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 NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri.
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.
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
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
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
- Girardoni air rifle as
carried by Lewis and Clark.
- Personal guns of Theodore
Roosevelt and family and friends
- Old West lawmen and
outlaws – Frank Hamer, Jesse James, John Wesley Hardin
- Presidential shotguns
- Royal fowlers – Napoleon,
King James, Duke of York.
- Guns of champions – John
Hessian & Pop Farr
- US 1911 Trials pistols
- 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 http://www.basspro.com/nramuseum
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the National Rifle Association
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 programs.nra.org.
Back stairs of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield.