A PUBLICATION OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA FALL 2015
Returns to Raton, New Mexico
Camp Perry 2015
Go Long — Or Go Home
And The Wing Team Have Some Friends In High Places
Honing Skills: The Administrative AR-15 Reload
m a g a z i n e President's Column: Real Criminals Get Released While Law-Abiding Gun Owners Are Manufactured Into Felons
Back to Raton
Eddie Eagle® And The Wing Team Have Some Friends In High Places
Camp Perry 2015
Go Long — Or Go Home
Range Services Report:
Dogwood Hills Gun Club
Arizona Fish & Game
Public Range Funding At Work
Top Recruiters To Be Recognized
Refuse To Be A Victim®
Back to School Safety Tips
The Upcoming Presidential Election
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Real Criminals Get Released While Law-Abiding Gun Owners Are Manufactured Into Felons By Allan D. Cors, NRA President
very day reveals new abuses of executive power by President Barack Obama and of lawless actions by a rogue administration that is systemically infected with a disdain for the rule of law. Nobody has described the threat to our Constitution better than esteemed Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley, when he testified before the House Judiciary Committee: “The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.” Turley, who was among the first liberal legal scholars to recognize the primacy of the Second Amendment, rightfully fears for the future of our nation and destruction of the rule of law. “I really have great trepidation over where we are heading because we’re creating a new system. ... Within that system we have the rise of an über-presidency. There could be no greater danger for individual liberty, and I really think the Framers would be horrified by that shift,” he said. Two recent examples demonstrate this seismic shift. They are diametrically opposed notions involving criminals —neither of which have any basis in law or authority. One releases violent criminals into our midst; the other manufactures criminals from ordinary, law-abiding Americans. The first is endemic to immigration policies under which u.s. border security simply no longer exists. It represents Obama’s refusal to fulfill his duty to “take care that the law be faithfully executed.” Under such policies, our country has been endangered by an influx of very violent criminals—including members of notorious gangs like MS-13—reportedly numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The result has been an unprecedented increase in violent crime in urban areas. In addition, there is an ongoing effort by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release into the general population criminal aliens awaiting deportation or prosecution. In fact, using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Judicial Watch discovered documents showing that in the last fiscal year DHS cut loose 165,900 alien criminals who had racked up 88,000 criminal convictions in American courts for crimes including murder, rape, assault and kidnapping. The previous year, DHS released another 30,000 criminal aliens. That insanity is just half of the story. The other half is worse. Enter Obama’s anti-Second Amendment bureaucrats,
NRA OFFICERS Allan Cors
Pete R. Brownell
1st VICE PRESIDENT
Richard Childress Wayne LaPierre
2nd VICE PRESIDENT
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT John Frazer SECRETARY Wilson H. Phillips Jr. TREASURER R. Kyle Weaver EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GENERAL OPERATIONS
Christopher W. Cox EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NRA-ILA
who are spreading their influence in agencies throughout the federal government. They are expanding the definition of “prohibited persons” under the Gun Control Act. As most NRA members know, federal law lists classes of people for whom possession or acquisition of firearms is a felony, punishable by five years in prison. Convicted felons, fugitives from justice and individuals in the drug trade are among those prohibited persons. There is also this category:“adjudicated as a mental defective.”Although somewhat vague, the qualifier “adjudicated” makes clear that such a status must be determined by a court. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has reinvented the statute, expanding “mental defective” to include law-abiding men and women who require assistance in their business affairs, such as those who have a fiduciary or “representativepayee”assigned to their accounts. That means anyone who empowers others to cash their government checks—including Social Security payments or veteran’s benefits—is tagged as a “mental defective.” If they possess or acquire guns, they are now felons. With that, Obama bureaucrats are now doggedly scanning lists of Americans to find this new class of prohibited persons. In this insanity, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has swept 177,000 veterans onto the prohibited list. One decorated combat veteran summed it up: “The government trusted you with an M1 to defend against the Chinese hordes invading South Korea, but now considers you a ‘mental defective’ barred from owning guns because your daughter cashes your VA checks for you.” But it could get worse. Obama’s Social Security Administration plans to include the names of 4.2 million Social Security recipients—elderly or disabled Americans—who would become felons if they possess or acquire firearms or ammunition. This is a data-entry life sentence! Real criminals vs. manufactured criminals: That’s the essence of the intentional chaos of the Obama “überpresidency”—chaos intended to destroy our liberty. As the most politically savvy voters in the nation, we must assure in 2016 that the next president of the United States is committed to restoring our heritage of freedom and undoing the destruction wrought by Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America as we knew it.
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BACK TO RATON
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Practice makes perfect. Reach out and touch that 10 ring! By Nicole Waugh, ILA - PR & Communications/Media Affairs Specialist
’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) Celebrates 30 Successful Years. Each year, the nation’s best youth hunters come together for five days of challenging shooting and responsibility events at the NRA International YHEC. Rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, hunting, archery, wildlife identification, orienteering, hunter safety trail, and a written hunter responsibility exam stand between participants and the coveted champion awards. In its 30th year, the 2015 NRA International YHEC took place on July 26-31 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico with 340 participants from 16 states. Scores were high, with mere points separating top scores in several instances. North Carolina brought home top honors, with a junior and senior team each taking first place and several participants placing in events and as individual winners. Pennsylvania was close behind with their junior team snagging second place and seniors not far behind in third. International YHEC’s 2015 host state, New Mexico, also had a strong showing with two senior teams in the top 10 and a junior team in the top 5. Final scores aside, all YHEC participants are top-notch competitors and take their performance very seriously, often practicing and studying throughout the entire year. Perhaps more important than the scores and awards was the sportsmanship exhibited by the participants. Whether or not an award was won or a perfect shot was made, YHEC participants always had smiles on and kind words for all. Countless kids flooded staff and volunteers with handshakes, thank yous, and even cards. The atmo-
sphere was encouraging, positive, and filled with sounds of youth cheering their peers on – all in all the kind of event that everybody is proud to be involved with. Every participant brought something special to Raton, and took home friendships, skills, and memories that will surely last a lifetime. Since its inception in 1985, 1.25 million youth have taken part in NRA’s YHEC program. These participants not only partake in YHEC events, but are also active members in the hunting community. 79% of 2014 YHEC participants purchased a hunting license in their home state and 23.6% have purchased one in another state. 2014 International YHEC participants had an average of 6.5 years of hunting per youth participant. Participating in YHEC allows youth to stay involved in hunting throughout the year and teaches a deep sense of responsibility and respect for America’s hunting traditions. In every sense, this event is the next generation of hunters' training camp. As always, the NRA Outdoor Recreational Programs Department and YHEC staff would like to thank all of the volunteers, participants, coaches, parents, and families that help make YHEC a reality – without all of your help and contributions, we could not host this incredible event. A complete listing of the 2015 International YHEC results can be found by visiting yhec.nra.org. For more information on participating in or hosting a YHEC, please email email@example.com or call us at 800-492-4868.
