NRA Curators find Guns of Art from the Tulsa Arms Show in Oklahoma

Holland & Holland Double Rifle - .700 Nitro Express

For a number of collectors, guns are nothing more then a canvas of steel. Works of art to be praised, admired and kept in a place of honor. Those are the type of firearms Phil and Jim are bringing out tomorrow night for NRA's Guns & Gold.

"What usually happens when you start doing custom work on a gun is that the value goes down because collectors want that original configuration," said National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica. "But it's different when you have a classic gunsmith do the work."

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Outdoor Channel completes National Firearms Museum shoot

Joe Mantegna at the NRA Museum's Petersen Gallery Fairfax, Virginia - On the final day of filming, the ragtag crew from Outdoor Channel's Gun Stories poured into the National Firearms Museum's Robert E. Petersen Gallery. Filled with four-hundred of the finest sporting arms in the world, the Petersen Gallery provided the perfect backdrop to this award winning show.

"It's been fun having them here," said Museum Director Jim Supica. "They've got a great show, a great host in Joe Mantegna and we're happy to be part of it."

Gun Stories follows a collection of firearms from invention through implementation. Each time gauging the impact every gun had on the battles and the people who put them to use. And for Mantegna, the job is practically a dream come true.

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Applause during gift announcement at NRA Headquarters
GiGi Carleton and Ted Calleton stand at the podium as NRA staff members applaud the announcement of the Petersen Foundation's deed of gift to the National Firearms Museum.

Phil Schreier, Senior Curator for the National Firearms Museum, brings us the following news regarding the Museum's Robert E. Petersen Gallery:

Fairfax, Virginia - Tuesday evening, March 27th, is an evening that will long be remembered in the history of the NRA and the National Firearms Museum. GiGi Carleton, President of the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation and Ted Calleton, trustee of the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Trust, presented NRA's Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre with a deed of gift that completed a three year donation that established the Robert E. Petersen Gallery in October of 2010.

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DC News crew brings cameras to the National Firearms Museum

NBC 4's Aaron Gilcrist and NRA Museum Director Jim Supica
Aaron Gilcrist, host of NBC 4's Washington Nonstop, interviews National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica.
Washington Nonstop focuses on the insteresting people, places and organizations that make up the Washington, DC community. Aired throughout the week on Digital 4.2, Comcast 208, Fios 460, Cox 803, and RCN, the show is hosted by News4 weekend anchor and reporter Aaron Gilchrist. Yesterday, Friday the 17th, they added the National Firearms Museum to their list of interesting places and organizations.

Beginning in the Robert E. Petersen Gallery, Gilcrist kicked things off with an interview of Museum Director Jim Supica before focusing on the collection. Accompanied by Channel 4 multimedia journalist slash reporter slash field producer Jennifer Doren, the crew went from gallery to gallery in an effort to show a little bit of everything the museum has to offer.

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Wounded Warriors from Project Enduring Pride look a the Hollywood Guns Exhibit in the National Firearms Museum Fairfax, Virginia - As Lars told you yesterday, we had the honor of welcoming a group of wounded warriors from Project Enduring Pride as they visited NRA Headquarters here in Fairfax, Virginia. The group of nearly 40 included combat disabled veterans and their family and friends. After a quick lunch at the NRA Café, half of the group went to the range with Lars, and the second half came with me to the National Firearms Museum.

Senior Curator Doug Wicklund took the group on a tour of the entire National Firearms Museum, explaining the significance of certain firearms, particularly those relating to the military. The tour began in the Petersen Gallery and included a stop to look at the guns of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. The group also looked at galleries containing the guns of the first and second World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and firearms used in modern warfare in the Middle East. But what were the group's favorite guns? Those contained in the Ruger Gallery's "Hollywood Guns" Exhibit.

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Lars' #1 Story from 2011 - Tom Selleck's visit to the National Firearms Museum

I've "met" Tom Selleck at a number of events over the years. The first time was at a Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nevada during my days producing NRANews. Next at an NRA Annual Meeting, then a SHOT Show and most recently during his visit this summer to the National Firearms Museum. But this time ... this time was different.

