By Lars Dalseide | July 27 2013 13:57

Almost 1,000 guns celebrates America's love of hunting, conservation and freedom at NRA Museum

Stairs leading to the entrance of the National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO

Springfield, Missouri - Final touches are being applied to the guns and displays of the NRA's new National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield. The results of ten years worth of work with Bass Pro Shops, the museum and it's nearly 1,000 guns will soon call the "granddaddy of all outdoor stores" home.

"The men and women of Bass Pro have been tremendous throughout this entire process," said NRA National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica. "It's been a pleasure working with them as bring a wonderful example of America's love of the hunting, conservation and the sporting arms to the Missouri."

Unlike the museum at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, which tells the history of America through the evolution of allfirearms, the National Sports Arms Museum will focus solely on guns of the great outdoors — all thanks to a partnership between Bass Pro Shops and the NRA.

"We have 7,500 square feet to tell the story of America's love of hunting. It's a pretty big museum for a pretty big story."

Firearms and exhibits on display at the National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO

Included in the collection are guns from the NRA's National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, firearms and artwork from the Remington Arms Company, displays from the Amateur Trapshooting Association Trapshooting Hall of Fame and the full collection of the Pachmayr Foundation in California. You'll also find guns owned by notable individuals such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Annie Oakely, Jessie James and President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt.

Bass Pro donated the space and time while NRA arranged for the guns, text and storylines. Starting August 2, at the Bass Pro Shops on 1935 S. Campbell in Springfield, you can see for yourself how it all came together. Open every day of the week, the parking is plentiful and the admission is free.

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