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1st Place Senior Individuals: • Archery Jordan Yale, NC – Score: 283 • Muzzleloader Dylan Poplin, NC – Score: 280 • Shotgun Stewart McCollum, MO – Score: 280 • Light Hunting Rifle Christopher Leavitt, OR – Score: 290 • Hunter Responsibility Examination Nickolas Martin, PA – Score: 270 • Hunter Safety Trail Nickolas Martin, PA – Score: 270 • Orienteering Mitchell Robson, PA – Score: 220 • Wildlife Identification Jordan Dinkins, NC – Score: 280
1st Place Senior Teams:
• Archery North Carolina Forbush Raptors – score: 1281 • Muzzleloader Oregon Senior Team – score: 1280 • Light Hunting Rifle North Carolina Forbush Raptors – score: 1280 • Shotgun North Carolina Forbush Raptors – score: 1150 • Hunter Responsibility Examination North Carolina Forbush Raptors – score: 1265 • Hunter Safety Trail Pennsylvania Senior Gold – score: 1185 • Orienteering Oregon Senior Team – score: 920 • Wildlife Identification North Carolina Forbush Raptors – score: 1240
1st Place Junior Teams:
• Archery Pennsylvania Junior Gold – score: 1114 • Muzzleloader Pennsylvania TJ’s Gunslingers – score: 1160 • Shotgun North Carolina Yadkin Patriots – score: 1040 • Light Hunting Rifle Louisiana Bayou Bandits Jr. Gold – score: 1130 • Hunter Responsibility Examination North Carolina Yadkin Patriots – score: 1250 • Hunter Safety Trail Pennsylvania TJ’s Gunslingers – score: 1050 • Orienteering NM Bullseye Jr. Diamondbacks – score: 810 • Wildlife Identification North Carolina Yadkin Patriots – score: 1130 4 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2015
This year’s Bud Eiman Award for excellence in team courtesy, etiquette and ethics, was presented to the Wyoming Upton Young Guns. It’s their second year in a row to win this award. The North Carolina Patriots Junior Team was declared the overall winner with a total events score of 8142.
“Ononcelonger Eddie Eagle comes out, the girl in the crown matters! — The kids LOVE Eddie Eagle,” By Marianne Johnson, Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program Coordinator
ollowing two firearm related deaths in her community, Mason decided it was time to educate both the children and adults of Batesville, AR about the importance of gun safety and proper handling of firearms. In the four year since Mason started volunteering with the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program, she has reached out to over 2,000 children. “As a contestant in the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant, I promote my platform, Armed with Awareness: Aware that guns are there throughout the state of Arkansas,” Mason explains. After winning her first Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant preliminary in November of 2011 in Blytheville, AR she partnered with Chief Ross Thompson of the Blytheville Police Department in the hopes of getting an Eddie Eagle mascot costume. The Blytheville Chickasaw Shooting Association graciously donated the necessary funding for the costume to allow Mason and the Blytheville Police Department to reach even more children with Eddie’s Gunsafe message. Mason also advocates for the Eddie Eagle program beyond classroom presentations. She has written many letters to the editors in local newspapers and advertised in her hometown football program about the steps to teach your children on how to be GunSafe. Mason reflects on the response she has received to the program: “The Batesville and Blytheville communities have not only donated funds so I may continue educating children about gun safety,
- Miss Lakes of the Northwest Mason Magouyrk
but these communities have also entrusted me with teaching their children how to behave around firearms.” The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program relies heavily on its national grassroots network of volunteers, like Mason, to promote and teach the program in their communities. With the help of these volunteers and more than 26,000 schools, law enforcement agencies, and civic organizations, Eddie Eagle’s important safety message has reached over 28 million children. The Eddie Eagle staff commend Mason’s passion for the program. She states,
“I truly believe this program is the most valid gun safety program out there. No matter what your political stance is on citizens with f irearms, each side truly wants one thing: to feel safe. Educating children and adults on the proper use of f irearms is the f irst step to creating safe homes across America.”
To become a volunteer for your club or community, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 231-0752. Grant funding, provided by Friends of NRA though The NRA Foundation, is available nationwide for law enforcement agencies, schools, hospitals, daycares and libraries to receive program materials, including the new DVD, free of charge. For more information check out our website www.eddieeagle.nra.org. Fall 2015 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 5
High Power Rifle Championship By Kyle Jillson, GO Marketing/Media Relations, Communications Coordinator
f you had to put a face on American long range shooting, a great choice would be Nancy Tompkins. The wife of an illustrious shooter (Middleton Tompkins) and mother to two tremendous shooters in Michelle and Sherri Gallagher, Nancy just claimed her fifth NRA National Long Range High Power Rifle Championship during this year's National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. Her impressive 1242-58x out of 1250 in the 125-shot championship is quite the score for normal distances, but it's especially notable when dealing with NRA Long Range's matches, which are shot at 800, 900, and all the way out to 1,000 yards. This year's championship was extra special because Camp Perry hosts the 2015 World Long Range Championships next week and a number of international competitors showed up early to use NRA Long Range as practice. For Nancy, this made her win that much better.
"There are a lot of phenomenal shooters in the U.S. that you have to compete against every year," said Tompkins. "But to have that added competition from the best international shooters — and do so well — is very nice."
You'd be excused to think that with the number of shots, varying weather conditions, and target distances that scores would be pretty separated, but you'd be wrong. Tompkins's score was tied by SSG Amanda Elsenboss of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit and was only decided by a difference of four tie-breaking Xs: 124258x to 1242-54x. Third overall went to fellow USAMU shooter, SFC 6 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2015
Brandon Green, winner of last week's NRA National High Power Rifle Championship, with 1241-75x. It had been a while since Tompkins stood at the top of the podium. Her last championship came 12 years ago in 2003, although she came extraordinarily close last year, taking second place to daughter Michelle by just 1x. Again, try to wrap your head around winners frequently being determined SSG Amanda Elsenboss SFC Brandon Green
not by whether they hit the center of the target from 1,000 yards away, but by how well they hit it. And if you think the top scores being so close together means that long range shooting is easy, go see if you can hit the ten inch x-ring from a thousand yards - consistently. But while it's always great to go home with a trophy, winning isn't everything to Tompkins. "It's nice to win, but I go off my own performance. So if I do really well and don't win, that's okay," Tompkins humbly explained.
