North Carolina group raises funds on Memorial Day weekend for Special Forces families

Fair Barn at the Duskin & Stephens Foundation event at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina - In a sea of mud surrounding the Capitol building, thousands gathered on Saturday, March 4, 1865, to witness Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration. The Civil War, running for four long years, was weeks from ending and the focus of his address. Stepping to the edge of the East Portico to address a wounded nation, Lincoln’s speech was much shorter than his first.

The end, found in the fourth paragraph, included a plea for the soldiers caught in this conflict. “(T)o care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan …” On this Memorial Day, we look to a pair of men who are doing just that for today’s soldiers with the Duskin and Stephens Foundation.

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From Buck Knives - Buck Knives releases 245 MWG Navy SEAL Knife

245 Matt Would Go knife Designed by a SEAL for SEALS, the 245 Matt Would Go knife is a nearly indestructible tool, built for the roughest of circumstances.

Post Falls, Idaho - Special Warfare Operator First Class (SEAL) Matthew J. Leathers was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards, including the Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. In 2013 Leathers was lost at sea during open ocean training exercises. During his nine years with the U.S Navy SEALS, Leathers designed a knife that held up to his high standards and caught the eye of his fellow SEALS.

Buck Knives has entered into agreement with Tim Leathers, father of fallen Navy SEAL Matthew Leathers, to continue making a knife that was originally designed by Leathers himself... more on Buck Knives Matt Would Go Navy SEAL Knife ...

Outdoor Writer says Tactical Hunting: Sir, Yes Sir!

Smith & Wesson tactical rifle

Outdoor shaman Kevin Reese returns in a fury in his call for tactical rifle hunting ...
Corsicana, Texas - My pop once told me I might fit into my dress blues if I used bungee cords; the truth hurts. Looking at me it’s hard to believe I spent eight years in the Marines. In all honestly, I’m not that bad off… I’m just not that well off; I could stand a few months of nonstop treadmill work. Beyond reminiscing about my life as a Marine and wishing I still looked the part, I miss many aspects of active duty life – chief among them being camaraderie and my trusty M-16 A2 Service Rifle.

I wasn’t a huge promoter of 62-grain 5.56 Ball NATO ammunition but it seemed to be sufficient. I qualified every year as a rifle expert and later in my second enlistment as a pistol sharpshooter, qualifying with an original Colt 1911 that had been in Marine Corps service for over 75 years and was still a sweet shooter.

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Recovering soldiers get a few hours of fun at the NRA Range with more than 30 firearms

Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, Warrior Transition Unit and NRA Range staff smile after a day of fun

Fairfax, Virginia - Earlier this month a Warrior Transition Unit from nearby Ft. Belvoir stopped by NRA Headquarters for a guided tour of the NRA National Firearms Museum and some time at the NRA Headquarters Range.

Established by the U.S. Army, Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) provide personalized support to wounded and ill soldiers at major military treatment facilities around the world. The unit builds on the Army's strength of unit cohesion and teamwork to help the soldiers focus on healing before they transition back to the Army or to civilian status.

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Honoring those who have served in our armed forces on this day

Veterans Day

Fairfax, Virginia - On Veterans Day our country celebrates the service of everybody who has worn a uniform for our armed forces. Their selfless dedication to the United States is revered by its people and the ceremonies, parades, and "thank yous" are a small token of the appreciation felt each day.

After laying President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to rest just prior to the conclusion of World War II, President Harry S. Truman addressed a join session of Congress and spoke of the sacrifice made by the members of our armed forces:

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From Crosman - Crosman Introduces Magpul® M-LOK Licensed Air Rifle

Announces Auction of Navy SEAL Foundation Edition

Crosman Introduces Magpul® M-LOK Licensed Air Rifle

Bloomfield, New York - The world leader in air guns has teamed with the leader in AR accessories to create the Benjamin Armada, the premier AR-compatible PCP Air Rifle featuring the official Magpul M-LOK modular accessory system. The first unit will be auctioned off on GunBroker.com, October 20-November 2 with the proceeds going to support the Navy SEAL Foundation.

“The Armada is the first commercially available PCP rifle that brings the same breadth of modularity and user configurability that is enjoyed by the AR community,” says Jennifer Lambert, VP Marketing for Crosman... more on Crosman's new Magpul® M-LOK Air Rifle ...

First time competitive shooter arrives on the big stage at the NRA Nationals

Sgt. Lawrence Carter walks his targets back to the 50 yard line at Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Ending Day Three of the NRA National Pistol Championships on the third page isn't what you shoot for (no pun intended). But when you've only been worried about marksmanship for grand total of 2 1/2 months, it's not a bad place to be. Such is the case for Sgt. First Class Lawrence Carter from Alpha Company, Special Operations Recruiting Battalion out of Fort Bragg.

"Shooting is shooting, but you have to have a lot more patient when it comes to marksmanship," the Sergeant explained. "It’s very precise. Dramatically precise."

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NRA Instructors watch over the firing link at New Jersey's Camp Noble Cause

Community says thanks to active duty military with weekend getaway to Scout Reservation

Rockaway, New Jersey - For seven years, the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been running Camp Noble Cause; a weekend of fun and outdoor adventure for active duty, Guard and Reserve military personnel in New Jersey. Held at the Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway, the weekend is chopped full of activities including rocket building, wall climbing, rifle, shotgun, swimming and archery. More than 100 volunteers give up their weekend to make the camp possible. And they do it for a simple reason.

“It’s a way to say thank you to our military personnel,” explained NRA Training Counselor Paul Dunberg. “It’s the least we can do.”

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From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - DNR Celebrates “Walk Off the War” Veterans as they Hike through Washington Monument State Park

Lt. Col. Chris Bushman, MD Veteran Affairs Secretary Ed Chow, and Christina Holden with Warrior Hikers. Annapolis, Maryland - The Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Park Service hosted veterans participating in the Warrior Hike Walk Off The War program as they journeyed through Maryland’s portion of the legendary Appalachian Trail on June 12 at Washington Monument State Park. Park staff greeted the hikers with a much-appreciated potluck dinner organized by Christina Holden, Veteran Outreach Manager for the Maryland Park Service. Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward Chow, park staff and volunteers, and representatives from the Warrior Hike also joined in the celebration.

“On behalf of the entire Department and the State of Maryland, we salute the selfless men and women who protect and serve our country,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill.  “We are humbled by the opportunity to provide these hikers a warm welcome and much-needed respite as they journey through Maryland along the Appalachian Trail.”

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