Heavy revolver designed by Colt salesman become rare collector's item

Philip Schreier holds a .45 caliber Colt Fitz Special

Fairfax, Virginia - "It is a very special gun. A rare gun. A big gun."

That's what Senior National Firearms Museum Curator Philip Schreier had to say about the subject of today's Curator's Corner episode on NRANews.

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Aluminum frame provides lighter weight, greater recoil for Colt Detective Special

Aluminum based Colt Cobra Revolver from the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - You can't always tell the difference between guns by looking. Sure, there are different screws on the frame, checkering on the stock, sight height, etc... But sometimes you need more than a look.

Sometimes you need to pick it up.

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See British made Calisher-Terry Carbine on Sportsman Channel this afternoon

British Calisher & Terry 'door bolt' breech-loading carbine

Fairfax, Virginia - The battle of Gettysburg was fought from July 1 through July 3 in 1863. Three days that would result in the bloodies battle ever fought on American soil. So today, the 150th Anniversary of that battle, NRANews looks into one of the more popular firearms used in the battle. The British Calisher & Terry 'door bolt' breech-loading carbine.

"It was imported during the war for the Confederacy and made famous by Jeb Stuart," said Philip Schreier, Senior Curator for the National Firearms Museum. "But they probably saw their widest use during the Māori Wars of New Zealand in the 1860s."

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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."

More on the differences found in 1st and 3rd issue Colt Detective Specials ...

Ohio group tours National Firearms Museum, meets with NRA Officials

Members of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association tour NRA Museum in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - It's been a stellar year for the Ohio Gun Collectors Association (OGCA).

Not only are they celebrating their 75th Anniversary (Gold or Diamond depending on your anniversary authority), but they are also basking in the win of their tenth Gun Collector's Committee Trophy win at the NRA Annual Meetings in Houston, Texas. That's more than any other club in the 52-year history of the award. Not surprising given their passion for the specialty.

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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.

More on the Colt Banker's Special revolver on Curator's Corner ...

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettsyburg reviews the firearms and munitions of the war

NRA Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier talks about the English Made Callisher and Terry breech loading carbine owned by John Mosby

Fairfax, Virginia - On July 1, 1863, General George Meade's Army of the Potomac met General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It would be the turning point in the American Civil War.

For three days, Union forces held on as Confederates staged assaults on countless fronts. Hitting strategic points we would come to know as Little Round Top, the Peach Orchard and Devil's Den, they failed to find a way through. In a final push, Lee sent nearly 13,000 men to break Union lines upon Cemetery Ridge. Pickett's Charge. Half of them fell. The battle was lost — the South soon after.

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Model 1903 Colt semi-automatic carried by Australian Major during the Battle of Gallipoli

Colt 1903 semiautomatic pocket pistol

Fairfax, Virginia - On the final day of the NRA Convention in Houston, Texas, a production crew stole away with Philip Schreier, Senior Curator for the National Firearms Museum, to film a few segments of Curator's Corner. A Monday afternoon staple on Sportsman Channel, Curator's Corner highlights one of the thousands of guns on display at the National Firearms Museum. Or, in the case of this afternoon's offering, a gun brought by a collector.

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National Firearms Museum Curators share stories and firearms for Memorial Day Marathon

Civil War era firearms for Sportsman Channel's Memorial Marathon of NRA's Guns & Gold

Fairfax, Virginia - In preparation for their nine-hour Memorial Day Marathon, Sportsman Channel packed up crew and gear for a special trip to the National Firearms Museum. As the marathon centers around NRA's Guns & Gold, who better to tap for the intros and outros than host Jim Supica and Philip Schreier?

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