Joining friends and family to remember the adoption of the Declaration of Independence

The American flag waving over NRA headquarters for the 4th of July on NRAblog

Fairfax, Virginia - Two hundred thirty-eight years ago our country declared independence from Great Britain. The process of forging our nation, a new nation, involved a courage most of us will never understand. Each year we recognize that courage as well as the sacrifices made by so many of our ancestors to ensure the freedoms each citizen holds so dear.

The National Rifle Association joins a number of great organizations in celebrating America's freedoms every day. Thousands of beautiful firearms decorate the halls and galleries of our National Firearms Museum, telling the nearly 700-year story of firearms and their integral role in creating the United States we know and love.

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Driver Austin Dillon sporting new paint job for NASCAR race in Florida

Bass Pro Shops NASCAR car at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis

Daytona Beach, Florida - For those of you planning to take in NASCAR’s Coke Zero 400 this weekend at Daytona, be on the lookout for the #3 car. That’s the Bass Pro Shops’ Chevrolet SS driven by Austin Dillon. And what makes this car so special? The paint job.

With a classic Bass Pro Shops logo prominently displayed upon the hood, a look around the corner reveals a nod to the NRA. More specifically, to the NRA Museums. Appropriate enough given that the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri is home to one of those museums.

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NRA News highlights the rifle that brought together ideas and people that revolutionized the industry

Right side action of the 1st Model Jennings 1852 rifle

Fairfax, Virginia - Think of a company that employed a young Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Larry Ellison. What could they accomplish? Or would their brilliance drive each other mad and lead to the disillusion of the operation? Now put them back in the 1840s. What would they have done then? Probably create the 1st Model Jennings rifle.

"The Connecticut Valley, where the gun manufacturers were located was the Silicon Valley of the day," said NRA Museums Director Jim Supica. "That was where the highest technology in the world was going on."

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Supica and Schreier on History 2's United Stuff of America, American Firepower

United Stuff of America is a cross-country treasure hunt Fairfax, Virginia - Earlier this year, NRA Museum's Jim Supica and Philip Schreier were contacted about a new show on History Channel. Seems they were in need of a little firearm insight and thought the boys could help. After two failed attempts, thanks to the recent snowmagedons, our Gun Gurus made the trip to New York City for a day's worth of filming for the new show — United Stuff of America.

"Originally the show was titled Hunt for History," Schreier said with a grin. "But United Stuff works too."

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Powder Horn held Hamilton's plans for a thriving future in the New World

Alexander Hamilton's Powder Horn at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - There are hundreds of historically significant relics in the NRA Museum collection. Most, as one might expect, fall within the firearm category. Or, at the least, within the accessory division. Such is the case in one of our most treasured items — Alexander Hamilton's powder horn.

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Museum in Fairfax tells the history of America through the evolution of firearms

Colt Detective Special Vampire Gun at the NRA Museum in Fairfax, Virginia

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Off the Beaten Path: National Firearms Museum offers arsenal of history

If Jacob ever needed a weapon to battle the vampire Edward in “Twilight,” he’d have to break into the National Firearms Museum, where the Native American werewolf would find the “Vampire Hunter’s Colt.”

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35th Anniversary Edition of Blue Book features top Colt revolver on the cover

Colt Single Action Army, factory engraved, from 1908

Tulsa, Oklahoma - As NRA Museums Director Jim Supica continued his tour of Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show this spring, he made a point of recruiting the stellar standouts for Curator's Corner segment of NRANews on the Sportsman Channel. So yes, Supica may have cherry picked a few of the more delectable pieces. And nothing looked tastier than Blue Book's Colt Single Action Army revolver.

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More than a $1,000,000 in Colts on display at the Tulsa Arms Show

Close up of the Thumb Print Walker-Colt on Curator's Corner

Tulsa, Oklahoma - When NRA Museums Director Jim Supica ventured out onto the walkways of the Tulsa Arms Show, he was searching for a few special pieces. Something to catch the eye, tell a story, share a piece of seldom seen American craftsmanship with the folks (watching the Sportsman Channel) at home. Well he accomplished just that and more.

"What you’ve got here is the holy grail of Americana firearms collecting and Colt collecting in particular," said Supica. "Two very historic models. The Patterson models which launched Colt and the Colt Walker revolvers."

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159 year-old shotgun displayed at Tulsa Gun Show goes for more than $250,000

Le Page Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun action from Rock Island Auction Company

Tulsa, Oklahoma - One thing you can count on when walking into the Wanemacher’s Tulsa Gun Show is that you never know what you’re going to find. A shotgun that’s been through the wringer, a President’s pistol, or perhaps a priceless heirloom that’s been hiding out in Grandpa’s closet for the better part of a century. But if you make you’re way to the Rock Island Auction Company's booth, just like NRA Museums Director Jim Supica did earlier last month, one thing you know you’re going to find value.

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