Thursday, January 14, 2010

Museum Guns

I went out to the NRA Museum this afternoon and spent nearly three hours ogling some really cool stuff! Please pardon the poor photography:

First up is this very rare Savage Model 1907 in .45. This was one of the guns submitted to the U.S. Army for testing, but the Colt Model 1911 got the contract.

Next is a Webley-Fosbury in .455. This is a "semi-automatic revolver" that played an important part in Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon".

This is a Gebruder Mauser 1878 "Zig-Zag" (or "Zick-Zack" as the Germans would say) 6mm revolver. It is one of the few revolvers to have a safety, located on the frame forward of the cylinder. It is shown in the "fire" position.

This is a homemade revolver from WWII in the Philippines. It was made with a 12" roughcut file and a hand drill. It was fired hundreds of times and killed six enemy soldiers - notice the notches in the grip! In .38 S&W.

This is a Mexican Obregon .45. The safety and the slide latch are combined into one unit.

This is a Parker "Invincible" shotgun in 16 gauge, one of three made. Yum!

This is a "Chameleon" epoxy revolver. It has never been fired.

The legendary Bren Ten, in 10mm.

Lots of beautiful derringers in presentation cases. I have a weakness for these things, even though I don't own any. Remember the old 1950's TV series "Yancy Derringer"?

Here is a derringer in a wrist holster.

Clint Eastwood's Model 29 in .44 Magnum from the "Dirty Harry" series.

A couple of Colts: on the top is a 1911A1 in .38-Super, and below it is a 1905 in .45.

A Colt Model 1902 Army revolver in .45 Colt, made for cold weather duty - notice the large trigger guard, to accommodate a glove.

And a LeMat revolver: eight-shot .44 percussion revolver with a 20-gauge shotgun barrel below the main barrel.

This is a Belgian LeMat. It is smaller and uses pinfire ignition.

A Winchester 70 rifle with an AM radio built into the stock.

The service revolver of an officer of the NYPD, found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center.


D.W. Drang said...

A Winchester 70 rifle with an AM radio built into the stock.
Why on Earth...?

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Brigid said...

Nice. Next time I'm out that way I am going to have to go.

P.S. I think your second comment is SPAM.

Hope your package arrives OK.

LOVED the card with the chicken. Thanks!

Old NFO said...

Good times at the NRA museum... I could spend HOURS there!