Thanks to Phil Schreier for the following photos and report:

 

The Armed Forces Foundation of Washington DC, established 2001, arranged for NRA Board Members and staff to serve dinner to the troops this evening at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Led by NRA Secretary Major E. J. Land Jr, USMC (RET) and 7 members of the NRA Board of Directors, the group arrived at Navy Med around 5 pm and served a steady stream of wounded warriors, their families and hospital staff for two hours. Board members chatted with soldiers and handed out plates piled high with barbeque chicken and pork, potato salad and coleslaw. 

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Texas NRA Field Rep Jack Cannon has a neat item being auctioned off by one of his chapters this fall.

Big Bend Friends of NRA has been holding banquets for nearly 10 years, but this past year they really headed for higher ground. Located in the middle of the West Texas Mountains, the entire group, led by Dr. Dan Petrosky, went out to hit some larger goals.

This year's banquet featured the first-ever completely sold out banquet in their history. More than 250 people crowded into the Alpine Civic Center to enjoy a night of fun and fundraising. When the dust had settled, they had not only sold out of dinner tickets, but had also sold out of every game they had going and finished the night with nearly $22,000.00 raised for The NRA Foundation.

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Earlier this week, NRAblog sat down with NRA Second Vice President James W. Porter, II at the Long Range High Power Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio.

When did you get your start in the NRA?

I was elected to the board for the first time about twenty years ago. Then there was a break of service for a few years, but since 1997 my service has been consecutive.

NRA Second Vice President James Porter Sounds like a long time.

Well I was sort of born into the NRA. Literally, it’s my family. My dad (Irvine C. Porter) was on the board and served as President in 1959-1960. I practically grew up in Camp Perry over the first 18 summers of my life. It was a wonderful group of people. Alice Bull and her family. The Lymans, Charlie, Wally, Big Charlie and Pearl. Mr. Whittington and everyone was here – all part of the NRA family.

They use to have a board meeting here during the national matches every summer. So you had most of the board members and most of the officials in the organization here. People like Harlan Carter. It was just a wonderful group. And an absolutely fabulous way for a youngster to grow up.

Back then the military was still running things. That meant mess hall grub - which was perfect for a kid like me. More

NRA Director of Competitive Shooting Mike Krei and NRA First Vice President David Keene

I sat down with NRA First Vice President David Keene (pictured on the right) yesterday while he visited one of the Long Range High Power competitions here at Camp Perry.

Is this your first visit to Camp Perry this year?

I was out for a day or so for Smallbore last year, but this is the first time I’ve been out here for the Long Range High Power matches.

And how does this compare to your Smallbore experience?

It was a lot hotter last year. I enjoy this forum, but everybody has a favorite discipline. Smallbore is more ritualized with all the gear that they wear. All I could think of was how they could shot that well in all that heat.

Doesn’t Smallbore usually have a younger crowd?

Yes, although they are getting younger people into High Power as well. And that’s the most important thing we can be doing. More

Stage 8 of the JP Rocky Mountain 3-Gun Competition is a combined rifle/shotgun course of fire set in and around the ruins of the old Van Houten Mines Company Store. This afternoon, top 3-gun shooters such as Andy Horner, Tate Moots, Dave Neth, Patrick Kelley, and the Army Marksmanship Unit's Daniel Horner and Robby Johnson took to Stage 8.

Competitors put their skills to test as they battled heavy winds during the long-range rifle shooting. The shotgun portion included stationary clay and steel targets, with two slug targets at the end of the stage. NRA Board Member Tom Gaines was on-site to see the action and spot long-range shots through his binoculars.

Take a look at the slideshow above to see some of the country's top 3-gunners at work.

The second day of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Conference in  St. Louis, Missouri was packed with fantastic information and opportunities to meet those who cover the great outdoors. Capping off the evening was an NRA sponsored dinner where 1st Vice President David Keene highlighted the importance of their work as an effort to counter an increasingly hostile political climate.

"It's been said that successful tyrants make just about everything illegal and then enforce their laws inconsistently," he told the crowd. "We must be constantly vigilant that people have the right not only to own firearms but the means to participate in the activities that they love." 

NRA Board Smallbore Committee Chairman Bill Carter Earlier this week, NRAblog sat down with NRA Board Smallbore Committee Chairman Bill Carter.

When did you become Chairman of the NRA Smallbore Committee?

President Schmeits offered me the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Smallbore Committee in June and I accepted.

So it just happened.

Just happened.

And your visit to Camp Perry?

Unfortunately, for me, it’s been a number of years since I’ve been to Perry and that’s exactly why I’m here – to spend as much time as possible with the competitors. Listen to what the have to say, take back to NRA headquarters what they have to say, share that with the Smallbore Rifle Committee and see what we can do to make this the best match we possibly can. More

NYSRPA President Tom KingAlbany, New York - New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King was second on the agenda (behind NRA's own Jack Baker) here at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York. He gave us a run-down of what State Associations do.

Tom tells the crowd to be active, always drive to increase membership, and don't be afraid to get in touch with the local politicians.

Mr. King also sits on the NRA Board and provides unique insight to insurance necessities of any operation. Sometimes its nice to have an insurance guy around.

NRA Board Member Herb Lanford at Club UAlbany, New York - Things here in Albany are just underway as Club University in the Greater North East.

For those who don't know, Club University travels throughout the United States to provide gun clubs and associations with all the things they didn't know: how to write a grant, improving your range, leadership principles, insurance guidelines, and much more.

Welcoming us here this morning is NRA Board Club & Association Chairman Herb Lanford. All the way up from South Carolina, Herb gave the crowd a rousing introduction to our program with promises of great information and details. So stay tuned for all the details. At least all the details we can release here.

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