New NRA museum in Missouri shows off firearms of the famous
Annie Oakley, Jesse James, Teddy Roosevelt and Napoleon are represented by their guns in a museum that opened recently in Springfield, Mo. The National Rifle Assn. brought more than 1,000 historic guns along with some storytelling dioramas to the Bass Pro Shops superstore in Springfield, about 165 miles southeast of Kansas City. The NRA Sporting Arms Museum touts the exhibits as capturing American themes of "hunting, conservation and freedom." Guns & Ammo magazine in its review noted the vertical supports for the stairway railings to the entrance: "They consisted of hundreds of identical reproduction percussion rifles and the hardwood railings were actually checkered like a gun stock!" Here's a look at some of what's inside the museum that's free and open daily.
-- Mary Forgione