Petersen's legendary sense of humor crosses his passion for firearms collecting with this Model 21
Fairfax, Virginia - If you set out to commission an entirely custom firearm, what would you choose? Would you engrave it? Ok, of course you would, but what would you choose for the engraving? Many firearms collectors own pieces commemorating their specific interests and famed collector Robert Petersen was no different.
The subject of this week's Curator's Corner on NRA News doesn't have a purpose that is out of the ordinary for firearms enthusiasts living out in the country, but its decor is what sets it apart.
This 2/3 scale Winchester Model 21 that functions as a .22 longrifle was one of Robert Petersen's favorite additions to his world-famous collection. Created by none other than master craftsman Tony Galazan at his Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company, the rifle was used to hunt small game.
Hand engraved with elegant scrollwork and inlaid with gold hunting dogs - are you beginning to see a trend for this next series of Curator's Corners yet? - and small game birds in flight, the rifle also features a rather unique engraving on its underside.
Petersen, a fan of prairie dog hunting, asked Galazan to include a trio or the burrowing rodents at the base of the receiver. One is diving head-first into its hole. The second is getting to its hole very quickly. However the third one is kind of taking, shall we say, a defiant stance towards the hunter; choosing a small hand gesture usually attributed to New York City cab drivers.
Tune in for the full story of how Robert Petersen's sense of humor created a very memorable Model 21 tonight at 5:40pm eastern time on the Sportsman Channel with Senior Curator Philip Schreier and John Popp
Check out all the rifles, shotguns and pistols from the NRA National Firearms Museum collection at nramuseum.com