Sharing history by way of a Family's Hawken Rifle on NRAblog Rewind
Back in 2010, right around Thanksgiving, the Dieckmann family of Kansas presented the curators of the National Firearms Museum with one of their heirlooms ... an 1850s era Hawken Plains Rifle.
Here's what happened:
Fairfax, Virginia - A rare Hawken rifle is joining a display at the NRA's National Firearms Museum. Inside the The Prospering New Republic gallery, the rifle will find it's place inside the case that depicts a scene in the Hawken family's famed frontier gunshop.
Even among these galleries of historic firearms, this new addition stands out. The gun is a family heirloom dating back generations to when it was purchased by Florenz Dieckmann from the Hawken gunmakers in 1850s St. Louis. Dieckmann went on to fight in the Civil War for the
Union forces, and lived in Union, Missouri. The gun was passed down from father to son, time and again, all the way to his great-great-grandson David Dieckmann.
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