Throughout the National Rifle Association's nearly 150 years, there have been many extraordinary leaders, impassioned speeches and memorable moments. This section celebrates those people and events — and of course the magnificent firearms — that helped shaped the future of our nation.
Spotlighting guns from the NRA National Firearms Museum.
June 1st, 2011Ad Topperwein's Colt Revolver
This double-action Colt revolver was owned by Ad Topperwein, the husband of "Plinky" Topperwein.
May 31st, 2011Annie Oakley's Gold Hibbard
This shotgun was reputedly given by Annie Oakley to Mary Estell Beavers during a shooting exhibition.
May 29th, 2011Annie Oakley's Remington Beals
Sold for $5 by a relative in 1940, this rifle was once owned by noted sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
May 28th, 2011Annie Oakley's Smith & Wesson Revolver
This gold-washed Smith & Wesson revolver was once owned by renowned exhibition shooter Annie Oakley.
May 27th, 2011Arlayne Brown's Colt Revolver
This custom revolver was specially ordered from Colt in 1929 by a noted female pistol competitor.
May 26th, 2011Ball Butt Dag Pistol
This unique gun has a dual purpose in that it also serves as a club.
May 25th, 2011Barry Goldwater's Brooks Rifle
This Kentucky long arm was presented to Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater in 1971.
May 24th, 2011Bill McMillan's Pistol
This pistol was used by Lt. Col. McMillan in winning the Gold Medal during the 1960 Olympic Games.
May 23rd, 2011Black Watch Scottish Pistol
This pistol was used by a member of the Black Watch during the American Revolutionary War period.
May 22nd, 2011Brown Bess Musket
This musket is a limited edition reproduction of an original British military long arm.
May 21st, 2011Burnside Carbine
This carbine was designed by Major General Ambrose Burnside, a founder of the NRA.
May 21st, 2011Chinese Liu Rifle
This rifle was manufactured in 1914 and was later sent to the U.S. Army Arsenal.
May 20th, 2011Colt .45 McMillan Pistol
This pistol was given to Lt. Col. William McMillan in recognition of his 1963 Camp Perry victory.
May 19th, 2011Colt Dragoon Revolvers
Approximately 10,500 Third Model Dragoons were made at Hartford from 1851 to 1861.
May 18th, 2011Colt Model 1860 Revolver
This revolver was used by John Mosby's forces in one of the many raids on Fairfax, Virginia.
May 17th, 2011Colt Paterson Revolvers
These represented the introduction of the repeating firearm in an era when most were single-shot.
May 17th, 2011Colt Revolving Rifle
This revolver is unique in that it was made to be used not as a pistol, but a full-size shoulder arm.
May 16th, 2011Colt Single-Action Army Revolver
Known as the "peacemaker" for its widespread use among soldiers, settlers, gunslingers and peace officers.
May 15th, 2011Cookson Repeater
John Shaw's carbine has light engraving on the steel butt-plate, lock-plate, rear of the barrel and frame.
May 14th, 2011Dirty Harry's .44 Magnum
This Smith & Wesson Model 29 was used in both Dirty Harry and Magnum Force by actor Clint Eastwood.
May 13th, 2011Duke of York's Fowler
This fowler was owned by Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and son of King George III of England.
May 12th, 2011Dwight D. Eisenhower's Shotgun
This gun was presented "to a straight shooter [Eisenhower] from a friend [Robert Woodruff]."
May 11th, 2011First .44 Magnum Pistol
This could have been the first .44 Magnum handgun to ever go into production.
May 10th, 2011First Mauser Rifle
This is the earliest known rifle to be produced by the Mauser brothers.
May 8th, 2011First Ruger Rifle
This semi-automatic conversion was the foundation of William B. Ruger's empire.
May 7th, 2011Frank White's Pistol
The customized Colt pistol was used by Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Frank E. White.
May 6th, 2011General Officers' Pistol
These pistols were issued to anyone in the U.S. Army making flag rank — one star to five stars.
May 5th, 2011George Bush's Air Rifle
This rifle was presented to President George H. Bush in recognition of his service to the shooting sports.
May 5th, 2011Grover Cleveland's Shotgun
This 8-gauge Colt shotgun was owned by President Grover Cleveland.
May 5th, 2011Guns of the Yacht "United States"
These firearms were part of the nautical arsenal of the yacht United States.
May 4th, 2011Hand Cannon
This is one of the oldest firearms in the world and likely one of the oldest guns in North America.
May 2nd, 2011Japanese Garand Rifle
Intended for use in World War II, this 10-shot repeater was a direct copy of the U.S. M1 Garand.
May 1st, 2011Jennings Percussion Rifle
The Jennings is essentially the "great grandfather" of the Winchester Rifle.
April 30th, 2011John Brown's Sharps Carbine
This rifle is attributed to use by John Brown in his 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry.
April 29th, 2011Kentucky Rifle
The American Kentucky Rifle is one of the unique art forms of colonial times.
April 28th, 2011King James II's Fowler
This fowling piece was made in 1685 and was once in the collection of the Duke of Argyll.
April 27th, 2011Launi Meili's Anschutz Rifle
Launi Meili used this rifle to win a Gold Medal during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
April 26th, 2011Leech Rifle
Major Arthur Blennerhasset Leech presented his rifle to an American competitor in 1873.
April 24th, 2011Lewis & Clark Girandoni Air Rifle
This rifle is a reproduction of the Girandoni Air Gun used on the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
April 23rd, 2011Lt. Philip Hemphill's Championship Revolver
This pistol was used by Lt. Philip Hemphill in winning five National Police Shooting Championships.
