Elaborately adorned with inlays of bore and ivory, this German "Dag" — as early wheel-lock pistols were sometimes called — had a unique ball-butt feature that not only provided excellent balance for the heavy barrel, but allowed the pistol to be quickly wielded as a club. Cavalry forces armed with similar dags practiced a close-combat drill where mounted troopers discharged their barrels, reversed their pistols and swung them against padded targets. The Ball Butt Dag Pistol can be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.
This unique gun has a dual purpose in that it also serves as a club.
Spotlighting guns from the NRA National Firearms Museum.
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.