American Rifleman and NRA Museum provide background for Discovery Channel debut - video below

Colt Single Action Army hammer to cylinder Fairfax, Virginia - Late last month, a crew from Discovery's American Heroes Channel (AHC) descended upon the National Firearm Museum for an afternoon of education. Education from our experts on the guns that made the Old West - that made the Gunslingers.

An effort by AHC to profile the major gunfights and gunfighters from the Old West, Gunslingers debuts tonight at 10:00pm eastern with "The Tombstone Vendetta". Here's a quick description from the AHC website:

Exposing little-known facts about America’s first villains and heroes, the six-part series features the stories of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, John Wesley Hardin and Tom Horn. Juxtaposed with vivid reenactments, expert commentary is layered throughout each episode to ensure the authenticity and historical accuracy of each story. Contributors include: David Milch, the creator of Deadwood; Bob Boze Bell, the executive editor of True West Magazine; and actor Kurt Russell (Tombstone).

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Criminals can steal your information without even entering your home!

NRA Refuse To Be A Victim program logo Fairfax, Virginia - You can never be too safe out there.

Whether in the home or on the road, the potential for danger is all around you. Where you park, where you walk and how you act online put you in the potential crosshairs. That's where NRA's Refuse to be a Victim program comes into play.

"To make sure everyone stays on their toes, we like to send out reminders and tips to our students," said Bethany Mullen, NRA's Refuse to be a Victim coordinator. "But there's no reason why you can't share them with your readers too."

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Is over-penetration is a point of contention or an overrated concern?

Shooting Illustrated looks at over-penetration in self defense situations Gun scribe Richard Mann examines over-penetration during a time of conflict ...

Overpenetration
We talk about it all the time, but is over-penetration really something we should worry about in a self-defense situation?

A bullet passing through a threat and continuing with the potential to cause unintentional damage to a bystander or object is a situation commonly described as over-penetration. The occurrence could be a bad thing if you shoot someone who is attacking you while your wife is standing behind the attacker. On the other hand, a bullet that passes through one bad guy and strikes another could be a good thing if the two are lined up to beat you with a claw hammer. Statistically speaking, neither incident is likely to occur.

But let’s imagine a crazed murderer breaks into your home, and you shoot through him. Could that bullet continue through a wall and hit a family member or neighbor?

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Rio Bravo case cut and hand sewn from thick, tough saddlebag cowhide leather

NRA Store's Our Rio Bravo CCW Leather Briefcase by Coronado Leather

Though Brian Evans is currently on the move, he took the time to drop off this piece on a stylish yet functional conceal carry briefcase; one that's guaranteed to take your breath away ...

Fairfax, Virginia - Looking for leather that will last you a lifetime? Our Rio Bravo CCW Leather Briefcase is the perfect blend of quality, elegance and discretion.

Designed and built exclusively for the NRAstore by Coronado Leather, the Rio Bravo has been cut and hand sewn from thick, tough saddlebag cowhide leather – just like they used in the Old West. It’s distressed and lightly buffed to look incredibly stylish – and last for a lifetime!

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Drop the heavy, bulky holsters for a lightweight alternative

NRA's Techna Clip from the NRA Store
Joe Garnreiter returns from the 4th of July holiday weekend with a concealed carry holster substitute from the NRA Store ...

Fairfax, Virginia - Summer has officially arrived, with long days and sweltering heat to prove it. And for concealed carriers, that means your heavy, bulky holster will quickly become a trap for sweat and unwanted moisture – leaving you with potential damage or corrosion to your firearm. Luckily, the NRAstore has just the solution to keep you cool – and comfortable – through the dog days of summer. 

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Cleaning and maintaining your firearm means better performance on the range or in the field

NRA Family Insights guide to cleaning your gun The staff from NRA Family Insights sat down to bring you the basics for how to properly clean your firearm ...

How to Clean Your Gun
Can your firearm pass the white-glove test? Here's how to keep your gun clean and safe to use.

Cleaning and maintaining your guns preserves their functionality and value, and keeps them safe and accurate. The effort and attention you put into maintaining your firearms will pay off in peace of mind that your guns will do what you need them to do. Good maintenance habits help you know your gun better, and have more confidence in its performance at the range or in the field.

Once you have the gun disassembled, start with cleaning the bore. The rifling at the muzzle is critical to accuracy. You don’t want the cleaning rod to bang against the muzzle opening. Over time, this can widen the muzzle opening or leave it misshapen, so clean from breech to muzzle whenever possible.

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Joining friends and family to remember the adoption of the Declaration of Independence

The American flag waving over NRA headquarters for the 4th of July on NRAblog

Fairfax, Virginia - Two hundred thirty-eight years ago our country declared independence from Great Britain. The process of forging our nation, a new nation, involved a courage most of us will never understand. Each year we recognize that courage as well as the sacrifices made by so many of our ancestors to ensure the freedoms each citizen holds so dear.

The National Rifle Association joins a number of great organizations in celebrating America's freedoms every day. Thousands of beautiful firearms decorate the halls and galleries of our National Firearms Museum, telling the nearly 700-year story of firearms and their integral role in creating the United States we know and love.

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Stiletto-style blade with sleek, anti-glare, matte black from tip to hilt

NRA Store's Whisper Knife
Brian Evans brings the latest from the NRA Store's cutlery collection with the Whisper Knife ...

Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA Whisper Knife is making a loud noise in the knife world. Sleek, compact, and prevailing, this stiletto-style EDC knife is the epitome of tactical. We teamed up with Alabama-based Bear & Sons Cutlery to deliver this NRAstore exclusive. 

First, let’s talk steel - CPM-S30V Stainless Steel is a premium grade American-made steel, created especially for knife blades. With uniform carbide distribution and clean steel properties, it provides superior edge quality, and is rust and corrosion resistant.

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Students meet NRA staff, tour National Firearms Museum, and shoot on NRA Range

2014 NRA Youth Education Summit at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Before heading into a week of Washington, D.C.'s monuments, museum's and other attractions, the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) always spends its first day at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.

Headquarters is a pretty big building, filled with a lot of programs that help people safely exercise their Second Amendment freedoms. After being introduced to just a few of the great services the NRA provides, the students got to meet NRA Executive Director of General Operations Kyle Weaver, who spoke about starting at the very bottom of the totem pole when he began his career at NRA, working hard to take charge of all NRA programs. During his time as Managing Director of NRA Field Operations, Weaver oversaw a number of Y.E.S. groups go through the weeklong educational experience and had some words about making the most of their time in the nation's capital.

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