NRA Headquarters closes at noon on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday and will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday as well. Come next week, Monday, November 29th, we will resume normal business hours starting at 8:30 in the morning. For those wondering, here are the hours for some of the more popular areas of NRA Headquarters through the holiday:

  • The NRA Headquarters Range opens for normal business hours today (Wednesday) from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., will be closed on Thanksgiving, and reopens on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

  • The world-famous NRA National Firearms Museum and Gift Shop will operate under normal business hours today (Wednesday) from 59:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., is closed on Thanksgiving, and reopens on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As always, admission is free.

  • Breakfast will be served until 9:30 a.m. today, but the NRA Café is not serving lunch this afternoon and will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday.

NRA staffers will be off tomorrow in observance of Veterans Day, but the National Firearms Museum, the Museum Store, and the NRA Range will still be open to the public.

If your in the area, stop by the National Firearms Museum to take a gander at the more than 2,700 firearms on display. From historic guns, to treasured collectibles, and modern day fire power, the museum makes a great stop for firearms and history enthusiasts. You'll be greeted by the new Robert E. Petersen Gallery which features 400 incredible pieces owned by the renowned gun collector. Museum and store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and admission in free.

After perusing the museum, stop by the Museum Store to check out the selection of NRA apparel, memoribilia, and much more. With the holiday season around the corner, you're sure to find a few gift ideas and something for yourself, of course.

The NRA Headquarters Range will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for those looking to get in some trigger time, so bring that range bag and check out our state-of-the art indoor shooting faclility featuring 15 firing points, shooting distances of up to 50 yards, and an automatic target retrieval system. We've got ammunition and targets for purchase, so bring your firearm of choice along with ear and eye protection.

“We so frequently focus on new books or products, but I believe the true measure of a good library is what classics are sitting on the shelves,” said National Firearms Museum Manager Benjamin Van Scoyoc. If you aren't able to visit the store, make your purchase by contacting Van Scoyoc at or 703-267-1614. 

Here are the books NRAblog found on just two shelves: 

Rifles of the U.S. Army: 1861-1906
by John D. McAuley
This hardcover, 280-page book is an excellent guide to firearms on the market and in use from the start of the Civil War to the early 20th century. Neatly divided into 6 chapters, McAuley offers a great historical narrative as well as a useful firearms reference guide. The book features an extensive collection of photographs that give the reader a genuine sense of Civil War life and what it meant to be a gun-owner in the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries. Over 40 rifles are covered throughout the book, from breechloaders to .30 caliber rifles, and the back of the book contains an in-depth end notes section for those who want even more information. It can be yours today for $47.95!

Arming & Equipping the United States Cavalry: 1865-1902
by Dusan P. Farrington
This 600-page hardcover, first published in 2004, is an ideal source for anyone interested in firearms or United States history. Although 1865-1902 may not seem like a long time, this span of less than four decades saw many armed conflicts for American troops, all of which are expertly documented here. From Little Bighorn to San Juan Hill, all of the weapons and gear put to the test are featured in this expansive guide, which boasts 770 photos and illustrations. In addition, for those of you interested in the details, Farrington included meticulously researched information like serial numbers, reports from the field, and issue information. If you’d like to see the hundreds of photos and read Farrington’s expert descriptions that accompany them, call Benjamin Van Scoyoc and order yours today for $68.99! 


National Firearms Museum StoreThe staff of the National Firearms Museum is always busy. Most recently, they created a book trilogy: Handguns, Rifles, and Shotguns. Jim Supica, Doug Wicklund, and Phil Schreier each produced a book. Each book contains just under 150 pages of full-color photographs of firearms and expert descriptions of the guns being showcased.

Senior Curator Wicklund authored Rifles. "There are many firearm books out there, but finding even those that provide excellent, large scale color images isn’t common," he said.

"These books are far more than coffee table tomes," Wicklund continued. "Each one represents the equivalent of an existential journey through a SHOT Show or NRA Annual Meetings exhibit hall."

