In 1858, William Caughy received this engraved Sharps Model 1853 Sporting Rifle for being the best shot.
This rare revolver features a detachable shoulder stock crafted from Circassian walnut with provision for screw-in tang sight.
This excellent-condition Jacob rifle and matching bayonet are on loan to the National Firearms Museum from Peter Dowd.
Staff Sgt. Donald Williams gathered a set of early Colt single-action revolvers and personalized them to express his gratitude to two prisoners who had been his friends in a POW camp.
Designed by Winchester in 1955, this .308 Model 70 with a built-in radio capitalized on the popularity of a new "transistor" nation.
This Model 1903 Springfield sporting rifle was constructed to the exact specifications of our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt.
Carried by Trooper Louis B. Bishop during the Spanish-American War, this Colt Single Action Army .45 revolver now resides in the National Firearms Museum collection.
This Colt Single Action Army .45, manufactured in 1877, helps tell a tale of the past.
These limited-edition arms began as lesser-grade Parker shotguns that were stripped to a bare metal foundation and then elaborately embellished.
This elaborately engraved .50-caliber breechloader was specially designed for Napoleon Bonaparte's nephew, Emperor Napoleon III.
At the Camp Perry National Matches, George Farr pulled a Springfield rifle from the rack and made history.
This amazing Winchester, along with many other historic Roosevelt pieces, are now on loan to the National Firearms Museum.
These DuBiel Sporters, with their patented five-lug bolts, integral scope mount bases and distinctive floorplate lever-latches, became instant classics.
This 1937-manufactured custom Colt Woodsman pistol with ivory grip panels bends a few rules.
Her name was Phoebe Anne Moses, but the world knew her better as Annie Oakley. Her success with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows allowed her to acquire many fine firearms. One of her favorite handguns was an engraved Stevens .22 pistol fitted with mother-of-pearl grip panels. This well-known single-shot pistol, part of the Robert E. [...]
The Singer .45 pistol is the rarest of the World War II M1911 A1S, with only 500 being manufactured.
The rarity of this percussion handgun merited its inclusion in the collection of Robert E. Petersen and its subsequent donation to the National Firearms Museum.
This elaborately gold-embellished Alexander Henry .577-caliber howdah pistol is believed to be the finest ever made by this gunmaker.
In 1934, this unusual four-gun set of pistols were presented to a British military controller in Poona, part of the Southern Command and the oldest field army in India.
American TV network executive Sheldon Gilbert received this AYA 12-ga. shotgun, bearing the golden seal of the royal family, as a wedding present in 1965.
This engraved, ivory-stocked Colt was also owned by several notable collectors over the years including Joseph Hawley, 42nd governor of Connecticut.
In 1859, Colt received a patent No. for his handgun shoulder stock design that incorporated a canteen.
When noted actor and hunter William Holden died, one special rifle remained partially completed at a master gunsmith's shop.
The cased No. 2 Smith & Wesson revolver was presented to General W.T. Sherman in 1869 by members of his personal staff.
Over the course of five years, from 1958 to 1963, William Diefenderfer crafted two pairs of flintlock and percussion pistols, each made completely from scratch.
One of the most notorious outlaws of the era was Thomas Edward “Black Jack” Ketchum, who robbed his last train August 16, 1899, near Raton Pass on the Colorado/New Mexico border.
Spinning six-guns and beating the best at fast draw, Sammy Davis Jr.'s quickness with a Colt .45 was legendary.
Two classic pistols in the National Firearms Museum represent two World War II heroes of the Pacific Theater.
Despite changing to a new double-action revolver design for lighter recoil and speed in reloading, American military authorities found that these .38 caliber handguns were inadequate in the Philippine Insurrection, where charging Moro guerillas could not be reliably stopped despite multiple hits.
During his years as shooting editor for Outdoor Life magazine, Jim Carmichel had the opportunity to encounter many unusual sporting arms, but one of the strangest came to him with a tag attached. The old paper tag read, “Very dangerous“
The .44 Magnum cartridge was less than a decade old when publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen used it to hunt deer, elk, moose, black bear and a trophy brown bear.
In an age of single-shot arms, repeaters tend to stand out. But few stood out as much as the unusual multishot flintlock rifle invented by Isaiah Jennings of New York City.
Sometimes a rifle tells the story of a man and a company. Elmer Ray Stahl worked as a gunsmith for the once renowned Adolph Otto Neidner Rifle Co. in Dowagiac, Mich.
In early 1926 Sam Moore, an 18-year-old high school shooter from Connecticut decided to attempt to break NRA's Junior Rifle Corps record on shooting consecutive bullseyes using his favorite Winchester Model 52 .22 rifle.
John Moses Browning was well-established as a brilliant arms designer when the call came from Colt to prepare prototypes for American military consideration in the Army Ordnance Trials of 1907.
For John Wesley Hardin, the birthday begun in revelry had turned tragic. by NRA Staff
The nation's largest display of Gatling guns and fine double rifles. A renowned collection of high-end double-barrel shotguns. by Michael Ives
Sam Colt began manufacturing handguns in Paterson, N.J., and his initial efforts produced single-action, five-shot revolvers considered to be the first successful American-made repeating handguns. by NRA Staff
Almost 12,000 Smith & Wesson No. 1, First Issue revolvers were manufactured from 1857 to 1860, and this spur-trigger model was the company’s first metallic cartridge handgun.
Hidden beneath the bronzed exterior of Captain Malcolm Reynolds' Frontier Model B resides a secret—a Taurus five-shot .38 revolver. by NRA Staff
National Firearms Museum
The NRA National Firearms Museum is home to the finest firearms collection in the world. Through 15 galleries spanning more than six centuries, this spectacular showcase offers the unique opportunity to view some of America's most significant firearm treasures.