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:


Museum Director Jim Supica, David Dieckmann with his family's Hawken Plains Rifle, and Senior Curator Doug Wicklund. 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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Elephant Rifles and Hollywood Guns going to Nation's Gun Show

Clark Gable's Registered Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum

Fairfax, Virginia - The Nation's Gun Show takes over the Dulles Expo Center for one weekend every couple of months. As luck would have it, one of those weekends is this very weekend. And seeing as how the Expo Center is right down the road from the National Firearms Museum, the Museum staff decided to take a few special guns for display.

Here's the list:

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Clint Eastwood's .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson on NRANews

1 of 3 Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolvers used by Clint Eastwood in the movie Dirty Harry

Fairfax, Virginia - Are you feeling lucky, punk?

Well if you're tuned in tonight for Curator's Corner you will be, because that's where you're going to get close up and personal with Dirty Harry's Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum Model 29 revolver. At the time of filming, back in 1971, it was the most powerful handgun in the world.

Unlike previous Dirty Harry segments on NRANews, this one has a twist.

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Local Cub and Boy Scouts coming to National Firearms Museum

Tiger Scout during one of NRA's Night at the Museum events Fairfax, Virginia - Dozens and dozens of groups request (and receive) a tour of the NRA National Firearms Museum every year. Historical societies, members of the military as well as a number of youth groups take advantage of the historical road map put together by our well versed curators. There will be a couple more enjoying that advantage this weekend.

"We've got two groups of Scouts coming this Saturday," said Senior Curator Doug Wicklund. "Tiger and Boy Scouts."

For those of you who've been out of the Scouting scene for as long as I have, Tiger Scouts are part of the Cub Scout lexicon. Found between the Bobcat and Wolf ranks, the Tiger Cub is a seven year old (or first grader) who has completed five Family, Den and Go See It (for a total of fifteen) activities. I'm guessing that this one will end up in the Go See It category.

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The Springfield 1903 Theodore Roosevelt used during his 1909 African Safari

Jim Supica inspects Springfield 1903 rifle owned by President Theodore Roosevelt at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Why is National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica smiling so? Because the rifle in his hands, a 1903 Springfield bolt-action rifle, is yet another addition to the NRA Museum's President Theodore Roosevelt exhibit.

"That is Theodore Roosevelt's Springfield 1903 rifle, serial number 6000," Supica beamed. "It's one of the most historic Roosevelt rifles. It was one of his primary arms in the 1909 African Safari."

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New Jersey teens arrive in dress whites to tour NRA Museum

Sea Cadets and League Cadets pose outside NRA Headquarters in Northern Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Yesterday, Saturday the 29th of September, marked the arrival of some very important guests at the National Rifle Association. Straight from the docks of Lawrenceville, New Jersey came the John T. Dempster Jr. Division of the Sea Cadets — a nonprofit organization that teaches teenagers teamwork, self-confidence, and leadership.

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Breechloading flintlock an early attempt at a repeating rifle

Isaiah Jennings All-Metal Breechloading Flintlock Rifle from 1821

Fairfax, Virginia - Around two years ago this week, Senior Curator Doug Wicklund provided us with a first look at the Isaiah Jennings All-Metal Flintlock Rifle, a breechloading beauty capable of firing twelve shots without reloading — quite the feat for a firearm manufactured back in 1821.

For the full story, check out our post on the Isaiah Jennings All-Metal Breechloading Flintlock.

NRA brings out Maxim, Brownings and more big guns for Triggers on the Military Channel

Maxim 08/15 light machine gun (Gertrude) for the Military Channel show triggers at NRA headquarters range

Fairfax, Virginia - Everything started after the lights went out at NRA headquarters last night. That’s when the crew from Military Channel's Triggers: Weapons that Changed the World broke out the cameras, cables and celebrities to film portions of next season's episodes. Host Wil Willis (former Army Ranger and Air Force Pararescueman) was all smiles.

"He looked like a kid in a candy store," commented Museum Director Jim Supica. "We get that reaction a lot around here."

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Royal Canadian Flying Corps 1911

Finding the perfect gun for Curator's Corner is quite a daunting task. Sure, there are hundreds of them just lying around the National Firearms Museum ... but how do you keep track of them. What gun did you use last week? Last month? Last year? Making sure that he wasn't going go double up on us, Senior Curator Doug Wicklund reached into his own collection for a 1911 that belong to a long lost pilot from World War I.

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