From the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife - Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center dedicated as downstate state-owned facility

Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center - image from the Owens Station website

Greenwood, Delaware - This morning, Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis, State Rep. David Wilson, DNREC conservation partners and shooting sports enthusiasts to dedicate a formerly privately-owned shooting sports range and conservation education center near Greenwood as the Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, downstate Delaware’s first and only state-owned public shooting sports range.

Developed over a period of about 30 years by former owner Bill Wolter, the 104-acre property was purchased by the state late last year and is operated under a public-private partnership between the Division of Fish and Wildlife and two commercial businesses... more on Delaware's Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center ...

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Kids can try firearms on for size during Demo Days at DNR shooting ranges

Kids can try firearms on for size during Demo Days at Michigan DNR shooting ranges Lansing, Michigan - The Department of Natural Resources will once again offer Demonstration Days for mentored youth hunters at its Ortonville, Pontiac Lake, Rose Lake and Sharonville shooting ranges in July and August.

Mentored youth hunting regulations require that hunting devices are properly fitted and appropriately suited to the youth hunter. The Demonstration Days events will give young hunters a chance to try a variety of firearms - rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders - archery equipment and crossbows with help from range officers and hunter education instructors; meet with conservation officers about what to expect while in the field; and try out the DNR's hunting simulator. Participating partners include the National Wild Turkey Federation with its JAKES trailer and Pheasants Forever.

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Exhibit details NRA's involvement with instructing Scouts on safe firearms handling

Exhibit on NRA's relationship with Boy Scouts of America

There's a new piece of flair around the NRA Headquarters offices. On the building's top floor, the sixth, where our Competitive Shooting and Education & Training divisions reside, a display case on the NRA's relationship with the Boy Scouts of America has appeared.

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Exit for the NRA electronic target event at the Peacemaker Range Gerrardstown, West Virginia - Around 8 o'clock last night, thanks to a little assistance from Google Maps and my iPhone, I finally found my way to our staging area for today's Electronic Target Event at the Peacemaker National Training Center. Liz, Eric and the rest of the crew were already out for dinner and I was left to my own devices ... checking equipment, charging equipment and figuring out the easiest route to the range.

What we're offering today is a chance to bring out your rifles and pistols for an electronic target outing. Using the same technology you'll see this summer during the Olympics Shooting events in London, these targets eliminate the need for cease fires and keep you at the firing line.

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Jim Supica, Phil Schreier and others pose for the opening of the Marksman exhibit on NRAblog

Irving, Texas - Jim Supica and Phil Schreier traveled south for the opening of the Marksman Exhibit at the National Boy Scouts Museum in Irving, Texas. In addition to the rifles the National Firearms Museum's, there were a number a nostalgic displays that took you back to the original days of Scouting ... here's a look at a portion of the exhibit.

A look at Fort Fun at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas on NRAblog

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The The Newton Kansan ran a story on 4-H shooting programs and grants from the NRA:

Friends of NRA Shooting sports offers safe firearms classes

NEWTON — Each year in the fall, we teach a basic shooting sports class for beginners. The 4-H members learn about gun safety using an air rifle or BB gun. The 4-H members then participate in weekly classes for 10 weeks and practice what they have learned. This is the first of many opportunities in the 4-H shooting sports project. The youth who are interested in target shooting move up to air pistols. We have youth who compete in competitions all winter long with their shooting sports projects.

Our 4-H Shooting Sports program is coordinated by Gail Lanier. All of our instructors attend a mandatory state training where they learn about teaching kids, and they learn about the area they want to teach. Our BB gun instructors are Manuel Camacho, Gary Lanier, Larry Church and Kevin Duerksen. Our junior instructors are Nathan Lanier and Jacob Duerksen. Whitney Lanier is a junior leader volunteer for the project.

In late spring, we will start our 4-H archery project, and the instructor for that is Virgina Jury. Our retiring instructor is Eric Wenger, and we have new parents planning on attending the state training to be certified to assist in the archery area. In early summer, we will start the shotgun project, and the youth will shoot traps at a local trap range. So, there are lots of opportunities in the 4-H shooting sports areas.

