Program Materials Center in the midst of its most successful year ever

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Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA Program Materials Center is having a record year thanks to our dedicated and very busy NRA Instructors. Through the first three quarters of 2013, the National Rifle Association’s Program Materials Center has processed a record 46,000 transactions, selling 850,000 units of training materials.

The Program Materials Center is the NRA’s source for firearm training handbooks and videos, shooting aides, medals, program apparel and more. It stocks more than 900 items to help people both educate themselves on and enjoy their Second Amendment rights.

Year after year, the center's top sellers are materials for NRA's firearm education and training courses. Among those, the most sought-after items are for NRA’s pistol-based courses, predominantly NRA Basic Pistol, FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation, and Basic Personal Protection in the Home.

“Our Program Materials Center is an invaluable resource to the more than 116,000 dedicated instructors who ensure the National Rifle Association is the United States’ top provider of firearms training,” said Bill Poole, Managing Director of NRA’s Education and Training Division. “Without the support of our instructors, we would not be able to help so many Americans enjoy their Second Amendment rights in a safe and responsible manner.”

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NRA switches to fully automated, online Instructor processing

NRA switches to online-only Instructor processing

Fairfax, Virginia - As of October 1, NRA Training will be fully automated for processing Instructor candidates online. This is a big change, and this will definitely be an improvement over the old methods we've been using.

Make sure that your candidates know they will be handling things by this method. There will no longer be the one-year initial credentialing period; we are going to two-year initial and renewal periods. Once the Training Counselor or Chief Range Safety Officer has finished the online course reports at, candidates log in at and are prompted to complete their credentials processing. They check off the electronic disclaimer, pay their credentialing fee online, and then print or download their own certificate/ID card. They will not be able to perform in the capacity as an NRA Trainer until they finish this process.

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The NRA highlights additional storage and handling rules for responsible gun ownership

NRA Training on NRAblogFairfax, Virginia - Continuing our observance of June as National Safety Month (NSM), we are highlighting our rules for proper gun use and storage. Knowledge of safe gun handling techniques follows NSM’s stated goals of educating and influencing behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.

If you're already familiar with our three fundamental Gun Safety Rules - ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction; ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot; ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use - these additional rules should be implemented as complementary practices.

“Displaying functional knowledge of a gun’s parts, proper maintenance techniques and taking measured precautions before shooting are essential skills for responsible gun owners,” said Bill Poole, Managing Director of NRA’s Education and Training Division. “Whether you own a firearm or not, knowing these rules will maximize safety and minimize risk of accident when one is present.”

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The NRA's three Gun Safety Rules are the cornerstone of responsible gun ownership

NRA Training on NRAblog Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association espouses safe firearm handling in everything we do. Whether competitive shooting or hunter education or simple gun collecting, safety is a first step in everything we do. That is especially true for our NRA Training Courses.

"We have been honing and refining NRA's Gun Safety Rules for more than 140 years,” said Bill Poole, Managing Director of NRA’s Education and Training Division. "They are easy to understand, easy to remember, and ensure the highest possible level of firearm safety. Most importantly, they are the first and most crucial step in becoming a responsible gun owner."

Those rules fit perfectly into National Safety Month. Promoted by the National Safety Council every June, National Safety Month was developed as: annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.

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As women’s interest in firearms rapidly grows, the demand for female shooting instructors has followed suit.

NRA Instructor looks on at Women on Target event. "Women prefer to be taught by women," says Diane Danielson, NRA's Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinic Coordinator. “They have an instant connection that makes events like NRA's Women on Target so successful.”

And she would know.

Since Danielson stepped on board a few years back, NRA Women’s Instructor Training Courses have been springing up all over the United States. At the 2011 NRA Annual Meeting, for example, the first Women’s Instructor Training Course took place under the watchful eye of Diane and two of her top female instructors. The success of that event, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and the Allegheny Country Rifle Club, has lead to an impressive increase in the number of female Certified NRA instructors.

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There's an NRA course for everyone out there and will help you find it

Find the NRA course for you at

Fairfax, Virginia - Want to learn the proper way to shoot a pistol? What about a shotgun? Muzzleloader? How about learning the basics of 3-Gun competitions, how to be a Range Safety Officer, or even how to teach others to shoot?

All of these and more can be learned through the NRA's expansive list of courses. is your go-to spot for learning what education and training courses are available and where you can attend one.

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Women on Target Rifle Clinic Turns out a Fun Maryland Crowd

Ladies taking full advantage of a Maryland Women on Target class Up in Maryland, Jennifer Dukes spends her days as a mom, a wife and an NRA Certified Instructor. After a little coaxing, Jenny agreed to share some of her instructing experience from a Women on Target program last weekend.

Marriotsville, Maryland - Early morning on April 13, women began filing in to the classroom at Monumental Rifle and Pistol Club. They were there to learn how to shoot. Many of the ladies arrived with little to no experience; this would be their first real exposure to the shooting sports.

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NRA sets all time sales records in January, breaks record in February

Top Shot runner up Mike Hughes shows his SIRT training rifle to NRA Education & Training  Director Bill Poole
Top Shot competitor Mike Hughes demonstrates a SIRT training rifle to NRA Education & Training Director Bill Poole.
Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA Program Materials Center, NRA’s online marketplace for everything from training handbooks and videos to shooting aides and program apparel, processed a record number of orders in January 2013.

The record stood for exactly 28 days, until February’s numbers came in.

“Demand has been through the roof, to the point that our old benchmarks have had to be readjusted,” said Bill Poole, Managing Director of NRA’s Educational and Training Division. “We’ve had to adjust our replenishment triggers just to keep items in stock.”

January’s total of 6,800 transactions shattered the previous record of 4,700 set in March 2012. Nearly 7,000 orders were placed in February, followed by more than 6,400 in March. With the significant increase in orders during the first quarter of 2013, expectations are high for the remainder of the year. For comparison, the Program Materials Center processed approximately 3,900 transactions in both January and February 2012.

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Local NRA Certified Instructor Cummins teaches the leaders how to teach the Boy Scouts

Kevin Cummins oversees an NRA Shotgun Instructor class for local scout leaders in Missouri

Passing on lessons to tomorrow's shooting sports ambassadors

With approximately 97,000 NRA Certified Instructors, Counselors and Range Safety Officers, along with 5,700 Coaches, the National Rifle Association teaches and reaches just under a million students students a year. Men and women who are taking their first shots, refining their skills, or learning how to guide others through the revelry of America's shooting sports.

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