Aluminum frame provides lighter weight, greater recoil for Colt Detective Special

Aluminum based Colt Cobra Revolver from the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - You can't always tell the difference between guns by looking. Sure, there are different screws on the frame, checkering on the stock, sight height, etc... But sometimes you need more than a look.

Sometimes you need to pick it up.

More on the Colt Cobra Revolver on NRANews ...

See British made Calisher-Terry Carbine on Sportsman Channel this afternoon

British Calisher & Terry 'door bolt' breech-loading carbine

Fairfax, Virginia - The battle of Gettysburg was fought from July 1 through July 3 in 1863. Three days that would result in the bloodies battle ever fought on American soil. So today, the 150th Anniversary of that battle, NRANews looks into one of the more popular firearms used in the battle. The British Calisher & Terry 'door bolt' breech-loading carbine.

"It was imported during the war for the Confederacy and made famous by Jeb Stuart," said Philip Schreier, Senior Curator for the National Firearms Museum. "But they probably saw their widest use during the Māori Wars of New Zealand in the 1860s."

More on the Calisher & Terry Breech Loading Carbine ...

Pre and Post-World War II Detective Specials come with special nuances

Two different versions of Colt's Detective Specials at the NRA Museum in Fairfax

Fairfax, Virginia - Telling the difference between first issue, second issue and third issues Colt Detective Specials isn't a easy task. Not everyone appreciates the slight yet significant differences between the three. That's why we have Phil.

And that's why the crew over at NRANews keeps bringing Phil back for their regular Monday afternoon segments of Curator's Corner.

We're talking about Mr. Philip Schreier, Senior Curator for the NRA National Firearms Museum. This week on Curator's Corner, he takes to the Sportsman Channel airwaves to share some of those differences with two Colts in hand.

"First you start off with the square butt revolvers," Schreier started. Last week we looked at a Banker's Special with a square butt. That lasted from 1926/27 until 1933/34. And then they went to what we now recognize as the round butt."

More on the differences found in 1st and 3rd issue Colt Detective Specials ...

1920s era snubnose, Colt Banker's Special, available in three calibers

NRA Senior Curator Philip Schreier holding out a .38 caliber Colt Banker's Special for Curator's Corner on NRANews & Sportsman Channel

Fairfax, Virginia - Sometimes you get caught on a tangent.

Listen to nothing but Nirvana, playing Angry Birds non-stop or a week-long pizza binge. It can happen in any facet of life. If you're a gun collector, for example, you might start focusing on a particular make or model. Over the next few weeks, you'll see such a tangent on Curator's Corner.

More on the Colt Banker's Special revolver on Curator's Corner ...

Model 1903 Colt semi-automatic carried by Australian Major during the Battle of Gallipoli

Colt 1903 semiautomatic pocket pistol

Fairfax, Virginia - On the final day of the NRA Convention in Houston, Texas, a production crew stole away with Philip Schreier, Senior Curator for the National Firearms Museum, to film a few segments of Curator's Corner. A Monday afternoon staple on Sportsman Channel, Curator's Corner highlights one of the thousands of guns on display at the National Firearms Museum. Or, in the case of this afternoon's offering, a gun brought by a collector.

More on the 1903 Colt Pocket Hammer ...

M1877 Colt revolver, first attempt at the double-action design for Hartford based company

John Wesley Hardin's 1877 Colt Lightning .38 Long Revolver at NRA Museum Fairfax, Virginia - The subject of tonight's episode of Curator's Corner on NRAnews comes with more than just a gun. There are two historically significant events tied into this Colt revolver. First is the double-action design and second is the man who owned — the notorious John Wesley Hardin.

The difference between double and single action is a simple one. When pulling the trigger of a double action revolver, the hammer goes back, the cylinder rotates and the hammer falls to fire the gun. With the single action, one has cock the trigger before firing the gun. The Lightning, a .38 caliber Long Colt, wasn't all that successful.

More on John Welsey Hardin's double-action Colt Lightning revolver ...

Colonel North takes a break from Fox to share Memorial Day stories with NRANews

Colonel Oliver North and Cam Edwards at NRA Headquarters for a Memorial Day Special on NRANews
Colonel Oliver North sits down with NRANews host Cam Edwards inside the National Firearms Museum.

Fairfax, Virginia - Today you're celebrating Memorial Day with family and friends. Maybe there's a cookout, a parade or a visit to a museum on the agenda. Just make sure to get back to you tv set by 5:00pm this afternoon for a special edition of NRANews on Sportsman Channel.

More on a Memorial Day Special of NRANews on Sportsman Channel ...

The revolvers that cemented Colt's place in firearms history

Colt Holster Model Paterson Revolver No. 5 at the NRA National Firearms Museum

Houston, Texas - Did you know that Samuel Colt was out of the gun making business? Sure enough, back in 1843, Sam Colt's Patent Arms Manufacturing of Paterson, New Jersey, declared bankruptcy and closed up shop. If it wasn't for an order from Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers in 1847 (as well a helping hand from Eli Whitney Blake), then his name would have been lost to the collectors and trivia buffs.

More on seeing Sam Colt's Paterson and Walker revolvers on Curator's Corner ...

Dallas Arms Collector brings in .54 caliber rifle to NRA Convention

The action of an 1850s Hakwen plains rifle at the NRA Museum

Houston, Texas - While on the road the Annual Meeting in Houston, the boys from NRANews kidnapped Philip Schreier (Senior Curator for the NRA National Firearms Museum) for the better part of a Sunday afternoon. With Phil hitting the road for an extended stay at your better Best Westerns and Holiday Inns for the better part of two months, there was a need to get a few episodes of Curator's Corner in the can. All they needed was a handful of guns and a quiet corner of the George R. Brown Center. Guess which was easier to find.

More on Hawken plains rifle from the NRA Convention ...

Keep up to date with NRAblog

Powered by BlogEngine.NET Theme by Cylosoft © Copyright 2014 The National Rifle Association of America