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.
  4. More on the Shooting Dice episode of Top Shot All Stars ...

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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From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - 2013-14 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Seasons

Ohio Department of Natural ResourcesThe Ohio Wildlife Council approved 2013-2014 hunting and trapping regulations, including season dates and bag limits, at its April 17 meeting. The regulations approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council will now be filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). JCARR must approve the rule-making process before the regulations can take effect.

2013-2014 white-tailed deer hunting seasons:

  • Deer archery: Sept. 28, 2013-Feb. 2, 2014;
  • Antlerless deer muzzleloader: Oct. 12-13, 2013;
  • Youth deer: Nov. 23-24, 2013;
  • Deer gun: Dec. 2-8, 2013; and
  • Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 4-7, 2014.

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From the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries - L.D.W.F. Announces Bid Process for Alligator Hunting on WMAs and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Properties for the 2013-2015 Alligator Harvest Seasons

Time to think about alligator hunting in Louisiana The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be accepting bids for alligator hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) properties for the 2013-2015 alligator harvest seasons. Eligible alligator hunters are chosen through a bid system every three years on selected WMAs/USACOE properties.

Bids for alligator hunting will be solicited for the following WMAs and USACOE properties: Grassy Lake, Spring Bayou, and Pomme de Terre (Avoyelles Parish), Attakapas (Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes), Sherburne - USACOE Lands (Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. Martin Parishes), Dewey Wills (La Salle and Catahoula Parishes), Manchac (St. John Parish), Pearl River - North of Interstate 10, Pearl River - Between Interstate 10 and US Hwy 90 and Pearl River - South of US Hwy 90 (St. Tammany Parish), Joyce (Tangipahoa Parish), Maurepas Swamp (St. John, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa Parishes), Indian Bayou - USACOE property (St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes), Atchafalaya Delta (St. Mary Parish), Pointe-aux-Chenes (Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes), Salvador (St. Charles Parish) and Pass-a-Loutre (Plaquemines Parish).

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First day of the NRA Annual Meeting brings out the best in firearms and more

Vintage reproduction rifles at the NRA Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas - Day One is always filled with promise. Around the corner is the promise of something new. Something new to see, to do, to experience.

At the NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, the new finds a home in the midst of pistols, rifles, knives, targets and more. What could be better than more. And there is always more.

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From Brownells - Brownells, Newest Sponsor of the 8th Annual CMMG Midwest 3-Gun Championships

Top Shot alum Maggie Reese competes in a 3-Gun Championship Brownells – The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories, Ammunition and Gunsmithing Tools™ – is proud to join DPMS/Panther Arms and CMMG as a match sponsor of the upcoming 8th Annual CMMG Midwest 3-Gun Championships being held May 17 – 19, 2013, at CMMG's Fire for Effect Range near Fayette, Missouri.

The prestigious three-day event is expected to draw more than 200 of the most talented competitors from across the country, plus a host of amateur shooters.

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From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - More Turkey Hunters Successful on Ohio's Opening Day

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Columbus, Ohio – For the opening day of Ohio’s 2013 spring wild turkey season, hunters harvested 2,762 wild turkeys, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The 2013 opening day total is a 24 percent increase from the 2012 opening day tally when 2,227 turkeys were killed.

This year, Ashtabula County had the most checked wild turkeys of the opening day with 114 turkeys. Ashtabula County also had the largest number of turkeys harvested during the 2012 opening day.

Ohio’s spring turkey season began Monday, April 22, and closes Sunday, May 19. The spring turkey season is open statewide except for Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County. Find more information in the 2012-2013 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations, available where licenses are sold, and at wildohio.com.

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Fish and Wildlife Department Makes Grant Money Available to Shooting Ranges

Open air, free to the public shooting range

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is continuing a grant program that increases access to safe places to shoot.

The grant is available for shooting clubs, sportsmen’s groups and government agencies involved in the operation of shooting ranges and archery ranges. Applicants have until 4:30 p.m. on May 15, 2013 to submit applications. The funding period is Fiscal Year 2014, which runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program was developed to encourage shooting ranges to make improvements and enhance their safety and operation. “Increased range opportunities encourage hunters to become more proficient with firearms and promote safe and responsible gun handling,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry.

Projects eligible for funding include shooting range development, noise abatement structures, safety berms, shooting pads and stations, and road and parking lot improvement. Grant money can be also used for lead mitigation measures.

The Fish & Wildlife Department anticipates making a total of $80,000 available this year. These funds are derived from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program, which is funded from Federal excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment. Grant Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recipients are required to provide 25 percent of project funding, which may come from an ‘in-kind’ funding match such as volunteer labor or donations.

A range receiving one of these grants must provide at least 20 hours of public use per week when in operation and the facility must be made available at reasonable times for hunter education courses.

For further information or to download an application packet, visit the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Click on “Hunting and Trapping,” and then on “Shooting Ranges in Vermont.” You may also contact Chris Saunders, Hunter Education Coordinator, at 802-828-1193.

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