We will tour the NRA museum, then take a lunch break, and then, as an optional activity, return to the NRA world-class firing range to shoot our weapons. Please read the below information for our event:
1. For our free, self-guided museum tour, we will meet in front of the NRA Firearms Museum at 10 AM.
2. After the museum tour, and before we go to the shooting range, we can have lunch. The last time I did this activity, we went to a local restaurant in a shopping center, and then returned to the NRA facility. However, this time I will bring a cooler with a picnic lunch in it and keep it in my vehicle so that my vehicle will remain on the secure NRA property throughout the day. If folks who plan to shoot want to go to local restaurants, they may do so and then return, or they can also bring a cooler with a lunch in it and join me. If members have weapons and ammunition in their vehicles, my strong advice is to stay close to home. Our home base is the NRA facility, and it is safe (law enforcement officers come here to shoot their weapons, and it is well-patrolled).
3. Given the size of the group, this will become a two-part event. The museum tour will be for all, while the range shooting will be for a smaller set of members who have personal weapons. One can go to a single event or to both events. Be advised that you have to take a safety questionnaire as well as an ungraded written test (open-book) prior to shooting with a one-time fee of $10 if you have not already done so.
4. For those shooting, all the ordered ammunition has been received and distributed for those who requested it and paid for it. Albeit the NRA range has ammunition to sell, I recommend that you bring your own so that you are sure to have it.
Admission to the museum is free. Of course, all attendees need to have a profile photo posted for identification purposes. For the visit to the museum, guests and kids are welcome.
The NRA museum is home to 3,000 guns that detail and examine the nearly 700-year history of firearms. With a special emphasis on 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 bring to life a 19th century riflemaker's shop, a trench on the Western Front, and a shelled-out town square in Normandy. The firearms tell 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. The Museum is proud to present America's most significant firearms, including a rifle that arrived on the Mayflower and an NYPD Officer's revolver recovered from the ashes of the World Trade Center.
The guns that are on display in the museum are amazing, and several are one-of a-kind. These weapons are a part of our history. You may have seen some of them in documentaries, films, and in textbooks.
From the Brown Bess standard British Army musket of the Revolutionary War period to the revolver recovered from the World Trade Center ruins that was carried by New York police officer Walter Weaver on September 11, 2001, you will marvel at the guns and the stories behind them.
There is the Belgian Pinfire Powerhouse Revolver, the rare Dragoon revolver, Napoleon's flintlock fowler, Sharps Big 50 Buffalo Rifle (remember Jeremiah Johnson?), single-shot Cane Guns, Clint Eastwoord's 44 Magnum (Dirty Harry: "Do you feel lucky?"), the only surviving Pilgrim Rifle carried aboard the Mayflower to the New World, the Girandoni air rifle that was Lewis and Clark's secret weapon, beautiful engraved Italian rifles that are works of art, and the most expensive shotgun set in the world. One can go on and on.
After our tour, we will take a lunch break at a nearby restaurant.
After lunch, for those of us who brought our own weapons and desire to shoot, we will return to the facility and use the NRA's world-class indoor shooting range.
You will see the first gun brought to the New World that still survives.
Guns used by the leader of the Rough Riders will be seen.
Some ancient weapons were works of art. And all still fire.
This is one of the rarest collections in existence.
They told this cop that it could not be done. He did it. And we will see his gun.
Al Pacino's guns will be on display.
You will also see the gun used by Denzel Washington on the set.
Ike's gun will be there.
And what I personally view as the most heartfelt exhibit is the actual service revolver of the NYPD officer who gave up his life to save others during the 9-11 terrorist attacks. The gun was found in one of the burnt-out towers.
Inspector Harry Callahan's famous revolver will be on display: Dirty Harry's .44 Magnum. Go Ahead, make my day, is ranked as the 6th most famous movie quote in film history.
During our last visit to the NRA Museum, Tom Selleck was there. The guns he used will be seen by us during our visit. Remember the Sackett Brothers?
A famous weapon from a local lawman will be accessible to us to view.
Sargeant Sherri Gallagher - a regular day at her job
Above, we see Sherri visiting the NRA Museum. By the way, Sherri Gallagher is the second woman in history to be the U.S. National High Power Champion -- the first one was Sherri's mother, Nancy Tompkins. Sheri, a SGT in the U.S. Army, was recently named Soldier of the Year, the first female to be so honored. She is one of the greatest lady shooters in history, a true modern-day Annie Oakley.
John Wayne's single action revolver as well as his auto guns will be there, he used them all in his many films
After this premier visit to the gun museum, we will go to lunch.
After lunch, as an optional event and open to those who are qualified and who have guns and ammo, we will go to the firing range and shoot our weapons.
For those of us who have never shot here before, they will have to take a safety questionnaire, and take an ungraded written test (open-book) prior to shooting. There is also a one-time fee $10 for the test.
Shotguns, rifles, and handguns are allowed. Bring eye and hearing protection. I plan to bring a Colt AR-15 (.223 Rem caliber), a Remington SPS sniper rifle (.308 Win), several S&W handguns .38 Special to .357 Magnum), and a Ruger Government target pistol (.22LR).
No big caliber guns are allowed in the indoor shooting range.
Note that the highest caliber that is allowed at the range is the .460 Weatherby Magnum. No fully automatic weapons are allowed. Also, no armor piercer or tracer ammunition is allowed. Moreover, any gauge shotgun is allowed but slugs only can be used. No blackpowder and no muzzleloaders are allowed. They sell ammunition and targets there, but it will be cheaper to bring your own. There are no gun rentals at the facility; all who desire to shoot must bring their own weapons. Bring appropriate ear and eye protection. Ensure that you follow state laws when transporting your weapon; that is, keep the unloaded gun and the ammunition locked in separate cases in your trunk.
The firing range has a state-of-art air filtration system
Range lounge area behind the firing range
The range is open 8:30 AM - 11:00 PM and the fees are as follow:
- NRA Members - $15.00 per hour/per lane.
Additional shooter sharing a lane with a member - additional $10.00 per hour/per lane.
- Non-members - $20.00 per hour/per lane.
Additional shooter sharing a lane with a non-member - additional $15.00 per hour/per lane.
- Shooters under the age of 18 shooting a lane with an adult - Free