We Shoot 2 becomes an NRA Instructor We Shoot 2 is a relatively new blog out there chronicling the adventures of a New York female firearms enthusiast. Now I'll admit that I was a little late getting to her game, but thanks to a few nudges from friends, I found myself scrolling through her musings earlier today.

What really caught my eye, however, was her tale about:

Becoming an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

I’m not sure who was more surprised, the 36 men in my NRA Pistol Instructors certification class that there was a woman in the class, or me, that there was ANOTHER woman in the class! 36 men, 2 women. Giddyup!

When a gentleman from my Sportsman’s club put out an email that he would be teaching an NRA Instructors class, I jumped at the chance. My husband was less excited about spending the required time in a classroom, but I honestly think he didn’t want me to do it without him so I signed us both up. There were a few other guys from my club there, but most of the other attendees were from other clubs.

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Continuing with our highlights of this year's Region Volunteer of the Year award winners, we bring you the Eastern Region's Diane March.

Friends of NRA's Region Volunteers of the year are chosen by a select committee of senior NRA staff from the pool of Field Rep-selected Area Volunteers of the Year. These exceptional volunteers for Friends of NRA were invited to the NRA Annual Meeting as honored guests where they received special recognition at the National NRA Foundation Banquet.

Diane March is a resident of Wappinger Falls, NY, serving as co-chairman of the Mid Hudson Friends of NRA committee. Approaching its twenty year anniversary, the committee's inception in 1994 saw an impressive 432 attendees at its first banquet, raising over $12,000. Since then, there have been 9,964 attendees at their events who have helped raise a cumulative $1.18 million. Diane raised over $50,000 for the 2011 banquet season alone through tickets sold, sponsorships, underwriting, and donations.

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Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor Patrick Fuller going through crime prevention techniques on NRAblog

If you're in or around New York City then you need to make room on your calendar for Sunday. For inside the Westside Pistol Range on 20 West 20th Street, Patrick Fuller will be holding his final Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar inside the city. After this, he's packing his bags and heading for the open plains of Pennsylvania.

"It was time," said Fuller. "I wanted to teach one more class before making the move."

What can you learn at a Refuse seminar? Just the basics about increasing your general awareness, security in the home and standard criminal prevention methods. Single parent? College student? Relatively new to the Big Apple? Then there's no reason why you shouldn't attend.

In roughly three hours, Patrick will give you the tools to develop your own personal safety strategy, providing information on:

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Pat Fuller and his Refuse to be a Victim class Ruthann warned me this would happen. Put up a few posts about a few of her instructor's Refuse To Be A Victim® classes and the others would start crawling out of the woodwork. Isn't it great when a plan comes together?

So who do we have here? That would be Patrick Fuller and students from one of his Refuse seminars. You might think this class is small, and some are, but there is great significance in what Patrick is doing. Not only is he spreading the ever valuable personal safety strategy word, but he's doing it in an important place — New York City.

In fact, Patrick's classes are the first of their kind to be taught in the Big Apple since 2005. Right there on 5th and 20th at the Westside Pistol and Rifle Range. Pretty significant, aye?

Another interesting piece of trivia about Patrick relates to HIS instructor. None other then Gun for Hire's Anthony Colandro. Anthony has long been an NRA instructor in a wide variety of NRA disciplines. He teaches, his wife Pilar teaches, his friends and family teaches at one of their four Gun for Hire locations. And in his spare time, Anthony has played host for Gun for Hire Radio and two record setting New Jersey Friends of NRA Banquets.

I'd say Patrick couldn't have made a better choice when choosing his instructor. So far, he's doing a bang up job with all that Anthony and the NRA has taught him.

The Wall Street Journal has a great article up about the rise in popularity of shooting sports among women through the help of the Women On Target program.

Women Pulling the Trigger

A new woman shooter takes aim at a Women On Target clinic on NRAblog.GHENT, N.Y.—The vegan, the yoga instructor and the former Peace Corps member mingled with other women at a recent retreat in upstate New York, sharing advice: Keep both eyes open when firing a shotgun. Ear plugs are essential to mute the blasts. And when women shoot, the butt of the gun needs to sit between the shoulder and collar bone to cushion the recoil, an adjustment to the typical male shooting stance.

