The Museum: FAQs
Q: What's my gun worth?
The NRA does not provide firearm values. However, if you have technical questions about your gun, a Dope Bag service is available to NRA members. Send your written questions to the NRA Dope Bag at: The American Rifleman, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Be sure to include your member number in the top right-hand corner and a self-addressed stamped envelope. The appropriate research will be conducted and your questions will be answered in writing.
Q: If I wanted to see an exploded view of a
particular firearm, where could I get this?
The Firearms Assembly book for pistols/revolvers or rifles/shotguns features exploded views. The book is $13.95 (plus postage and handling), you can contact the NRA Sales Department at 1-888-607-6007 if you would like to order one.
Q: I've heard that I can obtain an MI Garand from
the NRA. Is that true?
The NRA does not offer M1s. Please contact the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) at 419-635-2141 or 888-267-0796 for the availability of surplus firearms for sale. Veterans' groups and law enforcement groups that are looking for loaner M1 rifles to use in ceremonies can contact the Department of the Army at 586-574-8469.
Q: What types of email should be forwarded to the
NRA's National Firearms Museum & Gun
The National Firearms Museum can provide service to NRA members and non-members on a variety of inquiry areas, including:
- Material located in the museum collection
- Museum visits and tour scheduling, directions, current attractions, store hours and other related topic
- NRA National Gun Show or NRA Gun Collectors' Leadership Conference
- NRA Condition Standards for antique or modern arms
- Exhibition of collectible arms at the NRA Annual Meetings (NRA-affiliated collecting groups only)
- Man at Arms magazine
- Firearms care and conservation, including microcrystalline wax treatment of materials
- Listing a gun show in NRA magazines
- Photocopies of older NRA magazine articles (fee of $1 is charged per article for mail/copy costs)
- Firearms identification for make/model/approximate age
The National Firearms Museum cannot provide the following services:
- Appraisal of firearms, accoutrements or ammunition (especially by phone/fax/email)
- Recommendations on specific dealers or collectors for the purchase/sale/trade of material
- Requests for reports on firearms testing & evaluation, as conducted by NRA
- Requests for research about competitive shooters, trophies or medals
- Requests for back copies of NRA magazines
- Expert firearm/forensic witness in any legal proceeding
Q: What are the museum hours?
The National Firearms Museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Museum is only closed on Christmas Day.
Q: Can I get a guided tour when I visit the
The National Firearms Museum gives guided tours by appointment only. The museum is designed to be self-guided, though, and there are informational pamphlets that describe the displays as well as numerous kiosks throughout the galleries offering additional information.
Museum Hours and Location
Open Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission is Free
National Firearms Museum
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030