The “Tommy Gun” became famous for its popularity among gangsters and police in the 1920s and ‘30s. Colonel John T. Thompson began producing these submachine guns — so-called because they fired pistol ammunition — in 1919, and it was the first successful American design of these types of firearms. This particular Colt Model 1921 was donated by George Whitehead, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, and can be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.
This particular Colt Model 1921 was donated by George Whitehead, a 25-year law enforcement veteran.
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 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.