Classic High Standard 9-shot .22 revolvers donated to the NRA

3 .22 colored revolvers from High Standard

Fairfax, Virginia - It's never easy to make noise in the firearm industry. No matter how innovative your product may be, you need something to catch the consumer's eye. In the case of High Standard Manufacturing, they did so with color.

"They started with a lightweight aluminum frame," started NRA Museums Senior Curator Doug Wicklund. "But they wanted to make it different. So instead of coloring it black or bluish like every other gun, they decided to produce their .22 9-shot revolver in red, blue and also gold."

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Sportsman Channel show brings Wild West to live in rifle engraving

Train robbery depicted on a Lee Griffiths engraved Browning .22 rifle

Raton, New Mexico - “I walked in the door and it just blew me away.”

Those are the words of Jim Supica, director of NRA Museums, when it comes to the subject of today’s Curator’s Corner on Sportsman Channel … a .22 Browning Rifle.

But it’s not the gun that caught Supica’s attention, it was the engraving.

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Presidential firearms catch spotlight with actor Joe Mantegna

A full look at Theodore Roosevelt's 1894 Winchester lever action riflePresident Theodore Roosevelt's suppressed 1894 Winchester lever action rifle

Fairfax, Virginia - The crew from Outdoor Channel's Gun Stories spends about a week at the National Rifle Association every spring. With host and A-list actor Joe Mantegna at the ready, each episode concentrates on one specific gun. Here's a description from their website:

Gun Stories takes viewers through a firearm’s history, from the heart of the design through its use on the range... Find out more about Roosevelt's Rifles on Gun Stories ...

From Outdoor Channel - The C96 Broomhandle Mauser

The C96 Broomhandle Mauser
Earlier this year, the crew from Gun Stories gathered at the NRA's National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia to shoot segments for this season's round of shows. This week, they're cleaning things up with the C96 Broomhandle Mauser ...

Think of it as a jigsaw puzzle that, when fully assembled, creates one of the most recognizable gun profiles of all time.... more on the C96 Broomhandle Mauser pistol ...

Gunslingers series offers NRA insight to the guns of the Wild West - video

Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Fairfax, Virginia - You know it's going to be a good day when you get a call from Discovery. Even more so when it's the American Heroes Channel calling about their new show Gunslingers.

You haven't heard about Gunslingers? Here's a quick description from their website:

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American Rifleman and NRA Museum provide background for Discovery Channel debut - video below

Colt Single Action Army hammer to cylinder Fairfax, Virginia - Late last month, a crew from Discovery's American Heroes Channel (AHC) descended upon the National Firearm Museum for an afternoon of education. Education from our experts on the guns that made the Old West - that made the Gunslingers.

An effort by AHC to profile the major gunfights and gunfighters from the Old West, Gunslingers debuts tonight at 10:00pm eastern with "The Tombstone Vendetta". Here's a quick description from the AHC website:

Exposing little-known facts about America’s first villains and heroes, the six-part series features the stories of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, John Wesley Hardin and Tom Horn. Juxtaposed with vivid reenactments, expert commentary is layered throughout each episode to ensure the authenticity and historical accuracy of each story. Contributors include: David Milch, the creator of Deadwood; Bob Boze Bell, the executive editor of True West Magazine; and actor Kurt Russell (Tombstone).

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Curator's Corner highlights early predecessors to some popular modern day firearms

Curator's Corner segment on Sportsman Channel's Cam & Company

Fairfax, Virginia - Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show in Oklahoma is the gun show in the United States. Visitors are sure to see some of the most rare and valuable firearms ever made wandering the - literally - miles of tables. And few people have the knack for finding the strangest and most unique firearms like NRA Museums Director Jim Supica.

Supica, who has been coming to the show for decades, still loves wandering the show's floor and you never know what he'll show up with for an episode of Curator's Corner for Cam & Company on Sportsman Channel. This week, Jim brought his friend Jack Valenti, who laid out two rare 9mm prototypes for the camera.

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9mms from 1910, 1940 and today that make you wonder why they were ever made

Dreyse Pistol from the 1910 era

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Only exceptional firearms find their way onto Curator’s Corner. Firearms that revolutionized the industry, blazed a path to glory or rode shotgun (no pun intended) on the way to history. That’s how most Curator’s Corners would be described. Most. Not todays.

Today’s episode focuses on the rare. The unseen and, in some cases, unknown.

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Joining friends and family to remember the adoption of the Declaration of Independence

The American flag waving over NRA headquarters for the 4th of July on NRAblog

Fairfax, Virginia - Two hundred thirty-eight years ago our country declared independence from Great Britain. The process of forging our nation, a new nation, involved a courage most of us will never understand. Each year we recognize that courage as well as the sacrifices made by so many of our ancestors to ensure the freedoms each citizen holds so dear.

The National Rifle Association joins a number of great organizations in celebrating America's freedoms every day. Thousands of beautiful firearms decorate the halls and galleries of our National Firearms Museum, telling the nearly 700-year story of firearms and their integral role in creating the United States we know and love.

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