Looking for a way to unwind after all of your Christmas festivities? Then kick back tonight and enjoy the premier of NRA's Guns & Gold when it airs at 9:00 pm and 12:00 am on the Sportsman Channel. You'll see firearms experts Jim Supica and Phil Schreier of the NRA National Firearms Museum and coin expert Mike Fuljenz of Universal Coin & Bullion inspect and appraise treasured guns and coins from homes of everyday people. Tonight's episode will feature owners of Winchester firearms as Jim and Phil detail the historical and monetary value of the guns in question. We've got a sneak peek for you below, but tune in tonight to see whether someone will walk away knowing they have a fortune in their hands or a gun worth no more than sentimental value.

We've show you the sizzle reel, told you about the premier date, and now we've got news from our friends at Universal Coin & Bullion about how their President, Mike Fuljenz, will be providing expert appraisals on coins and gold on NRA's Guns & Gold alongside firearms appraisers and NRA staffers Jim Supica and Phil Schreier. Here's more from Universal Coin & Bullion about their role with the show and what we can expect:

Mike Fuljenz appraises Michael Crow's coins
Mike Fuljenz (right), President of Universal Coin & Bullion, talks with Michael Crow (left) about his rare gold coins at the NRA's 2011 Antique Guns & Gold Showcase.
Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas, is one of three featured appraisal experts in a new television show produced for the National Rifle Association, "NRA's Guns & Gold." The weekly program will be shown nationally on cable on the Sportsman Channel and around the world online at www.NRAgunsandgold.com.

The show can be seen at 9 pm Eastern each Monday beginning on December 26, 2011. Check with your local cable or satellite provider for channel location and time in your community.

"NRA's Guns & Gold is an exciting and informative series featuring everyday people who discover their old firearms and rare gold coins may be worth much more than they imagined or learn that perhaps it has only sentimental value. Each episode will have viewers scrambling to their safes, closets and basements to find their own hidden treasures," said Jeff Poole, Director of NRA Member Programs.

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Back in October, we told you that a new series called NRA's Guns & Gold was coming to the Sportsman Channel, and now we've got a premier date for you!

NRA’s Guns & Gold will premier December 26 and will air every Monday night at 9pm EST and again at 12:00am EST on Sportsman Channel.

After a long day of assembling all those new toys Santa brought your children this Christmas, this is your opportunity to put your feet up and take a look at the treasures that some people have found in their homes. Who knows, maybe one of the old guns or coins in your safe might be worth than you think!

Get additional information and check for additional airtimes in your area at www.nragunsandgold.com or from the Sportsman Channel web page.

NRA volunteers on the range during the 2011 National Pistol Championships at Camp Perry

Every year, a hard working group of people help make various NRA events a success. From the National Matches at Camp Perry, to the NRA Bianchi Cup, and even the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, these dedicated men, women, and even a few children are the unsung heroes of the NRA. Who am I talking about? None other than our cadre of volunteers!

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Do you have an old gun or coin in your home that has you curious about it's history and value? Then we've got a new television show you won't want to miss.

NRA is excited to announce Guns and Gold, a new television series airing on the Sportsman Channel featuring everyday people who discover their old firearm or coin is worth much more than they imagine – and where others will learn it has only sentimental value. Each episode will have viewers scrambling to their safes, closets and basements to find their own hidden treasures! Think of it as an Antiques Roadshow for firearms and collector coins.

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You're going to be in Texas this weekend? Somewhere around the Fort Worth area? Then you should be heading to the Texas Gun Collectors Association show at Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Adding to the already unbelievable assembly of pistols, rifles and shotguns, the NRA National Firearms Museum will be there too. And what are they bringing? Some of the coolest 1911s you've ever seen.

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Wednesday I filled you in on the historic Civil War guns that the National Firearms Museum will have at this weekend's Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia. But I also told you that our guys from the Membership Division would also be at the show, and here's a look at the great deals they'll be offering on NRA Memberships when you join or renew: 

Join the NRA Nation's Gun Show Membership Specials:

  • 1 year for $30 ($10 savings)
  • 3 years for $70 ($15 savings)
  • 5 years for $100 ($25 savings)
  • Life Membership for $750 ($250 savings)

To sweeten the pot, any person who joins or renews their membership will get into the show for FREE, saving you the admission price of $12.

What does an NRA Membership get you? Well for starters, 24/7 defense of your Second Amendment freedoms, an official NRA members-only Shooter's cap, your choice of monthly NRA magazines, a membership card and decal, insurance for you and your guns, and so much more. Can't join us at the show? You can join or renew your NRA Membership online.

This weekend, the crew from the National Firearms Museum will be at the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia, bringing you an incredible collection of historical firearms to celebrate the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War. Here's a look at what they'll have on display:

150 Years Later: Guns of the American Civil War

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the War Between the States and the NRA's National Firearms Museum has gathered a special group of several historic firearms reflecting both sides for this weekend's Nation's Gunshow at The Dulles Expo Center.

Civil War era Smith & Wesson Number 1 revolver on NRAblog
Artwork courtesy of Wendy Cunningham, National Firearms Museum
One gun that was literally "there" at the first firing of guns is a Smith & Wesson No. 1, 1st Issue revolver presented to Lt. Colonel H.D. Townsend of the 1st Cavalry at Fairfax Courthouse on July 15, 1861 (pictured). "Mad Harry's Seven-shooter" will be joined by a Colt Model 1860 percussion revolver that also bears an engraved Fairfax, Virginia address - this well-worn Colt handgun is associated with Confederate guerilla John S. Mosby's 1863 raid where General Stoughton was captured.

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We've been telling you that NRA National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica and his crew have been in Texas this weekend for a number of events. But the big one kicks off in a few hours and the best part is ... you don't have to be in Dallas to join in.

Part of the NRA's Firearms For Freedom Auction, this auction, hosted by the Dallas Arms Collectors Association (DACA) along with the 16th Annual NRA National Gun Collectors Show & Conference in Dallas, includes approximately 792 historical guns. With more than 800 firearms up for for grabs, you can either place a bid by phone or online through Heritage Live. And why not? If you can't spend the after shooting a firearm, why not spend it by adding to your collection?

If you'd like to get more information on the NRA Firearms For Freedom Program, try calling Cliff Burgess at (703) 638-4908 or go to their website at www.nrafff.com.

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