My visit to NRA HQ

Ed Friedman, Associate Editor of the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated magazine and gun blogger, was kind enough to organize for me a tour of the NRA. I had the pleasure of meeting most the editors for the Shooting Illustrated, American Hunter, American Rifleman and Insight magazines.

Ed’s tidy office. The NRA HQ is in a very nice and modern office building (not in a dungeon under the GOP headquarters and without snipers on the roof 😉 )

Matt Sharpe, Assistant Curator, gave me a personal tour of the NRA National Firearms Museum. The museum is amazing. If you are in the DC metro area, you must go and see it. After the tour I was privileged to be taken down to the infamous vault and see the vast collection of guns not on display 🙂

Matt patiently posing for me while I try and figure out how to work my camera. He is holding a Valmet Rk.62

During the tour I was briefly interview by Danielle Sturgis, the Senior Media Specialist, who blogged about my visit at

My visit at
The gun range workshop. Everything you would need to fix a gun. Not shown are the drill presses, grinders and belt sanders.

To round off my trip Tyler Kries (Firearms Manager, blogger and the guy with the coolest office I have ever seen – it resembles a high end gun shop) organized a shoot of the new Savage BA .338 Lapua Magnum. Shooting a .338 with a big fraking muzzle brake in a small room (about 60 yards long and a few yards wide) was quite an experience! I am not sure my heart could put up with much more than the two rounds each of us put through it! I joke, it was a LOT of fun.

Savage BA .338 (yes, I am an aweful photographer!)

Many thanks to everyone involved with the tour (including Danny-The-Interen), especially Ed Friedman who invited me and organized it. I had an amazing time and look forward to catching up with y’all again at SHOT.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Great times man! we shall do it again!

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  • Matt Sharpe

    Drop me a line next time you are in the area. Maybe we can squeeze in a range visit in the future. Keep in touch!

  • anon

    Fun pics. I always wondered if there was another ‘private’ range there for the magazine testers… Did they also take you to the public range under the building? It’s only 50 yds, but its well lit, climate controlled (great during sweltering DC summers), and with very nice equipment.

  • Lance

    Tell about the Vault tommarow. Tell them thanks for helping keeping our freedoms this day and age.

  • Lance

    Steves a movie star.

  • Mang

    Another great firearms collection to visit in the general dc/md/va area is the museum at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Some amazing stuff; m-14 and garand prototypes and vietnam oddities and such, with some captured and current weapons – not to mention the completely amazing collection of US and other armor and field guns taking up acres outside…

  • Tim Douglas

    I wish I knew you were visiting so i could have met you. The NRA HQ not only is one of the nicer museums to vist but they also have a great range, along with some of the best range staff I have ever met.