Colt's innovative early revolving pistols and John Browning's semiautomatic Colt M1911—the official sidearm of the U.S. military for seven decades and still considered one of the best handguns in the world—played important roles in U.S. history. And one of the best collections of Colt revolvers and M1911s is at the National Rifle Association's National Sporting Arms Museum in the Bass Pro Shops' flagship store here.
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....Even without the Colt collection, the museum would still be a lure given its nearly 1,000 pistols, rifles and shotguns dating from the 1600s to today. The walls of glass cases tell the story of firearms in America—the collection of rifles alone including such highlights as the Kentucky rifle, Lewis & Clark's revolutionary air rifle, and the 1903 Springfield championed by President Theodore Roosevelt after he found his Rough Riders outgunned in Cuba.