A tour of the National Firearms Museum
The National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia, consists of 15 galleries comprised of 85 exhibit cases housing 3,000 firearms in a 15,000 square foot facility. The Museum details and examines the nearly 700-year history of firearms with a special emphasis on firearms, freedom, and the American experience. Each gallery is evocative of a period of time in American history, from the stockade fort at Jamestown to the gun factories of New England. Life-sized dioramas include a nineteenth-century riflemaker's shop, a trench on the Western Front in WWI, and a shelled-out town square in Normandy in WWII. The firearms tell the stories of how they were used to provide security and sustenance to the early colonists, how they were used to secure our freedom and independence, and have been used ever since to maintain and preserve those liberties. Within the galleries are also tales of exploration, manufacturing, competition, hunting, and recreational shooting sports.
"The Robert E. Petersen Gallery" opened in 2010. It has been called "the finest single room of guns anywhere in the world." It features masterpieces of firearms engraving, exquisite British double rifles and shotguns, and the largest collection of Gatling guns on public display"
"Hollywood Guns," located in the William B. Ruger Gallery, features 120 actual guns used in movies and television over the past 80 years. They range from the first revolver John Wayne used on camera through guns from recent Academy Award Winners, such as the silenced shotgun from "No Country for Old Men," and the Barrett .50 cal. sniper rifle from "Hurt Locker." Other favorites in the exhibit include the Beretta pistol used both by Mel Gibson in "Lethal Weapon" and by Bruce Willis in "Die Hard," and the .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson carried by Clint Eastwood in "Dirty Harry."
The tour will be followed by a lunch and presentation.
Space is limited so please make sure to register early.
Logan Metesh is the Firearms Specialist for the NRA Museums, as well as a freelance writer. Logan holds a B.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington and has previously worked for the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution. He and his wife live in Berryville, VA
Morgan Shields is an Assistant General Counsel for the NRA and also serves as an adjunct professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Morgan’s areas of practice at the NRA include tax, lobbying, state ethics, and campaign finance compliance. Morgan is a graduate of LaGrange College. She received her law degree from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and her LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
Skipp Galythly is an Assistant General Counsel for the NRA and also serves as Counsel and Corporate Secretary for The NRA Foundation, our nation’s largest charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. Skipp handles a variety of matters for the NRA including federal firearms license compliance, corporate sponsorships, and tax. His work for The NRA Foundation includes matters related to grantmaking, sponsorships, and charitable gaming. Skipp earned his law degree at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, attending classes in the evening while working for the NRA during the day.