By Kyle Jillson | October 19 2013 12:11

Unique No. 1-stamped guns on display at NRA museum in Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri

Serial Number One Guns exhibit at the NRA Sporting Arms Museum in the Bass Pro Shops superstore in Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri - There's a new exhibit open at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops flagship superstore in Springfield, Mo -- Serial Number One Guns.

All 29 firearms, from the cap and ball percussion arms of the mid 1800s to a modern polymer frame semi-automatic pistol, featured in the unique exhibit sport a serial number of “1.” Among the pieces on display are a Smith & Wesson Schofield, Colt .40 caliber Model 1851 Navy, Springfield Sharps Model 1870 and more.

“We are proud to share this special collection of firearms with the visitors of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum,” said Museum Director Jim Supica. “Individually, the exhibit’s guns mark first steps in firearm technology. Together, they trace the history of industrialized firearms manufacturing.”

A serial number of “1” most often indicates the first gun of a particular model; however it may represent a “batch number” in firearms produced before unique serial numbers were mandated in the Gun Control Act of 1968. Serial numbers may still differ between prototype or pre-production samples and production models. Additionally, manufacturers have been known to create custom numbers in cases of VIP customers.

The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum is the result of a partnership between Bass Pro Shops and the NRA. Home to more than a thousand firearms, the 7,500-square foot museum focuses on the history of hunting, conservation and freedom. Visitors can see this one-of-a-kind collection at 1935 S. Campbell in Springfield, Mo. The museum is open every day from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. and admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com/nramuseum.

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