Tonight's Curator's Corner takes a twist as we bring you a live to tape segment from the floor of NRA's first annual Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show in Westminster, Maryland. Sitting in for this session is Senior Curator Doug Wicklund with one of the three guns the National Firearms Museum put on display. First off the boat is a firearm owned by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
This particular shotgun is a Winchester Model 21. A side-by-side 20 gauge, Ike's Winchester is adorned with a variety of gold inlays. There are five stars representing his rank in the military, DDE for his initials, and what looks to be a prairie chicken.
Also pressed in gold is a seal which reads:
TO A STRAIGHT SHOOTER
FROM A FRIEND
The friend? Coca Cola President Robert Woodruff.
Including custom orders, about 30,000 Winchester Model 21s were produced between 1931 and 1992.
More details will be shared by Doug tonight and every Thursday night at 10:20 p.m. EST as Curator's Corner hits the airwaves on NRANews.com and Sirius Patriot channel 144.