By Lars Dalseide | March 30 2012 11:22

Applause during gift announcement at NRA Headquarters
GiGi Carleton and Ted Calleton stand at the podium as NRA staff members applaud the announcement of the Petersen Foundation's deed of gift to the National Firearms Museum.

Phil Schreier, Senior Curator for the National Firearms Museum, brings us the following news regarding the Museum's Robert E. Petersen Gallery:

Fairfax, Virginia - Tuesday evening, March 27th, is an evening that will long be remembered in the history of the NRA and the National Firearms Museum. GiGi Carleton, President of the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation and Ted Calleton, trustee of the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Trust, presented NRA's Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre with a deed of gift that completed a three year donation that established the Robert E. Petersen Gallery in October of 2010.

The gift represents the largest gift in kind of firearms to the National Firearms Museum in its 77 year history. Nearly 500 of the finest firearms ever assembled by a private collector have been donated and placed on exhibit in the museum's new 2000 square foot gallery.

GiGi Carleton with NRA President David Keene
GiGi Carleton with NRA President David Keene
Included among the historically important pieces are the world's largest collection of Gatling Guns on public display, Hermann Göring's Merkle Shotgun which was a present from General Eisenhower to General Pershing in 1945, a shotgun from Colonel Buffalo Bill Cody to Annie Oakley, the three Parker Invincibles, considered the finest and most valuable American made shotguns extant, the only 8 gauge shotgun made by Colt which was presented to President Grover Cleveland, President John F. Kennedy's Colt New Frontier revolver and the finest double guns made by Boss, Purdey, Holland & Holland, Westley Richards, Winchester, Galazan and many others.

The gift also included the famed 1876 Harrington & Richardson "pinwheel" revolver board, thought to be the only intact exhibit from the Centennial Exposition, priceless examples of sporting art and bronzes and memorabilia from the incredible life of Robert E. Petersen, founder of Petersen Publishing the parent company of Guns & Ammo, Petersen's Hunting, Sports Afield, Hot Rod, and over two dozen other monthly magazines.

The personal firearms used by Mr. & Mrs. Petersen were also donated including favorite hunting arms, commemorative guns gifted during his tenure as Commissioner of Shooting Sports for the 1984 Los Angles Olympic Games as well as firearms he received from his close & personal friends Robert Stack and William B. Ruger. Narry a dry eye was to be seen in the room when Ms. Carleton presented Mr. LaPierre with a pair of Stevens Favorite .22 rifles that once belonged to the Petersens' two sons, Robert and Richard.

Steven's Favorite .22 rifles owned by Robert and Richard Petersen
Steven's Favorite .22 rifles owned by Robert and Richard Petersen

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