Almost 400 years ago, 20-year-old John Alden embarked on the Mayflower full of hopes and dreams, and with this modified .66-caliber Italian wheellock at his side. The single-shot musket helped colonists survive and prosper and, today, it’s the only known surviving firearm that crossed the Atlantic. Discovered during the restoration of Alden's home in Duxbury, Massachusetts in 1924, this piece is typical of arms possessed by early New England settlers. The Italian Wheellock Carbine rifle can be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.
Attributed to ownership by John Alden, one of the Pilgrim leaders of Plymouth Colony.
December 27th, 2006Pride, Resolve, Dedication: Harlon Carter
This tribute honors the man whose vision shaped the modern NRA with his vigorous defense of our Second Amendment freedoms.
Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the NRA in 1871.
Fifty years of freedom's most remarkable leaders.
Spotlighting guns from the NRA National Firearms Museum.