From Tennessee to Texas with Elvis Presley's 357 Magnum
Houston, Texas - There was plenty to see during the 142nd NRA Annual Meeting in Texas. Celebrities like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Ted Nugent, manufacturers like Otis, Marlin and Colt along with plenty of shotguns, rifles and pistols for all. But unless you sneaked into a closed set filming of Curator's Corner, you probably didn't see this gun.
What we have here is the gun of royalty. The King. Elvis himself.
"Mr. Tom Morgan, from Whiteville, Tennessee brought in a Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum Revolver, serial number 688344," explained National Firearms Senior Curator Philip Schreier. "According to the pictures and provenance, this highly engraved and inlaid revolver once belong to Elvis Aaron Presley."
As the story goes, Elvis bought the revolver - carved and inlaid with gold and silver designs including a bear, bobcat, moose, mountain lion, puma, deer and antelope - from a sporting goods store in Beverly Hills. The gun, along with a personalized "Elvis" carrying case, traveled with the King everywhere.
In fact, it was momentarily in the possession of then Vice President Spiro Agnew ... who returned it due to concerns about the King's legal standings. In time the 357 Magnum (along with pictures of the Elvis with the gun and the registration) made it way to Mr. Morgan. He was nice enough to bring it to the NRA Convention.
Now if you didn't make it to the convention, or you weren't invited to the closed set, that doesn't mean you're out of luck. You can still see it this afternoon on Sportsman Channel around 5:40pm eastern time during another edition of NRANews.