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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Top Shot favorite stops by Brownells/NRA luncheon to meet young shooters

Top Shot favorite Gabby Franco speaks to the Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors at the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada - Gabriela “Gabby” Franco has been in high demand as of late. Not only is she a sought after NRA Certified Instructor in the Miami area, but she's also making personal appearances, serving as pistol instructor for local police departments and competing in a variety of tournaments. Probably not what she was expecting after finishing in the top six of History Channel's Top Shot competition … probably a lot more.

That is why we were so grateful to have her speak at the 2013 Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors luncheon at this year's SHOT Show. With parents, chaperons and industry representatives gathered round, Gabby took to the podium and explained how shooting helped focus the truly important aspects of life.

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Taking non-verbal and body language techniques on the road after Top Shot

Terry Vaughan from Top Shot Season 4 at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada - Terry Vaughan was a busy man back in 2011. Father of three, motivational speaker and an NRA Certified Instructor ... you get the idea. There were never enough hours in the day. But things really took off after his appearance on Season 4 of Top Shot on the History Channel.

"Since the show aired, the increase in personal safety seminars as well as the non-verbal and body language classes has gone up exponentially," Vaughan told NRAblog at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. "It's a sign of the shift in people's desire to learn personal safety."

Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, the former British Royal Marine Commando spends his professional days traveling the country to perform such a task. Teaching the lessons he learned through his years dealing with "a bugger of childhood", as well as his time as an actor, as a dancer and as a Commando. ... more on Terry Vaughan's experience after Top Shot ...

Illinois Homeschoolers welcome NRA's air gun program for parents and students

Illinois Home Schoolers learn about NRA's home air gun program from Richard Pearson of the Illinois State Rifle Association

Arlington Heights, Illinois - Recent studies suggest that almost three million children are currently enrolled in a homeschool program. Though criteria for such programs vary state to state, there as basics in the curriculum nationwide; English, Math, Science, etc... And, with a little luck, NRA's new Home Air Gun Program.

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Learn safety measures and how to teach others next weekend in Fairfax, Virginia

NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim program is an award-winning crime prevention and personal safety seminar that can teach anyone the basics of personal protection. Participants learn not to defend themselves with firearms, but with preventative measures anyone can put in place. Learn how to avoid dangerous situations and prevent criminal confrontations at home, in the car, on the phone, online and abroad.

Next Saturday, February 9, you can attend a seminar from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM here at NRA headquarters. Everybody is invited to attend and the admission is $5.00. Seminar participants are presented with a variety of common sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies and devices they may integrate into their daily lives.

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Military experience and NRA Programs are "a great combination"

NRA's Education & Training Department received a call earlier today from Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) William Bither, the Director of Corps Marksmanship and NCAA Rifle Coach for the Virginia Military Institute. Colonel wanted to share a story from their communications department regarding an NRA Basic Pistol course he held last month on the North Post firing range.

Sgt. 1st Class Chris Bean instructs participants on the use of the Ruger .22 cal. pistols. Photo courtesy of VMI. Firing Range the Venue for Basic Pistol Course
By John Robertson IV

LEXINGTON, Virginia – VMI employees and cadets made good use of the North Post firing range Oct. 13 as Lt. Col. Bill Bither and Sergeants 1st Class Chris Bean and Carmelo Echevarria offered the NRA Basic Pistol Course.

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Having the right instructor can make all the difference in Scouting

Taking in the fine points of shotgun instructing by Kevin Cummins at the Beaumont Scout Reservation

Kevin Cummins is an NRA Advanced Certified Instructor out of St. Louis. He's been holding shotgun instructor courses in Missouri for a long time now. His specialty is teaching those who teach the scouts. Here's an update on a recent class:

The Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA hosted a Shotgun Instructor class 12-13 October, 2012 at Beaumont Scout Reservation.

Education is key to firearm safety. We need to educate the next generation in the shooting sports. It begins with safe firearm handling.

Education is the foundation for everything we do. Our parents enrolled us in school so we could receive the education necessary to become good citizens and self-reliant members of society. It is incumbent upon us to continue our education daily and make certain that today’s youth are educated to best of their ability.

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Girls Guide to Guns taking shots on the NRA Headquarters Range

Natalie Foster posing by the NRA Seal

Fairfax, Virginia - While writing this, I'm prepping for a meeting with a well respected firearms website ... I'll tell you who later today. Maybe tomorrow. I bring this up because it reminds me of last month's visit by Natalie Foster of Girls Guide to Guns. As she say, "If one day Vogue and Guns & Ammo Magazine fell madly in love, got married and had babies, we (Girls Guide to Guns) would be their favorite child."

We spent the better part of a day taking Natalie to and fro for a variety of meetings here at headquarters. NRA Women, NRA News (who happened to be onsite) and the NRAStore to name but a few. As one might imagine, there's a lot that can be accomplished when spending a day at the NRA.

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