Auction for this one-of-a-kind NRA Edition Browning Citori Gran Lightning XS ends tomorrow

Browning Citori Gran Lightning XS NRA Edition 4 barrel set

Today is your last chance to put a bid in for the GunBroker.com auction of a rare NRA Edition shotgun. The exquisite craftsmanship and decor on this gun are all thanks to the partnership between Browning Arms Co.Baron Technology and The NRA Foundation.

Is this really that rare a gun? It is. To start, this NRA Edition Browning Citori Gran Lightning XS, serial number 05211MT131, comes with 12GA, 20GA, 28GA and 410GA jeweled 28" barrels.

Built on a 12GA frame, the shotgun includes an exquisitely engraved Watts nickel-plated receiver featuring 24K gold plating for an antiquated appearance. A duck cameo is depicted on the left side while the right sports a dog/hunter/quail cameo. The receiver's belly features the NRA logo and “One of One." Scrollwork with selective gold-plating and antiquing enhance the forend iron.

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American flag patches flown in combat honor sacrifices made

Friends of NRA September 11 Flag Display

September 11 has become an important date of remembrance in the United States. The attacks suffered on that day changed the course of world history, and its effects are still being felt today.

In honor of the servicemen and servicewomen who have fought for our country in operations influenced by the September 11th attacks, Friends of NRA has created a 9/11 Flag Display which will be prominently featured at Friends of NRA banquets in 2013.

The American flag patch fixed at the top of each display is one of 1,100 flown over Iraq in an F-16 last year to honor the tenth anniversary of 9/11. These patches were then presented to the NRA for our efforts and commitment to teaching freedom as our soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines continue to protect it.

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Money from Colorado Friends of NRA events goes to local projects

Summit County, Colorado, officials attend a ribbon-cutting for the revamped shooting range thanks to the Friends of NRA
Photo courtesy Summit Daily / Paige Blankenbuehler

Last month the Summit County Shooting Range near Dillon, Colorado reopened to the public after undergoing a thorough renovation.

These renovations would not have been possible without the help of the Friends of NRA, who generously awarded the range with a grant to improve the facility.

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Fairfax, Virginia, hosting one of the year's biggest dinners

Help preserve the shooting sports this October at the Fairfax Friends of NRA event in Northern Virginia

After a hiatus in 2011, the Fairfax Friends of NRA, the closest committee to NRA Headquarters, is back and will be raising money for Northern Virginia shooting sports on Friday, October 5.

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A NRA Y.E.S. attendee sends his thanks

Wyatt Saltarelli was one of this year's Youth Education Summit scholarship recipients, receiving $1,000 towards a college education. He recently wrote this great thank you letter to his NRA Field Representative, Southern Texas's Liz Foley, telling her about how much he enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

2012 Youth Education Summit participant Wyatt Saltarelli and his mother, Liz

Dear Ms. Foley,

I’ll never forget the phone call I received from my mom telling me I had been accepted to YES. I don’t exactly remember what I was doing but I remember being so excited and amazed that I was accepted. Participating in the Youth Education Summit was the funnest thing I have ever done in my life. Touring the Capitol was amazing and the Marine base at Quantico was incredible. Participating in YES impacted my life tremendously and I’m determined to do whatever I can to support the 2nd amendment and the NRA. In all, thank you so very much for everything you did to get me to YES!

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Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador Jesse Rogers recently ran into Wyoming Field Rep Dave Manzer at the National High School Rodeo Championships in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Also making an appearance at the championships was the Friends of NRA TV crew to film an episode for the upcoming third season.

Here's what Jesse wrote about his experience.

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Friends of NRA

Courtesy of Senior Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon, here are the Friends of NRA events for this next week.

As we said last week, there aren't many banquets being held until the end of July for a couple reasons. First, all the NRA Field Reps are gathered in Pennsylvania for their mid-year meeting this week. There, they'll evaluate how the year has been going and plan out the second half.

Second, this is a pretty busy time of year for vacations and there just won't be as many people around. Everything will pick up again in August and the banquets will be plentiful from then on until the end of the year.

Let's take a look at this week's events:

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Indiana NRA Field Rep John Crone

Friendship, Indiana - Yesterday on the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association's skeet field, we were lucky enough to run into none other than NRA's Indiana Field Representative John Crone.

Initially he blended in as just one of the guys; just one of the many shooters here at the match. But soon enough we came to realize that this was a man we've met at a number of NRA events.

After finishing the last flight of clays, he left the firing line to clean his shotguns. I took the opportunity to go over and check on his progress.

Crone is a big fan of muzzleloading. In fact, he has been coming out to the NMLRA matches for about 10 years. Expect last year. Events beyond his control took him away from the sport that he loves so.

"I was gone for eighteen months in Iraq and I'm back at it," Crone told me with a smile. "I'm out here and I'm making noise."

He had shot well, but others had shot better. The Spring Shoot brings out some extremely talented marksmen. 

When I brought up next week's Field Operations Division Annual Planning Meeting, Crone said he was excited, but also had some fighting words for some of his co-workers - listen up, Field Reps.

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NRA Field Representatives at the winter meeting in NRA Headquarters

NRA's Field Representatives work hard throughout the year, constantly driving around the vast distances of their territories to manage and work with Friends of NRA committees.

Next week, they'll be getting a break from it all at the 2012 Field Operations Division Annual Planning Meeting.

Twice a year, once at the end and once half-way through, all of the NRA Field Reps gather to go over the last half year, plan for the next half, and get training in any new services or products.

The winter meeting is always held at NRA Headquarters, but the mid-year meeting moves around and this year the Field Reps will find themselves in Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.

Although it'll be a relaxing atmosphere and it will be one of the two times a year many Reps get to hang out, the days will be filled with various workshops and updates on Event Services, InsuranceClubs & Associations, Database Administration, Grants, and much more.

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