Elgin Cutlass Pistol - The rusted relic pictured here is an Elgin Cutlass pistol produced by Morrill, Mosman and Blair of Amherst, Massachusetts. Dating from around 1837, this combination weapon might have been inspired by the legendary Bowie Knife made famous by Jim Bowie. The single-shot pistol could theoretically become a readily available bladed weapon once the gun has been fired. This example is a .41 caliber variant that rests in the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.
Harpers Ferry Flintlock Musket - This M1816 flintlock smoothbore was made in great numbers, about 350,000 muskets being produced. Harpers Ferry actually made more of this model than its northern rival, Springfield Armory. Our example, besides the matching bayonet, is special as it was one of a group made to test parts interchangeability with certain components being numbered. This example was made in 1824, although production continued on through 1840. NRA National Firearms Museum, Fairfax, VA
JOHN DOMER PENNSYLVANIA/KENTUCKY PERCUSSION PISTOL- Born in 1796, Domer was a gunsmith in Penn. & remained active according to the Federal censuses for 1850, 1860, 1870, & 1880. While the number of firearms he made is unknown, here at the museum is one of his percussion pistols. The light metal chasing on the barrel & his silver inlays on the stock help embellish an otherwise plain percussion pistol. Domer’s elegant pistol offers insight into handmade civilian handguns of that era.
Ann Patrick Double Rifle - Our GOTD is a percussion double rifle built by Ann Patrick of Liverpool. With big .70 caliber bores, this double rifle was likely manufactured when Ann Patrick had her shop from 1820-1830 at 44 Strand Street and was the daughter of Jeremiah Patrick, a noted flintlock gunmaker of Liverpool. The unique engraving on this piece also gives you the chance to see something looking back to you when you examine the patchbox. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.
Redfield Prototype Rifle - Redfield created both handgun & rifle designs, but none ever made it to market in any numbers. One prototype semi-auto in .38-55 chambering that ran up against stiff competition from Remington & Winchester models already on the market is featured in the NRA National Firearms Museum collection. Still bearing the original Redfield brass tag on its buttstock, this slim semi-auto is well-balanced.