Jim Supica authored Handguns. “people with a general interest in handguns will enjoy this book,” said Supica. “The introduction covers the history of handguns from the earliest days through the latest trend. The catalog section features great photos and text from current handgun manufacturers on their current product line.”

Phil Schreier, who worked extensively on Shotguns, described it as “great for someone who is interested in getting a quick and easy reference to what's currently on the market.”

While not necessarily ideal for the firearms expert, this book series is a great overview and general guide to basic gun types and history, and you can order your copy today. Each book sells for $19.95.

How do the experts recommend visitors to the NRA National Firearms Museum explore the Hollywood Guns exhibit? Very, very carefully -- and with the support of the Hollywood Guns guidebook.

For those of you who haven’t seen it mentioned already on NRAblog, the Hollywood Guns exhibit is the National Firearms Museum’s newest display. More than 100 guns used in popular movies are on display in the Museum's Ruger gallery through next summer. If you have the chance to visit the Museum, hop into its gift store to purchase a copy of the exhibit's accompanying guidebook. It explains the significance of each piece in the display.

If you won’t be able to make it to the Museum within the next year, use the guidebook (and the Museum's fabulous website) to experience the exhibit from anywhere in the world. Full of glossy pictures and informative descriptions, the book guides the reader through Hollywood past and present, from The Big Trail, starring John Wayne, to 2010’s The Pacific. With an introduction by Stephen Hunter and expert gun descriptions by the National Firearms Museum’s senior curators, this is a not-to-miss collector’s item; best of all, it’s only $14.95!

Interested? Contact Van Scoyoc at, or call the Store at 703-267-1614.

Here at NRA Headquarters, the National Firearms Museum draws visitors from all over the country who are interested in the history of firearms. However, although the Museum features a large variety of fascinating exhibits, the Museum Store is a destination in itself, housing a wide range of books and merchandise.

Here are a few particularly popular items:

Tactical Pen—According to Museum Store Manager Benjamin Van Scoyoc, the tactical pen is “the best-selling item in the store right now.” Why are the pens so hard to keep on the shelves? Perhaps because at only $29.99, they’re an incredible deal—Van Scoyoc said that he’s seen similar items sold for up to $145 at other places.

The pen is fully functional as both a writing instrument and an “item of last resort,” and part of its popularity is due to the fact that it is still allowed on airplanes and other public places.

Describing the pen’s aesthetic appeal, Van Scoyoc explained, “It has the NRA logo on the top, and of course it’s a Smith and Wesson. It’s a hot item, and it’s going fast!” 

Hot and Cold Pack—Another great item currently on sale at the Museum Store is a dual hot and cold pack, which is useful for a variety of comfort needs.

Van Scoyoc has found the cold pack helpful for pulled or strained muscles: “I’ve used the cold one for a stiff neck, and to use it you just put it in the freezer.” For the hot pack, he explained, it works “like magic! The heat pack has a little metal piece that you click, and it heats it up like a battery. A chemical reaction happens to make it stiff and hot, so it’s perfect to use if you’re hunting or hiking in the cold.”

In addition, the hot pack stays warm for about ninety minutes, “and to reuse it you just drop it in boiling water for a minute and it returns to its regular state, and you can use it over and over.” As you can see in the photo, the product comes with a stylish NRA sleeve, which is optional -- but a great chance to show off your NRA pride!

Like what you see here? Contact Van Scoyoc at, or call the Store at 703-267-1614.

For those of you interested in the historical aspect of firearms, and particularly muzzle loaders, Gary Yee’s Sharpshooters 1750-1900: The Men, Their Guns, Their Story is an invaluable resource. At over 800 pages, it functions as an excellent sharpshooting reference book, with chapters divided under many different headings for easy access to subjects.

Although Civil War buffs will love Yee’s meticulous attention to detail in covering everything from the Peninsula Campaign to the Siege of Mobile, the first few chapters delve into sharpshooting’s earlier roots in the French-Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Napoleonic Era.

