Find NRA leadership and treasured guns from the National Firearms Museum at SHOT Show

Quote from and picture of Charlton Heston at the new NRA show booth

Las Vegas, Nevada - Whether it's the first day, the first hour or the first minute of walking the SHOT Show floor, there's no doubt that it's going to happen — you're going to get lost. Distracted like the sailors of old as the siren sings promises of pretty guns and revolutionary ammo, so goes your journey down the halls of the Sands Expo Center. There are a few ways out.

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Fairfax, Virginia - The second round of snow to fall upon the DC Metro area has left everything in a tizzy. Reagan and Dulles airports are canceling flights and plowing snow, the federal government is shut down (without the aid of their usual shenanigans), and a good deal of underage boys and girls are enjoyed a second day off from school. Another victim of the second snow fall is the NRA.

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Unique No. 1-stamped guns on display at NRA museum in Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri

Serial Number One Guns exhibit at the NRA Sporting Arms Museum in the Bass Pro Shops superstore in Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri - There's a new exhibit open at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops flagship superstore in Springfield, Mo -- Serial Number One Guns.

All 29 firearms, from the cap and ball percussion arms of the mid 1800s to a modern polymer frame semi-automatic pistol, featured in the unique exhibit sport a serial number of “1.” Among the pieces on display are a Smith & Wesson Schofield, Colt .40 caliber Model 1851 Navy, Springfield Sharps Model 1870 and more.

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NRA National Sporting Arms Museum exhibits stars at CPAC

National Sporting Arms Museum display at CPAC St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri - A few thousand are gathering at the St. Charles Convention Center this weekend for CPAC St. Louis. A gathering of the conservative faithful to hear from the likes of national heavyweights such as Texas Governor Rick Perry, Univision’s Helen Aguirre Ferré and Past NRA President David Keene, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) St. Louis is also the place to catch up with few exhibitors.

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Early models and experimental firearms from the Remington Arms Company debut at NRA Museum

Part of the Remington Collection at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro in Springfield, Missouri

Fairfax, Virginia - Remington Arms Company has generously loaned eighty-five firearms along with works of art from their private collection to the new NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops flagship superstore in Springfield, Mo.

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Follow the evolution of hunting and sporting guns at Bass Pro in Springfield

The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum opens Friday, August 2, in Springfield, Missouri
The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum opens Friday, August 2, in Springfield, Missouri.

Springfield, Missouri - It's been ten years in the making. Ten years since Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris set foot in National Firearms Museum at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. Ten years since he decided to open a similar showcase at the "granddaddy of all outdoor stores" in Springfield.

"The collection here at Bass Pro Shops is one of the finest ever assembled," said Director of NRA Museum Jim Supica. "What we've put together here is a sporting arms collection that the world has never seen.”

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Almost 1,000 guns celebrates America's love of hunting, conservation and freedom at NRA Museum

Stairs leading to the entrance of the National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO

Springfield, Missouri - Final touches are being applied to the guns and displays of the NRA's new National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield. The results of ten years worth of work with Bass Pro Shops, the museum and it's nearly 1,000 guns will soon call the "granddaddy of all outdoor stores" home.

"The men and women of Bass Pro have been tremendous throughout this entire process," said NRA National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica. "It's been a pleasure working with them as bring a wonderful example of America's love of the hunting, conservation and the sporting arms to the Missouri."

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Learn the history of America's heritage this holiday weekend at the NRA National Firearms Museum

NRA National Firearms Museum open Independence Day

Fairfax, Virginia - Two hundred thirty seven years ago this Thursday, Great Britain's thirteen American colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. No longer regarding themselves a part of the British Empire, the newly independent states formed a new nation — the United States of America. From that moment forward, Americans have observed July 4 as Independence Day.

Independence did not come easy to the United States, who won its sovereignty after eight years of war with the Kingdom of Great Britain. Firearms played an integral role in winning the United States' freedom and their use would go on to help weave the story of our great country as it expanded and became a world superpower.

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M1877 Colt revolver, first attempt at the double-action design for Hartford based company

John Wesley Hardin's 1877 Colt Lightning .38 Long Revolver at NRA Museum Fairfax, Virginia - The subject of tonight's episode of Curator's Corner on NRAnews comes with more than just a gun. There are two historically significant events tied into this Colt revolver. First is the double-action design and second is the man who owned — the notorious John Wesley Hardin.

The difference between double and single action is a simple one. When pulling the trigger of a double action revolver, the hammer goes back, the cylinder rotates and the hammer falls to fire the gun. With the single action, one has cock the trigger before firing the gun. The Lightning, a .38 caliber Long Colt, wasn't all that successful.

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