NRA bringing national museum to Ohio!

FAIRFAX, Va. -- In cooperation with the Ohio National Guard, the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the Camp Perry Lodge and the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, the NRA's National Firearms Museum is honored to present one of the finest displays of competitive arms and shooting accessories ever assembled.

Thousands of visitors to the National Matches in Camp Perry will be able to look over a special traveling museum exhibit called "Bugs, Bullets, and Bullseyes," featuring 45 firearms used over the last century in National Match competition, as well as more than 100 shooting awards and other memorabilia associated with the National Matches.

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This exhibit is featured in the lobby of the Camp Perry Lodge and will be open daily until 10 p.m. during the National Matches. It will close on Aug. 14.

For the last century, shooters have come to the shores of Lake Erie to attend the National Matches, many competing in high-power, pistol, or small-bore courses of fire. From the early black powder days, when shooters competed with the venerable "trapdoor" Springfield rifles, up to the present, this exhibit features the rifles and pistols that have been used in National Match competition.
Guns of famous shooters include Marine Capt. Bill McMillan's semiautomatic Colt, presented after his 1963 National Championship win, and the High Standard .22 pistol of Trudy Schlernitzauer, who held the national woman's championship in 1965, 1968 and 1969.

Shooting awards, including the prestigious Distinguished badge, which is the highest civilian and military recognition of marksmanship ability, will be on display. Also included are rare images from the National Rifle Association Archives of shooting venues of the past and views of the tents and hutments competitors used as their housing in days gone by.

From the M1 to M14, .22 to .45, single-shot to selective-fire, six-gun to space gun, this special temporary exhibit captures a century of the National Matches and honors the 100 years of competitive shooting at Camp Perry.

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