Daniel Defense joins as sponsor of Action Rifle program to help teach practical rifle skills

Daniel Defense becomes official sponsor of NRA Action Rifle program

Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce Daniel Defense as the official sponsor of the new NRA Action Rifle program. The Action Rifle program is designed to help develop modern, practical rifle skills with general purpose rifles such as the AR-15.

“The NRA is proud to partner with Daniel Defense to bring functional rifle training and matches to shooting ranges across the country,” said Executive Director of NRA General Operations Kyle Weaver. “Daniel Defense is a leader in the firearms community and embodies the NRA’s outdoor lifestyle and dedication to responsible firearm ownership.”

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Compact for storage & easy to transport rifle bench rest combo

NRA Store Shooting Rest
NRA Store Merchandise Buyer Joe Garnreiter took two great things that work great together and turned them into a hell of a special ...

Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA Clean Sweep Shooting Rest and NRA Unshakable Shooting Bench are a sportsman’s match made in Heaven. Together, these two components create a functional, adaptable, adjustable and portable shooting platform. The combination is deadly for long range shooting or varmint hunting!

Better yet, the shooting rest may be removed and used separately. This multi-axis rest is capable of rapid, seamless changes in elevation and direction ... more on NRA Store's Shooting Rest & Unshakable Bench ...

Sometimes the best laid hunting plans fall victim to the environment and fate

Shawn Skipper with his elk - image from American Hunter magazine Shawn Skipper gets more than he bargained for during his Utah elk hunt ...

Out of the Hole
Battling bad luck, a broken truck and the flu, the author relies on sheer grit when chasing elk up and down a foreboding Utah landscape.

Elk can bark. Wait, elk can bark? Why didn’t anyone tell me elk can bark? These are barking—at me. Is that good? That can’t be good. There’s no way that’s good.

Do I bark back?

And so went my thoughts as I sat crouched in the snow some 300 yards away from the herd we’d spent hours stalking. The herd that hid the one thing I’d traveled so many miles and scaled so many steep, snowy inclines to find: a bull.

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Your concealed-carry Shield can easily become your home-defense handgun

Could the Russian mainstay be the best .30-caliber option for America’s rifle? Shooting Illustrated Steve Adelmann realizes that there's more to the 7.62×39 mm cartridge than he thought ...

AR Accuracy with 7.62×39 mm
While you might not associate the AK-47’s cartridge with accuracy, out of an AR-15 the 7.62x39 mm can produce tiny groups. Could the Russian mainstay be the best .30-caliber option for America’s rifle?

In an AR-15, the 7.62×39 mm cartridge is more accurate than you may think.

Like many current and former “ground-pounders,” my view of the AK family of firearms used to be stereotypical: They go bang when you pull the trigger and throw rounds in the general direction you point them. I used a bunch of AK variants during my Army career, but I never gave Mikhail Kalashnikov’s simple masterpiece much thought beyond its “minute-of-man” accuracy, uncomfortable folding stock and ample muzzle flash. Taking the time to actually zero them can make AKs aim-worthy, but they are still not known for precision. I always assumed the 7.62×39 mm cartridge they fire was likewise incapable of doing much more than moving through the air and hurting whatever it occasionally hit. It turns out that I was very, very wrong.

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Trijicon and Peacemaker succeed in creating championship that offers variety of shooting experiences

Trijicon World Shooting Championship American Rifleman

American Rifleman's Brian Sheetz breaks down why the Trijicon World Shooting Championship is such a hit ...

Trijicon World Shoot Winds Down
After such an unqualified success as the Trijicon World Championship, it's obvious that Peacemaker has succeeded in its mission to bring excellence in a variety of shooting experiences to the masses.

From a wide range of competitors in both pro and amateur categories to sponsors and staff, the inaugural Trijicon World Shooting Championship appears to have been a success if it is to be judged by the enthusiastically affirmative responses that arose from the informal survey question, “Would you shoot it again next year or recommend it to a friend?”

