NRA Day brings out thousands of shooters in Illinois

Illinois State Rifle Association Bonfield, Illinois - On Saturday June 23rd, an incredible NRA Day Family Shoot took place in Illinois. In what was described by Illinois State Rifle Association President Richard Pearson as “The Big One,” the five-hour event saw approximately 2,409 people come out to shoot at the Association’s Headquarters Range. The direct objective was to get new people out to the range. With 40% of the people at the event having no experience shooting, that objective was certainly accomplished.

After a standard NRA safety briefing, participants stood in a line that at times stretched more than a hundred yards. Waiting for them at the firing line was a choice of rifles, pistols, shotguns, air guns, and even some bows provided by the nearly twenty sponsoring organizations. Receiving personalized training from an assigned instructor, novice and experienced shooters alike where allowed five to ten shots depending on the firearm.


NRANews shooting a segment of Curator's Corner at the National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - As the summer season starts to roll in, NRANews rolled into NRA Headquarters to hear about the latest in General Operations. Shooting a series of bumpers spanning from the National Firearms Museum to Education & Training to the Law Enforcement Division, the bumpers serve as commercials for the online broadcast.


Seminole County Gun and Archery Association - NRA Day participants

A lot of NRA Days are being held across the country in June. These events are great opportunities for adults, youth, families, hunters, sportsmen, competitors – literally everyone – to join other members of their community and become more familiar with the world of shooting sports.

NRA Days are constructed around a theme and provide exposure to the different activities available in shooting sports. NRA Days don't just list information, there's plenty of hands on activities for participants to discover the shooting sports in a safe, controlled environment.

Events are always a big hit and full of extremely friendly and helpful people. Don't be afraid to bring the whole family because there's something for everyone.

Take a look at what's happening all over the country during the rest of June:


NRA Days help families find fun at the range

A young man takes aim during an NRA Day event Are you going a little stir crazy after a long winter? Feel like you need to get yourself and the family outside to enjoy an exciting new activity in the fresh open air? Sounds like you've developed a case of Spring Fever. Well don't worry, because we have got the cure - an NRA Day.

Each spring, thousands of people load their families into the car and make the drive to an amusement park only to spend the day fighting the crowds — wasting their hard-earned time and money. Instead of spending the day walking miles through one of those parks, why not join the thousands of people who attend an NRA Day event each year and enjoy a fun-filled day learning a new skill such as shooting?


This NRA Club Leadership & Development webinar focuses on NRA Youth Programs and Competitive Shooting

Interested in bringing some new programs to your shooting range or club? Then join NRA Clubs and Associations for an upcoming NRA Club Leadership & Development webinar to learn how to start a youth program and how NRA can help you get started. The webinar will also provide an overview of the NRA Competitive Shooting Division's wide range of activities in shooting disciplines, for shooters of all skill levels.

The free one-hour webinar will be held this Thurdsay, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. You can register online or check out a listing of other upcoming NRA Club Leadership & Development webinars. Topics are offered to suit any club and offer great advice on how to make your club more successful.

Have a question or a suggestion for webinar topic? Contact NRA Clubs & Associations at 1-800-NRA-CLUB or at

Attention junior shooters! Could you use up to $5,000? Maybe you're saving for college for looking to buy a new rifle. If you're doing great things in school, in your community, and on the range, then you could win some of the $10,000 that's up for grabs through the Brownell's/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award. First place wins $5,000, second place takes home $3,000 and third place will recieve $2,000. Check out all of the details below to see if you qualify to apply for the award.

Nathan Switzer 2010 OAYA winner Nathan Switzer competes in the 2009 National Junior Air Gun Championship at Camp Perry.
Fairfax, Virginia – The National Rifle Association is now accepting applications for the Brownell’s/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award. Chosen for their accomplishments in the community, the classroom and the shooting sports, three exceptional young people from across the United States will receive a total of $10,000 courtesy of Brownell’s.

“The Outstanding Achievement Youth Award recognizes young people who exemplify excellence in not only the shooting sports, but other areas of their lives,” said Larry Quandahl, Manager of NRA’s Youth Programs Department. “Dedication to academics and community are important facets to becoming a well-rounded shooter.”


With 2012 underway, why not start the New Year off with a new program at your club or range? The NRA Club Champion Challenge is a fun and exciting way to do just that - and to see who is the best all-around shooter in your club or shooting organization.

Getting started couldn't be more simple - learn more about the NRA Club Champion Challenge and register your event online at NRA provides the courses of fire to choose from and even provides awards including medals and belt buckles for champions. So what are you waiting for? Start 2012 with a "bang" by holding an NRA Club Champion Challenge at your range or club!


A competition themed NRA Day event in Illinois

The summer may have drawn to a close and the kids may be back in school, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop. With the NRA Day Program, you and your family can head to the range and enjoy a day dedicated to the shooting sports.

NRA Day events take place all over the country, so check the listing of upcoming NRA Days to find one near you this fall. Don't see one in your area? Ask your local club or range to start one or get one started yourself! There are a variety of event themes to choose from include hunting, firearms training, youth, women, and even competition, like the bullseye pistol competition clinic for youth in Illinois pictured above. There's an NRA Day event to fit everyone's interests!

To learn more about the NRA Day program or to start an event in your area, contact NRA Day Program Coordinator Claudia Olsen at or 703-267-1597.

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.

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