Saturday, April 19, 2014
NRA Museum  

 

NRA Display
 Thousands of great guns are on display daily at NRA Headquarters in the museum galleries. For more information, call (703) 267-1600, e-mail nfmstaff@nrahq.org

 

A century ago, the world was plunged into battle and the First World War began.  In token of those turbulent times, NRA’s National Firearms Museum

is bringing an incredible collection of WWI guns to the C&E Gunshow April 25, 26, and 27 in Chantilly, VA.

 

One American secret weapon you’ve likely never known about is part of this exhibit – a rare Pedersen device that converted the standard M1903 bolt-action rifle to a semi-automatic. 

While 65,000 were made for the 1919 Spring Offensive – almost all were destroyed.   Another US-made special for the war in the trenches was the reliable Winchester M1897

shotgun, a 12 ga. pump-action that could be fitted with a long bayonet.  One of the rarest Model 1911 pistols will also be on hand – a Colt .45 autoloader that was sold to NRA

members about the time of the Great War.  Only a handful of these NRA-marked pistols were ever made and sold.

 

Not to forget our allies and opponents – the museum will also be bringing examples of the British Webley revolver and the Montenegrin revolver.  Montenegro, the smallest country

in the conflict, had a king who once ordered his subjects to each own a heavy-duty revolver.  The classic German Luger pistol will be well-represented with a complete “Artillery rig”

a 9mm pistol with original shoulder stock/holster and drum magazine.  An all-matching serial number KAR 88 carbine issued well before World War I and re-used again by another regiment will round out the Central Powers in this exhibition.

 

NRA now has two museums – one in Fairfax, VA and our second, the NRA’s National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO opened last August.  Both are free for admission and are open daily.  We hope you can visit our museums and make a special effort to drop by the C&E Gunshow for this one-time exhibition!  For more information, e-mail

nfmstaff@nrahq.org, or call (703) 267-1600.

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