Petersen's legendary sense of humor crosses his passion for firearms collecting with this Model 21

Robert Petersen Model 21 double rifle by Tony Galazan on display at the National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - If you set out to commission an entirely custom firearm, what would you choose? Would you engrave it? Ok, of course you would, but what would you choose for the engraving? Many firearms collectors own pieces commemorating their specific interests and famed collector Robert Petersen was no different.

The subject of this week's Curator's Corner on NRA News doesn't have a purpose that is out of the ordinary for firearms enthusiasts living out in the country, but its decor is what sets it apart.

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The finest version of the finest American shotgun ever produced

John Olin's Winchester Model 21 Grand Royal, the

Fairfax, Virginia - What's the best American shotgun ever made? If you go around asking that question, you'll get a whole variety of answers. But if you ask collectors, people who really know their way around firearms, you're going to start getting the same response over and over, the Winchester Model 21.

Winchester aimed for the stars with this side by side shotgun and it's safe to say they achieved their goal. The firearm's quality is universally praised and it's a treasured piece for any collector lucky enough to have the opportunity to buy one.

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From USA Shooting - Golden Rhode Again; U.S. Women’s Skeet Team Dominates Olympic Shotgun medalist Kim Rhode Again with Gold, Silver, 6th & Olympic Quota

Acapulco, Mexico - On International Women’s Day, it was an American shotgun trio who turned the celebration into a mostly all-American affair for the fourth time during the 2015 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Series season opener in Acapulco, Mexico.

The trio of Kim Rhode, Caitlin Connor and Morgan Craft represented 50 percent of the women’s skeet final and walked away with the top two podium spots, a sixth-place result and an Olympic country quota. It was the second time in four events that all three American shooters made finals following the performance of the Men’s Double Trap team that started the trend Thursday. Through four events in Mexico, the USA Shooting Team has earned five medals, nine top-6 finishes and three Olympic quotas with Men's Skeet still to go on Monday.

Five-time Olympic medalist and current Olympic Champion Rhode (El Monte, California) was her usual stellar self on her way to victory. She’s competed in four World Cups since a London Olympic gold and the birth of her son and she’s won three of them and finished in third in the other. Rhode qualified for the semifinal with 72 targets, and then finished atop of the board making it into the gold-medal match with a perfect score of 16 hits out of 16 targets.

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Veteran, mom, and decorated champion explains her firearm history

Surprising Julie Golob at SHOT Show 2015 in Las Vegas
Surprising Julie Golob at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada - You'll be hard pressed to find a better shooter out there than Smith & Wesson Captain Julie Golob. After eight years in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, she's gone on to win multiple national championships and titles including NRA's Bianchi Cup as well as all of USPSA's division.

All of this while wrangling a pair of ankle bitters back in Kansas City. And if you're a parent, or an aunt/uncle, you have to wonder which is tougher - keeping up with the kids or keeping up with the bullseyes.

Now while I'm sure you're dying to hear about the wonders of parenthood, I'm heading in a different direction this afternoon. We're just going to ask her one question. A three part question. What was her first gun, last gun, and plans for the next gun.

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Shooting Sports USA sits down with the up-and-coming trap star

Shooting Sports USA opens up Hank Garvey's range bag

Fairfax, Virginia - In the March 2015 issue of Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sits down with teen phenom Hank Garvey, a 2015 Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador member of USA Shooting's Junior Olympic Team, to find out what he brings to the range.

Hank Garvey has been shooting for half his life, considering he started at the age of 8—on a shotgun. Since 2011, he has been concentrating on International Double Trap, and it doesn’t look like he’s missed his target or focus much.

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From USA Shooting - Americans Earn Gold, Bronze, Sixth & Olympic Quota in Double Trap

2008 Olympian Jeff Holguin is a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Colorado Springs, Colorado - It’s a pretty good day anytime 50 percent of the finals field is wearing the USA Shooting vest.  That’s exactly what happened Thursday at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, with three U.S. entries into the six-person Double Trap finals. Results would get even better after the U.S. Army Marksmanship trio walked away with a gold and bronze medal, an Olympic quota and a sixth-place finish. 

The two-medal performance adds to a great season-opening World Cup thus far for USA Shooting with two more events still to come. Two of the three gold medals have been earned by Americans, along with two Olympic country quotas as well as three other top-six performers.  Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska) earned gold on Monday to get things started for the USA Shooting Team. 

Today, Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, California) claimed the exact same spot on the podium he held to conclude last year’s World Cup season as the victor.  In October, it was as the World Cup Finals champion. Today, it was for the third World Cup win of the 2008 Olympian’s career as well as the start he was looking for with sights on Rio and Olympic selection… find out more about USA Shooting success at the ISSF World Cup ...

New intense competition with all firearms and ammunition provided set for September 24-26, 2015

The Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia – The National Rifle Association announces the NRA World Shooting Championship Presented by Magpul, will be held September 24 – 26, 2015 at Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia. The elite event, crowning of the “Undisputed World Shooting Champion,” will feature a prize table and cash awards of more than $250,000.

The NRA World Shooting Championship tests a shooter’s skill set across twelve stages, covering disciplines from virtually every major shooting sport including pistol, rifle, shotgun, and multi gun. Pro, Amateur, and Junior divisions will draw a crowd of the world’s top shooters, casual competitors, and the next generation of competitive shooters.

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Outstanding shooter and student? Apply for this year's prestigious SSSF/NRA All-Scholastic Team

2015 SSSF/NRA All-Scholastic Team

Fairfax, Virginia - The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and National Rifle Association invites all outstanding 2015 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Pistol Program athletes to apply for this year's SSSF/NRA All-Scholastic Team.

Recognizing the achievements in both the the classroom and marksmanship, being selected for the SSSF/NRA All-Scholastic Team is an honor for any shooter.

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Salvo 12 suppressor improves shotgun situational awareness when out on the hunt

Michael Bane from Outdoor Channel's Shooting Gallery after trying out SilencerCo's shotgun suppressor at SHOT Show in Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada - Can you hear me now? Actually, no. Least that was my bewildered reaction after stopping by the SilencerCo Shooting Bay at this year's Media Day at the Range.

Right out of the silver screen classic No Country for Old Men, my most recent Amazon Wish List addition SilencerCo's Salvo 12 removes everything audible outside of the gun's actual action ... that click, click, click of metal hitting metal. No boom boom no more.

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