Driver Austin Dillon sporting new paint job for NASCAR race in Florida

Bass Pro Shops NASCAR car at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis

Daytona Beach, Florida - For those of you planning to take in NASCAR’s Coke Zero 400 this weekend at Daytona, be on the lookout for the #3 car. That’s the Bass Pro Shops’ Chevrolet SS driven by Austin Dillon. And what makes this car so special? The paint job.

With a classic Bass Pro Shops logo prominently displayed upon the hood, a look around the corner reveals a nod to the NRA. More specifically, to the NRA Museums. Appropriate enough given that the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri is home to one of those museums.

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Powder Horn held Hamilton's plans for a thriving future in the New World

Alexander Hamilton's Powder Horn at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - There are hundreds of historically significant relics in the NRA Museum collection. Most, as one might expect, fall within the firearm category. Or, at the least, within the accessory division. Such is the case in one of our most treasured items — Alexander Hamilton's powder horn.

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Caleb Giddings, VP of GunUp Magazine

Capturing a piece of the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup Championships in Missouri

Columbia, Missouri - If you follow the world of firearms and competitive shooting, then odds are you know know the name Caleb Giddings. Contestant on Season One of Top Shot on the History Channel, competitive shooter and Vice President of GunUp Magazine.

Giddings is also a frequent guest at the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup. Pulling double-duty as a journalist and a competitor, his recaps and wrap ups provide unique insight into the world's richest shooting championships. Sometimes through the written word and sometimes through video.

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2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup honors champions to close out spectacular year

2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup champions

Columbia, Missouri - Kevin Angstadt was last seen at Saturday night's MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup awards ceremony with a grin from ear to ear; and with good reason. He'd just accomplished two longterm goals at the National Action Pistol Championships. The first, to shoot a perfect score of 1920. The second, to win it all.

As hard as this is to believe, a perfect score at the Bianchi Cup is not a guaranteed win. Many of the best shooters in the world travel to Columbia, Missouri, for a chance to win John Bianchi's coveted trophy and competition is tight. If your name isn't Doug Koenig, you're going to find the 15-time champion waiting for you at the top. Competitors who have shot 1920 are part of an elite club. But it's not unheard of for championships to come down to the tiebreaking X's between two perfect shooters.

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Virginia resident breaks Koenig's stranglehold on MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup

Kevin Angstadt self portrait at the NRA Bianchi Cup - borrowed from Angstadt's Facebook Page

Columbia, Missouri - For the first time in 17 years, the name Doug Koenig or Bruce Piatt will not be called to the stage when officials announce the Grand Champion of the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup. Instead that honor goes to Reading, Pennsylvania's Kevin Angstadt and his 1920-171x.

Angstadt accomplished this feat by virtue of being the only competitor to shoot quadruple 480s in each of the four events (Practical, Barricade, Mover and Plates). 15-time winner Doug Koenig (winner of the last four Bianchi Cups) ended up with a 1918-182x while Nigel Gordon finished with a 1918-152x.

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve shooter Kevin Worrell captured his first Metallic Sight title with a 1907-127x while Jessie Duff snagged another Women's crown after firing a 1893-135x.

Once word of the Kevin's amazing success started to spread, congratulations started streaming in from around the globe.

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Vadasz first in Metallic, Leatham first in Production, and Reese first in Women's at Bianchi Cup's 35th Anniversary

Doug Koenig at the Blade-Tech Practical Event in the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup

Columbia, Missouri - With just one day remaining in the race for the the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup title, shooters are busy preparing for their final events. At the front of the pack sits fifteen-time overall champion Doug Koenig, poised to add another title to his resume.

Posting a 1440-140x through the cup's Practical, Barricade, and Falling Plate events, Koenig faces the Moving Target event tomorrow to close out his run. Close behind and also going up against the mover tomorrow are Kevin Angstadt, 1440-136x; Kyle Schmidt, 1440-135x; Timothy Altenburg, 1440-130x; and Nigel Gordon, 1440-120x. And while there are some hefty gaps in X-count, one miss and it won't matter. Like usual, it's going to be a tense end and a close finish to the championship tomorrow afternoon.

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World's top pistol shooters duke it out at National Action Pistol Championship

Chris Cerino at the Safariland Barricade Event of the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup

Columbia, Missouri – A record-setting 295 competitors will compete in the 35th anniversary of the MidwayUSA & Bianchi Cup, held May 21-24 at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club outside Columbia, Missouri. The Bianchi Cup is the richest and most prestigious shooting tournament in the world, featuring $500,000 in cash and prizes this year.

Founded in 1979 by former police officer and holster maker John Bianchi, success in the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup requires a perfect balance of speed and accuracy. The 192-shot championship allows a maximum aggregate of 1920 points across its four timed events: Practical, Barricade, Moving Target and Falling Plate. In addition to being grouped by age, gender, and shooting skill, competitors may opt to shoot in the Open, Metallic, or Production divisions, determined by the type of modifications made to the firearm.

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NRA Action Pistol Championship the most prestigious pistol tournament in the world

Columbia, Missouri - We're a little less than two weeks away from the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup, where a couple hundred of the best pistol shooters in the world will battle it out for the famed Bianchi Cup trophy. This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the cup and will be an intense few days as defending champion Doug Koenig goes for his 16th, and fifth consecutive, title.

Will Koenig do it? Will another contender take the top prize at the end of the week? Five-time winner Bruce Piatt has come extremely close in recent years, but hasn't won since 2009. Keep an eye out for him this year. Shooting legend Carl Bernosky, who holds ten High Power Rifle titles in the renowned NRA National Matches at Camp Perry, fell short of his first Bianchi Cup title by just five x's last year. Expect a determined Bernosky to return in two weeks, focused on reaching his goal.

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From the Missouri Department of Conservation - First-week turkey harvest encouraging

This hunter got his gobbler - Photo by MDC Photo, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation. Jefferson City, Missouri - Relatively strong harvest numbers from the first week of spring turkey season are encouraging, but Resource Scientist Jason Isabelle says that harvest figures from the entire three weeks of spring turkey hunting will provide a more reliable indicator about the status of Missouri’s wild turkey population.

As leader of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s turkey management program, Isabelle pays close attention to indicators of how the state’s wild-turkey population is doing. The size of the spring turkey harvest is one such indicator.

Hunters checked 22,348 turkeys during the first week of the spring season. That is a 4-percent increase from 2013 and is 7 percent above the previous five-year average. It also is the largest first-week harvest since 2007. Isabelle is pleased with the early uptick in turkey harvest, but he also is a bit cautious about drawing conclusions just yet.

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