From GLOCK - Team GLOCK Captain KC Eusebio Bests Five USPSA Grand Masters to Take the USPSA Area 5 Classic.

Team GLOCK Captain KC Eusebio Bests Five USPSA Grand Masters to Take the USPSA Area 5 Classic Barry, IllinoisTeam GLOCK Captain KC Eusebio took first place at the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) Area 5 Championship held at the Pasa Park facility located in Barry, IL.  Taking the Open title by more than 37 points, Eusebio bested five other USPSA Grand Masters to take home the honors.

Eusebio stated, "You have to be tough minded for this match because there are many ways of shooting the stages.  You really had to pay attention, as there were so many options.  It was by far the most challenging match I have shot this year."  

In the Limited Division, Team GLOCK's Tori Nonaka claimed the High Lady honors against her fellow female competitors as the VA based shooter kept her USPSA dominance in tact for the 2014 season.

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From the Illinois Department of Natural Resources - IDNR Announces 2014 Wingshooting Clinic Schedule

 IDNR Wingshooting Clinics - image courtesy of  Illinois Department of Natural Resources Springfield, Illinois - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), in cooperation with a number of local sponsors, will be holding 31 wingshooting clinics at sites geographically distributed throughout Illinois from March through early November this year. Most clinics are conducted on weekends. Wingshooting clinics are held on IDNR sites, but are also held at cooperating gun clubs, hunting preserves, and farms.

Youth/Women’s wingshooting clinics are focused on participants learning to safely shoot a shotgun at a moving target with reasonable reliability ... more on Illinois Wingshooting Clinics in 2014 ...

Art contest's top honors go to incredible raccoon painting

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Best In Show recipient Justas Varpucanskis

Fairfax, Virginia - The final, and most prestigious award of the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is Best In Show. Chosen from among all entries regardless of category, the Best In Show recipient was judged to have the most creativity, anatomical accuracy, effort, and composition. And the prize? $1,000.

After a lengthy debate between our panel of judges, Justas Varpucanskis of Mokena, Illinois, received the ultimate award. His entry, titled Raccoon in Repose, is a photo-quality painting of an incredibly lifelike raccoon. Justas's involvement in the Youth Wildlife Art Contest began with his first entry in 2010. In 2012, the then-ninth grader won First Place Category III. Although very talented, the jump from Category III to Category IV is often tough on an artist, as their entries face stiffer competition. It is even more remarkable then, that Justas beat not only his Category IV competition, but every other contest entry.

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From Winchester Ammunition - Introducing new 1911™ ammunition line

Winchester Ammunition to celebrate legendary firearm with WIN1911™ ammunition line

Winchester's new 45 Auto Win1911 line of ammunition Alton, Illinois - The Model 1911 pistol is an American icon. Since its wide use in World War I, the M1911 pistol has become one of the most popular pistols of the last century - being made by almost every American firearm manufacturer. Winchester® Ammunition has now released The Win1911™ line as a functional ammunition line to accompany the M1911.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Straight from the NRA's Event Marketing and Communications Manager, Nicole McMahon, here are the Friends of NRA banquets coming up this next week.

At Friends of NRA banquets are full of great people who support the Second Amendment and want to raise money for local, state and national shooting sports programs. Each event is run by our absolutely dedicated volunteers. Without their help, Friends of NRA would not be able to have such reach across the country or make as much of an impact on the future of our shooting sports heritage as we do today.

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From the Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Wingshooting Clinics Scheduled at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area and the Decatur Gun Club

Clinic sessions planned for April 13-14 at JEPC and May 4-5 at the Decatur Gun Club

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is sponsoring wingshooting clinics for hunters on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14 at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek (JEPC) State Fish and Wildlife Area and at the Decatur Gun Club on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.

Two 4-hour wingshooting sessions are available on each day. Morning sessions run from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, and afternoon sessions run from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The clinic sessions will be taught by instructors certified by both the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) and the IDNR. The clinics are designed to improve the wingshooting skills of hunters. Hunters interested in improving their ability to hit moving targets with a shotgun are encouraged to attend. In addition, hunters will have a fun time shooting with friends or new acquaintances with similar shooting abilities.

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Illinois Homeschoolers welcome NRA's air gun program for parents and students

Illinois Home Schoolers learn about NRA's home air gun program from Richard Pearson of the Illinois State Rifle Association

Arlington Heights, Illinois - Recent studies suggest that almost three million children are currently enrolled in a homeschool program. Though criteria for such programs vary state to state, there as basics in the curriculum nationwide; English, Math, Science, etc... And, with a little luck, NRA's new Home Air Gun Program.

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Another look at last year's Youth Wildlife Art winner for Category I - 1st through 3rd grade students

Untitled Dall Sheep Ram by Yuwen Li of Illinois
Untitled, a Dall Sheep Ram by Yuwen Li of Illionios - 1st Place in Category 1 of 2011 Youth Wildlife Art Contest

During last year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, it was Yuwen Li out of Palatine, Illinois who won Category One — students in first through third grades.

We'll start posting this year's winners soon, but for now, here's a look at the art that arrived from last year's batch of five through nine year-old winners.

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Recruits receive Thanksgiving thanks to Illinois Venturing Crew

Larry Quandahl of NRA's Youth Programs Department popped into my office this week with a handful of stories. All deserve to be heard, but one that jumped out at me centered on an Illinois Venturing Crew raising money for the local Naval training base. Thanks to Venture Crew 1220 for sharing their tale.

Itasca, Illinois - Venture Crew 1220 of the Itasca/Wood Dale neighborhoods of Illinois came to the rescue of Naval recruits at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. The Venturers of Crew 1220 are experienced when it comes to using NRA Basic and Instructor Courses for fundraisers. They have offered both courses in the past to help pay for high adventure trips, like Philmont. In December 2011, Jim Appleby (an NRA Appointed Training Counselor) told the Crew about VFW Post 2801 of Villa Park. It set the stage for everything.

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