From Bushnell - McRae Lifetime Achievement Award presented to outstanding optical science and engineering students

Christopher Barton awarded Bushnell Bill McRae Lifetime Achievement Scholarship Overland Park, Kansas — Bushnell Outdoor Products, an industry-leader in high performance sports optics and outdoor accessories for 65 years, and the University of California Davis (UC Davis) have recognized Christopher Barton as the second annual recipient of the Bushnell Bill McRae Lifetime Achievement Scholarship.

Established in 2011, in conjunction with the Bill McRae Lifetime Achievement Award that’s presented annually to a journalist who has made a profound impact in the outdoor industry, the $7,500 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in the UC Davis optical science and engineering program.

As a legendary figure in the optics industry, Bill McRae is not only known for his immense contributions to the outdoor industry, but for his dedication to mentoring journalists and industry professionals. Given all that McRae has contributed throughout his life, Bushnell established the UC Davis scholarship to share his legacy and support the next generation of optical engineers.

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From M-Pro 7 - A 3-Gun Kit designed with the competitive shooter in mind

New 3-Gun Kit from M-Pro 7 Overland Park, Kansas - M-Pro 7, a leading provider of military-grade firearm maintenance products, introduces the first BoreSnake cleaning kit for 3-Gun shooters. The M-Pro 7 3-Gun Kit includes everything needed to clean and lubricate a competition pistol, rifle or shotgun in the field.

The 3-Gun Kit was designed with the competitive shooter in mind, giving marksmen a compact, all-in-one field cleaning kit for post-match guns maintenance. The kit contains the essential products needed to clean and maintain 9mm and .40 caliber pistols, .223/5.56mm rifles and 12 gauge shotguns.

Essential items in the kit include the M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner, M-Pro 7 Gun Oil LPX and the M-Pro 7 BoreSnake. The M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner improves gun performance by removing layers of fouling and embedded carbon while conditioning the bore to help prevent future build-up. Formulated from technology with the lowest known friction coefficient, M-Pro 7 Gun Oil LPX provides unparalleled protection against wear, humidity and moisture (including salt water) and leaves a long-lasting film that repels dust and dirt.

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Comes to NRA Headquarters for Youth Education Summit before shooting Smallbore at Camp Perry

Megan Hillbish of Emporia, Kansas. Megan won during NRA's Camp Perry Smallbore competition and attended the Youth Education Summit

Emporia, Kansas - Two events serve as highlights every summer for those of us here at the National Rifle Association: the Youth Education Summit and the National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio. Bookmarking the beginning of the season with YES and the end with Camp Perry, it's seldom that the two events come together. Unless you run into someone like Megan Hilbish.

Hailing from Emporia, Kansas, Megan has been around firearms for as long as she can remember. With an enthusiastic hunter as a father, it's no wonder she started in the shooting sports early.

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Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Schools teach a specific set of skills police officers require to safely and effectively perform their duties. Mike Lane, an NRA Tactical Police Competition volunteer and police officer of Lewisville, Texas, is attending one of those classes in Horton, Kansas this week. Here's his report from Day Four:

Matt Rivera firing a 12 gauge shotgun at NRA Instructor School
Matthew Rivera, a military contractor out of San Diego, California, hits his mark then cycles another 12 gauge 00 Buck round into his shotgun's barrel.

Horton, Kansas - Maybe it's just me, but there's something about a shotgun that puts a smile on my face. That's why today was such a thrill to begin. See, today we were finally asked to break the shotguns out of their cases and take them out to the range.


Lewisville Police officer Mike Lane, a frequent NRA Tactical Police Competition volunteer, is in Kansas for an NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor School. With a look at the "downtown", here's his Day three report:

Downtown Horton, Kansas
A stroll down 8th St reveals some beautiful architecture and an old farm truck that refuses to give in to the sands of time. Lot's of NRA stickers proudly displayed in the back window's too.

Horton, Kansas - Today is scheduled to be the longest of the week. That's because it promises to be the most comprehensive; including all the aspects of training students for low light encounters. We're getting in late tonight so I've decided to go ahead and send the daily update during our lunch break.


Mike Lane, an NRA Tactical Police Competition volunteer out of Lewisville, Texas, is attending Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor School in Horton, Kansas this week. Here's his Day Two report:

NRA Instructor explains how to teach your students
NRA Instructor Jerry Rollings tells Leavenworth PD's Tesh St. John what a coach should watch for while instructing students. (No live ammo was present during this demonstration.)

Horton, Kansas - Today turned out to be another great day of training. We mustered into the classroom at 08:00 hours and honkered down for the first half of the day. One of the first topics was Off-Duty Carry Considerations. Hoot, our instructor for this segment, generated lots of classroom participation as we discussed what comes into play when an armed, out of uniform Officer is out with a family member.


Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Schools teach the necessary set of skills police officers require to safely and effectively perform their duties on the streets every day. Mike Lane, an NRA Tactical Police Competition volunteer out of Lewisville, Texas, is attending one of those classes in Horton, Kansas this week. Here's his Day One report:

Instructor Gary 'Hoot' Gibson teaching at the Kansas NRA Law Enforcement school

Horton, Kansas - Class started at 07:30 hours and I didn’t want to be late. Honestly, I can’t think of a single LE school I’ve attended where a few officers didn't straggle in after the morning bell. I’ve been that guy before, but never for a class I was this excited to take.


Thanks to Rob Beckman for passing along the following report and photo from a Training Counselor Workshop in Kansas.   

The trainers and students from a Training Counselor Workshop in Kansas

Kansas City, Kansas - No one could had planned for nicer weather on the last weekend of winter. It was under those sunny skies and 80 degree weather that NRA's Education and Training Department conducted a Training Counselor Development Workshop (TCDW) at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation in Kansas City, Kansas.


Find out where 2nd Amendment supports will be dining this week with Friends of the NRA

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - It's Wednesday morning, which means an update on the Friends of NRA events for the next week. Banquet season is beginning to draw to a close and soon the NRA Field Reps will be here in Fairfax, VA looking over merchandise packages for 2012 – covered of course by NRAblog.

If you're interested in attending an event but aren't quite sure where to begin, visit the Friends of NRA website and find your state on the big U.S. map to get a list of future banquets near you. Contacting the NRA Field Rep in your area is another great way to get questions answered on Friends of NRA events.

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