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Famous Handguns of Hollywood


Behind the scenes in Hollywood, concealed vaults are filled with prop treasures from films past, storied revolvers that once set the cinematic screen afire. Most visitors that walk the streets of Los Angeles and take the studio tours never get to see these pieces of history.  But years ago, the curators of the NRA National Firearms Museum went west and met with prop house managers to put together special exhibits featuring the guns that made the movies. 

Real Guns of Reel Heroes was the first “Hollywood” exhibition at the NRA Museums in 2002, a gala attended by both Charlton Heston and Tom Selleck. The overwhelming audience response spawned Hollywood Guns, a 2010 sequel that allowed even more fantastic guns from westerns, modern feature films, and military movies to be showcased in the museum's galleries in Fairfax, Virginia. A revised Hollywood Guns exhibition is now featured at both the NFM galleries and the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri. We hope to retain these exhibits at both venues as permanent attractions, but selected firearms will change out over time.

As a special “trailer” for those who haven’t yet visited the NRA Museums, here’s just a half-dozen of the great handguns from Hollywood featured on display:


For more historic firearms from the movies and beyond, visit the NRA Museums in person or online at www.nramuseum.com!

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