By Lars Dalseide | January 14 2010 15:35

Chuck Conners Winchester RifleBefore Curator's Corner returns to the movie theme theme, the guys are headed back on the road to share some of the National Firearms Museum's (NFM) treasures with the rest of the world. Over the next two weeks, they can be seen at the Las Vegas Antique Arms Show, the SHOT Show, and SCI's 38th Annual Hunters' Convention in Reno, Nevada. During that time, we thought Curator's Corner would be better spent showing you what they're taking on the road.

First on the card is a television classic. Set in the 1890s New Mexico Territory, rancher Lucas McCain wielded his modified 1892 model Winchester rifle during episodes of The Rifleman. Staring western icon Chuck Connors, the popular ABC series ran from 1958 to 1963. And that classic Winchester now resides at the National Firearms Museum.

The Winchester is a lever-action repeating rifle manufactured between 1892 and 1938. With a 15 round magazine and varied caliber, the company produced over a million editions before Winchester past the design on to overseas manufacturers like Chiappa Firearms in Italy. A distinct characteristic of this particular rifle is the oversized lever that allowed Connors to cock the rifle with a simple swing.

Closeup of Chuck Conners Rifleman Rifle with screwThis rifle and more will be on display over the next two weeks before returning to the National Firearms Museum for its place in the Ruger Gallery's new "Son of a Gun - The Return of Reel Heroes" exhibit, which is replacing the popular Guns West! display.

There it will join other famous Hollywood guns from films like “Dirty Harry,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” and “Avatar.” If you live out West and you're not heading to Virginia any time soon, it might be a good idea to attend one of the shows and see these icons while you can.

That's all we have for now, so tune in tonight for all the details as Senior Curator Phil Schreier tells it all at 10:20 pm EST tonight at or on Sirius Patriot channel 144.


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