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Eddie Eagle Hits the Road to Spread His Safety Message
Instructors Have a Golden Opportunity
NRA National Firearms Museum It's Good to be a Snake (Gun)
NRA Women's Wilderness Escape Goes West!
NRA Public Range Spotlight: Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission
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A Day of Firearms Education at the State Legislature By Randi Thompson, Public & Government Relations Consulting
n Monday May 1, the Nevada Firearms Coalition put on a successful event in Carson City to help educate legislators on firearms safety and its BE AWARE program, and why it is so important to protect our 2nd amendment rights. The event was a great success, with over 120 people attending, 18 of which were legislators. Funded by a grant from the NRA, the event was held outside of the legislative building with a tent set up that housed an electronic laser simulation system for those who were interested to try target shooting. The first people to stop by the tent were the lobbyists for law enforcement. All of them appreciated our being there to help raise awareness about how groups like the NRA and the Nevada Firearms Coalition provide gun safety training and suicide prevention programs. We had NSSF Project ChildSafe gun locks donated from the Washoe County Sheriff ’s office that we handed out, and they thought that was a great idea. Several Republican legislators stopped by, including Senators Heidi Gansert, James Settelmeyer, Becky Harris and Don Gustavson. Assembly Members included Ira Hansen, Robin Titus, Chris Edwards, Jim Marchant, John Ellison, Jim Wheeler, Lisa Krasner, Keith Pickard, and Richard McArthur. 2 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2017
Five Democrats also visited. They included: Senator Mo Denis, Senator David Parks, Assemblywoman Leslie Cohen, and Assemblymen Richard Carrillo and Chris Brooks. Over 100 people tried their hand at shooting these simulated firearms. There were first taught how to hold the firearm, aim correctly, and most importantly, how to be safe with a firearm. There were three different gun options that people could chose to “fire”; a pistol, a shotgun, and an AR-15. These firearms used lasers to fire at the targets, and had CO2 cartridges to simulate the sound and feel of a real gun. Reno Guns and Range provided the simulation as well as five instructors who mingled with guests and legislators and answered their questions and concerns. They talked about gun safety and how important it is to be educated on the safe use and storage of guns. They also talked to legislators about the impact of some of the bills at the legislature, especially those that are trying to take guns away from law-abiding citizens. Food was also provided, which helped attract people to the event, but also kept them around, allowing more interaction with the instructors. Many people remarked at what an informative, as well
as fun, event this was. Several people had never shot a gun before, and said that shooting a gun wasn’t as intimidating as they expected. Several expressed an interest in now going to a range to target shoot. The more experienced shooters enjoyed the simulation and many requested information on CCW classes. Many said they appreciated the instructors talking about the safe use and storage of guns, and suicide prevention, as well as how they now have a better respect for guns and gun owners, as they see what type of education it takes to be properly trained. All of the instructors had different backgrounds, from military to retired law enforcement, and were able to talk with guests and legislators about the importance of gun safety and training, but also about the importance of the Second Amendment. One of the instructors was a woman, and it was very interesting to hear her speak with a female Assemblywoman who was not familiar with guns at all. She tried out the simulator and eventually hit the target spot on. It was a very successful day that everyone enjoyed. We were pleased to hear many people tell us that the instruction was helpful, and that they learned something about guns and gun safety.
Above: Assemblyman Jim Wheeler takes aim with an AR-15 retrof itted with simmunition components under the supervision of an Instructor from Reno Guns and Range. Below: Assemblymen McArthur, Wheeler, and Marchant talk to Reno Guns and Range instructor Alicia. For more information about Nevada Firearms Coalition, visit their website at www.nvfac.org
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Eddie Eagle hits the road to spread his safety message
By Bri Lowden, Eddie Eagle Program Coordinator
his year has brought exciting developments to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program. Eddie and his Wing Team have always enjoyed spreading their GunSafe message to family and friends in all corners of the country. With the program’s success at the Great American Outdoor Show each year, Eddie has added more shows to his schedule to speak with families about the important safety message. The Eddie Eagle Program staff were able to go to several new shows including one of the Nation’s largest Deer and Turkey Expos located in Columbus, Ohio, a leading Parent Teachers Organization event in Baltimore, Maryland, and several other new stops. The shows gave the staff new opportunities to reach parents and children due to its success. Staff discussed the newly designed interactive Eddie Eagle website that families could participate in together at home as well. Since launching Eddie Eagle’s Treehouse, a kid-friendly website in 2015, Eddie and his Wing Team are able to share their safety message with thousands of kids in their own home. Along with the materials already available to families, the website showcases the best the program can offer in a unique way. Storybooks, sing-a-longs, and workbooks are all available on the website for free. Eddie Eagle and his program staff are looking for volunteers to help with future shows in local areas! If you or your club are interested in exhibiting the Eddie Eagle program at outdoor show, please email directly at email@example.com. The program staff looks forward to meeting each and every one of you at local shows in the future! 4 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2017
