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What Will Be Your Firearms Legacy?

“What do I do with these guns?” Kay Stedman asked herself after her husband, Cress, passed away in 2018. She wanted to honor his wish for his firearms collection to go to the NRA and support the Second Amendment, but she wasn’t sure how to do it.

This Gun Was at the First Thanksgiving

Few are taught, however, that a tangible link to that first Thanksgiving—a gun to be precise—is still here as a reminder that American’s from the first days had firearms for self-defense.

The World’s First Concealed Handgun

The wheellock represents a major first in technology—and became the world’s first banned pistol.

Revolving Automatically

While semi-automatic pistols are in common use throughout the world today, the semi-automatic revolver is a much rarer item.

Deringer In The West

Henry Deringer of Philadelphia was already well known for his rifles and larger handguns when he turned his efforts toward manufacturing smaller pocket pistols.

A Lot Of Locks

When a museum gets a bequest, sometimes the gift winds up being much more extensive than anticipated.

Mauser Model 1878 “Zig-Zag”

Peter Paul and Wilhelm Mauser wanted to create a revolver that would really stand out from the competition at the 1879 German military handgun trials—and with their Model 1878, dubbed the “Zig-Zag,” they had succeeded.

The Gipper's Gun

A .45-cal. recreation of a classic American flintlock long rifle with a 42-inch barrel is on display.

Smallest of the Small

Aside from being the smallest semi-automatic pistol ever made, the diminutive Kolibri also claimed the title for the smallest center-fire handgun cartridge.

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