There are certain places on Earth where human ingenuity is preserved in awe-inspiring form. The NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Va., is one of those places.
Home to an extraordinary collection of firearms from U.S. presidents, generals and pivotal points in world history dating back to 1350, the treasure trove of arms at the museum illustrates history through the guns that made us who we are today.
The foremost examples of human ingenuity on display at the museum include the works of firearm mastermind John M. Browning. Many of Browning’s designs pioneered modern firearm technology and remain in military service to this day. In total, Browning received over 120 patents for more than 80 different firearms, and his designs are still produced by a variety of manufacturers.
As a celebration of his genius, we’re highlighting a selection of Browning’s famous guns on display at the NRA National Firearms Museum. Next time you’re in Virginia, make sure to check out the museum to fully experience the entire collection in person.
Information and images courtesy of the NRA National Firearms Museum.
- Popular on both sides of the law, this particular Winchester Model 1873 rifle was made in 1897. SN 520772B
In Mexico, France had taken advantage of turbulance in a rebellion-torn United States. Napoleon III sought to take over Mexico, and poured 30,000 troops into Mexico City to support his puppet government. With Union victory, France's dream of a new North American empire faded. The French began to withdraw from Mexico, particularly near the U.S. border, where Springfield-armed troops and Winchester-armed settlers wanted foreign forces out. The improved Winchester Model 1873 made this feasible.