Recruiting for the NRA David Helmer, NRA Marketing Representative
he NRA Recruiting Program offers certified instructors an opportunity to become more involved in strengthening the NRA, while also earning up to $25 for every new member they enroll. As experts in the field with a high rate of new-shooter encounters, all NRA Instructors should seriously consider also becoming a Recruiter. Kevin Sadeski, the top NRA Instructor Recruiter, explains why he enrolled in the program. “As an Ohio concealed carrier and instructor, I learned the importance of the lobbying the NRA was doing in Ohio for our firearm rights. In my classes, I have the ability to relate this message to my students. Before enrolling as a recruiter, I would just recommend that they sign up and give them a website to sign up through. However, I would imagine that only a very small percentage would follow through and sign up. Ken Hanson pushed me to become a recruiter, and eventually I did. After I started, I worked to
tweak my message to get more students to sign up. After seeing the Top 10 Recruiters list, I challenged my team to be the top recruiter. It took almost two years to get there, but we made it!” All dedicated NRA Instructors should enroll as recruiters and maximize their efforts in defending our Second Amendment. In his recommendation, Sadeski brings up the point that, “Since the members make the NRA, a fresh stream of new members are always needed to keep the fight going. If each instructor would only recruit a few members a year, it would greatly strengthen and grow the NRA.” If you have any questions in regards to the program or you would like to get started, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (703) 267-3781, or visit recruiting.nra.org. Fall 2017 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 5
It’s Good to Be a Snake ...(Gun)
By T. Logan Metesh, Firearms Specialist, NRA Museums
ew firearms have exploded in popularity like the Colt “snake guns” have in recent years. Collectors have been bitten by “snake fever” and the market just keeps going up and up on these exquisite revolvers. Colt’s snake gun nest is made up of the Cobra, Viper, Diamondback, Boa, King Cobra, Anaconda, and the Python. While each is impressive in its own right, none have taken off in popularity and collectability quite like the Python has. The idea for the gun began in 1953. Colt salesman Bill Henry approached Superintendent Al Gunther about a new target revolver. The prototype itself was created from existing parts and raw steel – a far cry from the precision gun that it would become. Officially introduced in 1955, more than 600,000 were produced by the time production ceased in 2006. Chambered for .357 Magnum / .38 Special cartridges, the gun was originally available only with a 6-inch barrel. It weighed in at a hefty 44 ounces with that barrel length. Over the years, they became available in lengths varying from 2.5 to 8-inch inches. Renowned for their exceptional fit, finish, handling, and timing, the Colt Python is truly a joy to shoot. Once you pull the trigger on one, it’s easy to see why the Python is known as the best precision target revolver ever produced. While collectors are clamoring to get their hands on any Python before the price goes up any more, premium prices are being commanded by guns with rare calibers, finishes, or barrel lengths. For example, 3-inch barrels are regarded as the rarest length and “Ultimate” Bright Stainless Steel is considered to be the rarest finish. In addition to the factors above, serial number can also have an impact on value. Generally, the lower the number, the more expensive the gun. Serial number 1 resides in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. According to factory records, serial numbers 4, 6, 7, and 10 are the first ones that left the factory in a public 6 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2017
shipment. They left Colt on June 2, 1955. The NRA Museums’ collection has more than a dozen Pythons in our collection. That number is even higher if you include the ones that are on loan to us. That said, the focus from here forward is on a particular trio of Pythons that would make any collector drool. What makes these three Pythons all the more appealing is that they are serial numbers 2, 3, and 5. All the more impressive, we even have the original box for serial number 2. Many people look to the stock market and precious metals when it comes to making money. Since the introduction of the Python in 1955, the value has gone up 14,300% - most of which has occurred in the past five years. This increase beats out silver, gold, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Instead of a 401(k), perhaps a 401(gun) would be better! Colt Python serial number 2 was donated by Paul Ying. Colt Python serial number 3 was donated by Mark Caldwell. Colt Python serial number 5 is on loan from Mark Caldwell. We thank them for their generosity. The NRA Museums system has three museums including the NRA National Firearms Museum at NRA HQ in Fairfax, VA; the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO; and the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, NM. Admission is free at all three locations. Be sure to visit us online at www.NRAmuseums.com; like us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram; and watch videos on our YouTube channel. If you have any questions about upcoming NRA Museums or Gun Collectors Committee events, please contact Firearms Specialist T. Logan Metesh at LMetesh@nrahq.org or by phone at 703-267-1603.
