by NRABlog Staff - Friday, September 18, 2015
Established in 1905, the Rock Island Arsenal Museum is the second oldest museum in the U.S. Army's museum network. Once named for firearms designer John M. Browning, more than 1,200 firearms are on display and feature historic gems like the M-1903 RIA manufactured serial number 1 with the rare rod bayonet, M1 Garand serial number 2, the first RIA-made M15 General Officers pistol in .45 ACP, five identified carbines from the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and a host of others. If you're ever in the quad cities area of Illinois, this museum is a MUST SEE destination.
The NRA Museums collection of firearms is one of the most impressive in the world. Its network of the NRA National Firearms Museum, NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops, and the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest reveal the story of American history as much as they walk you through the evolution of firearms technology.
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.