Joe Kain Fairfax, Virginia - Joe Kain was recently welcomed to the NRA as an intern for the Youth Programs Department. He is not that much different than most college sophomores in the fact that he takes classes, studies hard and enjoys leisure time with friends. Although there is one thing that does set him apart from his peers — Kain is part of the Hillsdale College Shotgun Team.

Hillsdale College is located in Hillsdale Michigan and is amongst an elite number of educational facilities that compete in shooting sports at the collegiate level. Many members of the NRA have assisted Hillsdale College develop their program by coordinating meetings with range architects and others who helped them start their shooting programs. The college currently has four trap fields, one skeet field, and a sporting clays course.

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NRANews gets and NRA story at the Annual Meeting in St. Louis

Breanna Lincoski told us about her first time running an Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program at a Pennsylvania elementary school. Anthony Colandro shared a story about hosting the New Jersey State Ruger Rimfire Match. And NRA Certified Instructor Kevin Cummins sends us a report from time to time covering his work with the Boy Scouts out in St. Louis. These were all great stories and we want to hear more.

That's where you come into play. Have a good NRA story? Then send it our way.

Tell us about your experience at an NRA Law Enforcement class like Mike Lane. Or how an NRA program helped change your life like Youth Education Summit alum Kaley Read. And there's always a good story about scouts learning to shoot rifles like Mike Michaels.

Just send your story, along with a picture or two, to GOblog@nrahq.org. We'll go through the submissions, pick the ones that fit (hopefully all of them) and run them here on NRAblog.

Now start writing.

Top Shot's Greg Littlejohn posing for a picture at the NRA Convention in St. Louis While in St. Louis for the 2012 NRA Convention, we located Top Shot Season 4 runner-up Greg Littlejohn. Greg was nice enough to take a few minutes to talk about a variety of things. With all that happens here at the NRA, a majority of the material from that meeting has been sitting in the to-do pile. No more.


St. Louis, Missouri - "The show was a chance to reach out to the public and jump in to the professional (shooting market)."

That's how Gregory Littlejohn viewed his time on History Channel's Top Shot. Coming in second to California's Chris Cheng, Littlejohn's persona on the show at times appeared aloof before turning into the hard nosed competitor who withstood three elimination challenges. While he might not be all that happy with his public perception, he has found a silver lining in the exposure.

"I'm sure there's a hundred people in this convention hall that could outshoot me in a variety of firearms," said Littlejohn. "But I was lucky enough to get appear on Top Shot. So even if I'm not the best shooter in the world, there are opportunities now available that were unavailable before."

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Gun For Hire owner Anthony Colandro at the NRA Convention
Gun For Hire owner Anthony Colandro at the NRA Convention.

St.Louis, Missouri - "Lars, Lars, I'm coming to Virginia."

Those were the words I heard on the very first day of NRA's Annual Meetings and Exhibits in St. Louis. I recognized the voice immediately — it's very distinctive. Sure enough, it was Colandro.

"I'm bringing fifteen people down from New Jersey for a personal tour of the National Firearms Museum by Phil Schreier himself," he smiled. "It's going to be epic."

An NRA Certified Instructor, Anthony Colandro owns New Jersey's Gun For Hire. One of the premiere firearm training facilities in the Northeast, Gun For Hire has six locations throughout the state with an eye on expanding into the Philadelphia area.

"We've had a lot of requests from people in the Philly area. There's a market to be served."

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DC News crew brings cameras to the National Firearms Museum

NBC 4's Aaron Gilcrist and NRA Museum Director Jim Supica
Aaron Gilcrist, host of NBC 4's Washington Nonstop, interviews National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica.
Washington Nonstop focuses on the insteresting people, places and organizations that make up the Washington, DC community. Aired throughout the week on Digital 4.2, Comcast 208, Fios 460, Cox 803, and RCN, the show is hosted by News4 weekend anchor and reporter Aaron Gilchrist. Yesterday, Friday the 17th, they added the National Firearms Museum to their list of interesting places and organizations.