"You do the best you can —and see what happens."
Target shooting is a unique sport in that regard. Everyone is competing against each other, but they're all shooting at the same time and don't know the scores until everything's tallied up at the end of the day. The closest comparison you can make is
golf, but even there word spreads around about how other golfers are doing and how important an upcoming shot can be. To Tompkins, getting to see her family and friends at matches is what makes everything so worthwhile and the shooting and awards come second. "One of the guys from a previous
Palma team made it out here with his sons for a day, but he didn't shoot because he's busy playing baseball with them," Tompkins said. " I consider myself fortunate because I love shooting and my girls do too, so we all get to do what we love together." Michelle and Sherri are no strangers to long range success either. The sis-
ters have each won the NRA Long Range Championship four times and one time respectively. By the way, the name of the NRA Long Range High Power Rifle award? The Tompkins Trophy; donated by Middleton himself decades ago.
ergeant First Class Brandon Green of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit has won the 2015 NRA National High Power Rifle Championship at Camp Perry, Ohio, edging out three-time champion Norman Houle 2387-140x to 2380-126x. "This win feels pretty good," Green said with a smile. "There's a lot of hard work that goes into competing with the type of competitors that are on the rifle range every day. It's nice to see all that hard work pay off and come out on top." The four-day NRA High Power Rifle Championship is a 240-shot, 2,400-point aggregate of the prestigious awards — the Vandenberg Cup, Nevada Trophy and the Clarke Trophy. Each of the sub-aggregates consist of four matches shot at distances of 200, 300 or 600 yards. This is the second championship for Green, whose first win came two years ago in 2013 after an improbable
tie with legendary High Power shooter Carl Bernosky at 2384-126x each. Although both possessed the same number of tie-breaking Xs, Green was ultimately awarded the championship after a rulebook-mandated comparison of Xs at each distance gave him the advantage. Bernosky, a ten-time NRA High Power Rifle champion, withdrew from this year's competition after the first day. "This win is kind of bittersweet because Carl wasn't able to be here. We are pretty good friends and we're both super competitive people so I wanted to shoot against him," said Green. "Carl is one of the best competitors I've ever seen in this sport, Norm too, and it's nice to be able to shoot with these guys every year." Fellow USAMU member Sergeant First Class Shane Barnhart placed third overall with a 2379-127x. During the NRA National High
Power Rifle Championship, shooters compete in either the Match Rifle Championship or Service Rifle Championship based on the type of firearm used – center rifles with numerous modifications or rifles as-issued by the U.S. Armed Forces. Green, Houle, and Barnhart, all match rifle shooters, placed first, second, and third respectively in the Match Rifle Championship. This year's Service Rifle Championship went to United States Army Reserve Master Sergeant Rob Mango with a 2372-104x. U.S. Army Sergeant Lee Bahten of the USAMU 2370-116x and U.S. Army Reserve Captain Samuel Freeman placed third with a 2367-96x. For more information on NRA National Matches visit compete.nra.org.
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NRA Range Services
Lends A Hand Down In East Texas
om Krieg spent 3 decades as a personal protection specialist and firearms instructor. During that time, Eddie Fowler had been in Silicon Valley launching seven successful start-ups prior to returning to his East Texas home. Little did they know that their paths would cross and the result would be the start of the most unique outdoors sporting/training facility deep in the Piney Woods of North East Texas — Dogwood Hills Gun Club. Back in September 2013, Tom was instructing concealed handgun classes. Most of his students were friends or friends of friends and this class was no exception. During the breaks, Tom would share his thoughts on the need for firearms owners to attend regular training and to be advocates in protecting their 2nd Amendment rights. In class that day, Eddie heard something that he had been thinking about for sometime. He was surprised to find that the local hunting and shooting community was so underserved in the areas of public ranges, firearms educational facilities, and outdoor outreach programs. Although there were a number of private ranges, they all lacked professional educational facilities for the recruitment, retention and re-engagement of firearms shooters. As the class wrapped up, Eddie approached Tom inquiring about the possibility of partnering to build a public range and a training facility. With the 2014 SHOT Show just months away, Tom suggested that they attend the show to conduct some research and to meet with the NRA Range Services staff. While at the show, they had an opportunity to meet with NRA Range Services. Afterward, it was suggested that they attend the NRA Range Development & Operations Conference. It was explained that the conference was designed to educate potential and current range owners
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and operators in issues associated with range development and operations. After attending the conference, both attendees agreed that the subject matter and the speakers providing the information was beyond their expatiations. They were also provided with the NRA Range Source Book, which was going to prove to be a great resource in the development and operation of their project. Months after the conference had ended, the support and guidance by the NRA Range Services personnel continued. Through the use of an NRA Range Technical Team Advisor, an evaluation of the Dogwood Hills Gun Club’s range and procedures were conducted and recommendations were implemented, thus avoiding costly mistakes. As the project progressed, Tom was introduced to Lindsay Hodgdon of the Texas Training Crew. The Texas Training Crew is an independent group of NRA Certified Training Counselors and Instructors who provide training for individuals wanting to become NRA Instructors. “The Crew” has been, and continues to be, instrumental in providing Range Safety Officer (RSO) courses and various other NRA Instructor Development courses to the Dogwood Hills Gun Club staff and their customers. Dogwood Hills Gun Club opened earlier this year. Although it is still in it’s initial stages, Eddie and Tom are extremely gratefully for the assistance and continued support of the NRA Range Services Staff. What was once started as a dream, the NRA Range Services Departent has helped make it a reality. For more information on how the NRA Range Services provided assistance to the Dogwood Hills Gun Club, please feel free to contact Eddie or Tom at email@example.com.
