Have shooting sports fun this summer and take your skills from casual to competitive

NRA Intermediate Junior Rifle Camp at Camp Perry, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - If you know a shooter aged 12-21 who would enjoy some shooting sports action this summer, the National Rifle Association is now accepting applications for its annual competitive shooting camps for junior shooters. These camps, run by the Coach Education Program, help young shooters develop their marksmanship skills from casual to competitive through challenging and rewarding lessons.

“These camps have everything you need to take your game to the next level,” said NRA National Coach Trainer Daniel Subia. “Each day will be filled with exercises designed to help you master your body positioning, breath, and trigger control to consistently shoot high scores. You’ll be tired at the end of each day, but you’ll also leave a better shooter than you were before.”

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Risk expert explains why Never Let Them Hear You Sigh

Emily Cummings

In the latest edition of Risk & Insurance, Emily Cummins shares her secrets for explaining the NRA to insurance agency ...

Emily Cummins is director of tax and risk management for the National Rifle Association, the global leader in firearms safety, education, and training. She is a past chair of the RIMS technology council and continues to promote RIMS as the most valuable society for risk professionals. She can be reached at ecummins@nrahq.org.
NRA's Emily Cummins on understanding the explanation of risk

Never Let Them Hear You Sigh
“National shooting championships? Sounds dangerous,” an insurance industry colleague commented skeptically, as I headed out on an annual trip to the world series of shooting sports at Camp Perry, Ohio.

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New beginnings, old favorites, and smoking guns - 2014's best posts

CMA Top New Artist Brantley Gilbert hooking the crowd at the NRA Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Fairfax, Virginia - A lot happened this past year at the NRA. In 2014 we saw the University of Michigan defend a national championship, we helped share the joy of the shooting sports with underprivileged children, and we took time to say thanks to our injured men and women in uniform.

We covered a lot of great stories, but only a handful can make it into each of our end-of-year recaps. Lars shared his top five posts yesterday, so today I get to send off 2014 with my own favorite stories from another successful year for the NRA.

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Wooden Guns, new champs and shooting celebrities top 2014 favorites

a 1911 made entirely from wood at the 2014 SHOT Show

Fairfax, Virginia - It's been a hell of a year.

In 2014, NRAblog spent time with old friends, made time to squeeze off a few rounds, and found time to recrown a sitting champ - great stories all. And while there is value in every story, even those that gone to the dogs, only a few have the wherewithal to land in the top 5.

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30 Cal Gal Anette Wachter hits Camp Perry on NRAblog

Popular blogger and long range high power rifle shooter warns of new laws

Olympia, Washington - I first met Anette Wachter four years ago at the NRA's National Long Range High Power Rifle Championship in Camp Perry, Ohio. A statuesque brunette, Wachter easily stood out in the crowd. I just so happened to be a big fan of her twitter feed as well.

After a quick exchange of pleasantries, we talked about shooting, life in Washington, and how she could get more involved.

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NRA Magazine provides shooting news, expert forums, product reviews, and an annual calendar of 15,000 matches

Shooting Sports USA Cover from August of 2014
American Rifleman, American Hunter, and America's 1st Freedom are the magazines most NRA members are familiar with. But for the competitive shooters out there, there's no better resource than Shooting Sports USA - now in it's 100th year of publication ...

Fairfax, Virginia – Shooting Sports USA, the National Rifle Association’s monthly journal for target shooting enthusiasts, is celebrating more than 100 years of reporting on competition shooting. The number one resource for target shooters, the magazine features shooting news, expert forums, product reviews, and an annual calendar of 15,000 matches.

Sign up for a free subscription and begin receiving a digital copy each month at www.shootingsportsusa.com.

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Familiar faces fighting for fullbore rifle title as Championship rolls to an end

Taking aim at 800 yards for NRA's Fullbore Rifle Championship in Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Today's schedule of fullbore for the NRA National Rifle Championships begins with little distractions. The weather is clear, the competitors are positive, and the scoring is stable. Though the winds are still in play, the relatively low temperatures along with sunny skies means adjustments necessary for a V are few.

A V? That's right. Because we're shooting fullbore rifle, that means we're firing on the 5 V target. In other words, competitors only earn 5 points for a bullseye. On the flip side it means that only lose 5 for a miss or crossfire. Not something you want to hang your hat on, but a positive nonetheless.

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Taking time off and concentrating on F-Class rifle shooting refocuses 4-time champ

2014 NRA Long Range Rifle Champ Michelle Gallagher takes aim at Camp Perry

Port Clinton, Ohio - You could say shooting is in her blood. Raised in a home where national titles were about as regular as Johnny Carson on late night, it was only a matter of time until Michelle Gallagher won a National NRA Rifle title of her own. Or, as is the case this year, a fourth National NRA Long Range Rifle Championship.

“I started shooting when I was about 7,” Gallagher explained. “Mom was taking me and Sherri (her sister) to the range ever since we were little kids. “

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Change in distance and targets leads to trouble for some at Rifle Championships

Nancy Tompkins firing on the line at Camp Perry during NRA Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - The final championships held on the hallowed ranges of Camp Perry is reserved for Fullbore. Call it a modified version of our Palma Championships. Actually, to be accurate, Palma is a modified Fullbore Championship. Here are the basics.

Competitors fire the same rifles used in the Long Range High Power Rifle competitions. The primary differences are two; distance and target. At the NRA Fullbore Championships, competitors will fire from 300, 600, 800, 900, and 1,000 yards (internationally the 800 is usually replaced with 500). The targets, somewhat smaller, are of the ICFRA (International Confederation of Fullbore Rifle Associations) 5v variety.

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