More than a $1,000,000 in Colts on display at the Tulsa Arms Show

Close up of the Thumb Print Walker-Colt on Curator's Corner

Tulsa, Oklahoma - When NRA Museums Director Jim Supica ventured out onto the walkways of the Tulsa Arms Show, he was searching for a few special pieces. Something to catch the eye, tell a story, share a piece of seldom seen American craftsmanship with the folks (watching the Sportsman Channel) at home. Well he accomplished just that and more.

"What you’ve got here is the holy grail of Americana firearms collecting and Colt collecting in particular," said Supica. "Two very historic models. The Patterson models which launched Colt and the Colt Walker revolvers."

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159 year-old shotgun displayed at Tulsa Gun Show goes for more than $250,000

Le Page Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun action from Rock Island Auction Company

Tulsa, Oklahoma - One thing you can count on when walking into the Wanemacher’s Tulsa Gun Show is that you never know what you’re going to find. A shotgun that’s been through the wringer, a President’s pistol, or perhaps a priceless heirloom that’s been hiding out in Grandpa’s closet for the better part of a century. But if you make you’re way to the Rock Island Auction Company's booth, just like NRA Museums Director Jim Supica did earlier last month, one thing you know you’re going to find value.

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Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless also known as New Departure and Lemon Squeezer

A Smith & Wesson Hammerless Revolver attributed to Teddy Roosevelt

Tulsa, Oklahoma - NRA Museums Director Jim Supica made the most of the few days he spent at last month's Tulsa Arms Show. He inspected a few hundred guns, walked almost ten miles of displays, and recorded nearly 20 episodes of Curator's Corner for Cam & Company on Sportsman Channel. Given the vast quantities of firearms at his disposal, you have to wonder why he'd choose such a teeny-tiny gun like the Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless?

Besides the fact that it was the property of the President of the United States of course.

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John Popp (l), Joe Wanenmacher (c) and NRA Museums Director Jim Supica at the Tulsa Arms Show

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Sure you've been to a gun show before. But have you ever been to the gun show? Well if you haven't been out to Oklanoma for Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show then the answer is no.

"I've been coming here twice a year for a quarter of a century," said NRA Museums Director Jim Supica. "It is spectacular."

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Shotgun from sharpshooter Annie Oakley hits the road with the NRA

Annie Oakley's open .410 shotgun on display at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Everyone here at the NRA knows what it's like to hit the road. Roughly about half the build made tracks to Indianapolis last week for the 143rd Annual Meeting (Did you?). It's a simple fact that some travel more than others. Now that's especially true for NRA Museums Director Jim Supica. Visiting our satellite museums, meeting with collectors and exhibiting displays at shows around the country.

Earlier this month, for example, Supica went out to Oklahoma for Wanenmacher's Tulsa Gun Show. And this time he brought a friend.

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Remington Rifle won at NRA match, donated back to the Association

View of the Remington Model 1871 Rolling Block rifle from the sights to the stock

Fairfax, Virginia - Last week we told you about the first gun to make it into the NRA Museum's official collection. A Remington Model 1871 Rolling Block Rifle. Ever wonder what baby looked like? Well wonder no more.

"This rifle, a beautiful Remington Rolling Block, is one of 20,000 purchased by the United State Military back in the 1870s," said Senior Curator Philip Schreier. "But the real story is where rest of them landed."

More on the Remington Model 1871 Rolling Block on Curator's Corner ...

Museum piece with NRA Test stamp part of NRA Publications collection

A double-barreled Savage Fox Model B NRA Test Shotgun

Fairfax, Virginia - There's a story behind every gun at the National Firearms Museum. Who owned it, where it was manufactured, where it was used, etc ... Unfortunately, not every story is compelling as the next. But for some, it's the story behind the story that makes them fascinating.

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NRA News breaks into the NRA Museum vault for another glimpse at World War II revolver

The Colt Commando Revolver circa WWII

Fairfax, Virginia - You know it's going to be a good day on Curator's Corner when you hear Philip Schreier say that this is one of his favorite guns. Being that Phil is the Senior Curator for NRA Museums, a favorite gun of Phil's has to be something special. This one is.

Fresh from the friendly confines of the NRA Museum vault, Phil brings out the quasi-rare Colt Commando Revolver. A World War II era four-inch six-shooter that brings a bit of economic efficiency encased in the design.

More on the Colt Commando Revolver on NRA News ...

Springfield Armory rifle presented to the National Rifle Association by Army Chief of Staff

Close up on General Lyman L. Lemnitzer's M14 rifle

Fairfax, Virginia - Curator's Corner is a weekly look into the vast collection of the National Firearms Museum. And when we're lucky it's more than what's on display at the museum; it's what's in the vault.

Secured in the basement of NRA Headquarters, the vault holds almost as many guns as those that are on display. Ancient matchlocks, preserved pistols and sacred shotguns line the walls in this "denizens of a dungeon" just waiting for a chance to bask in the glorious sunlight above. For this week's segment, Senior Curator Philip Schreier decided to go with a presentation rifle — Lemnitzer's M14.

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