From the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit - USAMU shooters take World Cup gold and silver

Staff Sgt. Jeff Holguin of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Shotgun Team nails his target during the gold medal shoot off for Men's Double Trap at the 2014 ISSF Shotgun World Cup April 13.

Tucson, Arizona - It was an all-American shootout for the gold and silver medals for Men's Double Trap during the 2014 International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup April 13 at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club.

After both U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) Soldiers hit 27 out of 30 targets, Staff Sgt. Jeff Holguin captured his first World Cup gold by beating teammate Staff Sgt. Josh Richmond in a shoot out for first place.

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Top collegiate shotgun shooters named NRA All Americans at ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio

2014 NRA Collegiate All-American Shotgun First Team

San Antonio, Texas - The 46th Annual ACUI Clay Target Championships were a hard-fought five days that saw competitors go through couple hundred thousand clays and shotgun shells. When the dust settled at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, perennial favorite Lindenwood University had won their 11th consecutive national title.

Among the awards handed out that evening were the announcements of the 2014 NRA Collegiate All-American Shotgun teams.

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Student athletes finish championships with America's oldest shotgun sport

2014 ACUI American Trap Championship in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - The final day of the 2014 ACUI Clay Target Championship ends with probably the first shotgun sport people encounter - American Trap. Easy to learn and very forgiving on new shooters, American Trap is the championships' most popular match. It featured a total of 597 of the 633 shooters who showed up this year.

In American Trap, clays are thrown in steady, smooth arcs contrasting the harder to hit International Trap clays which are thrown faster, further, and with the zero to three second delay. Competitors rotate five stations, taking five shots at each for a maximum of 25 points per round. Without needing to change stations after every shot, a group of American Trap shooters work themselves up a smooth cadence, working through a round very quickly.

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Shooters move to American shotgun disciplines in skeet and trap as ACUI Clay Target Championships continue

2014 ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - It's a bright and sunny day at the NSSA-NSCA National Shooting Complex, where hundreds of collegiate shotgun shooters have descended to compete in the ACUI Clay Target Championships. The days are long, but fun, as the students go through round after round on the fields and scramble to finish their homework here and there.

Now that the International events are finished, competitors have moved on to the American variants of trap and skeet. Today the action is at the complex's lower fields, where shooters are engaging in American Skeet.

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More than 600 collegiate shotgun shooters descend on Texas for shooting sports title chase

2014 ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio's population of college students increased by a few hundred this week, and it isn't because of spring break. No, they're here for the 46th Annual Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Clay Target Championships.

Representing 75 colleges and universities from around the United States, these 600 shooters will be breaking - or at least taking shots at - more than 280,000 clay pigeons as they compete in the International and American varieties of skeet and trap, along with Five Stand and Sporting Clays.

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NRA helps clubs around the United States host 3-Gun competitions, the world's fastest growing shooting sport

Fairfax, Virginia - In case you haven't noticed, 3-Gun competitions have experienced a meteoric rise in popularity over the past few years. In fact, it's the fastest-growing action shooting sports in the world. The NRA, wanting to bring the fun, exhilarating, physical challenge to new and intermediate shooters, is introducing NRA Sports 3-Gun Shooting Events. Safe, mildly competitive, and fun for the whole family, these recreational experiences have something for everyone.

And creating your very own NRA Sports 3-Gun Experience is easy! We're working with clubs across the country to bring the non-traditional action packed, sport to your local range. Events can incorporate either a .22 (3GE.22) or airsoft (3GAS) version into your club's schedule and bring shooters to your range in droves for the thrilling new experience.

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Over 150 youth shooters learn rifle, pistol and shotgun basics and more with help from Friends of NRA

Friends of NRA grant funds 16th Annual Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp

Ohio experienced more shooting excitement this July than just Camp Perry. As a matter of fact, NRA Event Support Coordinator Peter Lawless has the scoop on a great 4-H camp last month that saw more than one hundred fifty young shooters turn out.

165 Teenagers Attend Ohio 4-H Shooting Camp

Jackson, Ohio - During the week of July 21-26, The 16th Annual Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp brought in 165 teenage campers and instilled them with a deeper appreciation for the shooting sports. Held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio, students learned how to shoot rifles, pistols, shotguns, bows and muzzleloaders over the course of its packed six-day schedule. The camp used approximately 37,800 rounds of .22 LR, 34,500 rounds of assorted pistol ammunition, 35,200 shotgun shells and 30,500 clay targets throughout the week.

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NRA Youth Programs gets another great intern from Hillsdale College

Anna PfaffFairfax, Virginia - Readers of NRABlog might remember the name Hillsdale College. Not only for their shooting programs, but also their incredible collection of students. This summer, there is a new Hillsdale face around headquarters ... and her name is Anna Pfaff.

Pfaff, a teammate of past intern Joe Kain has been given the NRA Youth Program internship reins. There she will work with Shooing Sports Ambassadors, NRA Days, the Winchester Marksmanship Program and more.

Now you may be wondering how a male and female could end up on the same collegiate team. Well, Hillsdale is not your average college. Located in southern Michigan, Hillsdale College is one of select group of universities that competes in shooting sports at the national level.

Anna is one of two female shotgunners on Hillsdale Shooting Team. In her freshman year, Anna competed in a long list of events including Trap, Skeet, Five Stand, Sporting Clays, as well as International Trap and Skeet. First year highlights include a first place in ladies international bunker trap at the SCTP Central Midwest Collegiate Shotgun Championships. The victory came after a sudden death shoot-off.

I had the opportunity to shoot a few rounds of trap with her over the weekend, and trust me; you don't want to bet against her.

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Converting hunting shotguns into tactical shotguns might be easier than you think

American Rifleman turns a shotgun made for hunting into a tactical beauty Odds are you've got a shotgun sitting in a closet somewhere. Is it of the hunting or tactical variety? American Rifleman's B. Gil Horman asks why can't it be both?

Shotgun: Hunting to Tactical
Is converting a sporting shotgun into a tactical shotgun a cost effective home-defense option?

Gun owners may run into the situation of needing a firearm to fill a particular shooting requirement at a time when money for a new gun isn't readily available. Recently I found myself in need of a tactical 12 gauge with an 18.5-inch cylinder bore barrel. This wasn't the first time a tactical pump would have come in handy, and it wasn't going to be the last. It was time to make the investment, but I wasn't ready to throw down more cash than I had to. So I turned to an idea that had crossed my mind before, namely, to see what it would cost to convert a sporting shotgun I already had into a tactical model using aftermarket accessories.

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