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Remington Rolling Block

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Trophy rifle was the founding piece in museum's collection. On today's Curator's Corner, Cam Edwards speaks with National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier about the museum's first gun, a Remington rolling block rifle. This gun comes from the first generation of rifles to operate using self-contained metallic cartridges, as opposed to the muzzleloaders that dominated the pre-Civil War era. The Remington rolling block was most popular with foreign militaries, and the Spanish used a 7mm version of it against the Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan Hill. The specific piece on display was given as a trophy at the NRA's international shooting matches in 1876.