9mms from 1910, 1940 and today that make you wonder why they were ever made

Dreyse Pistol from the 1910 era

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Only exceptional firearms find their way onto Curator’s Corner. Firearms that revolutionized the industry, blazed a path to glory or rode shotgun (no pun intended) on the way to history. That’s how most Curator’s Corners would be described. Most. Not todays.

Today’s episode focuses on the rare. The unseen and, in some cases, unknown.

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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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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

Reporter Samantha Scorzo recently came out for an afternoon at the museum ...

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."

Find out more about this set of Colt Patersons and Walkers on NRANews ...

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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Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless also known as New Departure and Lemon Squeezer

A Smith & Wesson Hammerless Revolver attributed to Teddy Roosevelt

Tulsa, Oklahoma - NRA Museums Director Jim Supica made the most of the few days he spent at last month's Tulsa Arms Show. He inspected a few hundred guns, walked almost ten miles of displays, and recorded nearly 20 episodes of Curator's Corner for Cam & Company on Sportsman Channel. Given the vast quantities of firearms at his disposal, you have to wonder why he'd choose such a teeny-tiny gun like the Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless?

Besides the fact that it was the property of the President of the United States of course.

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Find out what to expect from the world's biggest gun show right here in Tulsa

John Popp (l), Joe Wanenmacher (c) and NRA Museums Director Jim Supica at the Tulsa Arms Show

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Sure you've been to a gun show before. But have you ever been to the gun show? Well if you haven't been out to Oklanoma for Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show then the answer is no.

"I've been coming here twice a year for a quarter of a century," said NRA Museums Director Jim Supica. "It is spectacular."

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