From Tennessee to Texas with Elvis Presley's 357 Magnum

The King, Elvis Presely, purchased this 357 Magnum Revolver from the California Gun Shop in 1970 Houston, Texas - There was plenty to see during the 142nd NRA Annual Meeting in Texas. Celebrities like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Ted Nugent, manufacturers like Otis, Marlin and Colt along with plenty of shotguns, rifles and pistols for all. But unless you sneaked into a closed set filming of Curator's Corner, you probably didn't see this gun.

What we have here is the gun of royalty. The King. Elvis himself.

"Mr. Tom Morgan, from Whiteville, Tennessee brought in a Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum Revolver, serial number 688344," explained National Firearms Senior Curator Philip Schreier. "According to the pictures and provenance, this highly engraved and inlaid revolver once belong to Elvis Aaron Presley."

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Over-Under Browning Shotgun ejects shells to the side instead of the top

Browning Superposed Shotgun at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - When we turn to NRANews' Curator's Corner that usually means we're turning to NRA National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier. And when it comes to the guns that Schreier turns to, that's when he turns to the unusual.

The Over-Under Browning Superposed Shotgun is a prime example.

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Spencer marketed as the first successful repeating pump action shotugn

NRA Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier readies for an NRAnews shooting with a Spencer Arms pump action shotgun in hand
Senior Curator Philip Schreier readies for an NRAnews shooting with a Spencer Arms pump action shotgun in hand.

Fairfax, Virginia - "The shotgun is the mother of all guns."

At least that's what Philip Schreier thinks. Given that he's the Senior Curator for the NRA National Firearms Museum, you should probably take what he thinks into account.

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Winchester Model 1887 Shotguns works with a Browning designed Lever Action

Philip Schreier works the action on an 1887 Winchester lever action shotgun Fairfax, Virginia - Winter's arid chill has been replaced with the promise of warmth and honeysuckle as springtime returns to the National Firearms Museum. The coats are lighter, the sun is brighter, and the days are longer than those from long months past. Springtime brings but one thing to mind for Senior Curator Philip Schreier; shotguns.

"It's time to dust off our shotguns, our plus fours and tweeds and head to the skeet/trap fields to enjoy the rites of spring passage."

Today, for Curator's Corner, Schreier is dusting off a relatively rare Winchester Model 1887 Lever Action Shotgun. Yes, a lever action shotgun. Bet this is a first for most of you out there ... I know it was for me.

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Shotgun from 1866 rotates cartridges like a six-shooter

A Roper Repeating Shotgun at the National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - With shotguns scattered all over the news, Senior Curator Philip Schreier couldn't help but pull out a few favorites for this month's collection on Curator's Corner. Favorites here at the National Firearms Museum that most people have probably never seen.

"When we look at firearms technology and advancements, what people purchased or bought very early on, firearms were a necessity," Schreier explained. "They were a necessary piece of inventory if you chose to live out on the plains.

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Philip Schreier shares stories of repeating and lever action shotguns

Roper Shotgun revolving shells Fairfax, Virginia - When NRANews calls to schedule another segment of Curator's Corner, there are only two questions for us to answer. Is Phil available and what are we shooting. They placed that very call just yesterday — the answer was yes and shotguns.

Focusing on shotguns was a natural selection. Not only are they the latest firearm to find themselves cast upon the national stage (thanks to a questionable method of self-defense suggested by everyone's favorite Rhode Island resident), but shotguns are regarded by most to be the firearm from which all guns were born.

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Going back to the U.S. Military's first smokeless powder rifle

Winchester 1895 Lee Straight-Pull rifle at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you. For NRANews, the bear of a schedule got hold of us when it comes to Curator's Corner.

That's because the Curators' Corner we told you was running a few weeks ago (John Wayne's Single Action Army from Rio Lobo on Curator's Corner) was changed at the last minute to another episode. The John Wayne piece is running tonight. What did run, and what we're sharing now, is the piece that ran way back then ... the Winchester Model 1895 Lee Straight-Pull.

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Heavy barreled, pistol grips and custom carving for Whelen's Winchester

The Winchester 1895 rifle once owned by Field & Stream editor Townsend Whelen

Fairfax, Virginia - There aren't many guns that surprise Philip Schreier. As Senior Curator for the National Firearms Museum, chances are that he's seen it all. But sometimes, every now and then, one will will catch him off guard. Even one that he's known for more than twenty years.

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Curator's Corner segment of NRANews highlights Single Action Army from Peckinpah classic

Colt first generation single action revolver used by actor William Holden in The Wild Bunch

Fairfax, Virginia - Nobody made Westerns like Sam Peckinpah. And none of his movies were more controversial then his 1969 epic The Wild Bunch. The tale of aging outlaws trying for one last score, the group is led by Pike Bishop. Played by William Holden, Bishop spends the film fighting for his life with a Colt Single Action Army in hand.

That is the revolver you will see this afternoon on the Sportsman Channel's NRANews.

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