How can NRA help your Range? NRA Range Services offers a number of resources to commercial, public, and private ranges across the country including on-site assistance, educational seminars, grants and much more. NRA Range Technical Team: Providing on-site assistance to shooting range facilities, the NRA Range Technical Team is a nationwide network of volunteers trained in the field of shooting range development, design, and operations. Services provided by Range Technical Team Advisors (RTTA's) include: • Range planning assistance • Range use and procedural evaluation assistance • Range safety and design evaluation assistance NRA Range Development & Operations Conferences: The Range Development & Operations Conference is a four-day industry seminar designed to educate range owners and operators, of both existing and proposed range facilities, to identify potential problems associated with designing, environmental issues, and safety. NRA Range Development & Operations Online Course: • Complete on your busy schedule • Certificate provided at completion of course • $300 fee The NRA Range Source Book: NRA's guide to planning and constructing shooting ranges: The NRA Range Source Book provides both basic and advanced guidance to assist in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of shooting range facilities. The source book discusses methods and technologies which may result in a fuller use of range operations.
Find a Local Range Look up local ranges in your state with the NRA National Registry of Places to Shoot http://findnra.nra.org. The NRA Range Services Department has compiled this listing of shooting range facilities to help our members find places to shoot. If you would like to have your range added to our listing, contact us at (877) NRA RANGE (672-7264). Apply for an NRA Range Grant: Range grant funds are made available at NRA's sole discretion to qualifying NRA-affiliated clubs and associations by approval of the Range Development Committee to assist with acquisition, development, and improvement of shooting facilities. Applicants must be a 100% NRA membership NRA-Affiliated Club. This program is limited to $5,000 per application per year. Deadline for submission is August 1st annually. Apply for an NRA Public Range Grant: A matching grant program for up to $25,000 in funding for entities opening a Public Range.
For more information, visit http://range.nra.org/ or contact NRA Range Services today at (877) NRA RANGE (672-7264) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Fall 2015 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 9
NRA Public Range Fund Spotlight:
Arizona Fish & Game By Brian Hyder, National Liaison, General Operations Programs
rizona is probably best known for exceptionally hot summers and the Grand Canyon. The desert basin in southern Arizona can produce temperatures exceeding 125°F with an all time record high of 128°F. The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and one of the first national parks in the U.S. It was carved by the Colorado River and ranges from 4 to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, it is one of the major tourist attractions in the U.S. With its deserts and deep gorges, not many people know that Arizona is also 27% forest, supporting the largest stand of ponderosa pine trees in the world. Paired with this incredible diversity in geography and geology is also an amazing diversity of wildlife. Arizona is well known throughout the country 10 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2015
for its small game and big game hunting opportunities. 3 species of quail, 3 species of doves, blue grouse, 5 species of squirrels, rabbits and waterfowl provide the small game hunter with plenty of action. Big game hunters enjoy
The 1640 acre Ben Avery Shooting Facility (Above) is staffed by Arizona Game and Fish Department employees. The AGFD (Department) currently manages 10 AGFC (Commission) owned shooting ranges throughout the State.
quality hunting for antelope, black bear, buffalo, desert bighorn sheep, elk, javelina, wild turkey, mountain lion, mule deer, white-tailed and the Coues’ deer. The Arizona Game and Fish Department, under the direction of Larry Voyles, is responsible for management of these and other wildlife species. "Our country has a long heritage of hunting and shooting sports participation that is fundamentally tied to our character as a nation. The future of this heritage that we are blessed to be a part of depends upon access to safe and convenient shooting venues. It is for this reason that the Department has supported shooting range development statewide in order to facilitate safe and modern shooting opportunities for Arizona’s citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights,
teach youth and adults safe marksmanship, and expand recreational opportunities for all. Our staff has worked hard with many partners to acquire and build 10 shooting ranges across the state, including the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, a world-class facility”, said Voyles. The staff of the Arizona Game and Fish Department understand fully the importance that hunting, shooting and angling play in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Hunters, shooters and anglers have generated more than $10 billion toward wildlife conservation since 1939. The shooters of Arizona are an important part of the conservation equation and the AGFD and Commission work hard to provide shooters with quality facilities. The Department currently manages 10 commission owned public ranges in the state. Many of these are operated through agreements with
sportsman’s clubs. The 1,640 acre Ben Avery Shooting Facility is one of the largest publicly operated shooting facilities in the country. Founded in 1957, it is Arizona’s flagship shoot-
ing complex. Located near Phoenix, it averages more than 200,000 shooter days per year and is home to several regional and national competitions. The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is largely funded by revenues from the Pittman-Robertson Act, which is the corner-stone of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The AGFD and the NRA have enjoyed an increasingly cooperative relationship in recent years. In 2014, the AGFD and the NRA cohosted the first National Public Range Conference at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. 60 representatives from 36 states attended this conference designed for state and federal agencies, counties and municipalities interested
The Department manages a Shooting Range Development Grant program, which provides Non-Prof it Organizations and Government Agencies funding for range development and improvement projects. The Commission created the program to provide support to the Department’s Hunter Education, Archery Education and Scholastic Clay Target Programs.
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in developing and managing public ranges. The AGFD has also utilized the NRA’s Public Range Fund several times in developing new ranges in the state. Mike Raum, AGFD’s Statewide Shooting Range Administrator, had this to say about the NRA’s Public Range Fund:
Archery Education and Scholastic Clay Target programs. The program has provided over $2 million for shooting range development and improvement since 1996.
“I would like to thank the NRA for their partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and for the Public Range Funds that have helped us achieve our goals to provide safe, accessible recreational shooting facilities for the residents of Arizona.”
The NRA Public Range Fund works in concert with Arizona’s Shooting Range Development Grant Program. This program was created to provide funding for public shooting ranges in support of the Department’s Hunter Education, 12 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2015
The future of our sports rests in the hands of those who willingly carry on the traditions. Without safe environments to teach the upcoming generations — these things we hold dear won't survive.
In 2009, the Department further demonstrated its commitment to shooting sports by creating the Shooting Sports Branch with the Information and Education Division. This branch is dedicated specifically to shooting range development and maintenance statewide, including the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Commission are keenly aware of the importance of ranges to the citizens of Arizona and remain committed to the future development of ranges in the state to not only encourage the growth of the shooting sports but also to provide the public with safe places to shoot. They know full well that a future shooter could also be a future hunter and that both are important as contributors to conservation in Arizona and nationwide. Rest assured, as a strong partner with the same mission, the NRA will be there to help. For more information on ranges and shooting in Arizona go to AZGFDportal.AZ.gov/shooting.
