NRA's Greg Connor won the 1974 Wimbledon CupFairfax, Virginia - Last week we told you about the newest round of NRA Competitive Shooting Trivia, which asked "Who was the winner of the Wimbledon Cup in 1974?" What we didn't tell you is that answer is actually a person very near and dear to us here at NRA - our very own Greg Connor, Manager of the Silhouette Deparment.

2012 marks Connor's 25th year of service to the NRA, but back in 1974, then Chief Warrant Officer Connor was a member of the United States Marine Corps Shooting Team.

Connor's win is chroncicled in the book The National Matches: 1903 -2003 The First 100 Years. Along with his picture (at right), the caption reads, "Greg Connor put the old 5V 1,000 yard target 'to bed' in style in 1974 with a fine 100-19V winning score in the Wimbledon Cup... Connor is one of the Marine Corps finest all-around riflemen, excelling in both High Power and Smallbore competition."


NRA's Life of Duty recently took a look at the exploits of Jim Allen, a World War II paratrooper wounded at Market Garden in September of 1944. After successfully leading his comrades from a would-be ambush, Allen was hit by a grenade. Recovering over time, Allen eventually joined one of the first group of American Smokejumpers based out of Okanogan, Washington.

Read the full story, titled "Under Fire Over Fire," in the latest edition of American Warrior magazine.

Wounded Warriors from Project Enduring Pride look a the Hollywood Guns Exhibit in the National Firearms Museum Fairfax, Virginia - As Lars told you yesterday, we had the honor of welcoming a group of wounded warriors from Project Enduring Pride as they visited NRA Headquarters here in Fairfax, Virginia. The group of nearly 40 included combat disabled veterans and their family and friends. After a quick lunch at the NRA Café, half of the group went to the range with Lars, and the second half came with me to the National Firearms Museum.

Senior Curator Doug Wicklund took the group on a tour of the entire National Firearms Museum, explaining the significance of certain firearms, particularly those relating to the military. The tour began in the Petersen Gallery and included a stop to look at the guns of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. The group also looked at galleries containing the guns of the first and second World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and firearms used in modern warfare in the Middle East. But what were the group's favorite guns? Those contained in the Ruger Gallery's "Hollywood Guns" Exhibit.


The 2011 Mayleigh Cup USA Team on NRAblog

Each year at Camp Perry, two special matches are held during the National Pistol Championships - The NRA/USA Civilian Pistol Team match and the Mayleigh Cup match. So why are we telling you the results now? Simply put, both of these competitions are team postal matches and we finally know how our team from the United States ranked against other countries.


With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, I've decided to put together my top ten picks (in no particular order) of great stocking stuffers for the shooting enthusiast in your life. If none of these options will work for those hard-to-buy-for shooters on your list, I suggest you trade them in for a new friend or family member who is less picky or has better taste. If you think I've left a "must have" off the list, leave a comment so I can see what I've missed! 

Kerrin's Top Ten Stocking Stuffers

1. Noveske Shooting Team 3-Gun Outlaw Instructional DVD

This is a great DVD for those who are new to 3-gun competition or looking to step up their game. Jansen Jones and Rob Romero from the Noveske Shooting Team take viewers through advanced techniques for 3-gunning including transitions, shooting positions, strategy, and more. It's not the same as attending a Noveske 3-Gun Training Class, but it's the next best thing to learn from two of the country's top competitors.


Last night was a big one here at the National Rifle Association. With our doors open late to any and all, we were lucky enough to play host to a neighbor up the road — The Military Channel. A subsidiary of Discovery Channel, they came to the NRA to premier the latest episode of their new show, "Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World."

Staff at NRA Headquarters awaits premier of Military Channel show Triggers in Fairfax, Virginia

More on the Triggers premier at NRA Headquarters ...

Universal Coin & Bullion is the Official Rare Coin and Bullion Dealer of the NRA, but they're also prominent sponsors of several NRA events including the National Pistol Championships at Camp Perry and the NRA Bianchi Cup to name a few. They recently passed along exciting news about the Cougar coin, and now they've purchased 1,900 commemorative 2011 Medal of Honor silver dollars to benefit the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. NRA members can purchase these special coins to show their support and add to their collection. Read on to learn more about the Medal of Honor silver dollars and how you can purchase yours:

2011 Medal of Honor Silver Dollar from Universal Coin & Bullion With the United States Mint's mid-December sales cutoff deadline approaching, the President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is praising an 11th hour effort by a prominent Texas coin dealer to boost lower-than-anticipated sales of the commemorative 2011 Medal of Honor uncirculated silver dollars. By law, the South Carolina-based foundation receives a $10 surcharge for each coin sold, and sales of the uncirculated dollar coins have lagged behind the proof version by over two-to-one.

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion of Beaumont, Texas, has purchased 1,900 of the uncirculated dollars for sale to customers, the largest single purchase of this coin from the Mint. “That will provide $19,000 in surcharge proceeds to the foundation for its work to increase public awareness of the Medal of Honor and the service and sacrifice it represents,” said Fuljenz.


When I think of some of the top names in shooting, Daniel Horner instantly comes to mind. When he's not on the road dominating the leaderboard at major 3-gun competitions across the country, this national champion is at Ft. Benning in Georgia serving as a shooter and instructor with the United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU).


A Springfield Armory 1911 pistol

When I pulled into the parking lot of NRA Headquarters yesterday, I noticed something out of the ordinary: numerous police cruisers. But fear not, no crime had been committed; no police tape had been hung. As I came to find out, the officers were there as part of one of NRA Law Enforcement Division’s Tuition-Free Armorer Schools.

“The course enables them to go back to their agency and troubleshoot and repair the agency’s firearms,” explained Tim Cole, one of NRA’s Law Enforcement Training Coordinators.

Beginning yesterday, 20 law enforcement officers and military personnel are participating in a three-day Armorer School for Springfield Armory firearms.

“Each day, the course focuses on a different firearm,” Cole explained. Day One had students learning how to work on Springfield 1911s (pictured), today focused on the Springfield XD and XDM, and tomorrow will turn to rifle work with the legendary Springfield M1A.

Free to law enforcement and military, NRA holds 10-12 Armorer and Shooting Schools each year at either NRA Headquarters here in Fairfax, Virginia or at the Fairfax County Police Firearms Training Facility in nearby Chantilly.

“We offer this training at no cost as a way to say ‘Thank You’ to police and military for their service,” said Cole.

Although the courses are free, attendees or their agencies must pay for travel costs, lodging, and meals. Classes are limited to approximately 20-30 students depending on the course and include training materials. Each course is taught by representatives of the specific firearms manufacturer.

Space in each course is limited, and due to popularity, attendees are chosen through a random drawing. For more information on upcoming schools and how to register, visit web page for Tuition-Free Armorer Schools or contact Tim Cole at or 703-267-1626.

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