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 4th, 2011Hand Cannon
This is one of the oldest firearms in the world and likely one of the oldest guns in North America.
May 2nd, 2011Japanese Garand Rifle
Intended for use in World War II, this 10-shot repeater was a direct copy of the U.S. M1 Garand.
May 1st, 2011Jennings Percussion Rifle
The Jennings is essentially the "great grandfather" of the Winchester Rifle.
April 30th, 2011John Brown's Sharps Carbine
This rifle is attributed to use by John Brown in his 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry.
April 29th, 2011Kentucky Rifle
The American Kentucky Rifle is one of the unique art forms of colonial times.
April 28th, 2011King James II's Fowler
This fowling piece was made in 1685 and was once in the collection of the Duke of Argyll.
April 27th, 2011Launi Meili's Anschutz Rifle
Launi Meili used this rifle to win a Gold Medal during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
April 26th, 2011Leech Rifle
Major Arthur Blennerhasset Leech presented his rifle to an American competitor in 1873.
April 24th, 2011Lewis & Clark Girandoni Air Rifle
This rifle is a reproduction of the Girandoni Air Gun used on the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
April 23rd, 2011Lt. Philip Hemphill's Championship Revolver
This pistol was used by Lt. Philip Hemphill in winning five National Police Shooting Championships.