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.
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.