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Top Recruiters to be Recognized By Randy Clark-Manager, Recruiting Programs
wo NRA Recruiters will be recognized for their outstanding efforts in 2014 at the upcoming NRA Board Meetings in Arlington, VA. Chuck’s Gun Shop of Riverdale, IL and David Conte of Franklin, TN will experience a weekend of touring our Nation’s Capital, enjoying VIP receptions, and receiving praise and recognition in front of NRA Board members. Each of these outstanding recruiters signed up over 2,000 members last year topping their record shattering 2013 totals by double digit percentages! Both Recruiters deserve a heartfelt thank you from all for their outstanding efforts in 2014. The Recruiter of the Year awards are based on the number of members recruited in relation to the opportunities to recruit, results vs. the previous year, and so much more! Make NRA Recruiting part of your daily routine and you will have the opportunity to earn this once in a lifetime experience!
The NRA Recruiting program provides an opportunity to strengthen NRA by signing up and renewing members during everyday activities. It’s free to join and the necessary materials are free of charge. For every member signed up, Recruiters earn up to $25 per membership to go back into their club, business or personal bank account. For more information on how to join the NRA Recruiting Program call us at (800) 672-0004 (option 2), email us at email@example.com or visit us on the web at www.NRA.org/recruiter. Are you already a part of the NRA Recruiting Program? We’d like to hear from you too. Please email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how we can help you recruit more members.
By Damian Allen, Program Coordinator, Air Gun/Disabled Shooting Servicecs
id you know? The NRA has a Collegiate & Schools Program! •Nearly 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. offer shooting programs. •These collegiate programs are a mix of rifle, pistol, and shotgun teams/clubs. •If you are new to the collegiate shooting sports arena, you can read our on-line Collegiate Shooting Guide to get started.
2016 Collegiate Dates to Know
•If you are an experienced competition shooter and are looking for a potential college or university to attend, you can view the on-line Collegiate Shooting Sports Directory. •If you are already enrolled in college or plan to attend a university that does not have a competitive program and would like to start one, you can get started by reading our e-book called
Developing A Scholastic Shooting Program. •If you would like to learn more about the NRA Collegiate & Schools Program visit our web-site at http://collegiate.nra.org/ •E-mail us at email@example.com for more information about the NRA Collegiate and School Programs.
NRA Intercollegiate Pistol NCAA Rifle Championships Pistol Sectionals Championships - March 13-17 March 11-12 January 2 - February 14 Fort Benning, Georgia University of Akron, Ohio Rifle Club Sectionals NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club ACUI Clay Target Championships January 2 - February 14 Championships - March 18-20 March 29 - April 3 NCAA Rifle Sectionals Fort Benning, Georgia National Shooting Complex, TX January 2 - February 21 NRA All-American Now you know! Help spread the word! Application Deadline: February 24 14 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2015
NRA America’s Rifle Challenge presented by Daniel Defense® (ARC) is a recreational shooting program designed to provide modern sporting rifle owners a fun and exhilarating experience at the range. Hosting an ARC event at your local range will introduce AR owners to the ever-growing popular action shooting sports, and encourage shooters to become more active and involved in range events. A guidebook has been developed to provide you with all the information and details you need to host an event.
To get more information about ARC, visit arc.nra.org and download your free copy of the ARC Guidebook today. Summer 2015 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 15
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Back To School
By Bethany Mullen, RTBAV Program Coordinator
he NRA’s award-winning personal safety and crime prevention program, Refuse To Be A Victim® has been dedicated to helping people avoid becoming victims of crime since 1993. Seminars across the country are held every day, giving people tips and strategies that they can implement into their everyday life to help make them less vulnerable. Whether it be personal safety, cyber security, home security, or travel safety, Refuse To Be A Victim® provides a comprehensive look at how to create layers of security in your life to lessen your chances of victimization.
Each issue, we are going to pass along some safety tips about a different topic. If you are interested in learning more about the program or finding a seminar near you, please visit refuse.nra.org. If you are interested in taking our Online Instructor Course, please visit NRAOnlineTraining.org.
Back to School Safety Tips • Think twice about putting your child's name on clothing or possessions in visible locations. Criminals can see this and use children’s names to convincingly deceive them into thinking they know them.
• Don’t post pictures of your children on social media in real time or check in at their school or daycare. “My son’s first day of school at Main St. Elementary!” may sound harmless to most people, but predators can use that information to know exactly which child is yours and where you are going to be leaving him or her for the day.
• Be careful what decals you put on your car. The stick figure families tell the makeup of your family, while school or sports decals can give criminals useful information as to where your children might be. These details can be used to trick or confuse young children in order to take advantage of them.
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Bloomberg's Continued Campaign of
ANTI-FREED0M By Lars Dalseide, ILA - PR & Communications Media Liason
ith the presidential election right around the corner, gun owners around the country are sure to find the fingerprints of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg everywhere. Found in the way of contributions to political candidates keen on doing as much damage to the Second Amendment as possible. That¹s why the NRA reached out to the American public during the first Republication Presidential Primary debate.
"It is critical that voters understand Michael Bloomberg’s anti-freedom agenda,"
said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF. "He is the face of the gun control movement, operating in the shadows, hiding behind a collection of gun control front groups. Even if the Bloomberg name is not on the ballot next November the Bloomberg agenda will be." With an ego and checkbook propping up a disarmament movement that attracts an impressive collection of ill-informed fat cats, the billionaire media mogul is once again ready to impose his will on the little people. Remember those stories coming out of New York City a few years ago? He was trying to tell everyone how much soda they could drink, what kind of food they could eat, and how to protect themselves in life-threating situations. That’s why billionaire Michael Bloomberg was the focus of our first political ad of the 2016 election cycle. The ad highlights his attempts to control every aspect of people’s lives. With images of campaign workers preparing for an event, an announcer warns that he will "Outlaw your snack foods. Drive up your electric bill. 18 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2015
Dismantle your gun rights." A long time anti-gun advocate, Bloomberg relaunched the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group he started in New York with a $50 million rebranding effort. Now divided into two groups - Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action - the meddlesome media mogul threatens to impose his will on more Americans than ever before. And though Bloomberg may not actually run for president, he will certainly try to use his financial clout to pick the next president. After all, he's already spent millions of dollars on behalf of candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. So as the political landscape begins to take shape, keep an eye on your candidates as well as their campaign contributors. If they¹re taking support from Michael Bloomberg, or any of his groups, odds are they¹re not going to support your Second Amendment rights. Stay up to speed with the latest firearm legislation at www.nraila.org.
