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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The revolvers that cemented Colt's place in firearms history

Colt Holster Model Paterson Revolver No. 5 at the NRA National Firearms Museum

Houston, Texas - Did you know that Samuel Colt was out of the gun making business? Sure enough, back in 1843, Sam Colt's Patent Arms Manufacturing of Paterson, New Jersey, declared bankruptcy and closed up shop. If it wasn't for an order from Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers in 1847 (as well a helping hand from Eli Whitney Blake), then his name would have been lost to the collectors and trivia buffs.

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Randy Couture, Joe Rogan, Matt Hughes and the Meat Eater on Cam & Company

Joe Rogan on MMA Week on NRANews

Alexandria, Virginia - Have you been watching NRANews this week on Sportsman Channel? If not, you're missing a lot.

Like what? Like 9-time MMA Champion Matt Hughes, 5-time MMA Champion Randy Couture, lead MMA Commenator Joe Rogan and more.

That's right, it's MMA week on NRANews.

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Colin Noir tackles the Vice President's inability to give advice on gun safety and home protection on NRA News

NRA News Commentators Episode 6

Fairfax, Virginia - A new week means a new episode of NRA News' Commentators. Episode 6 brings us back to urban gun enthusiast Colin Noir in "Responsibility."

Colion wasn't pro-gun until the day he went to a range. "It was an eye-opener," he says. The reality behind a firearm is that "It doesn't have a soul, it isn't evil, it's just an inanimate object." Noir's goal now is to spread the facts about guns and hopefully change some minds.

In this episode, Mr. Colion Noir (@MrColionNoir) addresses Vice President Joe Biden's inability to give advice on gun safety and home protection.

Commentators air every Monday on NRA News. Tune in each week for a new episode featuring one of the new NRA News Commentators, or visit to watch the episode online.

From Sportsman Channel - Sportsman Channel Scores No. 1 Ranking in Ratings and Growth with LIVE News-Talk TV Series NRANEWS Cam & Co.

LIVE News-Talk TV Series NRANEWS Cam & Co. on Sportsman Channel New Berlin, WisconsinSportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor television for the American sportsman, announced that its ground-breaking, news-talk television series—NRANEWS Cam & Co.—is off to a tremendous start earning a No. 1 ranking in ratings for the key M18-49 and M25-54 demos.*

Additionally, since launching on January 15, outdoor TV’s first-ever LIVE news-talk series has fueled the network to No. 1 in growth in the time period for M18-49 coverage area ratings across all networks for the weeks of 2/18/13 - 2/22/13 and 2/25/13 - 3/1/13, versus 2Q 2012 average. For M25-54, the series was No. 1 and No. 2 in growth for the same weeks, respectively.

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YouTube sensation taking talks on gun ownership to NRANews airwaves

Mr. Colin Noir joins NRANews as a video contributor - image from Mr. Noir's Google+ page Alexandria, Virginia - On Friday, March 1, NRANews announced the addition of Mr. Colion Noir to the team.

"I am unapologetically a Gun Enthusiast," Noir says on his Google+ page. "I love shooting, I love guns, and all things gun related."

Noir burst on the internet scene thirteen months ago with a video on his Every Day Carry (EDC) inventory. A wallet, an iPod, car keys, and a GLOCK 36. Over time, they morphed into an engaging collection of commentaries on gun related issues of the day.

"I think at the end of the day, when we start thinking about the policies and the things we want to implement in this society to make us safer, we need to look at the hard core facts, not manipulating people's emotions," says Noir in one of his YouTube videos. "That gets us no where. Especially when the things that you're trying to implement aren't going to do anything but make it worse for the law abiding citizens of this country."

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NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre Spends the afternoon on NRANews

Wayne LaPierre appears on live on the Sportsman Channel at 5 eastern

Alexandria, Virginia - Capping off a stellar week of shooting sports celebrities, industry insiders, and our little gang from the National Firearms Museum, NRA News wraps up "Straight Shooter Week" on the Sportsman Channel with NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

Hosted by Cam Edwards, NRANEWS Cam & Co. features in-depth news and views of the Second Amendment and other freedom-related issues. If you'd like to show your support or ask a question, tweet #Gunversation on Twitter.

NRA President joined by Offensive Lineman on NRANews

NRA President David Keene on NRA News Alexandria, Virginia - As part of their "Straight Shooters" week, NRANews is bringing in a pair of heavyweights ready to take on the big issues — NRA President David Keene and retired NFL lineman Matt Light.

Keene, a lifelong hunter, has been involved in national politics for more than thirty years. Elected NRA President at the 2011 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he recently spoke with CNN's Jake Tapper regarding possible firearm bans, restrictions and limitations being discussed on Capitol Hill.

"What we're interested in doing is getting members of Congress and members of the Senate to listen to their constituents and to vote to protect the Second Amendment," Keene told Tapper. "We think if you have a debate on these issues, if you have a debate on what's effective and what isn't effective, that what we'll come out with at the other end of this maze that is the Congressional bill making machine is going to be reasonable."

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