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If you’re almost ready for Thanksgiving to come, the NRA’s National Firearms Museum will help put you in the mood by bringing the John Alden-attributed “Mayflower Gun” as a special exhibit to the C&E Gunshow at the Chantilly, VA Expo on November 22, 23, and 24.
Pilgrim John Alden was one of the original settlers of the Plymouth Colony. Alden, a cooper in England who was hired for the good ship Mayflower, had to outfit himself for the journey. His firearm choice for the New World was a short Wheelock carbine, likely purchased at Southampton before sailing. This .60 caliber carbine was one of the few guns represented among the 102 passengers of the Mayflower that landed in November of 1620.
John Alden was also one of the last surviving members of the Mayflower company, passing on September 12, 1687. His home in Duxbury, Massachusetts still stands and is a National Historic Landmark.
Passed down through the Alden family over the centuries and donated to the National Firearms Museum, this Wheelock carbine is a special treasure of the National Firearms Museum collection and rarely travels outside the museum’s walls. It is believed that this carbine was originally about .50 caliber, but the extensive use this piece received over the years has worn the bore to the point that only the faintest remnants of rifling are still present.
Did you know there are now two NRA firearms museums? Both the NRA National Firearms Museum here in Fairfax, VA and the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro in Springfield, MO are open daily for visitors. Admission is free (donations appreciated) and thousands of great historical treasures are on hand at either location. Call (703) 267-1600, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website at www.nramuseum.com for more information.