Highly engraved rifle found fame during the days of the plains buffalo hunts

The action of an 1873 pattern Sharps rifle at the National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Almost 3,000 guns are on display at the National Firearms Museum. What you may not know, however, is that a portion of these guns don't actually belong to the NRA. Some are simply on loan. Such is the case for the subject of this week's Curator's Corner — an 1873 pattern Sharps Rifle.

"This rifle has one of the finest engraving and figuring of wood I've ever seen," said Senior Curator Philip Schreier.

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German 9mm has wooden holster that doubles as a shoulder stock

Red 9 Mauser made for the Prussian Army during World War I at the NRA National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - The purpose of Curator's Corner on Sportsman Channel's edition of NRANews is to share some of the secrets and wonders often overlooked in the vast collection of the NRA National Firearms Museum. What's in store for this week? How about a wooden-holstered Mauser 9mm from World War I?

"What we have here is a near mint example of a Red 9 Broomhandle," glowed Senior Curator Philip Schreier. "Broomhandle because of the unique shape of the grip."

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Return of the Winchester 1873 design coming to market by Japanese firm

John Popp and Senior NRA Museum curator Philip Schreier with an 1873 Winchester Rifle

Fairfax, Virginia - Curator's Corner is a journey back in time. A look back at American History with the help of one little tool that made it all possible — firearms. This week, we take that journey back in time with a firearm that's not so old when it comes to production, just in design ... the 1873 Winchester Lever Action Rifle.

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Fairfax location back in play for firearm focused segment of NRA News on Sportsman Channel

A Mauser Red 9 and the broom handle wooden holster at the National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - After spending the past few weeks highlighting guns at NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri, the crew from NRANews returned to National Firearms Museum in Northern Virginia for upcoming episodes of Curator's Corner. Aired Monday afternoons around 5:40pm eastern time on Sportsman Channel, Curator's Corner is a long favorite of most NRANews viewers.

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Heavy revolver designed by Colt salesman become rare collector's item

Philip Schreier holds a .45 caliber Colt Fitz Special

Fairfax, Virginia - "It is a very special gun. A rare gun. A big gun."

That's what Senior National Firearms Museum Curator Philip Schreier had to say about the subject of today's Curator's Corner episode on NRANews.

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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.

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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."

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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."

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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.

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