We’ve done it again, for the 4th year in a row!

  

Have you ever been to the NRA’s National Firearms Museum? If you answered yes, then you can understand why it just won TripAdvisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence for the 4th consecutive year! If you answered no, then you need to stop by NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia and see it for yourself, IMMEDIATELY!

Receiving TripAdvisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence means we have received consistent positive reviews posted on TripAdvisor by visitors.

Thank you to all those who have visited and left us positive reviews!

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NRA Museum experts evaluate guns brought by NRA Members

Gun Guru Jim Supica and an M14 rifle in Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee - Ever wonder what your gun is worth? Well if you didn't make it to the Music City Center yesterday for an evaluation from NRA's very own Gun Gurus, then you missed a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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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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Cabot shows off meteors, mammoths, and affordable luxury at SHOT Show

Damascus steel 1911 with mammoth tooth grips

Las Vegas, Nevada - High quality firearms and Cabot Guns go hand-in-hand. Cabot's President Rob Bianchin has a simple philosophy when it comes to high quality guns. "Life's too short to shoot an ugly gun," he says with a laugh. Utilizing 100% American-made products, the company strives for excellence in every aspect. From the time Cabot starts with raw 4140 billet American steel to the time one of their custom 1911s are complete, it takes a total of four months. Creating the slide and frame alone takes 30 hours per gun. With that time, however, comes extreme precision.

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Museum staff sets up exhibit at first SHOT Show

Installing firearms in the NRA Booth

Las Vegas, Nevada - I got up at 5am to make a five-hour, 8am flight to Las Vegas. I landed around 10:30am due to the miracle of time zones. After running around to get my luggage, a rental car, and pick up my shipment, I made it to the Sands Expo and Convention Center for my first experience at SHOT Show.

Having followed the #SHOTShow hashtag on Twitter, I knew that many people had already arrived and begun setting up days before me. I was afraid that the NRA booth was going to be one of the last ones set up because of me … WRONG!

If you think big gun shows are hectic when they’re open to the public, they’re even more crazy during set-up! Aisles disappear in a sea of wooden crates as you bob and weave around half-assembled displays and listen to the beeping of machinery moving things around at the booths.

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What would SHOT Show have been like 160 years ago?

SHOT Show 1855 Fairfax, Virginia - Since beginning in 1979, SHOT Show has become one of the premier firearms industry event of the year. Those who are able to attend circle the date on their calendars; those who are unable curse under their breath.

As I was packing up amazing and historic guns for SHOT Show from the NRA Museums, I was led down a path of historical whimsy: what would SHOT Show have been like 160 years ago in 1855?

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