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By Kara Richards, Lead Program Specialist Women's Outreach
eb Russo-Blakeman has spent time in hunting blinds before, but taking a shot at a deer? Well, that just hasn’t happened. She says she’d always tell herself, or anyone she was hunting with, “Tomorrow. I’ll take a shot tomorrow.” But she never did. It wasn’t that she was squeamish about shooting a deer; after all, she has shot ducks before. It’s just that she always saw the prospect of shooting a deer with a rifle as more challenging than using a shotgun on waterfowl. “And I just didn’t have the confidence,” said Russo-Blakeman, who lives on the outskirts of Austin, Texas. The next time deer-hunting season rolls around, though, she figures on actually squeezing the trigger. What changed? Well, Russo-Blakeman was one of more than a dozen women who went through the NRA’s first All Women’s Shooting/Hunting Class, a new offering that falls under the umbrella of the Women’s Wilderness Escape program at the NRA. And now Russo-Blakeman knows she can hit a deer from 450 yards or so pretty handily, even in gusts like those that whistled through “Brokewind Mountain” — a site that earned its nickname because the wind whips through the pass from what seems like all directions at once, making it hard to get an accurate read on how to adjust for windage, especially at distances of more than 400 yards. The long-range shooting class was held in the southwest corner of Wyoming, with home base being a lodge nestled north of Utah’s Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Although it was held in May, the mountain weather — with its mix of rain, hail, sleet, snow and wind — gave the participants the feel of a Thanksgiving-week deer hunt in the hills of West Virginia. The women were outfitted with Weatherby Camilla rifles, topped with Leupold VX3i 4.5-14 optics. Couple that gear with a team of instructors who have marksmanship skills and the patience to teach, and you end up with a combination that just cries out for nailing long-range targets. Weatherby has partnered with the NRA for long-range hunting schools since 2012, but the introduction of the Camilla rifle a little more than a year ago opened the door for discussions about a women’s-only class. The participants ran the gamut in age from 30 to 73; they hailed from as far away as Maine; and they came from states that are gun-friendly and ones that are not. Their reasons for taking the class were as diverse as their back8 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2017
grounds. There was the mother-daughter team who attended at the urging of the husband/father because he wanted them to expand their skill sets. There were two friends who were looking for some “girl time” away from their husbands and children. And there were women who were looking to hone their skills before going to Africa for various hunts. Quite a smorgasbord of experience and goals, and the instructors were seasoned enough to cater the class to try to meet everyone’s individual needs. Several of the women came to the course with nothing but some coaching from their husbands or boyfriends as experience. That might work in some cases, but not all competent shooters can teach others how to do it. One student talked about the challenges of her husband trying to teach her to shoot. “He kept telling me, ‘You jerk,’” she recounted during an after-dinner post-mortem of the day’s shooting, referring to her tendency to not have a smooth trigger pull. “I knew what he was trying to say, but he didn’t know how to tell me to fix it. Well, today, one of the instructors told me I was jerking the trigger; then he told me what to do. That’s the first time I heard how to correct the problem.” And, because each instructor brings his own style (yes, the instructors were men) of teaching, one was bound to offer a solution that the shooter could relate to. Then there was the role model — Brenda Weatherby, of Weatherby Inc. — a woman with less than five years of shooting experience; a woman who in recent years has ventured into hunting, graduating from wild pigs and turkey to deer, elk, antelope, black bear and African plains game; and one of the women who helped shape the design of the Camilla. She was on hand not just to meet and greet the students, but to help with the basics of marksmanship and to talk about her successful ventures with the rifle. Of course, Weatherby would probably say that the students were role models for her. When asked her impressions of the two-day course, she said she’ll remember, most of all, “how fearless these women are.” “They made me so proud,” she elaborated. “A lot of them had never shot a rifle or looked though optics before, and they flew across the country to learn long-distance shooting skills in extreme weather conditions. And to top it off, the event confirmed the fact that women everywhere are interested in a firearm that is specifically designed for them.” Fall 2017 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 9
The class provided students with the best of both worlds in that regard. With a winter storm in the forecast — and predictions ranging from a dusting of snow to near-blizzard conditions — the instructors modified the agenda, giving the women an opportunity that future participants might not have: they got to shoot the Vanguard, outfitted with a suppressor and a different optic, in the first shooting session, before they moved on to the Camilla. That proved a worthwhile deviation as it allowed them to compare a male-standard gun to the women-specific model. “Most commented to me that carrying the [Camilla] rifle around and getting it set up for a quick shot was more doable for them because of its size and slimmer features,” Weatherby said after the course, lending credibility to the company’s decision to spend the time on designing the Camilla. The Camilla is one of the first women-specific rifles designed with input from women at various stages of the design process. From start to finish, Weatherby said it was more than a year-long project to get the specifications right for a female shooter. The result: a rifle with a Turkish walnut stock that is a few inches shorter than its brotherly model, the Vanguard; a rifle with a shorter length of pull; a rifle that features a different comb design so females can get a solid cheek weld more easily; and a recoil pad with a negative angle so the rifle seats better against a woman’s shoulder. But it’s also a rifle that most of the women at the camp said is hard to come by at gun stores, because it is designed for only a segment of shooters. Granted, you could always order one sight-unseen from Weatherby. But getting the chance to shoot the Camilla to see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be was an added advantage of the course. Judging from the number of participants who bought the rifle after the course, it seemed to have been a hit. Vicki Ferrall, from Riverside, Calif., knew she wanted to buy the rifle — as part of the course offering, students could buy the Camilla and the optic at a special price— from the time she signed up for the class. She said she needed a 6.5 mm Creedmoor to round out her holdings. And though she didn’t say whether that’s the rifle she’ll take on her leopard hunt to Africa next year, she did say she’ll take much of what she learned in the class on the trip. One of the best lessons she got out of the course was the introduction to shooting aids, things like bipods and sandbags to brace your arm. “The importance of contact points,” she said. “That’s one of the things I’ll remember. And I’m going to go to the range and practice shooting with sticks.” Indeed, shooting sticks, which provide one or two added contact points with the ground, were something most of the women had little experience with. And though it takes some coordination to set up and get comfortable with the
