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.
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.
April 19th, 2011Mayflower Gun
Attributed to ownership by John Alden, one of the Pilgrim leaders of Plymouth Colony.
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.