Always looking for new and exciting examples of breathtaking firearms to share with the viewing public, National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica reaches back into the Robert E. Petersen gallery to pull out a trio of elephant guns. Each come fully stocked with a big Szecsei & Fuchs double barrel rifle on NRAblog game caliber and a big time design.

The centerpiece of the offering is a Szecsei & Fuchs double barrel bolt action rifle. Yes, we'll say it again, a double barrel bolt action rifle. As the story goes, Hungarian born Joseph Szecsei was out on safari when the unbelievable happened – a cadre of three bull elephants charged his position. Though able to escape unharmed, he swore never to be caught in that situation again. Upon his return from safari, he set up shop and began working on the world's first eight-shot double bolt action rifle.

Loading two cartridges at once, the .416 Remington Magnum rifle comes beautifully decorated with engravings of leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and lions.

But that's just one of the three guns set to appear on tonight's edition of Curator's Corner. The other two, a bolt action rifle and a double barrel elephant gun, also come ordained with an astounding collection of power and engravings. For their stories, however, you'll have to tune into the show.

That's tonight, Thursday the 18th of November at 10:40 pm Eastern Time. There you'll be joined by Jim Supica and Wendy Cunningham as the National Firearms Museum presents the Petersen Elephant Guns for Curator's Corner on NRANews.com and Sirius/XM Patriot.

600 Nitro Express double rifles You'll find pieces of the National Firearms Museum (NFM) this weekend at the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia. Held at the Dulles Expo Center, the Nation's Gun Show is a unique opportunity experience a true firearms extravaganza. Doing their part for the cause, the NFM will be showing off three of their "Big Guns" from the Petersen Gallery.

"Robert Petersen amassed one of the finest collection of sporting arms in the United States," said NFM Director Jim Supica. "We are proud to be able to bring a small sample of that collection to the Expo in Chantilly."

Scheduled to appear are a Purdey .600 double rifle (above left,) a Daniel Frazer .600 double rifle (above right,) and a Holland & Holland double rifle. Each are finished with engravings and/or inlays from the African plains. If you were on the fence about attending this show, let these shotguns push you over the edge – they alone are worth the price of admission.

The National Firearms Museum is open daily with no admission charge. Visit us at 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. For more information on the museum’s educational programs, including our featured “Hollywood Guns” exhibition with dozens of actual film guns from the silver screen, visit NRAMuseum.com, call (703) 267-1600 or email nfmstaff@nrahq.org.

Wendy Cunningham and Jim Supica of the NRA National Firearms Museum Fairfax, Virginia - Picking again from the plethora of firearms available in the Petersen Gallery, National Firearms Museum Director (NFM) Jim Supica gives us a closer look at two incredible shotguns for tonight's episode of Curator's Corner.

The first, held in the background on the left by the NFM's Wendy Cunningham, is a Rizzini shotgun. With a touch and taste of Old World cathedrals and tapestries, this particular model is adorned with gargoyles, horned demons, and masks of a general eerie nature. Engraved by Fracassi, his bulino style of work provides 3-D imagery that practically jumps off the steel.

The second gun is swimming with breathtaking collection of gold inlays. But don't get ahead of yourself with our second shotgun. Sadly, you'll have to wait. Because if we give it all away now then you don't have any incentive to watch later tonight.

So join Jim and Wendy tonight on NRANews as they present two incredible pieces of work from the Petersen Collection. Jim will cover the guns, Wendy will cover the art, and we'll grow a bit little wiser after watching tonight's edition of Curator's Corner at 10:40 p.m. Eastern on NRANews.com and Sirius/XM Patriot.

Watch the entire Curator's Corner episode here.

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.

Robert E. Petersen Gallery to open in October 2010 on NRAblog

The rare guns of the new Robert E. Petersen Gallery at the National Firearms Museum have been earning some much-deserved media buzz.

Outdoor Life magazine gave its audience an extensive photo gallery preview and the Washington Post highlighted the Museum among a handful of great places to go within driving distance of Washington, D.C.

The word is getting out to tourists visiting our nation's capital, and to residents of Northern Virginia through recent news articles in the Fairfax Connection and the Arlington Sun Gazette.

"Firearms enthusiasts owe a debt of gratitude to avid hunter and magazine magnate Robert Petersen," reports the Sun Gazette. "...Petersen amassed an impressively large and varied collection of some of the world’s most beautiful, rare and quirky pistols, rifles, shotguns and Gatling guns."

The Connection couldn't resist snapping photos, and the Sun Gazette took time for this video of Senior Curator Doug Wicklund.

"Petersen also donated dozens of exceptional, high-end double barrel rifles that would typically have been used to hunt 'big game' in Africa," reports the Connection. "These guns would often include fine engravings, including small drawings of elephants, rhinoceros and other animals in the gun. The very rich, particularly British and Indian royalty, often commissioned these firearms as gifts."

If you're too far away to get here any time soon though, we have you covered. You can take a virtual tour of this spectacular gallery case by case. The 400 guns of the Gallery were painstakingly selected by experts and curators from the famed sportsman's personal 2,000-gun collection, all of which had been selected or specially ordered one-by-one over decades. While there's nothing quite like seeing these rarities in person, the NRA's excellent photography will give you a real sense of what makes the Petersen Gallery the opening act of the National Firearms Museum.

