By Danielle Sturgis | September 17 2010 15:00
The Nation's Gun Show

The staff of the NRA National Firearms Museum will be at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia, for the upcoming Nation's Gun Show. Check out their table – it's usually in the corner near the café – to see a special exhibit produced by Assistant Curator Amber Lammers.

Senior Curator Doug Wicklund explains:

    The National Firearms Museum is taking a special travelling exhibit, “The Many Lives of the Forty-Five,” to the Nation's Gun Show on October 1,2, and 3. Over the years, America has always been captivated by the .45 caliber and this exhibition brings out on the road some of the special treasures of the National Firearms Museum. 

    Competing firms furnished early military semi-automatics for the United States and the exhibit includes Savage Model 1907 pistol, serial number 2, and Colt Model 1911 pistol, serial number 4. The Savage pistol was furnished to the Board of Musketry and is thought to be the handgun depicted in the government manual for the Savage handguns used in field trials. One other rare 1911 to be shown is an NRA-marked Springfield Armory pistol, sold to NRA Life members in the years prior to the First World War.

    Civilian counterpart arms, including the popular Government Model Colt, are well-represented in this exhibit, with Tom Selleck’s pistol from the TV series Magnum P.I., while being represented as a .45 caliber during the show’s run from 1980 to 1988, is actually a 9mm example converted to blank firing operation. Other notable pieces include the pearl-handled .45 wielded by actor Alec Baldwin in the 1994 film, The Shadow, and a pair of engraved Colt Government Models in large and small versions. A matching set, the full-size and miniature sized versions have similar engraving and ivory grip panels. Another customized Colt bearing ivory grips is the Colt .45 pistol used by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Frank E. White, whose Florida exploits formed part of the basis for the TV series, Miami Vice. 

    Also, the unusual stainless Sokolovsky .45 pistol, once called the “Rolls-Royce of .45s,” will also be on display at the show. Come on by and see this exhibit at Chantilly!


    when you join NRA
    or renew your NRA membership at this show!

    (Valid on a $25 or greater membership)

    Show Times:

    Friday, October 1: 3 PM to 8 PM

    Saturday, October 2: 9 AM to 5 PM

    Sunday, October 3: 10 AM to 5 PM

    For more information, visit

    The NRA National Firearms Museum is open daily with no admission charge. Visit us at 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. For more information on the museum’s educational programs, including our featured “Hollywood Guns” exhibition with dozens of actual film guns from the silver screen, visit, call (703) 267-1600 or email
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