When a museum gets a bequest, sometimes the gift winds up being much more extensive than anticipated. The late Raymond Suckling of Pittsburgh, Pa., had made provision for the NRA National Firearms Museum collection to receive material collected over the last 60 years. Included were hundreds of firearm locks from all eras: wheellocks, flintlocks, miquelets, snaphances and much, much more. A very small selection is represented here, including a combination wheellock/doglock, an elaborately engraved wheellock, a spanner, a gold-washed snaphance and a left-handed LePage pattern percussion lock.
The NRA National Firearms MuseumatNRAHeadquarters inFairfax, Va.; theNRANational Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo.; and the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest at theNRA Whittington Center in Raton, N.M.; all have fine selections of historic arms on display. Admission to each is free, and donations are gratefullyaccepted. For more information, visitnramuseums.com, phone(703) 267-1600 or email [email protected].