A shooter tries out the NRA's Electronic Target system from ShotResonse on NRAblog

Tomorrow, May 19, in Gerrardstown, West Virginia, you can try out the electronic targets used in the Olympics at the Peacemaker National Training Center.

The event is a part of the NRA's effort to increase awareness of Electronic Target Systems and their use for recreational shooting.

NRA member or not, everyone is invited to break in new firearms, sight-in rifles, or get in some good 'ol practice on ShotResponse's state-of-the-art electronic target equipment.

Novice? You're invited. High Master? Still invited. Anybody is welcome and you'll even leave with a print-out of your target and score to show off.

Peacemaker National will also be holding a long range shooting demonstration by Aaron Davidson, host of "Long Range Pursuit," who will give pointers and take a few shots at 1,000 yards.

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Find NRA events near you with the NRA app for Android

You asked for it, Android users. And the NRA listened.

Earlier this month we told you about the NRA app that can be used to find NRA near you to help find NRA Basic Firearms Training courses, NRA Business Alliance members, NRA-affiliated clubs & associations, Friends of NRA events, gun shows, places to shoot, and much more.

This app was available only on iOS devices, but is now available for Andriod platforms as well - free of charge.

Other great features of this app include viewing NRA News programming, where users can view archives or search videos by issue. You can also get feeds for the NRAblog, so you have quick access to our top stories wherever you are.

A Community section offers links to each division’s Facebook or Twitter page, plus a state-by-state rep finder. Users can also use the Take Action section to join the NRA, register to vote, donate or contact the NRA.

Download the free NRA app to your Android device today from Google Play or visit the iTunes store to get the app on your iPhone or iPad.

Each year, tens of thousands of people participate in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program to improve their shooting skills and learn new disciplines. At one club in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program is making a difference and helping people reach their shooting goals.

Shooters participate in the Winchester/NRA Pistol qualification at the Cheyenne Rifle & Pistol Club

Eric Dent and Elvin Wrede and I are members of the Cheyenne Rifle and Pistol Club. We are NRA Instructors too. For a number of years, we have been members of the Cheyenne Rifle and Pistol Club and participated both as instructors and line coaches in the Club's NRA Basic Pistol classes. During that time, many students have mentioned how there isn't a place to shoot in Cheyenne unless you are a member of a private gun club. This is true. Our club is private along with the only other gun club in the area. The membership application period for Cheyenne Rifle is unusually long due to the fact we limit the number of members based on the Club's original charter.

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Want to know where NRA-affiliated activities, classes and events are located in your area? The NRA app for iOS devices delivers that exact information right into the palm of your hand.

As one of the features on our National Rifle Association app for iPhones, the "Near Me" tab lets you search for locations nearby where you can enjoy your Second Amendment rights with the NRA.

Providing contact information and websites for each listing, you should have no problems planning and scheduling to attend any of the great NRA events in your area.

Listings are broken down into the following convenient categories to help narrow your search:

  • Basic Firearms Training
  • Business Alliance
  • Clubs & Associations
  • Friends of NRA Events
  • Gun Shows
  • Law Enforcement Instructors
  • Law Enforcement Schools
  • And more!

Visit the iOS App Store, download the free National Rifle Association of America app and take advantage of this and all the other great features today.

This NRA Club Leadership & Development webinar focuses on NRA Youth Programs and Competitive Shooting

Interested in bringing some new programs to your shooting range or club? Then join NRA Clubs and Associations for an upcoming NRA Club Leadership & Development webinar to learn how to start a youth program and how NRA can help you get started. The webinar will also provide an overview of the NRA Competitive Shooting Division's wide range of activities in shooting disciplines, for shooters of all skill levels.

The free one-hour webinar will be held this Thurdsay, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. You can register online or check out a listing of other upcoming NRA Club Leadership & Development webinars. Topics are offered to suit any club and offer great advice on how to make your club more successful.

Have a question or a suggestion for webinar topic? Contact NRA Clubs & Associations at 1-800-NRA-CLUB or at clubs@nrahq.org.

Receive preferred grant status as an NRA Gold Medal Club

NRA Gold Medal Club Did you know that White Oak Rod & Gun Club in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania is an NRA Gold Medal Club? So is the Alaska Interior Marksmanship Committee, Florida's Hollywood rifle & Pistol Club and more. You can be an NRA Gold Medal Club too — but you only have about a week to get it done.

If you meet all the requirements, then print up an application, fill it out and put it in today's mail. Here's how you qualify:

  • Be a 100% NRA Club
  • Have a Club Newsletter (online/email newsletters are acceptable)
  • Belong to your NRA State Association
  • Operate (of have operated) an NRA Youth Program at the club
  • Participate in NRA's Membership Recruiting Program

One of the biggest benefits of being an NRA Gold Medal Club is the preferential treatment you'll receive when it comes to NRA's Range Grant program. That means you can quafily for a $5,000 award that goes to the acquisition, development, and improvement of your shooting facilities. As a Gold Medal Club member, your application moves directly to the front of the line.

For more on how to be an NRA Gold Medal Club, go to the Clubs & Associations webpage at www.nrahq.org/clubs/goldmedal.asp or call (800) NRA-CLUB. The deadline February 15 so get moving.

With 2012 underway, why not start the New Year off with a new program at your club or range? The NRA Club Champion Challenge is a fun and exciting way to do just that - and to see who is the best all-around shooter in your club or shooting organization.

Getting started couldn't be more simple - learn more about the NRA Club Champion Challenge and register your event online at www.nraclubchamp.com. NRA provides the courses of fire to choose from and even provides awards including medals and belt buckles for champions. So what are you waiting for? Start 2012 with a "bang" by holding an NRA Club Champion Challenge at your range or club!

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nra clubs and association december presents As the winter chill begins to take hold, there's a rush to complete the seasonal shopping for all your Christmas needs ... maybe even a little New Years gear as well. To help alleviate some of that pressure, the National Rifle Association's Clubs & Associations section is giving away a mixed bag of NRA goodies.

Just go to NRA Clubs Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/NRAClubs, find the post on their December goodies giveaway and give them a like. And no, not every like gets a prize pack. They'll choose two at random after the contest comes to a close.

Included in the collection is an NRA knife, a Friends coffee carrier, a Law Enforcement carry-on bag, an Annual Meeting hat and more.

Just make sure to like their post before the close of business on Friday, December 16th. Anything after that and you'll have to rely on the malls and Amazon.com for the rest of your Christmas needs.

The December issue of Shooting Sports USA, NRA's Competitive Shooting Journal, features a special competition clinic held at the Scarborough Fish & Game Association in Scarborough, Maine deisgned specifically for women. Aimed at bringing more women into the world of competitive shooting, this successful event shows that recruiting new shooters can be as simple as making the classroom fit the student.  

Just For Women Competition Clinic

Written by David Petzal with photo by Bruce Fleming

Women learn from each other during a Competition Clinic - As any firearms instructor or coach can tell you, women shoot as well as men and are often easier to teach. So why aren’t there more of them in the shooting sports? Because getting women and guns to mix in this day and age takes some special effort. [Editor’s note: In our 2010 review of NRA Classification data, 9.12% of competitive shooters were women.]

A prime example of how recruiting more women shooters can be done successfully was provided on May 14, 2011 at Scarborough Fish & Game Association (SF&GA) in Scarborough, ME. Incorporated in 1958, this NRA-affiliated club has grown to 177 acres with ranges for ATA trap, sporting clays, 5-stand/ wobble trap, high power rifle, IDPA action pistol, bullseye pistol and archery. There are also 25-, 50-, and 100-yard utility ranges, all run and maintained by the 750-plus club members.

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