Actor, NRA Board member and avid gun collector Tom Selleck has donated seven rifles and revolvers used in his films to the NRA National Firearms Museum.
Several of Mr. Selleck's guns have been displayed in the museum, most notably one of the Shiloh Sharps rifles used in the blockbuster movie Quigley Down Under. The gun was featured in "Real Guns of Reel Heroes," one of the museum's most popular exhibits ever.
Commenting on the most recent donation, Mr. Selleck told NRAnews.com, "It got to the point where I had these guns in storage, and I just wanted people to see them, to share them. And I hope people think of the National Firearms Museum if they have something special they want to share, as well as The NRA Foundation for other kinds of gifts. It's very satisfying."
"We deeply appreciate Tom Selleck's continued support of NRA and the freedoms we defend," said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. "Thousands upon thousands of Americans visit the museum each year, and with the opportunity to display more of Tom's personal firearms, we expect even greater public interest."
Kayne Robinson, Executive Director of NRA General Operations, added, "Tom Selleck is a very astute judge of firearms, and this is an extremely meaningful addition to the museum. The value of a gift like this is priceless."
The donations from Mr. Selleck include the following:
Nearly all of the guns in the National Firearms Museum came from private donations. For information on how you can give a gift of guns to the museum, call 1-877-NRA-GIVE. For more information on The NRA Foundation, visit www.nrafoundation.org.
- Henry .44-40 reproduction rifle imported from Italy by Allen Firearms, an early retailer of Western replicas. Mr. Selleck used a Henry from Stembridge Gun Rentals, a Hollywood prophouse for the 1997 film Last Stand at Saber River. Mr. Selleck had this rifle specially engraved to match that prophouse rifle, which was damaged from overuse in other films.
- Winchester M1876 .45-60 rifle modified by Ken Howell of R&D Gunshop for use by Tom Selleck in the 2001 film Crossfire Trail. Based on an original carbine receiver made in 1879, this longarm was rebuilt for movie use.
- .45 Schofield revolver from the 2001 film Crossfire Trail. This hand-built revolver was manufactured by Ken Howell of R&D Gun Shop for the film.
- Colt Richards Conversion .44 revolver manufactured for the 1997 movie Last Stand at Saber River. Engraved with Cable on the backstrap, this ivory-stocked revolver was the one maintained to match its early presentation condition in the film.
- Colt Open Top .44 revolver manufactured from a Colt blackpowder reproduction for use in Crossfire Trail. The revolver was modified by Ken Howell of R&D Gun Shop.
- Colt Single Action Army .45 revolver used in the 2003 movie Monte Walsh. This revolver was hand-built by Ken Howell of R&D Gun Shop for the film.
- Winchester M1886 .50 Express carbine from the 2003 movie Monte Walsh. One of two carbines restored from production receivers by Ken Howell of R&D Gun Shop. Both guns letter as .50 Express carbines.
The National Firearms Museum proudly illustrates America's priceless heritage of firearms, freedom and the American experience. Nearly 2,000 guns are on display at the museum (www.nationalfirearmsmuseum.org) located at NRA Headquarters, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA. Admission is free and the Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for major holidays. For more information, call 703-267-1600 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henry .44-40 reproduction rifle used in Last Stand at Saber River, and Winchester 1876 in .45-60, used in Crossfire Trail.