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H-Bar LOMAH Electronic Target by John Parker, Managing Editor, Shooting Sports USA
ong-range rifle competitors who need instant target feedback in a portable package can stop looking. Earlier this year, I traveled to the rolling hills of Southern Pennsylvania, where I spent the day at the New Holland Rifle and Pistol club, along with the folks from Oakwood Controls, manufacturers of the H-Bar LOMAH (Location of Miss and Hit) electronic target system.
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After speaking to the president of Oakwood Controls, John Huang, I learned just how passionate both Oakwood and John are about not only ballistics, but competitive shooting in general. Shooting at distances of 300 and 600 yards, LOMAH didn’t skip a beat during the demonstration. Setup was a breeze, taking less than ten minutes to get the unit unpacked and deployed down range with the entire system weighing less than fifteen pounds. At the 600-yard line, all that needed to be done was place the H-Bar on the ground parallel to the firing line, and mount the tombstone aiming target to the H-Bar. The tombstone is made of a water-resistant fiberboard (similar to this) and is extremely durable. According to John, “Replacements are very inexpensive, but last for hundreds of hits.” Protected by a low berm, the tombstone target is the only portion of the LOMAH system
Left & Above: We used the tombstone target at 600 yards and a bullseye at 350 yards. Above: The Toughbook tablets had touchscreens and were easy to view, even in direct sunlight. Each tablet seamlessly connected to the long-distance radio set-up near the target.
Right: At 600 yards, the only visible portion of the H-Bar LOMAH target system was the aiming target.
visible from the firing line. The system is accurate to +/- 5 mm throughout the scoring area and once the tombstone target was properly aligned and set, it took less than a minute to connect to the tablets back at the firing line. The range of the long-distance radio that communicates with the tablets is five kilometers, but John told me, “We’ve only used it for actual shooting out to 3500 yards. We haven’t found anyone that can keep bullets supersonic beyond that!” In addition, The LOMAH scores, hits and misses in a large detection window, allowing long-range competitors to shoot without perfect ballistic data. It will detect both hit and miss supersonic shots of over 1200 FPS. Furthermore, being battery-operated, the system uses six acoustic sensors which send a signal back to the computer via Wi-Fi and the delicate electronics within the unit are well-protected from adverse weather conditions, and therefore can be used in any climate. Additionally, The LOMAH system allows a competitor to shoot at targets downrange, score and save the shot series via any Windows laptop, or a modified Toughbook tablet supplied by Oakwood. On our day at the range, we used the Toughbook tablets. Equipped with a touchscreen display, the Toughbook was very easy to read, even in bright sunlight. The software shows more than just hits and misses, and all shot and group information can be displayed in a multitude of formats. While testing the equipment, I found that Oakwood’s
LOMAH system is extremely fast and reliable. The amount of data available to the competitor via the user interface is staggering. You literally have all the details of your shooting right in front of you, including precise locations of hits and misses, group size and center location. All shooting information can be displayed in inches, centimeters, MOA and MIL. Shooting coaches will be happy to hear that detailed notes can be saved for each shot group, for each shooter, and sessions can be stored for later review. Even better, there are options to view the data of other shooters using the system. Another great feature is there is no need for a spotting scope with this electronic target system because the display gives you instant feedback. In fact, this electronic target system was so fast, I would find myself looking at the monitor immediately after pulling the rifle trigger. Much like a golfer, I had to remind myself to follow through after firing, then look up at the monitor. So if you want to move squads faster through your next competition, the LOMAH system can definitely help. Allowing competitors to spend more time shooting and less time scoring targets makes for a much more enjoyable experience. Even more valuable—the robust data sets that are available at the touch of a finger. For more information on Oakwood Controls and the H-Bar LOMAH target system, visit their web site at www.oakwoodcontrols.com. All NRA Affiliated Clubs will receive a 10% discount.
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AR-15 Reload By Andy Lander, Training Counselor Program Coordinator
Photo by Pat Rogers at E.A.G. Tactical
ext to my bed is an AR-15, which also happens to be my preferred hunting rifle for everything from prairie dogs and squirrels to predators and varmints at night or even whitetail deer (where permitted by law). For the gun to be useful, I as the user, must ensure that it is ready to go when I need it. Whether I'm loading a gun for target shooting on a range, making sure my hunting gun has a round in the chamber so I'm ready for a big whitetail to walk under my tree stand in November, or making sure my bedside defense gun has a cartridge in the chamber prior to a life threatening encounter, press checking (also known as chamber checking) your gun prior to use could make a world of 24 â€˘ NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE â€˘ Fall 2015
difference in the outcome. Some guns come with devices and indicators that show there is a cartridge in the chamber, but the popular AR platform typically must be manually checked. The proper method to press check an AR-15 rifle can be applied to any rifle such as an AK variant, M1A, FNH SCAR, or any other modern type sporting rifle that uses a staggered type box fed magazine that alternates which side of the magazine feeds into the chamber. This is an administrative task that ensures your rifle is properly loaded. Therefore, this must be performed prior to you needing to actually shoot or physically use the firearm.
1 Photos at right: Courtesy of Sgt./Maj. Kyle E. Lamb, U.S. Army (Ret.) and NRA's American Rifleman Magazine Step#1-Engage the mechanical safety, and apply the NRA 3-Rules of safe gun handling. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. ALWAYS keep your f inger off the trigger until ready to shoot. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. Step#2-Place your finger on the top of your loaded magazine and feel which side of the magazine the first cartridge is on. If the cartridge is on the left side then say to yourself aloud, “LEFT” (or “RIGHT” — if it’s on the right). Step#3 For AR type rifles, if the bolt is in the forward position, utilize the T-type charging handle and lock the bolt back by manipulating the bolt catch/release. Step#4-Insert the magazine and charge the rifle by releasing the bolt or by power stroking the T-type charging handle. Step#5-Remove the magazine, feel which side the cartridge is on and say out loud which side it is on. The cartridge now should be the opposite side. If it is, then you have confirmed that your rifle has a cartridge in the chamber. NOTE: If the cartridge is on the same side as when you started, then you may want to start over. Be sure to push the magazine into the magazine well by pushing the magazine in until it clicks, then pull on it to make sure that it is seated properly. This is known as the "PUSH/PULL” method. Step#6-Reinsert the magazine using the "PUSH/PULL” method. Step#7-Tap the forward assist using your thumb or finger. This pushes against the bolt to ensure proper seating and function. Close the dust cover to prevent dirt from getting into the upper receiver and bolt carrier group. This is your final mental check and visual indicator that lets you and anybody else you are working with know that your gun is loaded, and that you’ve checked it. All you need to do to fire the gun is manipulate the safety and trigger.
