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The 2013 NRA Christmas Ornament from the NRA Store

Before you're buried in the mania of Black Friday and find yourself dashing through the proverbial snow, NRAstore™ Senior Merchandise Buyer Brian Evans breaks out one item you're sure to put down on your list ...
Fairfax, Virginia - Some Christmas customs you just can't wait to retire – like fruitcake and that ugly Christmas sweater. But other yuletide traditions should last a lifetime – like the NRA’s annual Christmas Ornament.

Every year, our staff here at the NRA Store teams up with the exact same crew that develops the famous White House ornaments. They put those same creative talents to use in order to design our own collectible piece, and the 2013 version is easily one of our favorites yet!

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First Instructor Training Workshop since NRA's application process goes online

NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - For all of those NRA Training Counselors out there, you know the drill. You post a class on, reserve some range time and hold a class. Then there's the tricky part — submitting paperwork. Usually that means mailing things here to NRA Headquarters. That could take a while to process. No more.

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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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