National Rifle Association Museum and Firing Range

  • September 7, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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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.

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You will see the first gun brought to the New World that still survives.

 

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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

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  • Bob

    The NRA had an excellent assortment of ammo on sale, even the Law Enforcement .38 special rounds that are very hard to find. For those of you looking for ammo through our non-profit web crawler, shoot me an email.

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the compliment, Bob...I had a great time with my teenage-era rifle! Thanks for organizing this. Enjoyed the conversations, too.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Bob

    This amazing facility comprises the most important historical weapons museum anywhere. And there is no admission charge! There are one-of-a-kind weapons, some hundreds of years old, that are priceless. We toured the museum at our own pace for two hours, then we had lunch, and then about half of our group returned to shoot. Those of us who were first-timers to the NRA range took the required written test, and all of our members passed. We then were given several lanes to use, shot our various pistols and rifles for an hour, and finally compared our marksmanship. It was a great day at the NRA headquarters. Given her skill with her rifle, Grace is now known as the Meetup Sharpshooter!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Sheri R

    What an amazing, free museum. Picnic lunch in the building's courtyard was lovely. Thanks, Bob!

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a very nice time! Great to meet everybody! Looking forward to the next meetup!

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first meet up with this group looking forward to it!

    September 7, 2013

  • Bob

    For the shooters: The range officers stated that (as of this writing) they have most common caliber ammo available and on sale. Still, just in case, I recommend that you bring your own ammo if you plan to shoot. Also, bring targets, a stapler, hearing protection, and eye protection. Regarding the targets, try to use common sense with any image portrayed therein...... Yes, zombies are okay, but making a political statement (even if I totally agree with you) may be distracting......

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • Bob

      Remember that if you have never shot here before you have to take the safety test prior to shooting. It is good for life. I can sit in there with you if you would like if you are nervous about the test.

      1 · September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel as oot guests just arrived! See everyone next time!

    September 6, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - I am closing this event to new RSVPs to solidify the group numbers and to get a feel for our needed logistics. If anyone else wants to come from this point on, please send me an email offline. For those of you shooting: Please know and adhere to all the various labyrinthine local, state, and Federal laws pertaining to your weapon and ammunition. With such a Constitutional right comes a great responsibility. Don't ask me to research the laws applicable to you; it is your responsibility as a gun owner to do this for yourself.

    2 · September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't think of this before, but are (were) there opportunities to rent a weapon?

    August 28, 2013

    • Bob

      As noted above, you must bring your own gun to the NRA shooting range.

      August 28, 2013

  • Robert

    I will not be taking a gun and shooting, but I do want to watch. Is it possible to go to the shooting range just as an observer? Thanks.

    August 27, 2013

    • Bob

      Okay. They have no problem with several of us watching from the rear. Take a look at the above photo of the lounge area I added to the activity. Those are 100% genuine fake leather sofas and chairs in there!

      August 27, 2013

    • Robert

      Thanks.

      August 27, 2013

  • Bob

    The shooters, as well as taking only once the ungraded open-book test at any time before shooting, have to bring their own gun, ammo, eye protection, and hearing protection.

    August 26, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - I have just put in my orders for ammo. All calibers in most major configurations are available now. After this date, however, it will be too late to order so as to have them on time. For the museum goers, there is no problem.

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to go out of town. Was looking forward to this. Maybe next time

    August 7, 2013

  • Pattie W.

    Hey Bob. I thought I'd signed up myself and my Marine son-in-law and daughter. Do I only have 1 reservation really? Was gonna order some ammo, but won't if there is only 1 reservation for me. Must have made a mistake.

    July 4, 2013

    • Pattie W.

      Oh, Thank you ! OK, this is the ammo Neil asked about - .40 S&W (pistol) and .223 (Remington)/556 (NATO) (Rifle). He was wondering what the prices are for a box or a case.

      July 4, 2013

    • Bob

      Both are available, in boxes of 50 rounds and cases of 1,000 rounds for the pistol calibers and boxes of 20 rounds and cases of 1,000 rounds for the rifle calibers. I will write to you offline about it.

      July 4, 2013

  • Bob

    People, if you plan to shoot and you need ammo, let me know. I can hook you up to purchase most standard calibers of pistol or rifle factory ammo from a box (50 rounds) to a case (1,000 rounds). But there is a lead time required. The event is two months from this post, and that is plenty of time.

    July 4, 2013

  • Laura M.

    WOW Bob! You just "made my day!" Putting in for vacation for this one! I didn't know there was an NRA museum in our area...very excited to visit it and the range.

    2 · June 7, 2013

    • Bob

      The gun collection there is one of the best in the world, and, amazingly, the admission is free. The range is a premier facility, and the air filtration therein is amazing: The airborne gunpowder and other particles get sucked outside immediately. Remember that there is a short ungraded and open-book test to take for first-time users, and it can be done either before lunch or right after lunch (the wallet-sized admission card is then good for life).

      2 · June 7, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - We have exactly three months for this event. As you know, the nationwide supply of available ammunition is at its lowest level since World War II. If you need factory ammunition in most calibers, send me an email offline.

    1 · June 6, 2013

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