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NRA Affiliated State Associations AL STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N 2009 Rogers Dr Huntsville, AL 35811 256-534-7968 • James Moses, President firstname.lastname@example.org Website currently unavailable AK OUTDOOR COUNCIL, INC. 310 K St Ste 200 Anchorage, AK 99501 907-264-6645 • Bill Iverson, President email@example.com www.alaskaoutdoorcouncil.org AZ STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N P.O. Box 74424 New River, AZ 85087 623-687-4251 • Noble C. Hathaway, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.asrpa.com AR RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 2348 Conway, AR 72033 501-327-4702 • Ann Fairless, Sec./Treas. email@example.com www.arpa-online.org CA RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N, INC. 271 E Imperial Hwy Ste 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772 • Alan Edwards , Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org www.crpa.org CO STATE SHOOTING ASS'N 609 W Littleton Blvd Ste 206 Littleton, CO 80120 303-663-9339 • Tony Fabian, President email@example.com www.cssa.org CT STATE RIFLE & REVOLVER ASS'N P.O. Box 754 North Haven, CT 06473 860-480-4600 • Bradford Palmer, Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org www.csrra.com DE STATE SPORTSMEN’S ASS'N P.O. Box 94 Lincoln, DE 19960 302-475-4228 • Daniel Lindberg, Vice President email@example.com www.dssa.us FL SPORT SHOOTING ASS'N, INC. 5915 Viking Rd Orlando, FL 32808 407-295-5115 • Robert Stokes, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.flssa.org
GA SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N PO Box 1733 Macon, GA 31202 478-955-7068 • Tom Patton, Secretary/Treasurer email@example.com www.gssa.info HI RIFLE ASSOCIATION PO Box 543 Kailua, HI 96734 808-306-7194 • Harvey F. Gerwig, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.hawaiirifleassociation.org ID STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N PO Box 140293 Boise, ID 83714-4183 208-452-4183 • Neill Goodfellow, President email@example.com www.idahosrpa.org IL STATE RIFLE ASS'N, INC. P.O. Box 637 Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198 • Richard Pearson, Exe. Director firstname.lastname@example.org www.isra.org IN STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N, INC. 7527 State Route 56 W Rising Sun, IN 47040 812-534-3258 • Jerry Wehner, President email@example.com www.isrpa.org IA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 240 Prospect Road North Liberty, IA 52317-9660 319-626-2710 • Bill Besgrove, Sec./Treas. firstname.lastname@example.org www.iasrpa.org KS STATE RIFLE ASS'N P.O. Box 219 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-608-1910 • Patricia Stoneking, President email@example.com www.ksraweb.org L OF KY SPORTSMEN, INC. 1116 Hume Road Lexington, KY 40516 859-351-7113 • Thomas J. Mansfield, NRA Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org www.kentuckysportsmen.com LA SHOOTING ASS'N 350 Quill Ct. Slidell, LA 70461 985-781-4174 • Daniel Zelenka II, President email@example.com www.louisianashooting.com
(ME) PINE TREE STATE R&P ASS'N, INC PO Box 373 Yarmouth, ME 04096 207-882-4713 • Angus Norcross, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org www.mainerpa.org MD STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N 341 Whitfield Rd Catonsville, MD 21228 410-838-1734 • James Bowen, President email@example.com www.msrpa.org (MA) GUN OWNERS’ ACTION L PO Box 567, 361 W Main St Northboro, MA 01606 508-393-5333 • James Wallace, Exe. Director firstname.lastname@example.org www.goal.org MI RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 71 Marshall, MI 49068-0071 269-781-1223 • Charles Hayes, Secretary email@example.com www.michrpa.com MN RIFLE & REVOLVER ASS'N, INC. 4737 CR 101, Box 114 Minnetonka, MN 55345-2634 320-968-6898 • George Minerich, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.mrra.org MS STATE FIREARM OWNERS ASS'N PO Box 1061 McComb, MS 39649 601-341-8797 • Douglas Bowser, President email@example.com msfoa.tripod.com MO SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N PO Box 209 Winfield, MO 63389 314-440-3811 • Mike Kight, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org www.missourisportshooting.org MT RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 48 Ramsay, MT 59748 406-868-4181 • Zona Mowrer, Secretary email@example.com www.mtrpa.org NE MARKSMANSHIP ASS’N PO Box 390311 Omaha, NE 68139 402-933-4881 • Bill Keil, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org www.nemarksmanship.org
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NRA Affiliated State Associations NV FIREARMS COALITION 5575 Simmons St, Ste I-176 North Las Vegas, NV 89031 702-353-5935 • Don Turner, President email@example.com www.nvfac.org GUN OWNERS OF NH, INC. P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0487 603-225-4664 • Mitch Kopacz, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.gonh.org ASS'N OF NJ R&P CLUBS, INC. 5 Sicomac Rd Ste 292 North Haledon, NJ 07508 973-697-9270 • Scott L. Bach, Exe. Director email@example.com www.anjrpc.org NM SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N, INC. P.O. Box 20787 Albuquerque, NM 87154 505-286-8449 • Gayle Dye, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.nmssa.org NY STATE R&P ASS’N, INC. 90 S. Swan Street Suite 395 Albany, NY 12210 518-272-2654 • Tom King, President email@example.com www.nysrpa.org NC RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 910-295-7220 • David Prest, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org www.ncrpa.org ND SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N P.O. Box 228 Bismarck, ND 58502 701-255-4601 • Rich Butler, President email@example.com www.ndssa.org OH RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 6116 Misty Creek Dr Loveland, OH 45140 513-426-7944 • Bob Sacco, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.orpa.net OK RIFLE ASS'N P.O. Box 850927 Yukon, OK 73085-0927 405-324-2450 • Charles Smith, Executive Director email@example.com www.oklarifle.org