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sticks the class used, they helped minimize some of the barrel movement that wind and breathing cause. Ferrall is not alone in wanting to apply her new skills in Africa. Cheri Baker, of central Illinois, is also gearing up for a safari. Although she said she was always a pretty good shot with a rifle, she had never shot at distance before and hasn’t had much practice because of state laws. One of the things she appreciated about the class is that it provided opportunities to shoot from different positions. “There are better techniques and lots of positions that are different than what I learned back in the day,” Baker said. While she might not need her newly found long-range skills in Africa, she said she is looking forward to applying her knowledge when she goes on a long-awaited pronghorn hunt. “I would have been more apprehensive about that before.” Besides getting the opportunity to fine-tune their skills, the women also appreciated the camaraderie that the trip provided. Several were picked up early before the next round of flights arrived at Salt Lake City, and by the time the lunch getaway was over, they were getting along like they’d known each other for years. Weatherby could relate to that. In talking about her first bear hunt in Montana, she told the group that hunting allows you to forge deep bonds with your fellow hunters because you have to rely on each other in so many ways. “My priority for the school was to be a support for the other women who were in this class. I was fortunate enough to also pick up some skills I hadn’t learned before,” she said. “I feel like this is common, the more we are around a sport or hobby, the more we fine-tune our approach.Varying perspectives from different teachers offers a well-rounded experience.” This was the first women’s-only long-range hunting course, but Peter Churchbourne, NRA Director of Hunter Services said he anticipates offering one such class a year going forward. Russo-Blakeman is eagerly anticipating the chance to stock her larder with venison. “Last year, we bought a freezer because my husband ( John) said he was going to get a deer,” she recounted. “Well, he went hunting, but he didn’t come home with anything. This year, I’ll go out because now I want to be the one who gets the first deer for it.” For more information on future offerings of this, or other Women’s Wilderness Escape programs, visit wwe.nra.org or nraoutdoors.com Fall 2017 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 11
Darren Delong, Senior Field Representative for the National Rifle Association (center) presents a $6,000 donation for Lexington WMA shooting range renovations to Wildlife Department Director J.D. Strong (left) and Information and Education Chief Nels Rodefeld during the June meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission at Woolaroc near Bartlesville.
NRA Public Range Fund Spotlight: A
program to improve shooting ranges at several Wildlife Department Management Areas (WMA's) across the state received a welcomed boost this week from the National Rifle Association Foundation. During June's regular meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission, NRA senior field representative Darren Delong presented a check for $6,000 toward renovations at Lexington Wildlife Management Area. Commissioners met Monday at Woolaroc, the former ranch retreat of 12 â€˘ NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE â€˘ Fall 2017
oilman Frank Phillips near Bartlesville. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is in the early stages of a five-year plan to improve shooting ranges at a dozen WMAs. Shooting ranges at Lexington and Cherokee WMAs will be the first to receive improvements. Delong told commissioners the NRA Foundation's Friends of NRA is fund-raising for the future of the shooting sports. Since 1992, Friends of NRA has raised more than $600 million for The NRA Foundation for projects such as range improvements,
education and training, competitive shooting and general shooting programs. He said Oklahoma's Friends of NRA program has given more than 1,300 grants totalling more than $5M. Also Monday, the commission agreed to participate financially in a Farm Bill Biologist Partnership overseen by the conservation group Quail Forever (QF). Chris McLeland, QF South Region director and coordinator of the Farm Bill biologist program, told commissioners that the program has been greatly successful in several states
including Missouri, where about a half-dozen farm bill biologists are based throughout that state to work with landowners interested in upland game and other species such as butterflies that all benefit from better habitat. The first farm bill biologist for Oklahoma will be based in Buffalo and serve several counties in that area of western Oklahoma, McLeland said. In other business, Commissioners: • Approved a 2018 operating budget of $68.4 million, which represents a 5.7 percent decrease from the previous year's budget. Included in the spending plan is most of the expenses for renovation of the Wildlife Department's headquarters building at 1801 N. Lincoln. The renovated headquarters is scheduled to open in September 2018. The Wildlife Department receives no general tax revenues; the bulk of the agency's income is generated from the sale of annual fishing and hunting licenses, along with federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program grants. • Accepted donations from the
Beaver Homesteaders Chapter and Woodward Covey Rise Chapter of Quail Forever to buy a mobile burn skid unit, and from the Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter for habitat conservation at Ouachita WMA. • Authorized policy manual changes to update the Wildlife Department's Reserve Game Warden Program. • Recognized senior wildlife biologist Jack Waymire for 25 years of service. He is based at Pushmataha WMA. • Approved nominations for new officers. Commissioner John D. Groendyke of Enid will serve as chairman; Commissioner Bill Brewster of Marietta will serve as vice chairman; and Commissioner Leigh Gaddis of Ada will serve as secretary. • Received an update on state and federal legislative action. Wildlife Department Director J.D. Strong said one measure returns the tax form check-off for the Wildlife Diversity Program's tax check-off to the state income tax filing form. Another measure allows the Wildlife
Conservation Commission more flexibility in setting meeting dates. The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission is the 8-member governing board of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The Commission establishes state hunting and fishing regulations, sets policy for the Wildlife Department and indirectly oversees all state fish and wildlife conservation activities. Commission members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate.
