The Winchester 1887 was the storied firearms manufacturer's first blackpowder lever-action shotgun. Nearly 65,000 were produced in both both 12 and 10 gauge models featuring a five-shot magazine that loaded, somewhat awkwardly, through the oversized breech. This particular shotgun starred alongside Tom Selleck in the 2003 film Monte Walsh.
This .40 cal flintlock pistol blends smoothly into a short sword — perfect for the multitasker in your life. While it could have sported a second barrel on the other side of the blade, our guess is that one side was left flat to more easily draw and carry.
This .36 cal percussion target rifle featuring a trade lockplate by the Ford Brothers is mounted with a hooded rear aperture sight and has been fitted with a bronze staple to help retain the loose barrel. It's sometimes called the Turtle Gun by our staff for the small turtle ornament on the stock just behind the rear sight.
Way back in the 1870s, when the National Rifle Association of America wasn't even a decade old, the organization used to hold its Annual Meeting at the range. This custom engraved Remington rolling block rifle was presented to legendary shooter D. Barclay at one such meeting for winning three matches in 1874.
This Springfield bolt-action rifle's pedigree is tough to beat. Crafted by Elmer Ray Stahl at Adolph Otto Neidner’s shop in Dowagaic, MI, it incorporates Stahl’s patented bolt locking mechanism and a supplemental button safety on the trigger guard. It was also fitted with a select walnut stock chosen by Thomas Shelhamer when he worked in Neidner’s shop. This sporter was donated by Stahl’s son to the National Firearms Museum in 2010.
Following WWII, some firearms companies produced arms with less revealing trademarks when it came to international sales. This Valmet (VMT) Lion .22 single shot target rifle was imported by Firearms International from Finland did very well at the 1949 World Championships at Buenos Aires with its well-designed palmrest.
This stainless steel revolver was recovered from the World Trade Center ruins at Ground Zero. It was carried by New York police officer Walter Weaver on September 11, 2001. Officer Weaver, like many fellow officers and firemen that day, rushed into the Twin Towers to save victims trapped inside. 223rd Street in the Bronx has been renamed to honor Officer Walter Weaver.
NRA Museums collection of firearms is one of the most impressive in the world. Between its NRA National Firearms Museum, NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops, and the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest, it'll take you a lifetime to see it all.
Each day, the NRA Museums Facebook page shares one of the beautiful and historic pieces from its collection to give a small taste of what you can see at any location. In case you've missed them or just want to look again, here's a recap of this past week's guns.