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Phil Schreier, Senior Curator for the National Firearms Museum, chronicled the Boy Scouts of America's 100-year relationship with the NRA for American Rifleman Magazine's December issue:

NRA & Boy Scouts: 100 years of partnership

In February 1910, American publishing magnate William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, D.C., and since then, millions of boys around the country have grown into men following the ideals of scouting. The story often told is that Boyce was lost in the pea-soup-like fog of London and an unknown Scout helped him find his way. The lad then refused a tip from Boyce saying that he was a Scout, and he was just doing what was expected of him. Intrigued, Boyce sought out more information on the organization founded in 1907 by British Maj. Gen. Robert Baden-Powell, and upon his return from overseas travels, incorporated the Boy Scouts of America. The rest is, as they say, history.

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A proud Scout from the Kansas City area shows off his cherished souvenir Federal  shotgun shells complete with the Jamboree logo after finishing his 5 Stand experience at Camp Thunder.on NRAblog A proud Scout from the Kansas City area shows off his cherished souvenir Federal shotgun shells complete with the Jamboree logo after finishing his 5 Stand experience at Camp Thunder. (Photo by Philip Schreier)

Philip Schreier, Senior Curator from the NRA National Firearms Museum, sends us his final report from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:

NRA Rocks Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree: Part 8

By: Philip Schreier

(Ft. A. P. Hill, Virginia) - Well the last campfire has been extinguished at the conclusion of the BSA 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree. After 10 days in the heart of Virginia, 46,000 Scouts and leaders prepare for their long journey home. The 17th National Jamboree (the 9th for this author) and the last of 8 to be held at Ft. A. P. Hill, is now a fond memory for tens of thousands of boys. For most, this Jamboree was their first, and for many, the Jamboree offered a young Scout his initial experience shooting an air rifle, shotgun and/or black powder rifle.

As the Action Centers are dismantled and the 76,000 acre military reservation is returned to its former state of affairs, many Scouts and Scouters alike are asking how they can purchase one of the hundreds of firearms used during the historic event. Fortunately, for them, many of the guns are for sale through licensed FFL dealers.

Four different firearms are currently available that each bear Scouting's 100th Anniversary Jamboree logo or BSA Centennial logo. The 20ga Remington 870 Wingmasters, 12ga Beretta A3901 semi-automatics and two beautiful .22 caliber Henry Golden Boy rifles, one an Eagle Scout commemorative, can be purchased through the factory direct to your local FFL dealer.

Contact the factory direct for details and pricing and send a signed copy of your dealer's FFL to:

Remington Arms Co.
c/o BSA Offer
P.O. Box 700
Madison, NC 27025
1-800-243-9700
Beretta USA
17601 Beretta Drive
Accokeek, MD 20607
1-800-929-2901
Henry Repeating Arms Company
#59 East 1st St.
Bayonne, NJ 07002
201-858-4400

The Beretta A3901 BSA Jamboree shotgun as used at Camp Thunder on NRAblog

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Be sure the check out part One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six of Senior Curator Philip Schreier's reports on the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary at the National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia.

Boy Scouts participate in the Jamboree Bikathlon at Ft. A.P. Hill on NRAblogPhilip Schreier, Senior Curator from the NRA National Firearms Museum, files another report from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:

NRA Rocks Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree: Part 7
By: Philip Schreier

Ft. A. P. Hill, VA - Of the five different areas Scouts can enjoy shooting at the BSA National Scout Jamboree, the newest Action Area is called Buckskin Games. Here Scouts experience numerous facets of life as a Mountain Man in the 1840's. Of course, no Mountain Man experience is complete without a chance to shoot a black powder percussion rifle. Here Scouts meet up with period clad NRA safety instructors and learn a bit not only about safe firearms handling but also on black powder shooting.

Once up on the firing line, they get personal instruction on loading the gun themselves and then they fire a .50 caliber Lyman percussion rifle at a playing card which they get to keep as a souvenir. They say that once you smell black powder on the firing line, it gets in your blood for life. At 300 Scouts a day at each of the 4 Action Centers, that adds up to a lot of future black powder enthusiasts!

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Be sure the check out part One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six of Senior Curator Philip Schreier's reports on the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary at the National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia.

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