Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club and others welcomes first time female shooters to the range

San Diego Women on Target participant takes aim with an AR-15 at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club

San Diego, California - If there's ever a place you wouldn't expect to find a NRA Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic its California (with New York coming a close second). But as the final Women on Target of 2013 comes to a close (held today at the Palmetto Gun Club in Ridgeville, South Carolina), a quick review of the record shows that California hosted more clinics in 2012 than any other state.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in California, Idaho, South Carolina, and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Thanks to the NRA's Event Marketing and Communications Manager, Nicole McMahon, here are the Friends of NRA banquets coming up this next week.

At Friends of NRA banquets are full of great people who support the Second Amendment and want to raise money for local, state and national shooting sports programs. Each event is run by our absolutely dedicated volunteers. Without their help, Friends of NRA would not be able to have such reach across the country or make as much of an impact on the future of our shooting sports heritage as we do today.

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From Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. - Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Selects Smith & Wesson® M&P® Pistols

Department Awards Five-Year Contract to Smith & Wesson for M&P9 PistolsThe Smith & Wesson M&P5

Springfield, Massachusetts - Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced that it has been awarded a firearms contract from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) for new service firearms from the Company’s M&P Pistol Series. As part of a five-year contract, the LASD will purchase Smith & Wesson M&P9 pistols which will replace currently issued non-Smith & Wesson firearms. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department fields approximately 13,000 sworn and non-sworn personnel who are issued duty handguns.

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Ticket to Redding, California's Friends of NRA Event

NRA's Philip Schreier shares stories of firearms and Teddy Roosevelt at Friends Event

Redding, California - Just in case you were wondering about Senior Curator Philip Schreier's conspicuous absence from the opening festivities at the National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro, he was off pinch speaking for NRA Past President David Keene.

President Keene was expected to serve as the keynote speaker for last weekend's Redding, CA Friends of NRA Dinner, their 20th Anniversary, but was forced to cancel at the last minute. Who better to pinch hit for the Past NRA President than NRA Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier. With an overnight bag full of Old Bay & cigars, he lit out for the West coast to arrive the dinner with moments to spare.

"Getting there was quite the experienced," Schreier explained. "Flights were delayed, cancelled and all but disappeared."

Ultimately, it was a light into Sacramento followed by a four hour drive up the coast to Redding that made it all possible. Greeting by a hall filled with Second Amendment enthusiasts, it brought to mind a certain Milwaukee speech given by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 and the trouble he experienced on that October day.

Schreier thrilled the sold out crowd of more than 400 supporting with tales of Roosevelt's spech, the Headquarters' Museum as well as the opening of NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri. ... more on the Schreier's appearance at the Redding, CA Friends of NRA event ...

Paradise Club receives Henry Rifle for Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program accomplishments

George Collins and Mark Myrdahl with the Henry Rifle presented to the Paradise Gun club by the NRA

The NRA recently recognized the achievements of one Paradise Rod & Gun Club in California with a little more than a certificate and a thanks. When we asked for their thoughts of our recognition, this is what they sent:

The Paradise Rod & Gun Club in Paradise, California, is a private membership club affiliated with the National Rifle Association. With more than 500 members and families members have access to our rifle, handgun, trap and archery ranges.

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From the Safariland Group - Team Safariland’s Shooters Rob Leatham and Jessie Duff Take Champion Titles at 2013 USPSA Single Stack National Championship

Jessie Duff Take Champion Title at 2013 USPSA Single Stack National Championship Ontario, California – Safariland® applauds Team Safariland shooters, Rob Leatham and Jessie Duff, for their remarkable wins at the 2013 USPSA Single Stack National Championship held May 9 - 11 at PASA Park, Barry, IL. Both sporting the Safariland ELS belt system with a USPSA adaptor mount, Leatham triumphed with his 17th Single Stack National win while Duff competed in her first Single Stack National and was respectably crowned as the ladies champion.

"This was my first time shooting Single Stack, so I didn't know what to expect,” said pro-shooter Jessie Duff. “But, I enjoyed the match, the stages and the group of ladies I shot with!" Duff, wearing the 5197 Range Series holster, won four out of thirteen stages.

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National Firearms Museum closes the Maltese Falcon exhibit after 3 years

NRA curators Schreier and Sharpe pack up the Maltese Falcon for the trip back to California

Fairfax, Virginia - Almost three years ago today, a true Hollywood legend walked into the National Firearms Museum. Well, the legend rolled more then walked. For it was neither a woman or man who entered the museum — it was a thing. A statue. The Hollywood statue. The Maltese Falcon.

For thirty months and twenty some odd days, the Maltese Falcon has called the National Firearms Museum home. Sitting in a place of honor, beside the .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver Clint Eastwood used in the first Dirty Harry movies, the falcon went practically unnoticed to the untrained eye. But once recognized, it produced the ultimate affect that every curator hopes for when displaying a new artifact — a smile.

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From Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. - Yamaha “Assembled in USA” Rhino Sweepstakes Runs Through May 31

All Funds go to Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed The Children

CYPRESS, California – April 16, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is running an “Assembled in USA” Rhino sweepstakes to raise funds and awareness for Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed the Children. Each $5 donation via online entry serves as a chance to win a new Tactical Black Special Edition Rhino 700 FI.

This is Yamaha’s second “Assembled in USA” Sweepstakes. This year’s contest was launched at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), the largest outdoors industry trade show, and the sweepstakes will run through May 31 with Yamaha selling tickets onsite at the NRA Show in St. Louis May 3-5.

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From The Safariland Group - Introducing the Bianchi® Cowboy Wild Clearwater Rig For Colt 1911-Style Pistols

The Bianchi® Cowboy Wild Clearwater Rig For Colt 1911-Style Pistols Ontario, California – Bianchi® announced today the release of the Wild Clearwater™ holster and belt rig specifically designed for Colt 1911-style pistols. A new edition to the Bianchi Cowboy line, the Wild Clearwater Rig is handcrafted of premium-grade, vegetable-tanned full-grain leather. The holster is lined with full-grain leather for a smooth and rapid draw, while the belt is suede-lined to maintain holster position on the waist.

“The Colt 1911 pistol is quickly becoming more popular in the cowboy shooting community,” said James Dawson, Category Director for the Bianchi Brand. “Bianchi recognizes this growing market and developed the rapid-draw Clearwater rig to meet this demand”.

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