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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.
Colt M1862 Police revolver - 150 years ago, the Colt factory had a bad day. It burned down. Believed started by Confederate agents, the Colt fire in 1864 put a real crimp in the company’s percussion revolver production for the remainder of the year. But one gun that didn’t burn up in Hartford, CT was this engraved Colt .36 caliber revolver. This five-shot handgun probably sold for an elevated price in the high demand market of 1864. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.