Twenty new firearms from Smith & Wesson will help women learn shooting, hunting and outdoor skills in New Mexico

Welcome sign for the NRA's Women's Wilderness Escape at the Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico

Fairfax, Virginia – We're proud to announce that Smith & Wesson is helping the Women's Wilderness Escape in a big way. The firearms manufacturer has donated ten MP15-22 rifles and ten SW SD9VE pistols to the eight-day getaway that introduces women to the shooting sports at the beautiful NRA Whittington Center outside Raton, New Mexico.

“Smith & Wesson’s donation is a great addition to the Women’s Wilderness Escape” said Managing Director of NRA Recreational Programs & Ranges Elizabeth Bush. “Participants learning on the same rifles and pistols will help our instructors teach marksmanship skills more effectively than ever before.”

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From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish - Leftover deer, javelina licenses go on sale online at 10 A.M. June 25

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Santa Fe, New Mexico - Thousands of leftover deer and javelina draw licenses will go on sale online at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 25. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account at

Licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis to New Mexico residents only for the first 24 hours. The sale will be opened to everyone, regardless of residency, at 10 a.m. June 26

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ICE Agent explains why he competes and trains for NRA Tactical Police Competitions

ICE Agent Arlo Arcinas walking through one of NRA's Tactical Police Competition courses in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Standing approximately five feet six inches tall with a touch of gray scattered about his the black matted coiffure, you probably wouldn't think that Arlo Arcinas as a federal agent just by looking at him. He doesn't exactly fit the physical stereotype. But that's one of the things that makes him such a valuable asset. That and the skills that earned him a spot on the ICE National Pistol Team. He's been there so long, he was on the team before there even was an ICE.

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Remington 11-87 Police Shotgun gets attention on the range

Left barrel view of Patrolman Charles Blohm's 11-87 Remington Police Shotgun

Albuquerque, New Mexico - The National Police Shooting Championships usually earns a spot in the highlights every year. 2013 is no exception.

Way out west under the Albuquerque sun we were there to see Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz returned to successfully defend his title, Stephanie Diaz won her 5th overall Women's Championship, and Jose Ortiz walked away with his first Shotgun Crown.

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Pink pistol zeroes in on High Woman title at NRA National Police Shooting Championships

Right side action of Det. Stephanie Diaz's pink 9mm Nowlin at the NRA Police Championships

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Halfway through the first day of competition at the NRA National Police Shooting Championships is a time for rest. Take in your results, grab a quick snack and make ready for the afternoon push. Some are cruising along while others are already out of the hunt. Soon will be time for championship #3 — Stock Service Semi-Automatic.

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LAPD's Stephanie Diaz brought out her trusty Smith & Wesson for Day 2 of Championship

A Smith & Wesson Model 14 Revolver used by Stephanie Diaz in the NRA National Police Shooting Championship

Albuquerque, New Mexico - One thing Stephanie Diaz learned on her way to winning High Woman at this year's National Police Shooting Championships is that you don't need a Smith & Wesson Model 14 Revolver to do it ... but it helps.

"To be competitive in these competitions, I decided that I was going to need a good collection of guns," said Daiz, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. "My Smith Model 14 is a perfect example of a really good gun."

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Diaz doubles up for 1500 and Distinguished matches with Nowlin 9mm

Right side action of Stephanie Diaz's 9mm Nowlin World Cup 1500 PPC semi-automatic for NRA's 2013 NPSC in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Those who read our first piece on the Guns of Stephanie Diaz series may remember that she's ambidextrous. The right hand is for revolvers and the left is for semi-autos. Since last we went with her right, it seems only fair that we go with the left this time out.

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Gunny travels to New Mexico to "hang out with my friends" in law enforcement

Gunny R. Lee Ermey speaks to the crowd at NRA's National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - It took little time for Gunny R. Lee Ermey to become a fan favorite at NRA's National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque. Not because of his Hollywood celebrity status or his years of service in the United States Marine Corps, but because of the way he identifies with the competitors.

"Every year before this event takes place I start getting real antsy, wanting to come down and see my buddies," Ermey told the Awards Ceremony crowd. "It's a pleasure to come on down here, just hang out with you guys."

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Smith & Wesson won at her first championship turned into primary shooting gun

Smith & Wesson Model 64 used by Stephanie Diaz as 1500 gun at NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Stephanie Diaz's first National Police Shooting Championship (NPSC) was almost fifteen years ago. A promising young officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, Diaz performed well enough to win a match or two. The first of many.

One of those wins translated into a hell of a prize — a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson Model 64. A gun she's been carrying at the championships ever since.

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