Of Preserving The Past For The Future

In June 1923, the Official Journal of the National Rifle Association became The American Rifleman, a bi-monthly publication with a staff that included Maj. Julian S. Hatcher, Lt. Col. Townsend Whelen, Capt. Charles Askins, Sr. and a host of others whose names read like a who’s who of legendary gun writers and experts.

I Have This Old Gun: Multi-Shot Muzzleloaders

In this segment of American Rifleman Television's "I Have This Old Gun," we examine the history of the various multi-shot guns of the blackpowder era.

Merwin Hulbert & Co. Guns: Forgotten Western Revolvers

Merwin Hulbert revolvers were innovative in design and beautifully made, but the company was plagued by bad business decisions.

U.S. Army Ordnance vs. NRA: The Battle Over the M1 Garand

At one time, the National Rifle Association really didn't like the M1 Garand. Here's the story behind this unique chapter in military history.

Opening Shot: Model 1883 and No. 353 Gatling Guns

From the NRA Museum, check out these firearms that have provenance to the 1939 movie, "Gunga Din."

The Keefe Report: Curatorial Assistant National Firearms Museum

My start as an NRA employee came nearly 30 years ago as a weekends-only curatorial assistant at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Washington, D.C.

Is the Earth Blocking Your View?

Two artifacts recovered from a FBI crime scene investigation conducted at a well-known movie studio in Los Angeles found their way to a curios-and-relics auction house.

Archives: The M1911A1 and The M9

From the 1985 American Rifleman, shortly after the adoption of the M9 as the new U.S. Army's sidearm, then-Editor-in-Chief Pete Dickey compares it to the M1911.

A Look Back at the M14 Rifle

As World War II was winding down, armorers and inventors took a look at what was being used by U.S. servicemen and how to improve those tools.

Trijicon Presents Commemorative One Millionth ACOG to NRA Museum

On April 26, 2018, representatives of Wixom, Mich.-based Trijicon, Inc., donated a commemorative version of the company’s 1 millionth Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight to The NRA Museum in Fairfax, Va.

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