This Joseph Manton single-barrel fowling piece once belonged to the second-eldest son of King George III, Frederick Augustus. The Duke of York was an avid hunter and sportsman, and possessed one of the better arms collections in Europe. A unique styling of this featherweight 16-gauge shotgun is the 16-sided barrel.
Bearing the royal cipher of King James II of England, this fowling flintlock was made in 1685 and was once in the collection of the Duke of Argyll. Legend has it this piece was seized from the baggage train of the king after he was overthrown during the Glorious Revolution of 1688.
This bolt-action 1888 Sporter was originally intended for military application and requires no tools for complete disassembly. Designed by master gunsmith Louis Schlegelmilch, it was one of a group of prototype arms made for Kaiser Wilhelm II and his hunting parties.
This 20-gauge double fowler was made specifically for the first emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte. Crafted by famed gunsmith Fatou, it was later gifted from Napoleon to a general in his army. This shotgun represents one of the earliest and most elaborately engraved guns in the NRA Museum collection.