One of the world's most decorated female shooters talks injury recovery and her passion for the sport

Professional competitive shooter Vera Koo

For those of you new to the world of shooting sports, Vera Koo is a certifiable legend. Owning eight Women's titles from the prestigious Bianchi Cup and two from the World Action Pistol Championship, there's no question that Vera knows what she's doing. Her most recent win came in the form of a team gold medal at the 2012 NRA World Action Pistol Championship in Germany.

Vera has nothing left to prove to anybody and is so passionate about the sport that she continues to shoot; even after overcoming an injury that would force many to retire. Unfortunately, Vera sustained another such injury this past winter, but is hard at work rehabbing to join the ranks at this May's MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup and continue being a professional competitive shooter.

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Former Alaska Governor set to take on second season on Sportsman Channel

The second season of Amazing America with Sarah Palin Fairfax, Virginia - With the second season of Amazing America with Sarah Palin set to debut tonight at 9 on Sportsman Channel, the former governor is making a last minute publicity charge to promote the show. One of the must-do stops on the tour is our very own NRA News.

Airing live at 5, host Cam Edwards will be setting the stage as we find out what is new for season number 2. And there's plenty of new. Newest of all be the addition of Tara Conner to the crew.

Crowned Miss USA in 2006, Conner arrives with a passion for the outdoors.

"Growing up in Kentucky, I grew to appreciate and love the outdoors,” said Conner. “I would tag along with my dad and uncles when they would go fishing, and those memories are some of my favorites. I may live in Los Angeles now, but I'm still a Kentucky girl at heart."

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From LaserMax - 3rd Annual Women’s Outdoor & Shooting Industry Dinner

to be held during the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade ShowSM (SHOT Show®)

Rochester, New York - – Las Vegas will once again roll out the red carpet for the elegant side of the firearms industry at the Women’s Outdoor & Shooting Industry Dinner, January 21 from 7–10 pm. Now in its third year, this eagerly anticipated event is expected to draw more than 250 female firearm industry associates to the Public House in the opulent Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

Presented by LaserMax®each year since its inception, the dinner has grown from a small gathering of ladies meeting after a long day on the SHOT Show floor, to an occasion that has inspired involvement and collaboration from all corners of the industry. 

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TacTissy is burning through Facebook, YouTube and the NRA Range

Krystie 'TacTissy' poses for a photo on the NRA Headquarters Range in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - This wasn’t in the plans.

When Krystie and Tim (affectionately known as the cameraman) launched the TacTissy website a little over two years ago from a kitchen table in Pennsylvania, the website was just supposed to be a way to keep in touch with friends from the range. Soon enough it has morphed into an internet phenomenon.

“We didn’t expect TacTissy to be anything,” Krystie explained while filming on the NRA Range. “Next thing we knew there were a hundred people, a thousand, ten thousand, then a hundred thousand. I almost passed out.”

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NRA Instructor highlights women's shooting league in Texas

Women on the range at the Shady Oaks Gun Range in Cedar Park, Texas. Cedar Park, Texas - More than 100,000 NRA Certified Instructors are scattered across this great country of ours. Teaching the basics of firearm safety along with a number of advanced courses you can find on the NRA Instructor website.

Each differ in their approach

Some do their work in silence while others sing it from the rooftops. One such singer is Julianna Crowder out of Cedar Park, Texas. Her club, known as A Girl and a Gun - Women's Shooting League, was recently featured on CNN; take a look ...

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Keep the kiddies safe and happy on All Hallows' Eve

Mom and son Trick or Treating at the NRA National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Bethany Mullen, NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim® Program Coordinator, sent up the following tips for keeping all your ghouls and gobblins safe this Halloween:

  1. Know what route your children are taking to trick or treat and impress on them how important it is for them not to diverge from this route.
  2. No shortcuts. Fields, alleys, paths through the woods; all will take a few minutes off their journey but at night, in the dark, those shortcuts hold a danger of their own.
  3. Know where they are at all times.
  4. Make sure they never to go into anyone's house. Predators might ask the child to come into their house and wait while they "go get more candy." Tell your child to tell their parents and move onto the next house.

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Annette Doerr of WeShoot2 shares firearm related lessons learned from the equine industry

Annette Stevens-Doerr upon her horse, Cody

Firearms and horses go together like peanut butter and jelly. Well, for me, strawberry jam. That's why after reading NRA Certified Instructor Annette Doerr's piece on WeShoot2 about the ten things her horse taught her about shooting I begged her to let us re-publish it here on NRAblog.

Ten Things My Horse Taught Me About Shooting

1. You get what you pay for. The old saying “You get what you pay for” is absolutely true. I once got a “great deal” on a water bottle for trail riding. It seemed handy, hooked over the horn of my western saddle and then secured around the fender. Sounds great, right? Well the first time we used it was when my husband (not exactly an equestrian) took my horse on a Poker Run with some friends of mine. It was all good, until my horse started spinning and bucking. Seems the nylon strap that hooked the water bottle over the horn came undone causing the full water bottle to drop onto my horses shoulder, spooking him as it banged into him every time he moved.

Now imagine getting a “great deal” on a cheap holster. Is securing your firearm something you REALLY want to skimp on? ... more on lessons learned about shooting from a horse ...

Students, parents and coaches arrive at PA College for week long NRA competition

“New

Wolf Creek Outfitters' Mia Anstine arrived in Pennsylvania this weekend for 2014 NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Taking place in the Appalachian Mountains, here's her look at the opening ceremonies ...

Mansfield, Pennsylvania - There were plenty of smiling youth on site at Mansfield University last night as more than 300 attended the opening ceremonies for this year’s International Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

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Outdoor writer Tammy Ballew looks back at the adventures and career of Renaissance Outdoorswoman Sheila Link

Sheila Link showing off her quail

I am honored to know Sheila Link and have had the opportunity to hunt with her. If we could turn back the clock, I would give anything to spend more time with her, listening to her adventures, struggles and quests ...

Jersey City, New Jersey, seems like an unlikely birthplace of a passionate outdoorswoman, but on July 25, 1923, an extraordinary individual was born there. When she was 6- 1/2, Sheila’s family moved to California. Many lengthy journeys were made back home to New Jersey and New York City to visit grandparents, which instilled a comfortable confidence in Sheila through the very different lifestyles of casual western to dressy, formal eastern.

At the age of 13, Sheila, without parental assistance or approval, purchased her first rifle. That little .22 instilled in her a lifetime love of the shooting and hunting sports. She has hunted throughout the U.S., in Canada, Argentina, Mexico, and Africa, and became an avid shooter in several shooting disciplines, along with learning the art of reloading for rifle, pistol and shotgun.

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