There's one place you won't find me the day after Thanksgiving - the mall. Rather than getting trampled by overeager shoppers and bargain hunters, I choose to take advantage of other deals on Black Friday. So join me as I shop from my seat, not from my feet, by checking out these great gift, gadget, and gizmo arenas from the NRA that are just a click or phone call away.

Every Monday we feature an item from the NRAstore™ during our Membership Monday pieces. Sure, we show you one item at a time, but did you know that the NRAstore™ offers the largest selection of NRA-related products in an online format? Gear, apparel, books, home decor, jewlery, toys, and so much more are available at, so why subject yourself to a shopping mall or superstore when we've got gifts for NRA enthusiasts just one click away?

Another online resource for all things NRA is the NRA Program Materials Center. From artwork to range flags, training videos, to NRA Instructor gear, this site offers great gift ideas for people involved in firearms training, competitive shooting, and even kids learning about gun safety. Browse everything that they have to offer. I guarantee you'll find something to fill your virtual shopping cart.


NRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook

With fall hunting season around the corner and chilly weather approaching, NRA's Hunter Services Department has posted a new recipe of the month from the NRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook.

This month's feature is "Wet Bar Chili", submitted by Randy Hieronymus of Seattle, Washington. Made using elk or venison, this hearty chili also includes plenty of vegetables and savory spices to warm you up after a day in the woods. You could easily use beef in place of game meat or add beans or your favorite vegetables. Don't have any wine on hand? Not to worry - beef broth makes for an easy substitution. Randy recommends serving with cornbread, salad, and a cold beer.

To order your copy of the NRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook, visit NRA's Program Materials Center to order online, or call 1-800-366-7402. With over 390 pages of delicious recipes, it makes a great addition to any hunter's kitchen.

2011 NRA National Matches Program on NRAblog

Each year, the NRA National Matches, considered America's "World Series of the Shooting Sports", attracts shooting sports competitors from all across the world to compete in matches for the Pistol, Smallbore Rifle, and High Power Rifle shooting disciplines at Camp Perry.

With the National Rifle & Pistol Championships kicking off in month, there's no better time to check out the 2011 NRA National Matches Program. It's available for free online and serves as the official guide to the NRA National Matches. From a full schedule of events, to a list of sponsors, and all the information about each of the four phases, this program is full of information that will prove useful to first-timers up to seasoned Camp Perry veterans.

But this isn't the only Camp Perry guide you'll find online - be sure to take a look at the 2011 National Matches Ad & Information Guide, which provides readers with information on local business, restaurants, lodging, and more.

The Competitive Shooting Division has many other online guides for their programs including the NRA International Style Shooting Competition, the NRA Basic Guide to Competitive Shooting, and much more. You can also use the Issuu Mobile App to take a look on the go or keep these guides handy for quick reference. See our entire digital library at

NRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook

NRA's Hunter Services Department has posted a new recipe of the month from the NRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook.

This month's feature is Game Stroganoff, submitted by Ann Rawlings of Knoxville, Tennessee. With this recipe, the classic dish of Beef Stroganoff is transformed by using the game protein of your choice such as venison, antelope, or elk. Although it calls for the stroganoff to be served over rice, it's easy to substitute the traditional egg noodles or your family's favorite pasta.

To order your copy of the NRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook, visit NRA's Program Materials Center to order online, or call 1-800-366-7402. With over 390 pages of delicious recipes, it makes a great addition to any hunter's kitchen.

NRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook

NRA's Hunter Services Department has posted a new recipe of the month from the NRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook.

This month's feature is "Paul's Venison Stew or Is It Stew?", submitted by Paul Pietrzak of New London, CT. This stew includes hearty vegetables, beans, egg noodles, and a savory blend of spices to highlight the taste of ground venison. This recipe would be a perfect use of the meat recently harvested by Hunter Services for Hunters for the Hungry as the culled meat is processed into ground venison for needy families. You can easily modify this recipe to use your favorite game protien or combination of vegetables.

To order your copy of the NRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook, visit NRA's Program Materials Center to order online, or call 1-800-366-7402. With over 390 pages of delicious recipes, it makes a great addition to any hunter's kitchen.

Frank Brownell on the cover of the 32nd edition of the Blue Book of Gun Values The Blue Book of Gun Values is must for anyone involved in the shooting sports. Whether you're a hunter, a collector, or a competitive shooter, the blue book is probably one of the first places you should start when purchasing or selling a firearm. Last year's edition, the thirty-first, featured leather and holster designing legend John Bianchi ... namesake for the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup. The thirty-second edition, due for release in April of 2011, spotlights another prominent firearms heavyweight.

Gracing the cover of edition thirty-two is Frank Brownell, President and Trustee of the NRA Foundation and CEO of gun parts, firearm accessories, and gunsmithing tool supplier Brownells.

"Last year, the thirty-first Edition’s cover featured legendary gunleather innovator John Bianchi,” said Blue Book Publications’ Author and Publisher S.P. Fjestad in a press release. “Frank joins a long list of firearms industry leaders we’ve honored on the cover, such as WWII hero and past NRA President Joe Foss, and publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen."

Brownells has been an active supporter of the National Rifle Association for years. In addition to their work with the Foundation, Frank and Pete (Brownells company President) also sponsor the Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors. At SHOT Show this January, they found a moment to sit down with the youths and share a few stories.

"It was an honor to be chosen as an Ambassador," said Thomas Cunningham of Canyon, Texas. "Going to SHOT Show and meeting with the Brownells was an incredible experience. I never thought that people so important would have the time to speak to a bunch of kids."

