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."
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."
DC News crew brings cameras to the National Firearms Museum
Aaron Gilcrist, host of NBC 4's Washington Nonstop, interviews National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica.
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.
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.
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.
NRAblog to interview Colorado outfitter via twitter
Las 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.
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.
2011 National Police Shooting Champion Robert Vadasz provides a closer look at his Rock River Arms 1911
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 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.
More on Vadasz's Rock River Arms 1911 9mm 6 inch ...
We've seen a lot of action this year at NRAblog. From California to Texas to Ohio to Pennsylvania and beyond, we've crisscrossed the country a time or two in our attempt to cover as much of the National Rifle Association's activities as possible. So what is our top story of year? Well ... that's definitely a subject that's up for discussion.
There's national competitions, celebrity sightings, big time events and more to choose from. How did we choose what made the list? That was a bit tough.
Kerrin already has her list all locked up, I'm working on a more of a seat of your pants-type concept and Kyle, oh Kyle. With Kyle you never know.
Starting tomorrow we'll count down from five to one. Stay tuned, stick tight and enjoy the ride.
- The second half of our twelve days of Christmas starts with number seven and the seven years of NRANews. As some of you might know, my NRA career started with a stint producing NRANews. With Cam spreading the word while Popp, Mike, Dennis, Dylan and Eric make the magic work, it's a great way to wrap up the day starting at 9pm eastern standard time.
For the eighth day of Christmas we bring you the eight Gatling Guns from the National Firearms Museum's Petersen Gallery. Add that to the other Gatlings inside the Museum's and you have the largest collection of Gatling Guns on public display.
Day number nine is for the nine states that make up the new Mid-American Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) expansion. That's dozens of new programs in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, and Tennessee. What could be better then adding our ability to pass on our knowledge to the future of America's hunting.
On the tenth day of Christmas we give thanks to those who completed their tenth year of employment at the NRA this year. For those of you who missed it, that's Donald R. Sipes,
Arlene B. Borella,
Benjamin F. VanScoyoc,
Andrea K. Cerwinske,
Kory R. Enck,
Mark P. Arndt,
James V. Dove,
Ann Y. Smith,
Erik D. Eckberg,
Jeff H. Johnston,
Heidi L. Keesling,
David P. Kulivan,
Joseph C. Weldy,
Adrian L. Valdez,
Matthew H. Bower,
Michelle E. Kuntz and
Michael J. Erstling.
What could be more perfect for day number eleven then the 100 years of the 1911. One of the most perfect firearms ever created, the Colt Model 1911 continues to be a favorite of those who serve and those of us here at the NRA.
On the 12th and last day of Christmas the NRA takes you to St. Louis for the 2012 Annual Meetings and Exhibits. The 141st Annual Meeting, there under the Gateway Arch, side of ribs and a Cardinals game blaring in the background ... what a wonderful way to celebrate your support of the Second Amendment.
So there it is, one through twelve, all with our own little NRA twist to the festivities. And speaking of festivities ... get back to the wrapping paper. Finish putting it away, turn on the game and spend a little extra of your holiday time with the family. We'll be here when you get back.
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