Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor Development Workshop first weekend of November

Refuse to be a Victim Program Coordinator Bethany Mullen is conducting an Instructor Development Workshop here at NRA Headquarters during the Halloween weekend. Here she is with the details ...

Fairfax, Virginia - When people think of the National Rifle Association, naturally they think of firearms. But did you know that the NRA offers a personal safety and crime prevention program that barely talks about firearms at all? That's right, we are committed to the safety of all people, whether or not they own firearms. That's why we created Refuse To Be A Victim® 21 years ago.

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Lima News highlights the increase in female gun ownership

Taking aim at an NRA Women on Target clinic Lima News reporter Megan Kinnear explores the rise in female gun ownership in Ohio and across the United States ...

Women with guns on the rise
Gun classes and courses offered in the Lima area to women

Lima, Ohio - In the United States, the interest and use of guns for recreation or self-protection among women is growing. Gun clubs and Conceal Carry Weapon instructors are responding to the demand, and see the need for women-only events and courses.

According to a poll on gallup.com, gun ownership among women in the United States jumped from 33 percent in 2009 to 43 percent in 2011 — a 10 percent increase in just two years. In comparison, men reporting ownership on the same poll increased only one percent in the same timeframe.

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Annette Doerr of WeShoot2 shares firearm related lessons learned from the equine industry

Annette Stevens-Doerr upon her horse, Cody

Firearms and horses go together like peanut butter and jelly. Well, for me, strawberry jam. That's why after reading NRA Certified Instructor Annette Doerr's piece on WeShoot2 about the ten things her horse taught her about shooting I begged her to let us re-publish it here on NRAblog.

Ten Things My Horse Taught Me About Shooting

1. You get what you pay for. The old saying “You get what you pay for” is absolutely true. I once got a “great deal” on a water bottle for trail riding. It seemed handy, hooked over the horn of my western saddle and then secured around the fender. Sounds great, right? Well the first time we used it was when my husband (not exactly an equestrian) took my horse on a Poker Run with some friends of mine. It was all good, until my horse started spinning and bucking. Seems the nylon strap that hooked the water bottle over the horn came undone causing the full water bottle to drop onto my horses shoulder, spooking him as it banged into him every time he moved.

Now imagine getting a “great deal” on a cheap holster. Is securing your firearm something you REALLY want to skimp on? ... more on lessons learned about shooting from a horse ...

How far away you can score a hit with a defensive handgun shot?

Chris Cerino firing pistols at long range Gun writer Richard Mann takes you through the steps of long range pistol shooting ...

Handguns at Rifle Distances
With a bit of technique and lots of practice, you can use your pistol to get hits out to 300 yards and beyond.

There’s a difference between trick shooting and long-range shooting. There’s also a difference between hitting something and hitting it hard enough to matter. Handguns are generally considered short-range firearms, because it’s difficult to achieve hits with them at extended distances. In addition, they don’t hit very hard at long range. So, at what range is the divide between trick shooting and serious shooting with a handgun?

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Top tips from top Instructors at the NRA Convention in Indianapolis

NRA Instructors

Indianapolis, Indiana - The NRA Instructor Seminar at this year's Annual Meeting was the largest on record. With almost 500 signing up for the exclusive event, the venue was changed not once, not twice, but three times. That's right - it was bigger than even we expected it to be.

In addition to hearing about the latest and greatest programs coming from NRA Headquarters, instructors also had the chance to hear from some of the top practitioners in the field like Mike Hughes of NextLevelTraining.

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How much innovation can you fit in I.C.E. Training’s new personal defense holster?

The I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster
Outdoor writer and gear guru Kevin Reese returns with his latest adventure in the conceal carry field

As someone licensed to carry a concealed firearm, with a ridiculous number of hours of handgun and shooting training over eight years of Marine Corps service and of course, concealed-carry training under my belt, I thought I was well-equipped for personal defense and survivability; I was wrong. I showed up to personal defense expert, Rob Pincus’ two-day Combat Focus Shooting training with a soft-sided outside the waistband (OWB) holster complete with Velcro strap, my Glock 17 Generation 4 and 1,000 rounds of my personal favorite factory ammunition, Federal’s American Eagle.

Just as quickly as I walked onto the pistol range, Rob Pincus himself escorted me back to the prep table. He didn’t smile or say much at all. He simply un-holstered my handgun and asked me to remove my holster. As I removed my personal holster, he handed me a new I.C.E. Range and Carry (RAC) Kydex Holster and instructed me to put it on, re-holster and join the other students for the morning’s training brief.

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On the forefront of firearms training

National Training Manager John Howard speaks at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis Fairfax, Virginia - Since 1871, the National Rifle Association has been the premier provider of basic firearms training. For over 141 years, NRA’s training has continued to grow and improve in order to provide our students with the most informative and professional training experience possible. Our training fosters knowledgeable and safe students. It works – firearm accidents are at an all-time low.

Along the way, we have gone through many improvements that started with the development of handbooks for students. Those handbooks contained hand-drawn images that evolved into black and white photographs to more recent times, high definition color photos. In 2013, some 380,000 student copies of NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting Handbook were sold.

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Tips on the who and what to listen to when it comes to defensive shooting

American Rifleman's discussion about shooting trips to avoid B. Gil Horman has a few thoughts with it comes to listening to thoughts out there on the range ...

5 Defensive Shooting Tips to Avoid
Lifelong gun owners are usually well-meaning, but often they dole out some “sage” defensive shooting advice that is in desperate need of salt.

It was way, way back in the pre-Internet dark ages when I decided to start learning about defensive shooting. At the time, I really didn't have anyone to turn to for advice beyond the guys at the gun shop and the gun writers. Today, those who are investigating firearms for personal protection have a veritable ocean of information to dive into. Websites, books, videos, periodicals and online forums abound.

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NRA Instructors watch over the firing link at New Jersey's Camp Noble Cause

Community says thanks to active duty military with weekend getaway to Scout Reservation

Rockaway, New Jersey - For seven years, the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been running Camp Noble Cause; a weekend of fun and outdoor adventure for active duty, Guard and Reserve military personnel in New Jersey. Held at the Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway, the weekend is chopped full of activities including rocket building, wall climbing, rifle, shotgun, swimming and archery. More than 100 volunteers give up their weekend to make the camp possible. And they do it for a simple reason.

“It’s a way to say thank you to our military personnel,” explained NRA Training Counselor Paul Dunberg. “It’s the least we can do.”

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