According to their website, the first edition of the Blue Book of Gun Values was released in 1980. Twenty years later it was available online and now they've expanded to include titles such as Ammo Encyclopedia, the Blue Book of Modern Black Powder Arms, and the Blue Book of Tactical Firearms. Each intended to provide even more information for firearms enthusiasts everywhere.

“The Blue Book and Brownells both work darn hard to make sure the gun buyer gets the most value for his dollar," said Frank Brownell. "(W)e make a good team,”

''The National Matches, 1903-2003: The First 100 Years,'' available at the NRA Program Materials Center

NRA's Competitive Shooting Division is proud to present The National Matches: 1903-2003 The First 100 Years… Newly available for Winter 2010, prepare for a literary thrill ride through the history of the National Matches! The volume is a must-have for every competitive shooting enthusiast.

This book is an outstanding example of NRA lore that offers readers a comprehensive history of the first 100 years of the National Matches, from the beginning at New Jersey’s Sea Girt, Creedmoor in New York, to the present day home on the shores of Lake Erie at the Camp Perry, Ohio. Readers will discover vivid descriptions and outstanding photographs throughout the pages of this conveniently organized volume.

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge firearms technology, and, most of all, pure inspiration, The National Matches: 1903-2003 The First 100 Years… is an epic book loaded with National Match facts, notable shooter histories, and more. For any shooter who has competed at the National Matches, or if you just have an interest in another fascinating look at NRA history, this book is an excellent addition to your home library.

Available for just $69.99, this book can be purchased through the NRA Program Materials Center online or by calling 1-800-336-7402 and asking for Item# CC19740. Discover the legacy of the National Matches by ordering your copy today!

NRA Board of Directors Member Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North (USMC Ret.) recently released a new book, American Heroes in Special Operations. The New York Times best-selling author and host of War Stories on the FOX News Channel visited NRA Headquarters last fall to sign copies of his previous book, American Heroes, speak to the Virigina Gun Collectors Association, and celebrate the grand opening of the National Firearms Museum's new gift shop. Here's information about Lt. Col. North's latest literary release chronicling untold stories of bravery and patriotism:

Cover of American Heroes in Special Operations Washington, DC, Nov. 1, 2010 – As the United States observed the start of the tenth year of conflict in Afghanistan, President Obama posthumously honored SSG Robert J. Miller with the Medal of Honor, the highest decoration that can be bestowed on a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Staff Sergeant Miller, a Green Beret, lost his life while protecting his fellow soldiers during an enemy ambush in a remote area of Afghanistan in 2008.

In American Heroes in Special Operations (978-0-8054-4712-5, $24.99) Oliver North provides a gripping, first-hand look at the harrowing experiences of America’s elite forces fighting in the shadows of the War on Terror. Included among the more than three dozen stories is an insider account of the January 2008 Battle for Bari Kowt, where SSG Miller made the ultimate sacrifice.

Robert Miller was one of thousands of extraordinary Americans who comprise U.S. Special Operations forces, the elite “shadow warriors” who undertake some of the most sensitive and high-risk missions in the world. The selfless men and women who volunteer for these extremely dangerous assignments do not seek publicity or fame, so their personal stories and eyewitness accounts are rarely shared with the public.

“There are no greater American Heroes than those who serve in Special Operations,” says North. “They rarely receive the recognition they deserve for the risks they take, the skills they employ, or the sacrifices they make. American Heroes in Special Operations is aimed at letting the American people have an inside look at who these remarkable young men and women are and what they do for us.”

Beginning with the immediate response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, American Heroes in Special Operations offers an inspiring chronicle of the extraordinary young men and women who make up the world’s most elite fighting forces: Air Force Special Operations units, the Army’s Green Beret Special Forces, Rangers, Night Stalkers, Marine Special Operations Teams, Navy SEALs and their counterparts in the CIA and DEA.

North and editor Chuck Holton, a former Army Ranger, share more than three dozen riveting true stories drawn from their own experiences on scores of missions with Special Operations units around the world, as well as extensive interviews with those who risk their lives on these dangerous, often classified assignments. Three hundred full-color photos of “Spec-Ops” teams in action—many taken by the eyewitness participants themselves—powerfully illustrate these stirring written accounts.

To purchase the book or learn more, go to Fidelis Publishing's website.

From classic Brunswick Stew to the volatile Alaskan Bowhunter’s Chili, the NRA Members’ Wild Game Cookbook is 300+ pages of recipes direct from those who may derive more sustenance from game than any other single group of people – the members of the National Rifle Association.

NRA Members' Wild Game CookbookOffered for the holidays at a special price of $9.00, this book belongs in the kitchens of anyone who values the bounty of wild game and its proper handling and preparation. Just take a look at the chapter outline:

Part I: From Field to Table

Basic Handling of Wild Game Meat
Nutritional Values of Wild Game Meat

Part II: Wild Game Recipes

Small Game Recipes
Game Bird Recipes
Big Game Recipes
Venison Recipes
Fish Recipes
Miscellaneous Recipes

Part III: The Complete Hunter

Safety and Ethical Considerations

This profusely-illustrated book can be ordered directly from the NRA Program Materials Center for the low price of $9.00 plus shipping charges. The special offer is only in effect while supplies last.

With the hunting season in full swing, freezers are filling up with meat, and holiday shopping is imminent, the NRA Members’ Wild Game Cookbook is sure to be one of the best value you can find anywhere between now and December 25.

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