Saying goodbye to the programs of the NRA

Lars Dalseide

Fairfax, Virginia - I knew this day would eventually come. The day I’d say goodbye to NRAblog. And it’s with a heavy heart that such a day has arrived. So what does that mean?

That means I won’t be walking the Camp Perry firing lines this summer. That the days of interviewing members at the Annual Meeting, welcoming the latest treasures to the National Firearms Museum, following competitors through Tactical Police Competitions, and snapping shots along the way are over for me. No more early morning airport runs followed by long days searching for stories and late nights fixing photos and writing recaps.

So how tough was it?

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Who did you see at the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville?

Donald Trump with a fan at the NRA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee - So why did you go to the NRA Annual Meeting this year in Nashville? To hear the next crop of potential presidential nominees? See the latest in guns and gear? Or perhaps you're simply a card carrying member of the NRA. No matter why you ended up in Nashville, odds are you saw something good ... and a lot of people.

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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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Chicago star stops by the NRA Museum for Outdoor Channel's Gun Stories

Actor Joe Mantegna from CBS show Criminal Minds with Dirty Harry's Smith & Wesson model 29 at NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Earlier this year, Hollywood actor Joe Mantenga dropped by the NRA National Firearms Museum to film a few episodes of his Outdoor Channel hit Gun Stories. An in-depth look at this history of firearms, the show travels across the nation (and last year the world) to bring viewers the best experts and guns available.

This would be his third stop at the National Firearms Museum in four years. Because we've just about covered everything ranging from Joe's background in firearms to his career as an actor, we decided to take a different angle with this interview. We wanted to know about his guns.

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Joining friends and family to remember the adoption of the Declaration of Independence

The American flag waving over NRA headquarters for the 4th of July on NRAblog

Fairfax, Virginia - Two hundred thirty-eight years ago our country declared independence from Great Britain. The process of forging our nation, a new nation, involved a courage most of us will never understand. Each year we recognize that courage as well as the sacrifices made by so many of our ancestors to ensure the freedoms each citizen holds so dear.

The National Rifle Association joins a number of great organizations in celebrating America's freedoms every day. Thousands of beautiful firearms decorate the halls and galleries of our National Firearms Museum, telling the nearly 700-year story of firearms and their integral role in creating the United States we know and love.

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Past NRA President Heston is the 18th member of Post Office's Legends of Charlton Heston will be the 18th stamp in the Legends of Hollywood seriesHollywood stamp series

Fairfax, Virginia - At the NRA's 127 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Charlton Heston was elected President of the National Rifle Association. A World War II veteran, Oscar winning actor, and heralded civil rights activist, Heston led the NRA for an unprecedented six years.

An icon to supporters of the Second Amendment, his address at the 2000 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a flintlock rifle raised above his head, still brings chills to this day:

So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: 'From my cold, dead hands.'

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NRA Headquarters Range, Cafe and National Firearms Museum closed due to snow

Snowfall in Northern Virginia on Thursday

Fairfax, Virginia - As February's version of Snowmageddon pummels the eastern seaboard, residents from Atlanta to Albany are hunkered down for yet another long winter's night. In their future are hours of shoveling snow, digging out cars and praying that the electricity keeps humming along. One thing they don't have to worry about is going into work.

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Great American and All-Access highlight new projects for the NRA in 2014

NRA's Great American Outdoor Show begins on February 1, 2014 Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association has a number of new projects ready to kick off in 2014. And it all begins with the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Launching bright and early at 9:00am on February 1st and running through the 9th, the Great American Outdoor Show (presented by Outdoor Channel) promises to be the largest consumer outdoor show in the nation. Everyone from Beretta to Parker Bows and Remington to Yamaha will be on hand to show off their wares.

Ticks are on sale now — for $12.00 adults, $6.00 for the little ones 13 and under — at the Great American website.

Another newbie for 2014 is NRA All-Access.

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NRA Board of Directors renews commitment to shooting sports success

NRA Competitive Shooting resolution

Fairfax, Virginia - Founded in 1871, the National Rifle Association set out to train civilians in the use of military arms so patriotic citizens would be fully prepared to defend our country in times of war and national crisis. We realized early on that the best method for encouraging marksmanship practice was through America's competitive spirit, leading to the creation of NRA Competitive Shooting.

Competitive shooting remains a fundamental business of the NRA and a core service to our members, acting not only as the basis for all safety and marksmanship training, but providing Americans an opportunity to safely exercise their Second Amendment right.

The NRA owes so much of its success in protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens to the clubs and associations who affiliate themselves with the organization, many of which are competitive shooting clubs.

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