NRANews wanted to do something special to kick off Curator's Corner during the month of Halloween. With a touch of input from National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier, they settled on the Colt .38 Special Vampire Gun.
Now we're not only talking about a vampire gun, we're talking about an entire vampire hunting kit. That kit comes in a coffin-shaped ebony case which holds (in addition to the sliver-plated gun) a container for holy water, a wooden stake, a mirror to check your prey's reflection, and silver bullets cast in the shape of miniature vampire heads.
When inspecting the Detective Special, one finds two bats stamped on the grip – leaving one to wonder if two vamps have already been dispatched with this wonderful piece of Halloween protection.
The gun itself is a .38 Special Detective Special. First produced during the 1920s, the Detective Special was revolution in the field of concealed firearms. Carrying a high power (for the time) cartridge and a shortened frame, the Colt ran through four issues over a period of 68 years. Changes included variations in the ejector-rod, grip design, and the trigger guard.
For the full story on the Vampire Gun, just one of the fine new firearms found in the Petersen Gallery, join the guys from the National Firearms Museum tonight at 10:40 p.m. EST as Curator's Corner hits the airwaves on NRANews.com and Sirius/XM Patriot.