Potterfields support NRA Action Pistol Championships for sixth consecutive year

2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in Columbia, Missouri

Columbia, Missouri – Larry Potterfield, founder and CEO of MidwayUSA, Inc., has donated $65,000 to the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup, held May 21 – 24 in Columbia, Missouri. Their contribution marks the company’s sixth consecutive year as title sponsor of the richest and most prestigious pistol tournament in the world.

“Working together with our industry partners ensures the continued growth and advancement of NRA’s competitive shooting programs,” said Dennis Willing, Director of NRA Competitive Shooting. “MidwayUSA, an industry leader, continues to be a major benefactor to our sport.”

Founded in 1979 by former police officer and holster maker John Bianchi, the 192-shot MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup attracts the world’s best pistols shooters. This year’s championship will feature competitors from both all over the United States and the rest of the world.

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World's best action pistol shooters host hands-on clinic at NRA National Action Pistol Championships

Rob Leatham at the 2012 MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup

Columbia, Missouri - For all you action pistol shooters out there looking to improve your game, free up an extra day at this year's MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup. Reading about tips and tricks in magazines or watching instructional YouTube videos can only get you so far. To truly get better you'll need hands-on practice. And that's exactly what you'll get at the Bianchi Cup's Competitor Clinic, taught by the world's best action pistol shooters.

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President's Day shotguns and pistols from Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Cleveland at Bass Pro Shops

President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Winchester Model 21 Shotgun

Fairfax, Virginia - There have been a few changes to the guns on display at the National Firearms Museum since the last President's Day.

Long story short ... they're not here any more.

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From the Missouri Department of Conservation - Missouri deer harvest follows regional trend

Missouri Deer Photo by Noppadol Paothong, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation. Jefferson City, Missouri - Hunters checked 50,507 Deer during Missouri’s archery deer season, bringing the state’s overall deer harvest to 250,787. That number is down from the 10-year average of 293,056.

The archery deer harvest was the second-largest in Missouri’s history, reflecting the continued growth in popularity of bowhunting. Top archery deer harvest counties were Jefferson, with 1,205 deer checked, St. Louis with 1,230, and Franklin with 1,018.

Resource Scientist Jason Sumners says the overall decrease is in line with deer-harvest figures from other Midwestern states.

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200,000+ visitors take part in the history of sporting arms at Bass Pro Shops Springfield

A look down the hall of NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri - The National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri passed another milestone when welcoming their 200,000 visitor to the NRA/Bass Pro Shops partnership. With more than 1,000 firearms on display, the National Sporting Arms Museum is the fourth museum opened by the National Rifle Association since 1995.

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From the Missouri Department of Conservation - Hunters check 11,967 deer in alternative-methods hunt

Deer hunting courtesy of NRA's American Rifleman magazineJefferson City, Missouri – Hunters checked 11,967 deer during the alternative-methods portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season Dec. 21 through 31. That figure is 20 percent fewer than in 2012.

Top counties for the alternative-methods portion were Oregon, with 437 deer checked, Howell with 360, and Shannon with 298.

Resource Scientist Emily Flinn with the Missouri Department of Conservation said the decrease was expected.

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Unique No. 1-stamped guns on display at NRA museum in Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri

Serial Number One Guns exhibit at the NRA Sporting Arms Museum in the Bass Pro Shops superstore in Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri - There's a new exhibit open at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops flagship superstore in Springfield, Mo -- Serial Number One Guns.

All 29 firearms, from the cap and ball percussion arms of the mid 1800s to a modern polymer frame semi-automatic pistol, featured in the unique exhibit sport a serial number of “1.” Among the pieces on display are a Smith & Wesson Schofield, Colt .40 caliber Model 1851 Navy, Springfield Sharps Model 1870 and more.

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NRA National Sporting Arms Museum exhibits stars at CPAC

National Sporting Arms Museum display at CPAC St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri - A few thousand are gathering at the St. Charles Convention Center this weekend for CPAC St. Louis. A gathering of the conservative faithful to hear from the likes of national heavyweights such as Texas Governor Rick Perry, Univision’s Helen Aguirre Ferré and Past NRA President David Keene, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) St. Louis is also the place to catch up with few exhibitors.

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Early models and experimental firearms from the Remington Arms Company debut at NRA Museum

Part of the Remington Collection at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro in Springfield, Missouri

Fairfax, Virginia - Remington Arms Company has generously loaned eighty-five firearms along with works of art from their private collection to the new NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops flagship superstore in Springfield, Mo.

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