Our favorite film-noir buff and Senior Curator for the NRA National Firearms Museum Phil Schreier has been on the road for a couple of weeks now. Starting on the 14th of January with the Beinfeld Antique Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Schreier has been bouncing around the West Coast showing some of the best the Museum has to offer.
"Jim (NFM Director Jim Supica), Doug (NFM Senior Curator Doug Wicklund) and I sat down to decide what pieces to take on tour," explained Schreier. "Hollywood Guns and the Petersen Gallery were our big openings last year, so the it was obvious which exhibits to highlight. But selecting a handful of guns from those galleries turned out to be a little more of a challenge."
Firearms that made their way into the travel case for the big trip included the Alamo's Nock Volley Gun, the Vampire Colt .38, the No Country for Old Men's Remington 11-87 semi-auto, and a Purdey .600 double rifle.
"Different guns are displayed at each stop," explained Schreier after departing from the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nevada last weekend. "We try to tailor our setup for the individual exposition. My last stop, for example, will focus completely on the Petersen Collection."
Once the week is out, Schreier's West Coast tour will come to an end. Phil and the firearms he carries for the crowds will be back at the National Firearms Museum to resume their usual duties – both shining examples in their respective fields.