This is a world class museum of firearms. It is 20 minutes from downtown DC. And, it is free. It has fifteen galleries that cover the entire history of guns and focus on guns used by Americans during the history of our Nation. At each gallery is a touch screen computer for details of each weapon. Many guns are displayed within historical settings with period clothing and other artifacts. Plan to spend at least three hours here. You could spend two days if you looked up every gun.
Some of the displays that caught my interest:
- the writings of the founders as they described their intent for the Second Ammendment
- Hollywood guns used in popular movies, including Dirty Harry's magnum
- a Cheasapeake punt gun, an enormous shotgun of .77 caliber that could take down a whole flight of ducks.
There is a reasonably priced cafe within the building with discounts for NRA members.
As others have noted, the bookstore has the largest collection of gun related books you will every see. I found the clothing items not to my taste. No NRA discounts here.
I did not visit the range but at $15/hr, I am sure I will visit soon.
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