Petersen's legendary sense of humor crosses his passion for firearms collecting with this Model 21

Robert Petersen Model 21 double rifle by Tony Galazan on display at the National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - If you set out to commission an entirely custom firearm, what would you choose? Would you engrave it? Ok, of course you would, but what would you choose for the engraving? Many firearms collectors own pieces commemorating their specific interests and famed collector Robert Petersen was no different.

The subject of this week's Curator's Corner on NRA News doesn't have a purpose that is out of the ordinary for firearms enthusiasts living out in the country, but its decor is what sets it apart.

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The finest version of the finest American shotgun ever produced

John Olin's Winchester Model 21 Grand Royal, the

Fairfax, Virginia - What's the best American shotgun ever made? If you go around asking that question, you'll get a whole variety of answers. But if you ask collectors, people who really know their way around firearms, you're going to start getting the same response over and over, the Winchester Model 21.

Winchester aimed for the stars with this side by side shotgun and it's safe to say they achieved their goal. The firearm's quality is universally praised and it's a treasured piece for any collector lucky enough to have the opportunity to buy one.

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Pistol with cannon style barrel that unscrews to reload

Queen Anne Flintlock pistol at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - When NRA Museums Senior Curator Philip Schreier steps to the table, you know you're in store for an impressive display. Something functional, something timeless, and with a little luck ... something timely.

Such is the case for this week's episode of Curator's Corner as Schreier breaks out an 18th Century muzzleloader.

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Pistol favored by those who fired the first shot at Lexington

Black Watch Scottish Metal Frame Flintlock Pistol

Fairfax, Virginia - Antique pistols were made for more than operational purposes. The special ones, those that found their way to the higher echelons in society, had a unique look as well. Such is the case for this week's subject of Curator's Corner - a Black Watch Scottish Metal Frame Flintlock Pistol.

"This is a gun that was very popular during the 18th century," explained NRA Museums Senior Curator Philip Schreier. "It's a British, all metal black watch Scottish Pistol.

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Mark IV .38 caliber Webley & Scott sings across the NRA News screen

War finish stamp on a Webley & Scott Mark IV .38 Revolver

Fairfax, Virginia - The last few weeks have been a little crazy around NRA Headquarters. After a week in Vegas for the 2015 SHOT Show and we headed up to Pennsylvania for the Great American Outdoor Show. Hence the delay in our Curator’s Corner updates … but that’s about to change.

First item on the agenda is to catch up with a real looker - last week’s episode on the Webley & Scott Mark IV .38 Revolver.

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A Superbowl Sunday two-fer from the galleries of the National Firearms Museum

Smith & Wesson Victory Model 10 revolver at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Preparations for last month’s SHOT Show and this month’s Great American Outdoor Show meant a few items fell on the back burner. Not to be forgotten mind you, just to be saved for a rainy day. Or, as is the case of this Super Bowl Sunday’s Curator’s Corner, a snowy one.

So what do we have for you today? A quick look at two of NRA Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier’s favorites … a Smith & Wesson Victory Model 10 and a Heckler & Koch P7.

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NRA News highlights .45 caliber SIG 220 carried by Curator's brother

.45 caliber Sig Sauer pistol in the NRA Museum lab

Fairfax, Virginia - Everyone collects something. Be it action figures or coins or stamps or cars, odds are there's a boatload of something you've stashed away for your very own. For Philip Schreier, senior curator for NRA Museums, it's guns. And though Phil's collection is impressive, there are a few pieces that stand out.

Not because they're rare or worth a boatload of cash mind you, but because of the intrinsic value. He highlighted one such piece on yesterday's episode of Curator's Corner. A SIG Sauer P220. And what makes this pistol so valuable to Phil?

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2-inch barreled revolver the gold standard for Railway Mail Service officers

.38 caliber Colt Banker's Special at the NRA Museum in Fairfax

Fairfax, Virginia - When Senior Curator Philip Schreier makes way to the stage you know something big is about to happen. The NRA Museum guru swims with the big boys after all. So why did he bring out a tiny little Banker's Special for last night's episode of Curator's Corner?

"It might be little but it’s got a big bark," he said with a gleam in his eye.

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.38 caliber revolver was the standard for stateside law enforcement

Colt Commando on display at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - As most of us are recovering from holiday cheer and a deluge of family, the boys from NRA News are back with another edition of Curator's Corner. Continuing his salute to law enforcement, NRA Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier breaks out a 1940s Colt Commando.

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