For more information on range grants, visit rangeservices.nra.org/funding-grants/
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Reprinted with Permission By Ellen Lampe, KARK 4 News, 2017
EBER SPRINGS, Ark. Two brothers in Heber Springs just returned from dominating at the National Rifle Association Youth Shooting Sports Competition last week in New Mexico. What started as a family pastime between father and sons soon turned into winning titles. And now, for the first time in this competition's history, two brothers win it all. Last week, Zach and Nick Meyer triumphed over 400 competitors during the Youth Hunter Education Challenge of the NRA - a clean sweep of the two age divisions.
15-year-old Nick captured the Junior Division title and 18-year-old Zach was the Senior Division Champion. This week-long, national competition involves eight events -- four shooting sports: archery, shotgun, muzzle loader, 22 rifle, and four academic events: a written exam, compass challenge, safety trail, and wild-life identification (an event in which Nick earned a perfect score). With almost 200 species and thousands of combinations of North American wildlife - this event takes many 14 â€˘ NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE Fall 2017
The National Youth Hunter Education Challenge is the pinnacle of the YHEC program. Top-ranked individuals come together, annually, from all across the country to compete for the YHEC National Championship. This event is the most advanced of all YHEC events, and requires all participants to have completed a hunter safety course, as well as a YHEC event at the state level (if your state has one). This unique opportunity allows youth to meet and learn with fellow participants and coaches, and demonstrate the skills they have acquired through hunter education to prove they are the future generation of responsible and ethical hunters.
hours of preparation. "Every detail of every skull, which tooth goes where, how each eye socket is placed," explains Nick. According to Zach, "We just shoot here at the house mostly; most of our training is done right here in Heber Springs, Arkansas." It's an intense training involving a consistency of up to four hours of practice and study every day. It's not only about the love of the sport for these
brothers; it's the life skills they hone that keep them right on target. "It's definitely taught us dedication and persistence which are two key goals, key aspects, of making it through college - which is the next step in my life," Zach says. And as for Nick, he aims to fill his big brother's shoes as the next Senior Grand Champion. He laughs, "Now I can get first in the things I usually get second in." For both boys, they say it's a true honor for them to bring home national titles. "We worked very hard for it." Zach says. Both boys say their favorite event is archery because of how challenging the sport is, but they also enjoy learning about wild-life and conservation.
For more information on YHEC in your area, visit yhec.nra.org
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Pleasantville Rifle Club Established 1917
A Century of Service
t’s not often one enjoys the opportunity to celebrate their 100th anniversary, but the members of the Pleasantville Rifle Club in Westchester County, New York, are doing just that. Requiring that all members join the NRA, the Club has ten NRA-certified Range Officers and three NRA-certified Instructors to run monthly shooting events from spring to fall. Not to be discouraged by local authorities who closed the Club range a decade ago, the members now enjoy a County facility as their home range. Congratulations to the members of the Pleasantville Club for their support of the local community and the Second Amendment.
For more information, go to: http://pleasantvillerifleclub.com.
The NRA 3 Gun Experience is an exciting recreational shooting program introducing men and women of all ages to the world of 3 Gun. Clubs and ranges across the country are launching this initiative to expose firearm enthusiasts to the fastest-growing shooting sport in the world. Host a 3GE event and you'll find new shooters coming to your range, and create a thrilling new experience for your current members. Interested in hosting an NRA 3 Gun Experience at your range? NRA now has a new Subsidy Program to help offset the cost of some of the equipment to run your event. Visit https://3ge.nra.org/about-nra-3ge/ for more information or email email@example.com. 16 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2017
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Congratulations to all the 2017 Gold Medal Clubs!!! The NRA offers special recognition by awarding Gold Medal status to NRA affiliated organizations that promote and support the purposes, objectives, policies, and programs of the NRA. Reaching this elite level sets your club apart from others in the area. Each year numerous organizations apply to achieve the Gold Medal status; an honor presented to clubs that meet the following 5 specific criteria: • Be a 100% NRA Club - Acheiving 100% NRA enrollment amongst club members helps make the NRA stronger by increasing its membership numbers and providing a larger representation of the shooting public. A good show of force helps make any argument more compelling. • Have a club newsletter – A newsletter helps the club communicate to its members. Help keep club members "in the loop" of club activities and community issues as well as what is current in the world of NRA, Freedom and Second Amendment rights issues.
