Women shooters prove they have what it takes in intense Brownells 3 gun match

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Last weekend, Brownells held its Lady 3 Gun Pro-Am Challenge West Match in St. George, Utah. The event brought out hundreds of top female shooters to compete in action-packed 3 gun stages for a tournament that is quickly making a name for itself in the shooting world.

Begun last year by Brownells CEO and NRA First Vice President Pete Brownell, many were skeptical that the inaugural Brownells Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Challenge would have a supportive turnout, but 200 women from the United States and Canada, from experienced pros to those shooting their first 3 gun match, had a great time shooting with other women, testing out new gear and guns, and making friendships that are still going strong.

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New NRA How-To Series teaches the the basics on America's oldest shooting discipline

NRA How-To Series Muzzleloading

Muzzleloading is an age-old sport that has played a major role in shaping American history. And although it can't can't compete with the cool factor of versatility of modern AR-style rifles, muzzleloading is making a comeback in the 21st century thanks to the rising interest in our heritage, the availability of appropriate firearms, and special hunting seasons in many states and provinces.

Unfortunately muzzleloading isn't as straightforward as other disciplines and many shooters have little to no knowledge about what to do once they get their shiny new (or gracefully worn) piece.

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Young phenom in International Skeet opens her range bag for Shooting Sports USA

What's in your range bag, Brandy Drozd?

This month's Shooting Sports USA sees Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sit down with world champion skeet shooter and Olympic hopeful Brandy Drozd to open her range bag and see what's inside.

A senior at Texas A&M, Brandy Drozd says she was born and raised an Aggie. This 2014 ISSF World Skeet Champion Gold medalist has been competing for over half her life. “I started at the age of 8, only shooting American Trap because it was the easiest for me to learn. Now my specialty is International Skeet and I started shooting that around the age of 12,” said Drozd. She began shooting in the local Brazos Country 4-H Sportsman’s Club and joined the National Team in 2011.

Drozd shoots a 12-gauge Perazzi MX8/2000, and loads it with Winchester AA 24 gram 9 shot.

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Rifle, pistol, and shotgun sharpshooters wanted for World Shooting Championship

Female competitor warming up for the NRA World Shooting Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - If you think you’re one of the best then here’s your chance to prove it.

This is your chance to join more than two hundred of the world’s top shooters as they descend upon the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia this September for the Second Annual NRA World Shooting Championship. We're talking Olympians, world champions, military sharp shooters and more that will make up the roster of those vying for “The Undisputed World Shooting Champion" crown.

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NRA News examines an exquisite 20 ga. over and under shotgun by master craftsman Tony Galazan

Robert Petersen's Pedretti by Tony Galazan of Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company on NRA News

Fairfax, Virginia - "Tony Galazan is a magician," declared National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier as he held up a beautiful 20 ga. over and under shotgun made by Galazan's Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company.

The gorgeous bird gun is the subject of this week's Curator's Corner on NRA News and Schreier couldn't sing its praises enough.

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Friends of NRA raising funds to send West Virgina team to Nebraska

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Morgantown, West Virginia - When you're lucky enough to have the best shooter in the state, not to mention the best team in the state, the thought of attending the National Championships this June in Nebraska is a no brainer. But trucking a team from Monongalia County, West Virginia to Grand Island, Nebraska is not an easy task ... especially when taking the bill into consideration.

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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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