Fairfax, Virginia - Working at the National Firearms Museum translates into a good deal of "hands on" firearms work. You pick up donations, bring the guns back to the firearms lab, refurbish what needs refurbishing as best you can, and search for an appropriate location to put them on display. Above we see Senior Curator Doug Wicklund finding an appropriate place for a 1911 in the Museum's "100 Years of the Model 1911" exhibit.
In his hand you see a 1911 used by Canadian native J.C. Hume-Storer during his two years of service in French trenches during World War I before joining the Royal Flying Corps.
"Each of the firearms on this wall have a story," said Wicklund. "That's true for most of the guns we have here at the National Firearms Museum and finding those stories is a fascinating aspect of our work here."
Hume-Storer's 1911 is staying put, but a collection of other 1911s, including five from the original trials as well as one ordered by Admiral Willis August Lee, a Navy Cross recipient and five-time gold medalist shooter at the 1920 Olympic Games, will be on display at Camp Perry during the first week of the National Rifle and Pistol Championships.
"I'd love to accompany these beautiful pieces Perry, but there's so much work to be done here at the Museum," lamented Wicklund. "That pleasure will have to wait for another day."