NRAblog had the chance to ask Doug Wicklund, Senior Curator at the National Firearms Museum, why he enjoys Yee’s approach to firearms history:

"This is a reference work long-overdue for collectors and historians on the art of sharpshooting that truly captivates. Yee continues to bring man and machine together in a voluminous, well-written Civil War section that reveals the differences in arms and tactics of Confederate and Union marksmen. From riflemen armed with crude telescopic rifles, perched in trees overlooking the battlefield, to skirmishers armed with repeating Henry rifles, the evolution and deployment of armament in the conflict that divided America is carefully related. The lessons learned then, in battles ranging from Antietam to Appomattox, still provide insight for modern land warriors in foreign lands. If I had to choose one outstanding reference dealing with sharpshooting this year, Gary Yee’s book would be it."

As the book’s jacket cover says, sharpshooters have shaped history “like an unseen hand that plucked life from among the unwary.” If you’d like to learn more about this rich history and the amazingly skilled sharpshooters who determined the fate of the Civil War and many other historical events, then visit the National Firearms Museum store here at NRA headquarters or call Store Manager Benjamin Van Scoyoc at 703-267-1608.

Theodore Roosevelt: Hunter-Conservationist by R.L. Wilson If you’ve ever had the chance to visit NRA’s National Firearms Museum, you know how impressive, educational, and fun it is. But you may not be aware that the Museum’s gift shop is also a great resource for firearms enthusiasts and collectors. Benjamin Van Scoyoc, Manager of the store, highly recommends the book Theodore Roosevelt: Hunter-Conservationist by R.L. Wilson.

The Museum store has the newly-updated 2009 version in stock, and this book is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in Theodore Roosevelt, firearms history, or the great outdoors in general. While Roosevelt is perhaps most well-known for his role as 26th President of the United States (from 1901 to 1909), he was a lifelong outdoorsman, gun collector, and hunter, and he fought bravely with his team of “rough riders” in the Spanish American War.

According to Wilson’s book, Roosevelt’s father inspired his love for shooting sports and adventure, and Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt held a lifelong regard for nature as a peaceful, uplifting refuge from the world’s hectic pace and responsibilities. Because of this, as President Teddy Roosevelt became the leader of America’s conservation movement at a time when industrial giants were threatening to destroy the natural environment, Roosevelt directed resources towards creating five National Parks and introducing stricter environmental standards for industrialists.

Noted for raising public interest in the conservation movement, Roosevelt said in a speech in 1912: “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country. Just as we must conserve our men and women and children, so we must conserve the resources of the land on which they live.”

When asked about the book’s usefulness as an authority on Roosevelt’s passion for firearms and conservation, NRA’s own Phil Schreier, an expert on guns of all types and a scholar of Roosevelt, had this to say: “For those who want to know and understand the outdoorsman and conservationist who was Theodore Roosevelt, this book is not only the best title on this subject, but the only one.”

If you, too, find the story of our 26th President a fascinating one, then call Store Manager Benjamin Van Scoyoc at 703-267-1608 to order a copy of the book!

Our very own Lars Dalseide will be making a guest NRA News appearance at 10:20 EST tonight. "Tune in to hear about the latest hot items at the NRA National Firearms Museum store," Dalseide said. "It's going to be an exciting night of briefcases, box cutters, and bears."

Pictured to the right are bullet and gun-shaped flash drives which are a popular novelty gift. "They're 4GB, and the keychain component is quite convenient," Store Manager Benjamin Van Scoyoc told NRAblog.

Pictured below, the hand-painted Russian egg ornament is another popular purchase this time of year. Lars will be in studio with these items and more Christmas-styled stocking stuffers that can be found at the National Firearms Museum's new gift shop.

Listen in for prices, descriptions, and all the other details tonight on or on Sirius Patriot channel 144.

There's no excuse for not visiting the Museum's new website, either! Let us know what you think. 

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