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On 9/11, I was on the phone with my girlfriend when one of her classmates interrupted to say that a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. I flipped on the television and started relaying what I saw. The smoke, the conjecture, the panic and confusion. Officer Walter Weaver's .38 Smith & Wesson, recovered from 9/11 on NRAblog Then the second plane hit. "Oh my god" was all I could say. Then I said it again and again and again.

The speculation of fear that we all subconsciously held came screaming to the surface. What just happened? What would we do? Where do we go from here?

One group of people who knew exactly what to do was the New York City Police Department. Along with their Fire Department brothers and sisters, they rushed into the chaos, into the smoke and flames with a mission to protect and serve. One of those who rushed in was Officer Walter Weaver. Like so many others that day, Officer Weaver didn't make it out of World Trade. But his revolver did.

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New York's Elmira Star-Gazette recently featured several young men from Pennsylvania and New York who placed high during last month's NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Raton, New Mexico:
Young shooters shine at national NRA contest

Ryan Haller took first place in the Junior Shotgun Event at the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge Young shooters from the Twin Tiers captured some of the top honors when teams from across the country gathered late last month for the annual NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC).

The national competition alternates between Mansfield and Raton, N.M., and teams from Chemung and Bradford counties were among the hundreds of youth who traveled to New Mexico the last week in July.

One of the best local performers was Ryan Haller, a member of the Troy-based Pennsylvania Junior Gold Team.

Haller, 15, captured first place in the junior shotgun competition, and ranked in 13th place in the standings at the national event. Haller was the overall junior champion at the state YHEC event in June.

Preparing for the national championship meant a lot of hard work, but it was worth it and also fun, Haller said.

"Mostly what our club did was a lot of practices. Three days a week we'd go down to the club and practice," Haller said. "June 18 was the state shoot in State College. All clubs from Pennsylvania shot against each other. I think that prepared a lot of kids.

"Shotgun is what I enjoy the most and that's one of my best," he said. "I was very confident because at the state, I took first overall for junior. That boosted my confidence big-time. It was a very, very fun experience."

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Top NRA Day Event Director Sandy Stornelli receives a Henry .22 Rifle from Claudia Olsen and Bill Poole of the Education & Training Division

We recently filled you in about three NRA Day Event Directors who won Henry .22 caliber youth rifles for their outstanding efforts in the NRA Day program. Steve Gibbs and John Leinberger won two of the rifles, but Sandino “Sandy” Stornelli stopped by NRA Headquarters yesterday to receive his rifle on a trip the D.C. area.

A resident of Medina, New York, Stornelli runs an NRA Day for youth at the Alabama Hunt Club in New York each year. This is his 4th year as the Event Director and his NRA Day event averages about 50 participants, drawing attendees from as far away as New York City.

“He really concentrates on educating the kids who attend,” said his wife, Marsha. “People really seem to like the family feel and have brothers, sisters, and parents all shooting together.”

NRA Day Coordinator Claudia Olsen and Bill Poole, Director of Education & Training, presented Stornelli with the Henry rifle and a certificate honoring and recognizing him for being one of the top NRA Day Event Directors.

“Our goal is to have people, especially children, learn to shoot in a safe and fun environment and develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude to participate in the shooting sports, and you’ve done just that,” Poole told Stornelli.

Stornelli credits his event’s success to help from fellow club members who work to ensure that all attendees have a great time while learning about the shooting sports and archery.

“I appreciate all that our club and its members have done to help build the event,” Stornelli said. “I coordinate it, but they do all the work to make it possible.”

But what about his plans for his new Henry rifle?

“My grandsons will enjoy it – I think they’ve got half of my gun collection anyway,” said Stornelli with a grin.

Otis Technology staff poses with their Training Counselors for the NRA Lyons Falls, New York - Steve Hoback with NRA’s Training Department was back on the road again this month, but this time he brought Senior Training Counselor Anthony Colandro, fresh off his record-breaking Friends of NRA banquet in Essex County, New Jersey.

The pair traveled to the headquarters of Otis Technology in Lyons Falls to provide eight of the Otis employees with Range Safety Officer and Instructor training in Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun. Also in the class were a local law enforcement officer and an NRA Certified Instructor.

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