Fairfax, Virginia - The second round of snow to fall upon the DC Metro area has left everything in a tizzy. Reagan and Dulles airports are canceling flights and plowing snow, the federal government is shut down (without the aid of their usual shenanigans), and a good deal of underage boys and girls are enjoyed a second day off from school. Another victim of the second snow fall is the NRA.

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Club Awards winners invited to NRA's Fall Board of Directors Meeting in Northern Virginia

NRA Club Awards

Fairfax, Virginia - As the year rolls down to an unavoidable end, there are still a number of housekeeping duties for NRA Program Managers to handle. Scores from the year's final matches to be calculated, certification for our most recent instructors to be (for lack of a better word) certified, and prizes for the top clubs of the year to distributed.

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Special guests include Oliver North, R. Lee Ermey and actor Joe Mantegna

Range fees waived for Veterans during live broadcast

Kurt Schlichter and NRANews host Cam Edwards talk about the latest in 2nd Amendment rights on NRANews at the headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - As the scarcely visible sun starts to set on Veterans Day 2013, the cast and crew from NRANews are halfway home. That's halfway in relation to time and not distance. The distance today is farther than usual as they are not broadcasting from the friendly confines of their studio in Alexandria, Virginia. No, today they are broadcasting from the range at NRA Headquarters.

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Up to 200 law enforcement officers running 3-gun with duty pistols, rifles and shotguns

Shooter in NRA's New Mexico Tactical Police Competition hits water behind the targets at the Shooting Range Park

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Though the official start of NRA's National Police Shooting Championships is scheduled for Monday, the quasi-official running of the championships has already began. It starts as it does every year with a Tactical Police Competition.

Basically a 3-Gun course, the competition is different in one very significant way — the competitors.

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Having semi-auto submachine fun with a Heckler & Koch .22

American Rifleman says the HK MP5 is a hardcore submachine gun for operators If you've been holding off on a semi-auto you can afford the shoot, an HK MP5 A5 .22 LR could be the gun for you

HECKLER & KOCH MP5 A5 .22 LR
The HK MP5 is a hardcore submachine gun for operators. The MP5 A5 is just as rugged in its exterior, but since it’s semi-auto and chambered in .22 LR, shooters can actually afford to pull the trigger.

Looks can be deceiving, and the wisdom of that motherly advice is underscored by the commando-tough appearance of the Heckler & Koch-licensed MP5 A5 .22 LR. Manufactured in Germany and distributed by Walther Arms, beneath its flat-black and rugged exterior beats the gentler, kinder heart of a budget-conscious blowback rimfire.

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When she isn't busy being a mother of three and a grandmother of four what does Vera Koo bring to the shooting range?

Professional shooter Vera Koo

For each issue of Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News gets a hold of one of the competitive shooting world's top stars and asks a single question most people are curious to know: What's in your range bag? In the upcoming August issue, covering Brian Zins' 12th National Pistol Championship win, Barb sits down with renowned shooter Vera Koo.

Vera Koo has been shooting competitively for almost 20 years in IPSC, Steel Challenge, Colorado Man-on-Man Shoot-Offs, Master’s 3-Guns, Bullseye and Action Pistol. Sponsored by Aimpoint, Vihtavuori, Lapua, Caspian and Briley, she has specialized in Action Pistol for the past 10 years, claiming the Bianchi women’s title eight times. Her cool demeanor, combined with her West Coast/ Bay Area charm and Zen-like personality, make her an icon in the shooting world.

Her open-class Bianchi pistols have been built around a Caspian 1911 frame by Don Golembieski (Kodiak Precision) and Garth Peterson (Nowlin Custom Guns). She revealed that former Indy race car crew chief George Huening (www.gh2custom.com) is presently working on her newest build.

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Pistols turn to Rifles as Gabby ends up with snake eyes on History Channel's Top Shot

We hope to have more on the latest episode of History Channel's Top Shot soon, but until then … here are five quick thoughts on the pistol and rifle play in episode five of Top Shot All-Stars:

Much to our despair, Gabby Franco lost in the elimination on the latest episode of Top Shot All Stars
Shooting Gallery ends Gabby Franco's run on Top Shot - photo courtesy of History Channel.
  1. The show kicked off with a team challenge centered around the Remington Model 1875, a single action revolver. The single action messes with the aim as the gun has to be cocked before it's fired … thus mandating an adjustment after every shot. Made a bit of a difference for some.
  2. It was a dice game. Six stages where each stage is a different side of a die. With their captains randomly picked from the ammo box, it was Kelly, Brian, Gary, Alex, Gabby and Joe versus Jamie, Chris, Peter, Phil William and Adam. Though taking an early lead, Kelly's team fell off at the end as frequent Bianchi Cup competitor Chris Cerino handed 11-time NRA Pistol Champ Brian Zins his head on the six.

    This had to make Jamie's day as he was constantly his season's punching bag and picked last in the last show. Redemption baby.

  3. You only had enough rounds to complete your round. So miss once and you have to reload. That's where the challenge really turned. Those that fumbled the reload, Gary Quesenberry for example, eventually lost the round.
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National Rifle Association Foundation awards $15,000 in college scholarships

Youth Education Summit

Fairfax, Virginia - A total of $15,000 in college scholarships will be split among six 2012 NRA Youth Education Summit attendees in recognition of their outstanding performance in the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship project.

The Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship begins at the conclusion of each year's NRA Y.E.S., the Washington DC-based seven-day educational experience for high school students covering the constitution, federal government and the NRA’s impact on the Second Amendment through community outreach programs.

Following each year's Y.E.S., the 46 participants are eager to return home and educate their local communities on the positive effects of NRA programs like Eddie Eagle GunSafe, Women On Target and Refuse To Be A Victim. The Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship encourages students to create a portfolio documenting their involvement in NRA programs over the next nine months and awards college scholarships to the most inspiring projects.

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Oregon Y.E.S. sends two students to national summit later this June

Inaugural class of Oregon NRA Youth Education Summit

Fairfax, Virginia - The inaugural Oregon State NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) concluded this past weekend, setting the stage for the June 24 National NRA Y.E.S. in Washington D.C.

A week long educational experience for high school sophomores and juniors, Y.E.S. is an opportunity for today's youth to receive first hand knowledge of how the federal government really works. Not just anyone can attend Y.E.S., though. For most there is an application process to the expenses paid once in a lifetime trip, but others must compete directly with their peers in state-level summits before winning a ticket to the nation's capital.

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