• Belong to the NRA State Association of your state – Joining NRA State Association shows support on the state level. Their mission is to promote and support the purpose and objectives of the NRA while providing programs and support to clubs on the local level.
• Have administered, or currently incorporate, an NRA Youth Program within the club’s agenda - Incorporating a youth program helps introduce f irearms safety to younger shooters. Encouraging them to shoot at an early age will help keep the shooting sports going for future generations.
• Actively participate in NRA’s Membership Recruiting Program - participating in the NRA recruiting program helps bring new members in at a reduced price, helps generate income for your club, and helps to grow NRA numbers.
Airfield Shooting Club Alaska Interior Marksmanship Committee Anne Arundel Fish & Game Association Apple Valley Gun Club Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club Asheville Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. Blue Ridge Cherry Valley Rod & Gun Club Branford Gun Club, Inc. Buccaneer Gun Club, Inc. Castleton Fish & Game Protective Association Central Florida Rifle & Pistol Club Citizens Range & Recreation Club of Central New Jersey Coastal Georgia Gun Club Colorado West Gun Club & Jr Division Cumberland Riflemen Delaware State Pistol Club, Inc. Douglas Ridge Rifle Club & Jr Division Downers Grove Sportsman's Club East Hook Sportsmen Association, Inc. Eastern Nebraska Gun Club, Inc. Elgin Rifle Club, Inc. Emerald Empire Gun Club Escondido Fish & Game Association Estacada Rod & Gun Club Factoryville Sportsman Club Florence Gun Club, Inc. Fort Hill Rifle and Pistol Club Franklin Revolver & Rifle Association, Inc. Georgia Competitive Shooters, Inc. Gopher Rifle & Revolver Club, Inc. Hat Creek Rifle and Pistol Club High Rock Shooting Association, Inc. Hollywood Rifle and Pistol Club Humboldt Rifle And Pistol Club Jefferson State Shooting Association Kalicoontie Rod & Gun Club, Inc. Kent Rod & Gun Club Kern Shooting Sports, Inc. Lafayette Gun Club Of Virginia, Inc. Lima Sabres Shooting Association Martin County Sportsmen's Association, Inc.
McDonald Sportsmen's Association, Inc. Miamisburg Sportsmen's Club, Inc. Michigan City Rifle Club, Inc. Monumental Rifle and Pistol Club Negaunee Rod and Gun Club, Inc. Nescopeck Hunting & Rifle Club, Inc. New Milford Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. New Sportsman Club Norfolk County Rifle Range Old Post Rifle and Pistol Club Old Trails Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. Rappahannock Pistol & Rifle Club, Inc. Richwood Gun & Game Club Ridge Rifle Association Ridgway Rifle Club Rochester Rod & Gun Club Sandia Gun Club, Inc. Sandusky County Sportmen's Club Scotts Valley Sportsmen's Club, Inc. Smith Mountain Lake Pistol Shooting Association South Cuyahoga Sportsmen's Association Southern Chester Co. Sportsman's & Farmers' Association Southern Indiana Rifle and Pistol Club Southport Gun Club, Inc. Stone Bank Sportsmen's Club, Inc. Stonycreek Shooting Center Inc. Streetsboro Sportsman Association The Great Lot Sportsman's Club, Inc. The Rochester Rifle Club, Inc. Tremont Sportsman's Club Tri-City Gun Club Upper Savannah Shooters Association Van Wert Co. Outdoorsmen Association Waldwick Pistol & Rifle Club, Inc. Walla Walla Gun Club, Inc. Waynesburg Sportsmen Association White Oak Rod and Gun Club Inc. Whortlekill Rod And Gun Club Wilkes Barre Pistol & Rifle Club Willmar Rifle & Pistol Club
Clubs that meet the criteria above will be awarded a plaque along with an inscribed bar listing the year. Current Gold Medal clubs are encouraged to renew their status ever year and will be given an inscribed bar with the renewal year. Clubs that are applying for an NRA Range Grant will be given preference 18 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Fall 2017 if they achieve and maintain Gold Medal status. The annual deadline for the NRA Gold Medal Awards is February 15. To access the application online, please go to http://clubs.nra.org/nra-gold-medal-clubs.aspx
NRA Range Development and Operations Conference
Laying the Groundwork For Successful Ranges by Tim Peel, NRA Range Services Specialist
or some Americans, a day of shooting is as easy as loading up guns and gear and heading to the nearest expansive outdoor range or indoor facility. For others, finding a nearby range may be difficult, as some markets are painfully underserved. When many American firearms enthusiasts think about starting their own business, they recall the enjoyment, freedom and fun awarded by a day on the shooting range, and wonder what it would take to open their own range facility. It’s a lot of work, but entrepreneurs who want to offer up a world-class shooting facility to gun owners in their area have a wealth of expertise to rely on for help – the NRA. Would-be range builders are encouraged to attend the NRA Range Development and Operations Conference, scheduled for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Phoenix, AZ. Don Turner is the President of the NRA State Association in NV, the Nevada Firearms Coalition, will be a speaker at the upcoming Range conference. Turner is a strong proponent of the RDOC, and has provided the following questions and answers to prospective range builders interested in attending: Who should attend these conferences and why?
