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Springfield Armory finishes firearms project, 17 years in the making

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Springfield Armory has one of the largest firearms collection in the world. For 17 years, the museum has been working on a $750,000 dollar project to organize all their artifacts.

More than 200 years worth of war history is now stored in new shelving and storage units at the museum.

Muskets and machine guns have been meticulously placed in rows, categorized with labels, and arranged chronologically from the American Revolutionary War up until the Vietnam War.

All of these efforts are part of the museums' more than decade long effort to preserve and protect their collection of around 14,000 firearms.

Although the project took some time to finish, museum visitors will now be able to see the firearms in the best condition possible with the new state-of-the-art system.

"While it's up here in storage, it's being taken care of in the best way possible, so that when we do make it available for the public to look at, then it will remain that way for a long time," said Alex MacKenzie, park ranger at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

Since the Armory Museum used to historically be a testing site for manufacturing guns, MacKenzie also told CBS 3 that many of the guns in the museums' storage collection are one-of-a-kind.

The museum will be offering tours of the new collection that are open to the public. Museum representatives said those interested in touring the collection should call in advance to schedule a visit. Go to http://www.nps.gov/spar/index.htm to contact them.

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