Prior to taking on oversight of the NRA Museums, Jim Supica was an antique gun dealer, peddling old iron through his mail order catalog, website and auction business. He holds a Juris Doctorate and Bachelor degree from the University of Kansas.
Jim is author or co-author of six books on firearms. He’s written numerous articles on gun collecting, including regular columns for American Rifleman and Shotgun News; is a contributing editor for the major firearms price guides; and appears on television, radio and webcasts.
Jim collects 19th century big frame S&W revolvers and serial number one guns, and his favorite gun in the National Firearms Museum is Theodore Roosevelt’s S&W New Model No. 3.
A 6th generation native Washingtonian, Philip has been at the NRA Museums for more than 21 years. In his capacity as Senior Curator, he spends quite a bit of time on the road and in the air, bringing the museum’s programs and exhibits to a national audience.
Phil appears regularly on NRA News, American Rifleman Television, the History Channel, A&E and a host of other cable shows with firearms related programming. He also has written dozens of articles on firearms and military-related themes for American Rifleman, Guns & Ammo, Wild West, Shooters Bible and numerous others.
Phil collects, shoots, and hunts with Winchester Model 1895 rifles, favoring Theodore Roosevelt’s “Big Medicine for Lions.” His favorite gun in the National Firearms Museum is a Joseph Manton fowler made and used by HRH Frederick Augustus, the Duke of York, in the early 1800s.