By Lars Dalseide | January 8 2013 11:51

Joe Mantegna comes back to NRA Museum for Gun Stories Season 2

Actor Joe Mantegna from CBS show Criminal Minds with Dirty Harry's Smith & Wesson model 29 at NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - A number of celebrities roll through the halls here at NRA Headquarters. Actors, politicians, athletes and others have graced our door to meet with officials, tour the facility and (at times) film on location. Few have been as gracious as Joe Mantegna.

The Chicago born actor came with a crew from the Outdoor Channel. Here to film Season 2 of MidwayUSA's Gun Stories, they spent the better part of a week opening cases, meeting with patrons and (of course) showing off a handful of the approximately 2,800 firearms on display.

"My assistant told me about an offer to host a firearms show," said Mantegna. "It hit me ... that hot button word. I thought boy this could be something. People who know me well think hey, Joe finally found an avenue for his passion. And this is a place (the National Firearms Museum) I've been wanting to go visit for the last twenty years. It exceeded all my expectations."

But it wasn't the celebrity status that made me go with Joe Mantegna's visit to NRA as the 3rd best story of 2012. It was the way he treated to patrons. Taking breaks from filming, introducing himself to kids and offering restaurant suggestions to the parents like they've been living next to each for a decade or so. No fuss, no entourage, no hassle — he was just good, solid, regular people.

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