By Lars Dalseide | September 28 2013 19:44

NRA National Sporting Arms Museum exhibits stars at CPAC

National Sporting Arms Museum display at CPAC St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri - A few thousand are gathering at the St. Charles Convention Center this weekend for CPAC St. Louis. A gathering of the conservative faithful to hear from the likes of national heavyweights such as Texas Governor Rick Perry, Univision’s Helen Aguirre Ferré and Past NRA President David Keene, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) St. Louis is also the place to catch up with few exhibitors.

Of particular interest to some is the exhibit put on the NRA National Firearms Museum.

"Having an event so close to the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri, made coming here an easy call," said Jim Supica, director of NRA Museum. "That's why we decided to bring out something special."

So what's so special? How about a taste of Annie Oakley and President Theodore Roosevelt.

From Annie's collection is one of prized long guns. And from Teddy we have the nightstand pistol.

Theodore Roosevelt’s Fabrique Nationale Model 1900 Semi Automatic Pistol is a fine piece of Belgian craftsmanship. So why is it known as the nightstand pistol? Because it's the gun he kept in the nightstand ... while he was in the White House.

"The pistol actually served two purposes for the Roosevelt family," explained Supica. "It was the gun Theodore kept in the White House nightstand and it was the gun wife Edith used to teach the grandkids how to shoot off the back porch."

To see either this bit of history for yourself, swing by the NRA Museum booth at CPAC St. Louis. Tell Supica we sent you.

President Teddy Roosevelt's Fabrique Nationale Model 1900 Semi Automatic Pistol

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