You never know who you're going to run into at the NRA National Firearms Museum. Could be NRA President Ron Schmeits, maybe 2011 Men's World Championship Trap Shooting Team member Collin Wietfeldt, or – if you happened to stop by last Saturday around noon – your favorite Private Investigator/Police Commissioner Tom Selleck.
In town for the Horatio Alger Association Awards ceremony, Selleck took the opportunity to stop by NRA Headquarters and visit the Robert E. Petersen Gallery.
"Bob Petersen was a friend of mine," said Selleck "I had to miss the gallery's opening, so I'm glad to have the opportunity to see what the NRA did with Bob's collection. They did a fine job. A very nice job."
Selleck, a Horatio Alger award winner in 2000, currently stars on the CBS drama Blue Bloods as New York City Police Department Commissioner Frank Reagan. And firearms from his movies Monte Walsh and Quigley Down Under are currently on display in the Hollywood Guns section of the National Firearms Museum. But Selleck is probably best known as the Hawaiian-based private investigator Thomas Sullivan Magnum from Magnum, p.i.
He even related a little Magnum lore to Museum Director Jim Supica and Senior Curator Phil Schreier after they explained how collectors are sometimes fooled by fakes.
"I've met over a hundred people who tell me they own one of the Magnum Ferraris," said Selleck. "Unfortunately, we only used six throughout the eight years of the show."
Before departing, Selleck made a point of returning to the Petersen Gallery. While there, he posed for a few pictures and stopped to sign the guest log located just inside the main entrance. When asked what he wrote, he took a moment and replied, "I signed it Tom Selleck, friend of Bob."