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Straight From Sagamore Hill


It has been said that Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite hunting gun in .45-90 was this custom Winchester Model 1886 rifle. Featuring a deluxe-grade, hand-checkered wood stock and a half round, half octagonal barrel, this big-game gun was also equipped with a button magazine for better balance in the field. Yet despite the fine craftsmanship of this rifle, it is also known that Roosevelt sent it back to the Winchester factory for reworking no less than five times.

One of the prizes of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site on Long Island, N.Y., this amazing Winchester, along with many other historic Roosevelt pieces, are now on loan to the National Firearms Museum from the National Park Service while Sagamore Hill undergoes renovation.

Come visit the National Firearms Museum at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va. “Trappings of an Icon,” our special exhibition on Theodore Roosevelt, housed in a re-creation of his “Summer White House” office at Sagamore Hill, is now open and admission is free (donations gratefully received). For more information, e-mail, call (703) 267-1600 or visit the museum’s website at