Remembering Independence Day with family, friends and country

Civil War era firearms for Sportsman Channel's Memorial Marathon of NRA's Guns & Gold

Fairfax, Virginia - July 4th. The day of American independence. A day celebrated, or at the very least recognized, throughout the world.

But the day marks more than the birth of a nation. It is a day of beginnings and endings. A day of achievements. Some more prestigious than others, but significant all the same.

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NRA Youth Programs gets another great intern from Hillsdale College

Anna PfaffFairfax, Virginia - Readers of NRABlog might remember the name Hillsdale College. Not only for their shooting programs, but also their incredible collection of students. This summer, there is a new Hillsdale face around headquarters ... and her name is Anna Pfaff.

Pfaff, a teammate of past intern Joe Kain has been given the NRA Youth Program internship reins. There she will work with Shooing Sports Ambassadors, NRA Days, the Winchester Marksmanship Program and more.

Now you may be wondering how a male and female could end up on the same collegiate team. Well, Hillsdale is not your average college. Located in southern Michigan, Hillsdale College is one of select group of universities that competes in shooting sports at the national level.

Anna is one of two female shotgunners on Hillsdale Shooting Team. In her freshman year, Anna competed in a long list of events including Trap, Skeet, Five Stand, Sporting Clays, as well as International Trap and Skeet. First year highlights include a first place in ladies international bunker trap at the SCTP Central Midwest Collegiate Shotgun Championships. The victory came after a sudden death shoot-off.

I had the opportunity to shoot a few rounds of trap with her over the weekend, and trust me; you don't want to bet against her.

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Joe Graham left the business world to help deliver NRA's message

Joe Graham, Executive Director of NRA Publications Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association publishes six monthly magazines; American Rifleman, American Hunter, America’s 1st Freedom, NRA InSights, Shooting Illustrated, and Shooting Sports USA. And the man responsible for it all, one way or another, is Joe Graham.

“Publications is a crucial arm of the organization,” says Graham “It is the number one way members receive our information.”

As Executive Director of NRA Publications, Graham has spent the last 13 years doing just that — getting out the information. Making that happen requires an incredible amount of effort. Writing the stories, producing the art, and hitting your deadline means there is never time for a dull moment.

Simply said, he's a hardworking businessman who truly cares about the NRA and its Publications Division, or “Pubs” as it is known around NRA Headquarters.

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First Texas Senator Ted Cruz, then Washington Times's Emily Miller, now Virginia's Lingamfelter receives NRA's Carter-Knight Freedom Award

Fairfax, Virginia - Virginia Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter has a lot of things going for him. As a 28 year veteran of the U.S. Army, Lingamfelter rose to the rank of Colonel and received numerous commendations including the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three battle stars. As a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, he chairs the Committee on Militia, Police & Public Safety and founded the Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. Now he's being recognized for his work by the NRA.

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Great tales left over to tell after our Thanksgiving break

Turkey, stuffing and cranberries left over from the Thanksgiving meal

Fairfax, Virginia - So how much did you eat?

Is there any turkey left? Maybe a few scoops of mashed potatoes too? There has to be something left over from Thanksgiving. For us, there's plenty.

Plenty of stories from the fields of Camp Perry, the National Shooting Park Range, the NRA Convention in St. Louis as well as those lying in wait here at the NRA Headquarters. Pictures of NRA events, NRA people and firearms from the NRA Museum. All with stories to tell.

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Custom made Colt Single Action Army Revolver at the NRA

Right side view of the 175th Anniversary Single Action Army revolver

Fairfax, Virginia - We recently told you that Colt Manufacturing was giving the National Firearms Museum their 175th Anniversary gun for safe keeping. Ours to watch over for a year, the Anniversary gun is a Single Action Army revolver.

"We engraved it at our custom shop to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of Colt Firearms," said Timothy Looney, Manager of the Colt Custom Shop. "It's a one of a kind with a serial number of 175."

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Orange barriers blocking downed trees after Hurricane Sandy

Fairfax, Virginia - It was a storm unlike any other.

Timid in parts, brutal in others, Hurricane Sandy swept through the eastern United States with the greatest of ease. Millions were left without power, thousands without homes and hundreds in ruin. The power has returned for a lucky few, but for most the recovery will take longer.

I was one of the lucky ones.

The power was out for a couple of days, the roof sprung a few leaks and there's a considerable amount of clean up to complete, but it could have been much worse. It could have been much worse. Let me give you an example.

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Emily Miller
Emily Miller of the Washington Times with her Sig in Washington, D.C. - photo courtesy of Emily Miller/Washington Times
Earlier this month, NRA President David Keene received a letter from the Washington Times. No, they weren't asking for an interview or to update his subscription ... they wrote the share the latest news regarding the Emily Gets Her Gun series.

For those of you who haven't read the collection, it's the ongoing tale of the twist and turns one encounters when trying to purchase a handgun in our nation's capital. Here, in part, is the letter:

Dear David, I am writing to bring you up to date on the latest news surrounding Emily Miller's award-winning Washington Times series, "Emily Gets Her Gun."

In addition to the Harlan B. Carter-George S. Knight Freedom Award from the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, Washington Times Senior Editor for Opinion Emily Miller was recently awarded the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism.


Fallen tree caused by the June 30 storm that hit the East Coast

Fairfax, Virginia - If you were anywhere around the DC Metro area last night, odds are you've been spending a few hours without power. And if you're from my neck of the woods ... odds are you're still without.


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