National Firearms Museum

3,000 guns on display (6,000+ in archives)


Fairfax, VA

  • Established in 1935 at old NRA Headquarters
  • 1998 moved to current location
  • 20,000 square feet
  • 15 Galleries
  • 85 exhibit cases
  • FREE – Open Almost Every Day
  • 50,000 – 60,000 visitors per year

Published on Nov 22, 2012

We had the opportunity to meet Doug Wicklund, Senior Curator of the NRA National Firearms Museum at the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia (just outside of Washington D.C.)

Doug showed us the Firearms Library, the Conservation Lab and the Firearms Archives. Thanks to Doug and the NRA for this opportunity to share this ‘behind the scenes’ look at the NRA Museum’s Firearms Collection

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Sea Girt Range

148 acres 

used from 1889 – 1907

Sea Girt, New Jersey

  • built in 1889
  • 22 targets
    – Army canvas type with oval rings
  • two 1000-yard firing points
  • revolver matches
  • Schuetzen matches
  • Museum located on the grounds at Sea Girt
  • 60 Miles from New York City, NY
  •  maintained by the New Jersey State Rifle Association
  • The marine  bouys  marking the boundary of the Sea Girt range are still there
  • September 1903 the first National Matches with 1,000 competitors 
  • 1907 NRA national championships moved to Camp Perry, OH for more room