By Lars Dalseide | January 19 2014 09:24

200,000+ visitors take part in the history of sporting arms at Bass Pro Shops Springfield

A look down the hall of NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri - The National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri passed another milestone when welcoming their 200,000 visitor to the NRA/Bass Pro Shops partnership. With more than 1,000 firearms on display, the National Sporting Arms Museum is the fourth museum opened by the National Rifle Association since 1995.

"We couldn't be more pleased," said NRA Museums Director Jim Supica. "So much imagination, effort, blood, sweat and tears went into making the idea of the museum come true. I'm glad to see that the people are embracing all we've done here."

What you'll experience at the Sporting Arms Museum is a walk through the history of American firearms. We're not talking any firearms here, we're talking the rifles, pistols, and shotguns used to fill our bellies and feed our families since the day our ancestors first set foot on Plymouth Rock. There are even a few historical treasures from the days when America was born.

Alexander Hamilton's Powder Horn at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro in Springfield, Missouri "One of my favorite pieces is Alexander Hamilton's powder horn," said Supica. "It depicts the plans a young Hamilton laid out to acquire riches while maintaining honor. Quite a remarkable piece of history."

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

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