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 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.