OR STATE SHOOTING ASS’N 34423 Brewster Rd Lebanon, OR 97333 541-409-3358 • Nelson Shaw, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.ossa.org PA RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N 1573 Chestnut Grove Hwy Grampian, PA 16838 814-236-0708 • Jack Lee, President email@example.com www.pennarifleandpistol.org GUN RIGHTS & SAFETY ASS'N OF PR PO Box 191919 San Juan, PR 00919-1919 • Rafael Torres, President 787-691-1919 firstname.lastname@example.org www.grsapr.org RI 2ⁿd AMENDMENT COALITION 928 Atwood Ave Johnston, RI 02919 401-944-1600 • Frank Saccoccio, President email@example.com www.ri2nd.org GUN OWNERS OF SC P.O. Box 211 Little Mountain, SC 29075 803-345-5761 • Gerald Stoudemire, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.gosc.org SD SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N PO Box 3 Dell Rapids, SD 57022 605-428-5488 • Tom Raines, President email@example.com www.sdshootingsports.org TN SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N, INC. 6653 Jocelyn Hollow Road Nashville, TN 37205 615-491-2633 • Ray Harvey, President firstname.lastname@example.org
VT FED'N OF SPRTMN’S CLUBS, INC. 16 Millstone Blvd Barre, VT 05641 802-272-8544 • Evan Hughes, Vice President email@example.com www.vtfsc.org VA SHOOTING SPORTS ASS’N P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848 • Lucien Charette, Exec. Director firstname.lastname@example.org www.myvssa.org WA STATE R&P ASS'N, INC. 17541 Fremont Ave N Shore Line, WA 98113 206-427-8257 • James Crosier, President email@example.com www.wsrpa.net WV SRPA P.O. Box 120 Eleanor, WV 25070 304-586-3116 • Amy Tenney, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org www.wvasrpa.org WI F.O.R.C.E. PO Box 130 Seymour, WI 54165 888-337-3534 • Jeff Nass, Executive Director email@example.com www.wisconsinforce.org WY STATE SHOOTING ASS'N, INC. 625 Sweetwater St Lander, WY 82520-3044 307-335-9323 • Roger Sebesta, Secy/Treas firstname.lastname@example.org www.wyossa.com
TX STATE RIFLE ASS'N 8411 N. IH 35 Austin, TX 78753 512-615-4200 • Jan Jumper, Asst. Director email@example.com www.tsra.com UT STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 4834 Van Buren Ave Ogden, UT 84403 801-499-9763 • Elwood P. Powell, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.usrpa.org
NRA Clubs & Associations • 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 • clubs.nra.org
NRA Field Representative Directory EASTERN REGION Eastern Regional Director Bryan Hoover Area 1 (ME, NH, VT) Brian Smith Area 2 (NY) Jay Rusnock Area 3 (CT, MA, RI, NJ, Lower NY) Jim Reardon Area 4 (DE, Eastern PA) Kory Enck Area 5 (Western PA) Thomas Baldrige Area 7 (WV, Western VA, Western MD) Jim Kilgore Area 12 (Southern OH) Andrew Root Area 45 (DC, Eatern MD, Eastern VA) David Wells Area 49 (Northern OH) Marc Peugeot
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CENTRAL REGION Central Regional Director Chad Franklin Area 13 (Northern MO) Travis Scott Area 14 (IN) Craig Haggard Area 15 (KY) John LaRowe Area 17 (WI) Scott Taetsch Area 18 (Northern IL) Michael Huber Area 19 (MO) Gregg Pearre Area 23 (IA, NE) Tim Bacon Area 51 (MI) Allan Herman Area 52 (Southern IL) Donald Higgs
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SOUTHERN REGION Southern Regional Director Al Hammond Area 8 (Eastern NC) Lloyd Edwards Area 9 (SC) Freeman Coleman Area 10 (GA) Neely Raper Area 11 (Northern FL) Bret Eldridge Area 16 (LA) Chad Bowen Area 22 (AL, MS) Gene Newman Area 42 (Western NC) Robert Doug Merrill Area 43 (TN) Mike Webb Area 48 (Southern FL) Tom Knight
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NRA Clubs & Associations • 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 • clubs.nra.org
NRA Field Representative Directory MID WEST REGION Mid West Regional Director Tom Ulik email@example.com Area 20 (OK) Darren DeLong firstname.lastname@example.org Area 24 (KS) VACANT ---------------------------------------------Area 25 (Northern TX) Terry Free email@example.com Area 26 (Southern TX) Liz Foley firstname.lastname@example.org Area 27 (NM) Kevin Post email@example.com Area 30 (CO) Brad Dreier firstname.lastname@example.org Area 39 (AR) Erica Willard-Dunn email@example.com Area 47 (Western TX) Jack Cannon firstname.lastname@example.org
WESTERN REGION Western Regional Director Brad Kruger Area 21 (MN) Eric Linder Area 28 (MT) Joseph Crismore Area 29 (WY) David Manzer Area 33 (ID) Steve Vreeland Area 34 (HI, OR) Mike Carey Area 38 (Southern AK) Greg Stephens Area 40 (WA) Michael Herrera Area 41 (ND, SD) Clay Pederson Area 53 (Northern AK) Josh Toennessen
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SOUTHWESTERN REGION Southwestern Regional Director Jason Quick Area 6 (NV) Steve Wilson Area 31 (AZ) Winston Pendelton Area 32 (UT) John Kendall Area 35 (Northern CA) Daniel Wilhelm Area 36 (Southern CA) Mike Davis Area 37 (Central CA) Paul Rodarmel Area 46 (Eastern CA) Cole Beverly Area 50 (Mid California) Bob Anderson
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NRA Clubs & Associations • 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 • clubs.nra.org
Recreational Programs & Ranges 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, VA 22030
Nonprofit Org U.S. POSTAGE PAID Dulles, VA Permit No. 67
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Calling all of our most
accomplished clubs!!! We want to brag about you and exemplify, “What it means to be an Outstanding NRA Club!”
Your club could receive national recognition and status above all others as an example of what the National Rifle Association considers the BEST of of the BEST of our Clubs & Associations. Don C. DiBiasio Outstanding Club Award Outstanding State Association Award Outstanding Youth Club Award & the Public Service Award All submissions must be received by December 1st 2014
For more information call (800)NRA-CLUB or email firstname.lastname@example.org Apply online at http://clubs.nra.org/nra-club-awards.aspx
Published on Oct 1, 2015
NRA Sports - Fall 2015 Established in 2013, the NRA Sports Department was developed for NRA members who have a genuine interest in the recre...