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Omnivorous_Bob
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Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB)
      #182405 - 24/05/11 10:37 PM

Here are photos from a recent stop by the NRA's National Firearms Museum near Washington DC. It was VERY impressive, and I highly recommend it. I'm not a very good photographer and the glass cases played havoc with the flash and auto focus, so these pictures don't do justice. I was especially disappointed that the pictures of the Beretta display didn't come out as they were set in deeply recessed and dimly lit cases (a set of 4 DRs in 30-06, 375H&H, 470, and 600). I counted a total of 6 600 Nitros (two Purdeys, a Holland, a Fraser, Jeffery, and the Beretta). Nice!







Morton Stanley's 4-bore


Single shot Webley 577N

Rodda 450-400

Rising bite 470 from 1924

Not a very good photo as the gun is in a mirror lined case, but a Purdey 600N with a massive beavertail fore end!

Another Purdey 600!

Purdey 470 with engraving by Ken Hunt

Punt gun

Italian shotguns of all types

Lancaster 4 barreled 28ga c1887

Holland 700H&H

Another Holland 700

Holland 600N from 1985

Holland 577N from 1970

Holland 465 from 1921

Holland originally made as a 458 then rechambered to 460 Guns and Ammo! Bet you don't see too many of those! Granted it was owned by the owner of G&A....

Holland 300H&H from 1951

A Greener 22 Hornet from 1927, a Greener 8-bore DR from 1883, and a Jeffery 600N!

A Fraser 600N

Droplock 12 gauge

An early Army Navy 577N

Lastly, an incredible 577 Snider


Almost all of the above guns other than the punt and 4-bore came from the personal collection of Robert Petersen. I'm impressed that the collection was preserved. The man had taste, I'll say!

Bob

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Re: Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB) [Re: Omnivorous_Bob]
      #182429 - 25/05/11 05:01 AM

Nice!!

That Lancaster is interesting.
The enamel on the .465 is pretty neat too. How did it look up close?


Do they have a demonstration range..?
;^)




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Re: Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB) [Re: tinker]
      #182439 - 25/05/11 10:45 AM

Wow! It seems a shame for all those fine guns and rifles to be permanently out of use. What a collection!

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Re: Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB) [Re: CptCurl]
      #182440 - 25/05/11 10:52 AM

Quote:

Wow! It seems a shame for all those fine guns and rifles to be permanently out of use. What a collection!

Curl




I agree with you Curl but still nice to go and see if your lucky enough.

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Re: Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB) [Re: CHAPUISARMES]
      #182463 - 25/05/11 05:18 PM

What a wonderful country to have a firearms museum with a collection like that. Now I know another place I want to visit one day. Among many others in the USA of course!

I too agree though with the comments about it being a pity for all these firearms to be permanently out of use. They were made for being used. Even if only occasionally.

Also what is merely viewing a double rifle, they are also meant to be handled and fondled. Like a beautiful woman!

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Re: Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB) [Re: NitroX]
      #182483 - 25/05/11 08:24 PM

Thanks for posting, this is truly an awesome collection
Here is a link to more photos from this collection

http://www.nramuseum.com/the-museum/the-galleries/robert-e-petersen-gallery.aspx


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Re: Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB) [Re: HendrikNZ]
      #182484 - 25/05/11 08:49 PM

Does anybody know when the Petersen collection was put on display? It must have been within the past 10 years or so. When I went there in early 2000's it was not there.

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Re: Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB) [Re: CptCurl]
      #182486 - 25/05/11 10:47 PM

WOW that is cool.
Would love to see that.
Great photo's.

Keep track of those NitroX !!. Please.

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Re: Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB) [Re: FATBOY404]
      #182491 - 26/05/11 12:32 AM

Quote:

Keep track of those NitroX !!. Please.




? Not sure what this is?

The photos are already on the NE server, thanks to Curl.

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Re: Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB) [Re: NitroX]
      #182508 - 26/05/11 02:37 AM

Astoundingly beautiful collection - and so diverse!

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Omnivorous_Bob
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Re: Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB) [Re: Daryl_S]
      #182591 - 26/05/11 05:40 PM

Tinker, the enamel looked a bit "different" to my eye, but I like plain old rose and scroll the best anyway. It was certainly well done and unique even if the colors were a bit harsh. I wonder if age has changed them?

Hendrik, thanks for posting that link. I'll have to go back and look over the ones I missed. There were many, many displays focused on the development for guns from an ~1350AD handheld cannon through modern military arms. I also really liked the display of movie guns, some Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart, and more recent films. A few of Teddy Roosevelt's too.

I too thought about what a shame it was that these guns were out of action, but am very glad someone is making an effort to preserve a bit of the art before it get lost to history. I don't think printed words alone can convey the skill that went into these guns for future generations, though I do agree with John that if would be far far nicer if we could handle them!

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Re: Firearms Museum Visit (~14MB) [Re: Omnivorous_Bob]
      #182592 - 26/05/11 05:53 PM

Wow!

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