The fourth installment of Curator's Corner look into the National Firearms Museum's
new Theodore Roosevelt collection (set to debut in June) stays within the realm of firearms. To be more specific, his 1894 Winchester lever-action rifle.
The President's rifle comes with the usual Roosevelt bells and whistles — the crescent buttplate, no raised check piece, as well as a little something extra; a threaded barrel. Yes, you guessed it, Roosevelt's '94 Winchester comes with it's very own suppressor.
This was the rifle that Roosevelt used to clear the estate of varmints. While this might generate a shrug on your end, please note that the estate was on the North Shore of Long Island. There's little doubt that his neighbors (the Duponts, the Tiffanys, etc...) failed to appreciate the crack of gunfire on a weekday afternoon. So, in consideration of the neighbor's piece of mind, Teddy took care of the problem as quietly as possible.
The 1894 Winchester lever-action, designed by John Browning, was the first commercial repeater created for smokeless powder. Primarily chambered for the .30-30 Winchester cartridge, there were more than 7,000,000 of the rifles manufactured throughout the years.
For more on Roosevelt's Winchester, tune in tonight as National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier joins John Popp at 10:40 eastern time on NRANews.com and Sirius/XM's Patriot Channel.
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