Monday, May 14, 2012
Skulking around the back rome of the NRA National Firearms Museum, we came across this recent loaner...and 1894 Winchester, .30 W.C.F., with a 30-inch barrel and a factory Maxim silencer. The story is that TR ordered this gun from Winchester for those occasions when he didn't want to annoy his upscale neighbors like the Duponts with a little plinking. Here's a close-up of the Maxim:
Cool, huh? As you regular readers might remember, I saw a similar 94 Winchester, long-barreled, factory threaded, then sent to Maxim for the silencer installation, in Kevin Brittingham's private collection a year or so ago.
Here's Producer/Director Tim Cremin, getting ready for the next set-up at the National Firearms Museum. Tim hates to have his picture taken, much less placed on the Internet, so I couldn't resist it. And here's Joe Mantegna with one heck of a nice Artillery Luger:
It's a battlefield pickup, a DWM 1917 vintage, and is in such great shape it's obvious the owner didn't last long after he was issued the gun. All the serial numbers match, including on the wood stock, and it still has the markings of the unit it was delivered to.
Somewhere a Luger collector is crying!
Will have more from the Museum throughout the week.