The Sundial Cannon-This sundial gun is of marble, brass & glass construction dating from approximately 1850. The cannon is a brass mini fixture with a .30 ca bore. As the sun moves across the sky, the beam is narrowed through the suspended glass lens gnomon & travels along the stone etched arc, ticking off the hours at each pass. At Noon, the sun’s rays land on the cannon’s breech, sparking a powder charge previously placed in the trough-shaped touchhole.
Triple-Barreled Perry Percussion Rifle- From the donor’s supplied family history, covering five generations with this rifle, that every time today’s GUN OF THE DAY was used for hunting, game came home for the table. Maybe it was just having three ready shots on hand, perhaps the heart-shaped rear sight helped, or maybe this was one lucky gun…
Hall Carbine - Our GOTD, the Hall Model 1836 carbine, had a couple of strikes against it. The breechloading system designed by John H. Hall tended to leak abundantly and the reversed bayonet was awkward to deploy. Some of the 2,020 examples of this model mare known to have been issued to the 2nd Dragoons serving in Florida and our carbine even has a sling ring mounted on the wrist. But for a .64 caliber smoothbore, it wasn’t all bad. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2013-“Treasures of the NRA National Firearms Museum” premiered. NRA Annual Meetings attendance at Houston brought record crowds and our “Guns & Gold” program also reached new heights. Over the summer 2 staff working frantically to maintain the many programs in VA normally run by 7 people while the curatorial crew shipped/installed the new exhibit galleries out in MO. We put 1000 guns placed on exhibit & have been rewarded with amazing attendance; The year we became 2 museums.
Lindner carbine - Our GOTD was made to use for the same .58 caliber projectiles as regular muskets. The major contract for 6,000 carbines was given in April of 1863, but a year later the products made by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co were still awaiting gov inspection. Only a few early Lindner carbines were ever issued, with some hundreds going to the 1st Michigan Cavalry and the 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA
Jenks Carbine - Made by the Ames company of Springfield, MA, this breechloader was built in both round and oval loading port configurations from 1843 to 1846. Keen-eyed Facebookers will note our example is the oval port and 1846-dated variant. While some Jenks stayed ashore like the redoubtable Captain (in and out of jail), our carbine was issued and inspected by the United States Navy. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.
Beretta Folding Stock Snaphaunce Pistol - A very early example of a firearm designed for concealed carry, this .56 caliber snaphaunce pistol features a folding stock to enable its owner to conceal it under a cloak. When this pistol was made in the 18th century by Beretta, the company had already been honing its craft to perfection for two centuries. This pistol is on display in case 10 of the “Old Guns in a New World” exhibit in the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.
COLARD DOUBLE-ACTION PINFIRE REVOLVER: Belgian Charles T. Colard crafted a fine double-action pinfire piece in this revolver, which carries out an incredible baroque theme of embellishment. Few other firearms have a barrel that begins as hexagonal, changes to round profile, and then goes to hexagonal configuration again, only to shift to a series of ringed sections at the muzzle. Unusual multi-colored gold inlays are scattered over the blued and case-colored surfaces of this revolver as well.