For this time I was actually able to talk to the man. Not that he's unapproachable, just that I have a rule when it comes to approaching celebrities when I'm working for the NRA. Basically, if they're already dealing with a crowd then I leave them alone. Needless to say, Selleck is always dealing with a crowd. But this time it was different. A special visit to the Robert E. Petersen Gallery followed by a casual meeting with staff meant the rule no longer applied.

After a walk through the Gallery (Bob Petersen was a personal friend of Selleck's), we retired to a private location here at the NRA and talked. Well, I really sat and listened more than anything else, but the rest of them talked. Bottled up inside were questions about Magnum, p.i., the Jessie Stone series and his work with the NRA. More

Actress Ruta Lee and husband Webb Lowe Jr. tour the National Firearms Museum with NRA President David Keene and Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson on NRAblog.

Actress Ruta Lee and her husband Webb Lowe Jr. made a stop by the National Firearms Museum earlier this week. Long time friends of Robert and Margie Petersen (as well as NRA's own Wayne LaPierre), they made their way to the Museum for a tour of the facility and a look at the Petersen Gallery.

LaPierre personally extended an invitation for the trip to NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, throwing in a guided tour of the museum's new Petersen wing by Senior Curator Phil Schreier.

Born to Lithuanian parents in Montreal, Mrs. Lee moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was 6 and began studying theater. She has a long list of acting credits including appearances on The Twilight Zone, Hogan's Heroes, Gunsmoke and Fantasy Island. Ruta made her debut on the silver screen as one of the brides in the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers which received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

Lee was also a regular on the game show circuit. In fact, you would often see her service as guest star on a number of shows including Hollywood Squares, What's My Line?, and as Alex Trebek's co-host on High Rollers.

Outside of acting, Mrs. Lee is a prominent member of The Thalians, a Hollywood-based charity that seeks to educate and enlighten the world about mental illness and, through raising awareness, eliminating the stigma attached to it. More

The following is a message from Phil Schreier, Senior Curator of the National Firearms Museum:

Robert and Margie Petersen The Officers & Staff of the National Rifle Association of America are saddened to report to our members and friends that Margie Petersen, the wife of the late Robert E. Petersen, died at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Friday November 25th at the age of 76.

Mr. & Mrs. Petersen had a decades-long relationship with the NRA and especially the NRA’s National Firearms Museum. Mrs. Petersen set a new standard in personal philanthropy when, in 2010, she gave the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, 425 of Mr. Petersen’s prized sporting rifles and shotguns, along with a substantial fund to care for the collection in perpetuity. The gift remains the most generous bequest in the 140 year history of the association. In October 2010 the museum opened the new 2,000 square foot Robert E. Petersen Gallery to display his collection and to recognize his contribution to the shooting sports.

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Case containing the Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum that Robert Petersen used to take down a Polar Bear in 1965 on NRAblog

Fairfax, Virginia - In October of 2010, the National Firearms Museum opened the Robert E. Petersen Gallery. Though filled with some of the finest sporting arms in the world, the gallery was incomplete. One of the cornerstones had yet to arrive. As this particular piece The Petersen Polar Bear exhibit at NRA Headquarters on NRAblog was more than twelve feet tall and weighed over 1,500 pounds, it's understandable that Director Jim Supica and his staff took a little extra time to prepare the proper location. That's just what they did earlier this year when Petersen's Polar Bear arrived.

After a little noodling around, they decided the Polar Bear by itself wasn't going to do it. To understand the entire experience, they believed the public needed a little more. Here's Senior Curator Doug Wicklund to tell you what happened.

NRA staff and visitors who arrive at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia have been impressed with the recent addition of the 14-foot polar bear that now inhabits the building’s North lobby. But now the full story can be revealed with the addition of a display case nearby - telling the tale of how this immense bear was hunted by Robert E. Petersen off the coast of Alaska.

Even better, inside the case rests the actual Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum revolver that Petersen used on the hunt.

One awed NRA guest was heard to quip, ”I never knew NRA supported the right to keep and arm bears,” after seeing the new ensemble.

To take a look at Petersen's Polar Bear, and the rest of the breathtaking pieces that populate their collection, stop by the National Firearms Museum here at 11250 Waples Mill Road in Fairfaix, Virginia. Opened daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, admission is free and the parking is ample.

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