Steve & Tracey Lee made a stop at NRA Headquarters last month before returning to their homeland of Australia. Seeing as how we're talking about more than twenty hours worth of flight time, what exactly was important enough to bring him back to the States?

“Number of things on the ole agenda," said Steve. "Trace & I were down in Kentucky, Knob Creek, for a machine gun shoot — brilliant. Ah, had to get upstaged by a thirteen year-old girl in Ohio, very nice. And came up to see you blokes here at NRA.”

Further investigation revealed that Steve generously volunteered to serve as grand prize for the latest Future of Hunting Contest. Created to promote the tradition of hunting to today's youth, The Future of Hunting choose young Lindsay Finney as the lucky winner of a private concert and side by side hunt with the Australian recording artist.


From Steve's latest video The Making of I Like Guns. Footage includes his five day journey through the rivers, jungles, and mountains of Cambodia.
“We both bagged a deer, which made me feel a little better,” said Steve. “But her white tail was a 157 class and mine measured 152. What can you do.”

After sharing stories, we took decided to run the Lees through the National Firearms Museum's latest addition — the Petersen Gallery.

“It’s just magnificent,” said Steve. “Every time I’m here, Jim [Supica] throws something new out there.”

Now back in the friendly confines of Australia, there’s a good chance that this is the last we’ll see of Steve & Tracey Lee for 2010. But what about 2011?

“Don’t worry. We’ll be back. We’ll keep coming back until you’re sick of us.”

Tonight, we're thinking of something bigger that the usual Curator's Corner offering. Instead of one gun, we're going with an entire gallery – the Petersen Gallery, to be specific.

How does an entire gallery rate its own segment on NRANews? Because the Petersen Gallery holds some of the finest examples of artistry, engravings and craftsmanship of sporting arms ever assembled. And the largest collection of Gatling Guns on public display isn't too shabby either.

There's a Colt Detective Special known as the Vampire Gun, a .577 Howda Pistol for India tiger hunts, a .20 gauge Grand Royal side-by-side Winchester shotgun named “King Buck,” and much, much more.

We'll get back to the individual guns next week, but that doesn't mean you should miss out on the chance to catch a personalized tour as Senior Curator Phil Schreier touts the treasured collections held within the Petersen Gallery; tonight at 10:40 Eastern on NRANews.com and Sirius/XM Patriot channel 144 .

Trick or Treat at the NRA National Firearms Museum

Trick-or-Treat at the National Firearms Museum is back for this Halloween. It's free, it's safe, it's indoors, and it's fun.

Get a close-up look (under glass) at the special Vampire Hunter’s Colt pistol and the remarkably engraved Devil’s shotgun. They are just two of the new sights this year, part of a large all-new display right at the start of your Museum tour. Treat buckets for children will be located in various galleries throughout the Museum, with light refreshments in the foyer for adults. Costumes are welcome, but not necessary.

The Museum is free every day, and the Trick-or-Treat is no exception. Children (accompanied by an adult) and families are welcome from 3 to 6 p.m. on Halloween, this Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. Come out and join the fun (and no, you don't have to be an NRA member!). We're easy to find just off Highway 50 near I-66 at 11250 Waples Mill Road in Fairfax, Virginia.

“The Trick-or-Treat is always a hit with kids and parents,” said Museum Director Jim Supica. “The Museum will be decorated for Halloween and there will be plenty of treats For those who brought their kids by last year, we have a brand-new 2,000-square-foot gallery with some really spectacular exhibits.”

And if the little ones aren't too careful, they might just learn a few things.

“We have some truly remarkable pieces of American history here on display,” said Supica. “Add that to the treats, and the kids are sure to have a great time. ”

The Harrington & Richardson Centennial display case in the NRA National Firearms Museum's Petersen Gallery There are four hundred guns on display in the National Firearms Museum's Petersen Gallery. While most arrived as singles, some arrived in groups. On such group is the Harrington & Richardson Centennial display case.

The 1876 Centennial Exposition was the first World's Fair held in the States. Staged in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it also served as an anniversary celebration for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Anxious to do their patriotic part, arms manufacturer Harrington & Richardson submitted a display case of their work — twenty-four revolvers that represented some of the finest firearms of the time.

The display was a huge success. Winning two gold medals for their work, Harrington & Richardson ultimately installed the display in the lobby of their building as a symbol of excellence.

"This case highlights the fines in artistic craftsmanship that H&R could produce at the time," said Senior Curator Phil Schreier. "Some may not associate Harrington & Richardson as an example of engraving and artistic excellence, but the 1876 case would prove them wrong. Plated nickel, full coverage engraving, the finest walnut, rosewood, carved ivory and mother of pearl — it's simply a breathtaking piece manufacturing artistry."

We're going to stop Phil there. After all, if you had all the details about the Harrington & Richardson Revolver display case then you'd have no reason to tune into tonight's Curator's Corner segment, featuring National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier at 10:40 p.m. on NRANews.com or on Sirius/XM Patriot.

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