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.
Spotlighting guns from the NRA National Firearms Museum.
April 22nd, 2011M14 Presentation Rifle
Army Chief of Staff General Leominster presented this rifle to the NRA in 1960.
April 22nd, 2011Major John Hession's Rifle
John W. Hession was one of many Americans who loaned a rifle for British use during WWII.
April 20th, 2011Marine Sniper Group
Each of these rifles has a unique story about the United States Marine Corps sniper rifle program.
May 11th, 2011Ed McGivern's Double-Action Smith & Wesson Revolver
McGivern found he could achieve a faster rate of fire with a factory standard double-action revolver.
May 11th, 2011Ed McGivern's Single-Action Colt Revolver
McGivern was a world-record holder and the originator of exhibition shooting.
April 18th, 2011Mondragon Rifle
This Mexican-designed semi-automatic rifle was utilized by early German aviators in aerial combat.
April 17th, 2011Morris Fisher's Free Rifle
This free rifle was used to win the 1920 Olympic gold medal for international position shooting.
April 17th, 2011Napoleon Bonaparte's Shotgun
This shotgun was presented by Napoleon Bonaparte to the Marquis Faulte de Vanteaux of Limoges.
April 15th, 2011Officer Garbarino's Sig Pistol
This Sig P226 pistol was owned by Fairfax County Master Police Officer Michael E. Garbarino.