Try Beretta's Pico Conceal Carry pistol at the NRA Range from 2-4 on Friday

Beretta's Pico Range Day at NRA Headquarters

Fairfax, Virginia - So there's no such thing as a free lunch, aye? How about free range time and ammo? Well that old wives' tale is about to be proved false this Friday at the NRA Headquarters Range.

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Female focused stories leg out a triple for the National Rifle Association

Emily Miller fires a GLOCK .45 at the NRA Headquarters Range in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Sliding into third for the top NRAblog stories in 2013 goes to the women. A collection of women to be more precise.

So why go with three instead of a single story? Because each of these found a spot in the top ten. One at number 4, one at 8 with the final piece standing in the 10 spot. After seeing that, I had no problem throwing the collecting into third.

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Washington Times Editor meets with fans and fires a few rounds at NRA Headquarters

Emily Miller fires a GLOCK .45 at the NRA Headquarters Range in Fairfax, Virginia

Emily Miller didn't start out as a gun girl. She wasn't a hunter, she wasn't a competitive shooter or a collector by any means. She was simply a woman who didn't feel safe.

Here's how she described it in the "Washington Times":

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Washington Times Editor to sign books at the NRA Range from 12:00 - 3:00 on December 21

Emily Miller, senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times, returns to the NRA Range for a book signing Fairfax, Virginia - In 2011, Emily Miller started work on a new column for "The Washington Times. Titled Emily Gets Her Gun, the series chronicled her mind-numbingly arduous journey to the land of legal gun ownership in Washington, DC. Through all the forms, the tests, the purchase and procedures involved when a simple, every-day, law-abiding citizen decides that they need a little protection in the home. And yes ... it did ruffle a few feathers.

Fast forward a couple of years and all of a sudden Emily turns those columns (along with a choice selection of previously undisclosed tales and interviews) into a book. Here's a bit of how her publisher, Regnery Press, describes the tale:

Emily Miller tells her personal story of how being a single, female victim of a home invasion drove her to try to obtain a legally registered gun in Washington, D.C. The narrative—sometimes shocking, other times hilarious in its absurdity—gives the reader a real life understanding of how gun-control laws … more on Emily Miller's Saturday book signing at the NRA Headquarters Range ...

Learn Action Pistol's challenging mix of speed and accuracy at the NRA Range

Rob Leatham shoots the Falling Plate Event at the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup

Fairfax, Virginia - NRA Action Pistol is a great sport, but it's a little more demanding than regular target shooting. It can be a little daunting to start the sport by showing up to a match like the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup little to no practice. A couple months ago NRA's Pistol Program Coordinator, Damien Orsinger, had a great idea - bring action pistol to the NRA Range.

Orsinger approached Action Target, the largest shooting range equipment manufacturer in the United States, to see if they would help him show just how fun action pistol could be and how affordable it is to get all the equipment. Action Target liked the idea and generously donated a portable Moving Target System and two Falling Plate Racks to get something going.

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NRA welcomes Triggers host Wil Willis to examine and shoot shotguns at the headquarters range

Browning Auto-5 and pump action shotguns at the NRA Museum in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Producers for the Military Channel's Triggers: Weapons that changed the World came to NRA Headquarters for a look at our shotguns. But a look is only so much fun. To get the full effect, to appreciate the design, the craftsmanship, the power ... you really have to shoot these shotguns.

So that's just what we did.

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Maxim 1908 light machine gun first to take flight on Military Channel's "Triggers: Weapons that changed the World"

Right side view of the Maxim 1908 beltfed light machine gun at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Tonight marks the return of "Triggers: Weapons that changed the World" to the Military Channel. If you're not familiar with the show, it's a one hour look at a significant, battle-tested firearm by host Wil Willis and a cadre of experts.

For tonight's premier episode, airing at 10:00pm in most locations, we have two NRA celebrities making their Triggers debut as well ... National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier and the Maxim 1908 beltfed light machine gun. We call this one Gertrude.

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3-Gun and 3-GAS (Guns from Air Soft) practice run at NRA Headquarters

American Hunter's John Draper starts the NRA 3-gun course with a .22 rifle

Fairfax, Virginia - Let's say you're thinking about 3-gun. You've watched the competitions, read the articles, seen the YouTube clips ... you're a fan. But that's not enough. Eventually, you're going to want to move from the fan to the competitor zone. But how?

The NRA will have an answer to that soon.

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World Champion shooter shows difference between rifle, shotguns and pistols

Fairfax, Virginia - As a champion shooter, Jessie Duff knows her way around a wide array of firearms. And as co-host of the Outdoor Channel's Friends of NRA television show, she knows how to get her point across to the public. These two talents were put to the test last Friday night as a guest of Sean Hannity on Fox News.

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