In 1955, two men were working on a single-shot pistol for a firm called Cabbot and Webster. Their concept was to make an inexpensive single shot handgun, one that could be used for not only for casual plinking but also as an experimentation for handloaders. They could have had this .44 Magnum on the market nine months before Smith & Wesson introduced their famous revolver, but the decision was made to scrap the project and this gun never came into existence. The .44 Magnum can be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.
This could have been the first .44 Magnum handgun to ever go into production.
Spotlighting guns from the NRA National Firearms Museum.
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 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.