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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Online program from the NRA geared to create instructors throughout the United States

NRA's Refuse to be Victim seminar Fairfax, Virginia - New jobs are always going to make you nervous.

No matter what your background, experience, or standing in the business community, there's going to be some apprehension when sitting behind the big desk for the first time. Usually you're asked to do one of two things; wait for the work to come to you or hit the ground running. For Bethany Weeks, now Bethany Mullen, it was time to run.

"There was no other choice," said Mullen.

For when Mullen walked in the doors of the National Rifle Association, she did so as Program Coordinator for their Refuse to be a Victim program — one of NRA's few ... Find out more about NRA's online Refuse to be a Victim Instructor program ...

NRA National Training Manager John Howard at the NRA Annual MeetingNRA National Training Manager takes the stage at the Annual Meeting in Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana - There were a few thousand things going on all at once at the National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting this year in Indianapolis. People lined up far and wide to hear Wayne LaPierre talk about the 2014 congressional elections, Alabama perform at Saturday night's Stand and Fight Rally, and watch NRA Board Member Ted Nugent be Ted.

For all the Certified NRA Instructors in town, however, there was no hotter ticket than the NRA Certified Instructor Update.

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Wondering what to do today at the NRA Convention? We've got Governors, workshops and more ...

9 acres of guns at the NRA Convention in Indy

Indianapolis, Indiana - Day one at the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting was a doozy. Hundreds of thousand of members traveling from across the United States to celebrate a taste of the freedom they hold so dear. And boy were they rewarded. In addition to the hundreds of vendors lining the halls and walkways of the Indiana Convention Center, there were workshops, seminars and a little thing we like to call the NRA Country Jam.

Though there wasn't room for everyone to enjoy everything, that doesn't mean there isn't more fun, informative, and potential lifesaving experiences waiting to be had. Some are more fun than lifesaving, but that doesn't mean one should be pushed aside in favor of the other. We leave that choice up to you.

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Pistol Instructor Training taught by Women For women at NRA Convention in Indianapolis

Women teaching women how to shoot at an NRA Clinic Indianapolis, Indiana - We have a question for the female firearm enthusiasts out there.

Ever think about becoming an NRA Certified Instructor? Don't want to bother with the regular classroom setting? Well how about making it all happen at the NRA Convention this year in Indianapolis?

Starting on the first day of the Annual Meeting, a few dozen ladies will gather at the Indiana Convention Center for a three-day NRA Pistol Instructor course. Better yet — all the instructors are women.

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Education and Training Division reaches milestone with pistol guidebook sales

NRA Instructor looks on at Women on Target event.My #4 moment of the year is another milestone accomplishment for the NRA's Education and Training Division. Back in October, the division sold its one millionth copy of the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting. Better known as the Basic Pistol handbook, the guide is a comprehensive resource on responsible pistol use and is the foundation of NRA’s popular Basic Pistol and FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation courses.

Replacing the aging pistol handbook in July 2009, the Basic Pistol handbook was written with intent to be more than a by-the-numbers instruction manual. The NRA wanted the Basic Pistol handbook to become an at-home reference guide that gun owners would be proud to put on their bookshelves. The guide covers a breadth of topics including basic firearm safety, storage options, range rules, target scoring and basic fundamentals such as shooting positions, grip and aiming.

Since coming off the press, the NRA has been shipping nearly 650 copies of the book per day. NRA's Program Materials Center sells the Basic Pistol handbook both individually and as part of a the packet in NRA Instructor-led courses. Thanks to the continued growing national interest in firearms, we don't expect that number to slow down any time soon and look forward to celebrating the sale of the 2,000,000th Basic Pistol handbook in a few years.

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First Instructor Training Workshop since NRA's application process goes online

NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - For all of those NRA Training Counselors out there, you know the drill. You post a class on NRAInstructors.org, reserve some range time and hold a class. Then there's the tricky part — submitting paperwork. Usually that means mailing things here to NRA Headquarters. That could take a while to process. No more.

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Education and Training Division reaches milestone with pistol guidebook

NRA Basic Pistol handbook

Fairfax, Virginia - Earlier this month NRA's Education and Training Division sold its one millionth copy of the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting. Known as the Basic Pistol handbook, the guide is a comprehensive resource on responsible pistol use and is the foundation of NRA’s popular Basic Pistol and FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation courses.

First published in July 2009, the Basic Pistol handbook was written with the intent of becoming an at-home reference guide for gun owners. Topics included in the guide are basic firearm safety, storage options, range rules, target scoring and basic fundamentals such as shooting positions, grip and aiming. The guide can be purchased both individually and as part of a NRA Instructor-led course from the NRA’s Program Materials Center.

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