- Robert E. Petersen Collection
- Ancient Firearms
- The Road to American Liberty
- Seeds of Greatness
- The Prospering New Republic
- A Nation Asunder
- The American West
- Innovation, Oddities and Competition
- Theodore Roosevelt, Elegant Arms
- World War I and Firearms Innovation
- WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Beyond
- For the Fun of It
- Firearms Traditions for Today
- William B. Ruger Special Exhibits
- Freedom's Doorway
Seeds of Greatness
Sponsored by the Charlton Heston Endowment
Look closely and you can almost hear Patrick Henry, George Mason, James Madison and Richard Henry Lee eloquently expressing their take on what we know today as the Second Amendment. This gallery traces the original resolution down to the final as-decreed version:
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
You'll also learn about the establishment of the national arsenals and armories, arming the militia and "The Legacy of Lafayette: The First U.S. Pattern Arms."
Significant Firearms in Gallery 4:
- Virginia Manufactory of Arms Flintlock Rifle One of only 1,700 made
- Early Muskets & Pistols From the armories of Springfield, Mass. and Harpers Ferry, Va.