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 27th, 2010Springfield Officer's Rifle
This single-shot target rifle, manufactured in 1882, was owned by NRA President George Wingate.
May 4th, 2011Henry Morton Stanley's Elephant Rifle
This rifle was associated with H.M. Stanley who traveled through Africa in search of Dr. Livingston.
April 27th, 2010"Star Wars" Light Saber
This was a prop used by Mark Hamill’s character Luke Skywalker in the film Star Wars.
April 26th, 2010Tennessee Ernie Ford's Shotgun
This shotgun was owned by singer, actor, comedian and sportsman "Tennessee" Ernie Ford.
April 25th, 2010Texas Ranger Gun Group
Captain Jay Banks carried this Colt 1911 and Smith & Wesson with him throughout his service.
June 2nd, 2011The 9/11 Revolver
This revolver was carried by New York police officer Walter Weaver into the World Trade Center.
April 20th, 2010William Hawken's Rifle
This full-stock percussion conversion rifle in .43 caliber was made by William Hawken.
April 4th, 2010Winchester Model 70 Radio Rifle
In 1955, Winchester designated a prototype .308 Model 70 with a built-in radio.