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$8,000 NRA Foundation Grant helps shooting sports in the Texas Panhandle

Dallam County, Texas, 4-H Rifle Team receives NRA Foundation Grant

Dalhart, Texas - The Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Rifle Team of Dalhart, Texas, has recently benefited from Friends of NRA fundraising. On March 13, 2014, the local 4-H office received notification that the grant request submitted in November by a member of the Dallam Parent Leaders Association was approved by the Texas State Fund Committee and the Board of Trustees for the NRA Foundation, Inc.

Not only do these grants provide monetary support, but they also help to build valuable relationships within the shooting sports and Friend of NRA communities. Some valuable connections were made during the grant process this year at the local, state and national level. This year Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Rifle Team will receive a rifle and equipment valued at $8,343.21.

Under the instruction of Kelly McMurry and Martin Dettle of Dalhart, the Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Team, which competes in 3-position small-bore rifle, now has room to grow in numbers of participants and coaches. Our local team had one coach and seven members in 2013. We added a second coach earlier this year, and we hope to see our numbers continue to grow. The team will now have more equipment available for teaching and practicing and we hope it will have greater success in the upcoming district competition on May 9-10, 2014, in Amarillo.

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Open up professional shooter Matt Emmons' range bag and see what's helped him reach three Olympic Games

Olympic shooter Matt Emmons in NRA's Shooting Sports USA

Fairfax, Virginia - In this month's Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sits down with famed shooter Matt Emmons to find out what the professional rifle shooter, and Olympian, carries around with him to the range.

Emmons has competed on the U.S. National Team since 1997, medaling in three Olympic games: Gold in 2004 in Men’s 50m Rie Prone (center); Silver in 2008 in Men’s 50m Rie Prone; and Bronze in 2012 in Men’s 50m 3X40. Although born and raised in New Jersey, he traveled west for a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He now lives with his wife, Katy, and two children in in Plzen, Czech Republic. Katy is a three-time Olympian rifle shooter from the Czech Republic.

Although his specialty is Men’s 3-Position rifle, Emmons’ World Championship and Olympic Gold are in Men’s 50m Prone. He shoots a Bleiker Challenger .22 rifle, with Eley Tenex ammo.

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Why this rifle is still one of the most high prized American military rifles

World War II GI with an M1C Garand Rifle

Gun writer and historian Bruce Canfield delves into the World War II's prized M1C Garand Sniper Rifle ...

The M1C Garand Sniper Rifle
When the U.S. Army sought a sniping rifle based on the M1 Garand at the end of World War II, the M1C, with its offset scope, was delivered in small numbers. Never the best solution, the M1C performed adequately in post-war service and remains one of the most highly prized American military rifles.

At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. Army did not have a standardized sniper rifle. Early in the war, the Army Ground Forces requested that a sniper version of the M1 Garand rifle equipped with a telescopic sight be developed. However, it was immediately apparent that the M1 rifle’s action would require an entirely different approach than most bolt-action sniper rifles—which mounted a telescope directly over the receiver. Since the M1 had to be loaded from the top, a telescope mounted in such a location would not be feasible. The U.S. Army Ordnance Dept. tested several possible solutions—including a prismatic telescope with the eyepiece centered over the M1’s rear sight but with the body of the scope offset to provide the necessary clearance for the action. While it and other M1 rifle-based sniper designs were evaluated, a slightly modified Remington Model 1903A3 bolt-action rifle was adopted in early 1943 as the “U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903A4, Snipers” as more or less an interim measure. Sizeable numbers of ’03A4 sniper rifles were produced and widely issued during the war until a satisfactory Garand sniper rifle could be developed.

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Familiar faces fighting for fullbore rifle title as Championship rolls to an end

Taking aim at 800 yards for NRA's Fullbore Rifle Championship in Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Today's schedule of fullbore for the NRA National Rifle Championships begins with little distractions. The weather is clear, the competitors are positive, and the scoring is stable. Though the winds are still in play, the relatively low temperatures along with sunny skies means adjustments necessary for a V are few.

A V? That's right. Because we're shooting fullbore rifle, that means we're firing on the 5 V target. In other words, competitors only earn 5 points for a bullseye. On the flip side it means that only lose 5 for a miss or crossfire. Not something you want to hang your hat on, but a positive nonetheless.

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