April 22nd, 2011M14 Presentation Rifle
Army Chief of Staff General Leominster presented this rifle to the NRA in 1960.
April 22nd, 2011Major John Hession's Rifle
John W. Hession was one of many Americans who loaned a rifle for British use during WWII.
April 20th, 2011Marine Sniper Group
Each of these rifles has a unique story about the United States Marine Corps sniper rifle program.
April 19th, 2011Mayflower Gun
Attributed to ownership by John Alden, one of the Pilgrim leaders of Plymouth Colony.
May 11th, 2011Ed McGivern's Double-Action Smith & Wesson Revolver
McGivern found he could achieve a faster rate of fire with a factory standard double-action revolver.
May 11th, 2011Ed McGivern's Single-Action Colt Revolver
McGivern was a world-record holder and the originator of exhibition shooting.
April 18th, 2011Mondragon Rifle
This Mexican-designed semi-automatic rifle was utilized by early German aviators in aerial combat.
April 17th, 2011Morris Fisher's Free Rifle
This free rifle was used to win the 1920 Olympic gold medal for international position shooting.
April 17th, 2011Napoleon Bonaparte's Shotgun
This shotgun was presented by Napoleon Bonaparte to the Marquis Faulte de Vanteaux of Limoges.
April 15th, 2011Officer Garbarino's Sig Pistol
This Sig P226 pistol was owned by Fairfax County Master Police Officer Michael E. Garbarino.
April 14th, 2011Olympian A.P. Lane's Gun
A.P. Lane used this pistol to win five Olympic Gold Medals in the 1912 and 1920 Olympic Games.
April 13th, 2011Olympian Art Cook's Rifle
Art Cook used this rifle to win the 1948 Olympic Gold Medal for Men's .22 caliber Rifle.
April 11th, 2011Parker Invincible Shotguns
This engraved shotgun model was the flagship of the Parker product line.
May 3rd, 2011Herb Parsons' Smith & Wesson Revolvers
The Smith & Wesson .22 and .38 revolvers were used by Herb Parsons in exhibition shooting programs.
April 10th, 2011Pedersen Device
This Model 1903 rifle was modified to accept the Top-Secret "Automatic Bolt Model of 1918, Mark I."
April 9th, 2011Prince Charles' Air Rifle
This presentation gun was crafted for the Prince of Wales by Don Robinson of Halifax, England.
April 8th, 2011Punt Gun
This 77-inch smoothbore percussion gun was used as a punt gun in the Chesapeake Bay.
April 7th, 2011Remington Rolling Block Rifle
This rifle was awarded as a prize by the NRA in early rifle competitions at Creedmoor Range.
April 25th, 2010Theodore Roosevelt's Pistol
This factory engraved pistol was owned by President Theodore Roosevelt.
April 23rd, 2010Theodore Roosevelt's Rifle
his .450-caliber Fred Adolph double rifle bears the presidential seal on both barrels.
April 23rd, 2010Theodore Roosevelt's Smith & Wesson Revolver
Roosevelt most likely took delivery of this gun just prior to training his Rough Riders.
April 6th, 2011Rough Rider Colt
This Colt revolver was carried up San Juan Hill and Kettle Hill by Trooper Louis G. Bishop.
April 5th, 2011Samuel Hawken's Rifle
This rifle is associated with Edward F. Beale's expedition to confirm the presence of gold in 1849.
April 4th, 2011Savage Model 1899 Serial No. 1,000,000
Savage Arms Company presented this rifle to the NRA.
April 3rd, 2011Savage Model 1907
This pistol did poorly in field testing by cavalry troops and was never adopted.
Designed for buffalo hunting, Sharps .50 caliber rifles gave knockdown power at both ends.
April 1st, 2011Smith & Wesson No. 1 First Issue
Many Union officers chose the small Smith & Wesson .22 revolvers as pocket pistols.
March 31st, 2011Smith & Wesson Victory Revolver
The Victory Model was built during World War II and discontinued in 1945.
March 30th, 2011Spanish Miquelet Blunderbuss
Originating in Spain circa 1670, this blunderbuss was later repaired in Vera Cruz or Mexico City.
March 29th, 2011Springfield Armory 1911 NRA Pistol
Hundreds of thousands of these semi-auto pistols were produced during the early 1900s.
April 27th, 2010Springfield Officer's Rifle
This single-shot target rifle, manufactured in 1882, was owned by NRA President George Wingate.
May 4th, 2011Henry Morton Stanley's Elephant Rifle
This rifle was associated with H.M. Stanley who traveled through Africa in search of Dr. Livingston.
April 27th, 2010"Star Wars" Light Saber
This was a prop used by Mark Hamill’s character Luke Skywalker in the film Star Wars.
April 26th, 2010Tennessee Ernie Ford's Shotgun
This shotgun was owned by singer, actor, comedian and sportsman "Tennessee" Ernie Ford.
April 25th, 2010Texas Ranger Gun Group
Captain Jay Banks carried this Colt 1911 and Smith & Wesson with him throughout his service.
June 2nd, 2011The 9/11 Revolver
This revolver was carried by New York police officer Walter Weaver into the World Trade Center.
April 22nd, 2010Thompson Submachine Gun
This particular Colt Model 1921 was donated by George Whitehead, a 25-year law enforcement veteran.
April 20th, 2010William Hawken's Rifle
This full-stock percussion conversion rifle in .43 caliber was made by William Hawken.
April 4th, 2010Winchester Model 70 Radio Rifle
In 1955, Winchester designated a prototype .308 Model 70 with a built-in radio.