By Kyle Jillson | April 20 2012 14:31
The Nation's Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia

NRA's National Firearms Museum will be at the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly Virginia, this weekend and they're bringing an exhibit of some very special Winchesters.

Renew your NRA membership outside the Dulles Expo Center and receive free admission, a savings of $12.00! You can find the National Firearms Museum's booth right next to the cafe. Mingle with hundreds of fellow firearm enthusiasts among "one and a half miles of guns, knives, and accessories."

The National Firearms Museum's exhibit, called Winchester’s Finest Doubles, showcases rifle and shotgun selections from the Robert E. Petersen Gallery. These aren't just any old guns, though. One of these shotguns is the Winchester Model 21 Grand American, one of the highest grade doubles ever made and named after the famed Grand American Trapshoot.

The saying goes "an artist's work is never done," and that's exactly what happened with this Grand American. Being refined even further, the shotgun become what has been called the ultimate Model 21, the Grand Royal, and was presented to company President John M. Olin.

Also on display is a Model 21 variation that is actually a double rifle, manufactured with twin .45-70 barrels. Even more unusual is a pump-action over-under shotgun; one of the strangest breechloaders you’re likely to see.

The Nation's Gun Show runs from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. If you're not joining the NRA or renewing your membership, admission will cost you $12.00. A three-day pass is $18.00. Teens pay $6.00 and children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Liked what you saw at the National Firearms Museum's exhibit? The museum itself is just down the road at NRA Headquarters and is open daily 9:30am to 5pm with no admission charge (donations greatly appreciated). Over six hundred years of historical arms are represented within its extensive galleries and the museum store also offers an incredible selection of souvenirs and reference books, as well as fraternal items.

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