Beginning in the Robert E. Petersen Gallery, Gilcrist kicked things off with an interview of Museum Director Jim Supica before focusing on the collection. Accompanied by Channel 4 multimedia journalist slash reporter slash field producer Jennifer Doren, the crew went from gallery to gallery in an effort to show a little bit of everything the museum has to offer.

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The Alamo Trophy

The 2012 NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships are currently underway and NRAblog will be highlighting a couple of the trophies awarded at the end, starting with a twofer: the Alamo Trophies.

The Alamo Trophy is more than just a bronze plaque, it is a symbol of the significant contributions made to the nation's history and development by the rifle and superb marksmanship of frontiersmen like Davy Crockett and his fellow defenders in the famous battle from which the trophy got its name.

The trophy was first offered by the NRA in 1942 and is the annual award for the High Scoring Team in 4-Position (prone, standing, sitting, kneeling) at the Sectional-National Junior Smallbore Rifle Championships. The match's course of fire is ten shots in each position, per shooter, at 50 feet on the A-17 target with metallic sights.

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NRAblog to interview Colorado outfitter via twitter

Mia Anstine and NRAblog Editor Lars Dalseide at the 2012 SHOT ShowLas Vegas, Nevada - The lady on my right shoulder there is Mia Anstine, owner and operator (along with her husband Hank) of Wolf Creek Outfitters in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We've been talking to Mia for a little more than a year — first through twitter until ultimately meeting at the 2011 SHOT Show. In fact, I unwittingly shot a video of her firing an ArmaLite .338 during last year's Media Day.

Unfortunately we've never really had the opportunity to sit down and talk. To find out what makes this woman such a devotee of the great outdoors. So instead of waiting for another chance meeting at some incredibly huge trade show, I decided to schedule an appointment. Later today, at 2pm eastern time, I'll be interviewing the elusive Mrs. Mia via twitter.

That leaves you with two options ... either follow along at our respective twitter handles (@Mia_Anstine for her and @NRAblog for me) or wait for the recap which I'll be posting tomorrow.

Our first real twitterview ... here on NRAblog.

Early Christmas present arrives at NRA Headquarters

NRA's Guns and Gold premiered on the Sportsman Channel earlier this month (airing sundays at 6:30 with repeats on monday, tuesday & thursday). But before the show hit homes across America, another section of the Sportsman Channel arrived at NRA headquarters to spread a little Christmas cheer.

spices and cookbook from the sportsman channel Christmas is always about giving ... but when you receive, well, that isn't too bad either. Like several Christmases gone by, there was a little more giving then receiving this time around. But that just means you appreciate the gifts you receive all that much more.

Like the item I found on my desk from Michelle Scheuermann of the Sportsman Channel. A big 'ole box filled with gourmet fish, cajun campfire, trail dust and western grill seasonings. And just to make sure all the new spices and seasons don't go to waste, she threw in a cookbook from Scott Leysath, The Sporting Chef.

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2011 National Police Shooting Champion Robert Vadasz provides a closer look at his Rock River Arms 1911

Rock River Arms 1911 9mm 6 inch right view

After winning his third National Police Shooting Championship, we took aside U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz with a special request — can we have a look at the guns he used to win the title. Last year we saw the Nowlin 1911, the Springfield Ultra Compact and the Bob Jones .38 Special Revolver. The New Year starts with another one of his custom 1911s.

“This is my Rock River Arms 1911 9mm six inch,” said Vadasz. “Chuck Larson built it for me about four years ago.”

Rock River Arms 1911 9mm 6 inch left view

Rock River Arms was founded in 1993 by brothers Mark and Chuck Larson. Based in Colona, Illinois, the company is a staple at the National Police Shooting Championships. Initially focused on producing custom 1911 pistols like Vadasz's, Rock River's catalog now includes competition rifles, hunting rifles, personal protection and law enforcement guns.

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