By Lars Dalseide | May 7 2012 16:42

Doug Wicklund with the NRA's Mayflower gun at Collingwood Library

Alexandria, Virginia - The crew down at the NRA National Firearms Museum often takes their show on the road. Later this year, they'll be taking part of that show to Alaska. But before that happens, Senior Curator Doug Wicklund brought a bit of the collection to Virginia's Collingwood Library & Museum.

Titled Arms of the Pilgrims, Wicklund brought out one of the big guns — one from the Mayflower to be exact. Here's what they printed in the program:

When John Alden stepped off the Mayflower onto Plymouth Rock May 11, 120, he carried a modified .66 caliber Italian single-shot wheel-lock carbine. That rifle, now known as the "Mayflower Gun," is displayed during this program as Doug Wicklund provides commentary about its history and arms carried by the Pilgrims.

"It's always fun to get out in the field," said Wicklund. "The staff from Collingwood asked if we could work something out with The Mayflower Society and the choice was obvious. And the audience, ah the audience, the audience was grateful to have a piece of history be part of their program."

Check out the museum's website for more on The Mayflower Gun.

The Mayflower Gun, pre-1620, on NRAblog

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