This is the earliest known rifle to be produced by the Mauser brothers. In collaboration with their partner, American inventor Samuel Norris, they converted the French Model 1867 Chassepot needle-fire rifle into a bolt-action arm capable of utilizing base-primed metallic cartridges. These experimental rifles were also significant due to their self-cocking and primary extraction features which later became standard on all Mauser rifles. This particular example served as the model for U.S. Patent No. 78,603, which was granted to the trio on June 2, 1868. The First Mauser Rifle can be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.
This is the earliest known rifle to be produced by the Mauser brothers.
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 11th, 2011First .44 Magnum Pistol
This could have been the first .44 Magnum handgun to ever go into production.
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.