The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Mo., celebrates the history of hunting, conservation and freedom. Visitors can expect to see nearly a thousand historically significant firearms. Included are these treasures from world leaders.
Bearing the presidential seal on both barrels, this rifle was used by President Roosevelt on western hunting excursions. His love of nature and belief in conservation of natural resources led to significant expansion of the national forest and national park systems.
This engraved double-barreled Colt shotgun is the only known example in this gauge: Standard production was in 12- or 10-gauge. President Cleveland, who enjoyed fishing and hunting, is the only U.S. president to serve two non-consecutive terms—in 1884 and 1892.
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Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Winchester Model 21 Shotgun
He was well-known for his love of golf, but President Eisenhower also enjoyed quail hunting and skeet shooting. This 20-gauge shotgun bears his initials, the five stars symbolic of his military rank, and the inscription, “To a straight shooter from a friend.”
Bearing the royal cipher of King James II of England, this fowling piece was made in 1685 and was once in the collection of the Duke of Argyll. The smoothbore shotgun was seized from the baggage train of James II after a losing battle.
When Napoleon Bonaparte came into power as the emperor of France, he acquired this elaborately engraved and inlaid double-barreled flintlock fowler. Napoleon later gifted the shotgun to one of his marshals as a present and token of gratitude.