“Why” is the easiest question to answer: [the RDOC] The who? Anyone who is thinking about developing a imparts knowledge, reduces liability, increases awareness range, works on a range, manages a range or manages a and opens social and expertise contacts—and it is the recreational program that includes the shooting sports only place to get these benefits. should attend this conference! Why is the RDOC beneficial to those who attend? There are several reasons to attend: - This is the best venue to get updated information on shooting range management and development. - This program is also an awareness program. It presents many topics and responsibilities of range operation not available from any other source. - This program enhances the resume of any person working within the shooting industry.
- Attending this program provides the student a critical step in the “best management practices” of the shooting range industry. - The networking opportunities to meet other people in the industry, and experts in the industry are not provided anywhere else in the industry.
What have you personally taken away from attending these conferences and how have you implemented what you’ve learned?
I’ve been involved in shooting range operations and management since my first job at college to rebuild and manage the school’s shooting range. Unfortunately, that was long before this program was offered. When I started to manage state shooting ranges, this conference was the first place I went to begin to develop knowledge and information for the management of a statewide shooting range program and direct management of a large state facility. The documents, information and contacts were invaluable within the first two months in turning around a huge facility into a success. But learning this topic is a continuous improvement process. The networks developed from attending this school were invaluable on a daily basis.
As the President of the Nevada State Association, what are key points to this program that you’ve seen implemented in your own state? How can other state associations benefit from these conferences? The ability to advise member ranges and operators about the NRA programs, best management practices, and directing them to key persons within NRA and the industry for problem resolution has been invaluable as a state association. Other associations can benefit by hosting a conference and developing relationships with ranges within their state and with key personal at NRA headquarters. Continued on page 20 Fall 2017 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • 19
Continued from page 19
What about this conference do you enjoy most as a frequent attendee? The networking, meeting new people and discussing new visions for shooting range operations from small commercial ranges to large public ranges is very interesting and rewarding. Are you constantly learning something new? Absolutely, every question generates new ideas! Do you learn/find new ways with how you can assist the shooting community with these needs? The best way to assist is to stay current with key players in the industry as new people are always coming on board and known experts are always job changing or retiring. Being able to listen to a problem, break it down into small pieces and help refer the community to the resources to solve these issues is a key way to assist. Describe the topics these conference cover and the value it has to those who attend. There are topics covered that are unfamiliar to most shooters irrespective of their level of shooting experience. Just because someone shoots even as a top-notch competitor doesn’t make him or her capable of shooting range development, operations and management. Sound levels and sound management, environment management, bullet impact and ricochet management, planning, customer service development, maintenance, policy development, business planning, safety rules, employee training and program implementation are all contained in this course and are all valuable for any type of shooting range operations or management. Ready to join Don to begin or improve your shooting range development journey? Register now to attend presentations from America's top experts on range development, share your knowledge, and work to ensure the public has a safe and convenient place to shoot and exercise their Second Amendment rights! For more information about the NRA Range Development and operations Conference, visit https://rangeservices.nra.org/development-training/range-development-operations-conference/
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NRA Affiliated State Associations AL STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N Address Currently Unavailable 256-534-7968 Website Currently Unavailable
ID STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N PO Box 140293 Boise, ID 83714-0293 208-452-0293 www.idahosrpa.org
MN RIFLE & REVOLVER ASS'N, INC. P.O. Box 143 Farmington, MN 55024 320-968-6898 www.mrra.org
AK OUTDOOR COUNCIL, INC. 310 K St Ste 200 Anchorage, AK 99501 907-264-6645 www.alaskaoutdoorcouncil.org
IL STATE RIFLE ASS'N, INC. P.O. Box 637 420 E. Locust St. Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198 www.isra.org
