Rock Island Arsenal

4.791 Votes
  • Address: Illinois, USA, Rock Island, United States
  • Tags: Island, Family And Kids, Military Area

Overview of Rock Island Arsenal

The Rock Island Arsenal is an army post located on the Mississippi River between the cities of Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois and is home of First Army headquarters. This island today is the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. Weapons have been manufactured here since the 1880s and include artillery, gun mounts, recoil mechanisms, small arms, aircraft weapons sub-systems, grenade launchers, weapons simulators among many other. This island has many historical attractions and a museum.

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Rock Island Arsenal Reviews & Ratings

  • If you like guns and the history behind them. Then this is the place for you! This museum has some very rare guns that never made it past concept and others that were first edition numbered 1!!! Now that is cool

  • If you can imagine a military handgun or rifle, it's on display here! They also have on display the larger weapons (cannons and artillery) that are or have been made at Rock Island Arsenal. It's worth a visit.

  • Nice little museum on the Rock Island Army base. They have around a thousand guns neatly mounted on the walls. Each weapon is numbered and there are books to look up the specifications. I tried using Google Lens to look up stuff but it didn't work. I imagine at some point there will be a better interactive system for learning about the exhibits.

  • A very interesting museum of weaponry and military history of Rock Island. It doesn't take a long time for a quick overview but to do a thorough inspection allow more time to dig into the source materials. An interactive scavenger hunt is available for the kids. Your visitor pass is good for a year if you are able to spend more time in the area - the architecture alone is worth the visit.

  • Great Place, extremely knowledgeable staff. The one guy that helped us, John, was a gun-smith himself. Just a really great experience.

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