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NRA – National Firearms Museum

A good friend of ours visited the NRA museum and took some pictures. He didn’t intend for these to be published so some are a little janky. But…even those are pretty interesting if you try to actually pick out various guns. —Editor    

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Cartridges Before There Were Cartridges

One of the early attempts at self-contained cartridges for repeating firearms was the Volcanic cartridge. The Volcanic cartridge is a conical lead bullet much like a Minié ball, but with a deeper hollow base. In that base was the powder charge, held in by a disk covered with a thin cork wad and a metal cup. The cork and the …

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How Forgings End Up As Guns

Thought this was a neat picture from the National Firearms Museum. In it you see forgings as they are shipped from the steel plant on the left. And on the right you see the completed components after they are “milled” from forgings into completed parts. What some don’t understand is firearms manufactures are not stupid. While they could mill finished …