Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Alaska, Colorado, Illinois and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Wednesday morning means it's time again to check in on the Friends of NRA banquets scheduled around the country this next week.

There are about 1,000 Friends of NRA dinners held every year and they're all driven, and put on, by our dedicated volunteers. All money raised at banquets goes right back into supporting the shooting sports - half into national programs and half into local and state programs where the banquet was held. If you haven't made it to one of our tables, fear not. The season has just begun, there are plenty of opportunities to catch up.

To attend an event in your neighborhood, check the Friends of NRA website for a list of upcoming events in your state. Bookmark that page while you're at it because they are adding events all the time.

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Limited edition Colt pistols are this year's top Friends of NRA merchandise

2014 Friends of NRA Gun of the Year

Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA banquets are in for something else this year after the NRA's collaboration with legendary manufacturer Colt on the 2014 Gun of the Year - or should we say "guns" of the year.

An effort two years in the making, this featured pair of a XSE Government Model .45ACP and the new Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite is perfect for shooting enthusiasts and personal defense users alike. You won't find anything else like this at a Friends of NRA banquet.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in California, New York, Wisconsin and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Straight from the NRA's Event Marketing and Communications Manager, Nicole McMahon, here's a big update of Friends of NRA banquets coming up this next week.

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.

If you haven't made it to one of our tables yet, fear not.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in California, Kentucky, Texas and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Wednesday means it's time to revisit the Friends of NRA banquets scheduled around the country for the next week. Below is the rundown of where you can help support the continuation of our shooting sport traditions.

Friends of NRA holds more than 1,000 banquets annually across the United States and every single one of them is run by dedicated volunteers. Banquets are a great time to catch up with friends and have some fun for a good cause. Half of all money raised at a banquet goes right back into grants for local shooting sports programs and the other half supports programs with a national scope.

Curious to see what Friends of NRA banquets are all about? Find your state on the Friends of NRA website and see what's coming up in your neck of the woods. If you have any questions, feel free to email your area's NRA Field Representative and they'll be happy to help.

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Support the NRA at dinners in Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and more states across the country

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Courtesy of NRA's Event Marketing and Communications Manager Nicole McMahon, here are the Friends of NRA events for the next week.

At Friends of NRA dinners you're surrounded by friendly, generous people who gather out of their appreciation for the Second Amendment and desire to help our country's shooting sports heritage. Banquets feature games, raffles, auctions and more all to raise money for shooting sports programs at the national, state and local levels.

You know what food looks like, but if you're wondering what else will be at Friends of NRA banquets, check out the 2014 merchandise package.

Find the nearest banquets to you on the Friends of NRA website to help plan which banquet(s) you will attend this year.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Iowa, North Carolina, Oregon and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Now that Friends of NRA banquets have returned for a new year, it's time to see what's scheduled to go down across the United States over the next few days.

Like last year, there are about 1,100 Friends of NRA dinners planned for 2014. Each one is driven by and and put on with the help of our dedicated volunteers. We wouldn't be able to do this without all of the men and women who donate their time to the continuation of our shooting heritage. All money raised at banquets goes right back into supporting the shooting sports. Half of the funds go towards national programs and half into local and state programs where the banquet was held.

The season has just begun and there are plenty of opportunities to attend an event this year. Check the Friends of NRA website for a list of upcoming events in your state.

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Support the NRA at dinners in Illinois, Iowa, and Oregon

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - It's back! Friends of NRA banquet season has begun anew with its 2014 campaign. Thanks to NRA Event Marketing and Communications Manager Nicole McMahon, here are your upcoming banquets over the next few days.

Friends of NRA had quite the year in 2013, raising a record amount of money for shooting sports programs across the United States. Not to rest on its laurels, Friends of NRA is aiming to break that record this year and bring in even more money to preserve our shooting heritage. The 2014 Friends of NRA banquet season features dozens of great new items that we'll be highlighting in the coming weeks, including the 2014 Gun of the Year - guns, in fact: a pair of Colt pistols.

At Friends of NRA events, you can find friendly, generous people who gather out of their love of the Second Amendment to raise money for the shooting sports. Here, you'll find unique, collectible NRA gear that attendees can win in raffles and games, or bid for in auctions.

Don't see a banquet near you on the list below? Select your state on the Friends of NRA map and see what's coming your way.

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NRA's grassroots fundraising program for the shooting sports eclipses 2012 effort

Kings County Friends of NRA's original committee

Fairfax, Virginia - Finishing off my list for the top stories of 2014, there is no doubt that that honor should go to Friends of NRA. Formed in 1992, Friends of NRA has been raising money in support of shooting sports programs all over the country for 21 years. They've made my lists before, and they've made it again for having yet another record-setting year.

If it seems like Friends of NRA is always breaking records that's because they are. … more on Friends of NRA's record year in 2013 ...

Chicks with Guns artbook and pistol package prove popular at Friends of NRA events

Mike Davis, Southern California and Southern Nevada Field Representative, shares a cool story about a popular Friends of NRA auction package thought up on the west coast.

Friends of NRA Chicks With Guns Scott and Ramona Lee, co-chairs of the North County Friends of NRA fundraiser held in Vista, Cal., each May, are always looking for creative ways to spice up and add interest to their ever-growing fundraising event. Last year they outdid themselves with an idea that eventually spread like wildfire across the entire southern California area.

Ramona had come across a very interesting and beautifully photographed hardback book entitled “Chicks With Guns,” by Lindsay McCrum. In this book, McCrum creates a cultural portrait of women gun owners in America through photographs that are both beautiful and, in a sense, unexpected. The book examines issues of self-image and gender through the visual conventions of portraiture and fashion, but guns are presented here not as superimposed props but as the very personal lifestyle accessories of the subjects portrayed. And the book defies stereotypes often associated with aspects of the popular culture of both guns and women.

Like the 15-20 million women gun owners in this country, the women we meet in “Chicks with Guns” (their portraits are accompanied by their own words), reside in all regions of the country, come from all levels of society and participate seriously in diverse shooting activities. The women here are sportswomen, hunters and competition shooters. Some use guns on their jobs and some for self-defense. In these photographs they all look beautiful, exuding honesty, confidence, poise, power and pride. They are real women with real guns that play a part in their lives. By focusing her camera respectfully on this particular aspect of the American scene—gun-wielding women and girls—McCrum sheds new light on who we are in America today.

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