MS STATE FIREARM OWNERS ASS'N PO Box 1061 McComb, MS 39649 601-341-8797 msfoa.tripod.com
AZ STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N P.O. Box 74424 New River, AZ 85087 623-687-4251 www.asrpa.com
IN STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N, INC. Address Currently Unavailable 812-534-3258 www.isrpa.org
MO SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N P.O. Box 209 Winfield, MO 63389-1155 314-440-3811 www.missourisportshooting.org
AR RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 272 Clarksville, AR 72830 501-327-4702 www.arpa-online.org
IA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 240 Prospect Road North Liberty, IA 52317-9660 319-626-2710 www.iasrpa.org
MT RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 48 Ramsay, MT 59748 406-868-4181 www.mtrpa.org
CA RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N, INC. 271 E Imperial Hwy Ste 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772 www.crpa.org
KS STATE RIFLE ASS'N P.O. Box 219 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-608-1910 www.ksraweb.org
NE MARKSMANSHIP ASS’N PO Box 390311 Omaha, NE 68139 402-933-4881 www.nemarksmanship.org
CO STATE SHOOTING ASS'N 609 W Littleton Blvd Ste 206 Littleton, CO 80120 303-663-9339 www.cssa.org
LEAGUE of KY SPORTSMEN, INC. 2500 Handy's Bend Road Wilmore, KY 40390 859-858-0135 www.kentuckysportsmen.com
NV FIREARMS COALITION 5575 Simmons St, Ste I-176 North Las Vegas, NV 89031 702-353-5935 www.nvfac.org
CT STATE RIFLE & REVOLVER ASS'N P.O. Box 754 North Haven, CT 06473 860-480-4600 www.csrra.com
LA SHOOTING ASS'N 350 Quill Ct. Slidell, LA 70461 985-781-4174 www.louisianashooting.com
GUN OWNERS OF NH, INC. P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0487 603-225-4664 www.gonh.org
DE STATE SPORTSMEN’S ASS'N P.O. Box 94 Lincoln, DE 19960 302-764-6899 www.dssa.us
(ME) PINE TREE STATE R&P ASS'N, INC 14 Pine Road Wiscasset, ME 04578 207-882-4713 www.mainerpa.org
ASS'N OF NJ R&P CLUBS, INC. 5 Sicomac Rd Ste 292 North Haledon, NJ 07508 973-764-4100 www.anjrpc.org
FL SPORT SHOOTING ASS'N, INC. 4105 Saltwater Blvd Tampa, FL 33615 407-701-1030 www.fssaf.wildapricot.org
MD STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N 341 Whitfield Rd Catonsville, MD 21228 410-838-1734 www.msrpa.org
NM SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N, INC. P.O. Box 20787 Albuquerque, NM 87154 505-286-8449 www.nmssa.org
GA SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N PO Box 1733 Macon, GA 31202 478-955-7068 www.gssainc.org
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PO Box 567, 361 W Main St Northboro, MA 01606 508-393-5333 www.goal.org
NY STATE R&P ASS’N, INC. 90 S. Swan Street Suite 395 Albany, NY 12210 518-272-2654 www.nysrpa.org
HI RIFLE ASSOCIATION PO Box 543 Kailua, HI 96734 808-306-7194 www.hawaiirifleassociation.org
MI RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 71 Marshall, MI 49068-0071 269-781-1223 www.michrpa.com
NC RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 910-295-7220 www.ncrpa.org
NRA Clubs & Associations • 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 • clubs.nra.org
NRA Affiliated State Associations ND SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N P.O. Box 228 Bismarck, ND 58502 701-255-4601 www.ndssa.org
UT STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 5926 S Fashion Point Dr. #200 Ogden, UT 84403 801-499-9763 Website Currently Unavailable
OH RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N PO Box 1201 Morehead, KY 40351-5201 513-426-7944 www.orpa.net
VT FED'N OF SPRTMN’S CLUBS, INC. PO Box 225 Lyndonville, VT 05851 802-535-7111 www.vtfsc.org
OK RIFLE ASS'N P.O. Box 280 Maud, OK 74854-0280 405-374-8262 www.oklarifle.org
VA SHOOTING SPORTS ASS’N P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848 www.myvssa.org
OR STATE SHOOTING ASS’N 2815 South Shore Drive SE Albany, OR 97322 541-928-2460 www.ossa.org
WA STATE R&P ASS'N, INC. Address Currently Unavailable 206-427-8257 www.wsrpa.net
PA RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N Address Currently Unavailable 814-236-0708 www.pennarifleandpistol.org
WV SRPA PO Box 2504 Buckhannon, WV 26201 304-472-5174 www.wvasrpa.org
GUN RIGHTS & SAFETY ASS'N OF PR PO Box 191919 San Juan, PR 00919-1919 787-691-1919 www.grsapr.org
WI F.O.R.C.E. PO Box 130 Seymour, WI 54165 Phone Number Unavailable www.wi-force.org
RI 2ⁿd AMENDMENT COALITION 928 Atwood Ave Johnston, RI 02919 401-944-1600 www.ri2nd.org
WY STATE SHOOTING ASS'N, INC. Address Currently Unavailable 307-335-9323 www.wyossa.com
GUN OWNERS OF SC P.O. Box 211 Little Mountain, SC 29075 803-345-5761 www.gosc.org SD SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N PO Box 3 Dell Rapids, SD 57022 605-428-5488 www.sdshootingsports.org TN SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N, INC. 6653 Jocelyn Hollow Road Nashville, TN 37205 615-491-2633 www.tennesseeshootingsportsassociation.org
TX STATE RIFLE ASS'N 8411 N. IH 35 Austin, TX 78753 512-615-4200 www.tsra.com
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NRA Field Representative Directory MID WEST REGION Mid West Regional Director
Area 20 (OK) Darren DeLong
Area 24 (KS) Christine Sharp
Area 25 (Northern TX)
Area 26 (Southern TX)
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