By Lars Dalseide | August 6 2014 13:06

From Bass Pro Shops - Jim Supica to share highlights of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio

In the first year, over 375,000 visitors flock to the new museum, located at Bass Pro Shops flagship store in Springfield, Missouri, to see rare, historical firearms.

Entrance to the National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops
Entrance to the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri.

The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum, which opened a year ago this month at Bass Pro Shops flagship Springfield, Missouri, store, will be featured on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio. Jim Supica, NRA’s director of museums, will share the stories of the museum’s most rare, historical treasures, which have attracted over 375,000 visitors to date. The show will air Saturday, Aug 9, 2014, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time on RURAL RADIO’s SiriusXM channel 80.

“Three hundred and seventy-five thousand visitors in the first year is a remarkable number. The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops is providing our guests with a positive, educational, and memorable experience with the history of firearms,” said Supica. “That number is even more impressive when you consider that people of all ages are seen admiring the exhibits. The museum staff reports that they regularly see moms and dads reading the exhibit signs to their kids. It’s a wonderful experience for families.”

Supica, will join Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio show host Rob Keck to provide listeners with an inside look at the:

  • Timeline of American sporting arms
  • Remington Factory Collection
  • Trapshooting Hall of Fame
  • Frank Pachmayr Foundation collection of exceptional custom firearms
  • Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Room

Shotguns owned by President Cleveland at the NRA Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri
Presidential shotguns on display at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Missouri.

He’ll also share the stories of special historic guns at the museum including:
  1. Girardoni air rifle as carried by Lewis and Clark.
  2. Personal guns of Theodore Roosevelt and family and friends
  3. Old West lawmen and outlaws – Frank Hamer, Jesse James, John Wesley Hardin
  4. Presidential shotguns
  5. Royal fowlers – Napoleon, King James, Duke of York.
  6. Guns of champions – John Hessian & Pop Farr
  7. US 1911 Trials pistols
  8. Holland & Holland .600 & .700 Nitro Express.

The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum houses an important collection including the firearms owned by U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland and Dwight D. Eisenhower, the flintlock fowlers of English kings, guns of Annie Oakley as well as dioramas that trace the evolution of hunting, conservation and freedom. In total, the museum features more than a thousand sporting arms from the 1600s to modern day.

The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum had its beginnings when Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, visited the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Va. Awed by the collection, Morris wanted to bring this artistry and history of sporting arms to the heartland of America where millions more people could see it. Sharing the museum’s artifacts with a wider audience was a goal NRA was happy to embrace. With a commitment to sharing sporting arms history, Bass Pro Shops offered its resources to help create the National Sporting Arms Museum. Bass Pro Shops donated the space and designed and built the 7,500-square-foot museum while NRA provided the firearms, text and storylines for the exhibits.

Visitors can see this one-of-a-kind collection by visiting the NRA National Sporting Arms museum, which is located at 1935 S. Campbell in Springfield, Mo. The museum will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free. For more information about the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum, visit or

About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 85 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 116 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group, which has produced the number one selling brand of fishing boats for more than 35 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge, voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World’s Best Hotels for Families.

About the National Rifle Association
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. For more on the NRA, visit their website at

Back stairs of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum
Back stairs of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield.

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