Funds raised at Friends of NRA events help hunting programs in every state

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt receives their NRA Foundation grants

NRA Foundation grants help a variety of programs across the nation. In addition to competitive shooting teams, money raised at Friends of NRA events also goes to preserving our hunting legacy. Here's a thank you from the San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt who was helped to its feet by one such grant a few years back.

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt Thanks The NRA Foundation
by Douglas Streed & Susan Bowers

As the San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt finishes its ninth year, we pause to reflect how we have grown and who has helped us along the way. The first big boost came in

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NRA Foundation, Browning and Baron team up to offer rare auction

Browning Citori Gran Lightning XS NRA Edition 4 barrel set

Listen up you gun collectors.

A one-of-a-kind shotgun is now up for auction at GunBroker.com.

Thanks to an astounding partnership between Baron Technology, long gun manufacturer Browning Arms Co., and our very own NRA Foundation, this unique beauty could soon be yours.

What makes the gun so unique? To start, this NRA Edition Browning Citori Gran Lightning XS, serial number 05211MT131, comes with 12GA, 20GA, 28GA and 410GA jeweled 28" barrels.

Built on a 12GA frame, the shotgun includes an exquisitely engraved Watts nickel-plated receiver featuring 24K gold plating for an antiquated appearance. A duck cameo is depicted on the left side while the right sports a dog/hunter/quail cameo. The receiver's belly features the NRA logo and “One of One." Scrollwork with selective gold-plating and antiquing enhance the forend iron.

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The Youth Education Summit looks forward to big things from this year's crop of attendees. Already a number of the students have been busy getting featured in local papers for their unique opportunity to attend the summit.

Josh Simon, from Sarasota, Florida, was featured in his high school newspaper, the Out-of-Door Academy's The Bolt. Stumbling across the program in an NRA magazine, Josh's interest in both shooting and politics led him to apply for the summit. The video he made as his "personal statement" portion of the Y.E.S. application can be seen above. 

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 NRA Region Volunteers of the Year Scott Hamann

We're going to wrap up our highlights of the 2011 Friends of NRA Region Volunteers of the Year with the Western Region's Scott Hamann.

The six region's volunteers are selected by committee of senior NRA staff from the pool of Field Rep-selected Area volunteers. These individuals, invaluable to the NRA, were invited to this year's National NRA Foundation Banquet at Annual Meeting as honorable guests and to receive their awards. Everyone was able to make it except Scott, who was in Hawaii with his wife celebrating their anniversary -- poor Scott.

Far from Hawaii, Scott can normally be found in Kenai, Alaska, where he is the current chairman of the Kenai/Soldotna Friends of NRA committee. The committee is relatively new, starting in 2003, and drew a cool 137 attendees to its first banquet and raised over $11,000.

Growing steadily, the committee featured 150 guests this past year and gathered an impressive $70,000 for the NRA Foundation. Scott himself raised over $98,000 during the 2011 banquet season from a combination of banquet tickets sold, sponsorships, underwriting, and donations. The Kenai/Soldotna committee has done pretty well for itself, seeing a total of 1,280 attendees raising $348,844 in just nine short years.

When Scott’s event sold out at 150 seats and, being held at the city's largest event center, couldn't possibly accommodate anyone else, Scott simply said “Let’s do two nights.” The second night sold extremely well and when was all was said and done the committee generated over $100,000. He is also chair of his State Fund Committee and attends and helps out at no less than four other Friends of NRA events around the state.

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Who will experience the 2012 NRA Youth Education Summit?

After pouring through hundreds of applications and a couple scheduling hiccups, 45 students have been selected to attend the 2012 Youth Education Summit.

The week-long educational experience in Washington, DC will have students tour most of the memorials and monuments surrounding the nation’s capital as they learn the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen. These kids can expect to find themselves touring the Capitol Building, experiencing boot camp with Marines at Quantico, getting some target practice at the NRA Range and much more.

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Friends of NRA

The NRA Foundation, through funds raised by Friends of NRA, has funded over 18,000 grants throughout the country. It has become America's leading charitable organization in the support of shooting sports and its grants total over $180 million.

Grants provide critical funding to firearm programs on the local, state, and national levels to ranges, shooting clubs and programs like the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.

The Coon Valley Conservation Club in Westby, Wisconsin recently received a NRA Foundation grant to make improvements to their grounds and the Westby Times has a great story about it.

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NRA Foundation banquet crowd at the Edward Jones Dome

St. Louis, Missouri - The National NRA Foundation Banquet & Auction, sponsored by Cabela's and Leupold, was the last event held Thursday before the 141st NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits officially begin this morning.

Raffle, dinner, speakers, auction, last night had all the aspects of a Friends of NRA banquet, except this one was much larger. More than 1,500 attendees were seated in the Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams, to celebrate the all the great things NRA has done, and hopes to continue doing, for the Second Amendment.

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 The Cartridge Comparison Guide Fairfax, Virginia - The Cartridge Comparison Guide, the ultimate hunting and ballistics manual, will now donate a portion of the proceeds of the sales to the NRA Foundation's Firearms and Markmanship Training Endowment.

Known to be the most informative and comprehensive book written on cartridge comparison, the Guide is recommended to everyone in the shooting industry by the NRA Training Department. Here's a portion of the guide's description from the Cartridge Comparison website:

The Guide compares every factory available cartridge from the 17 calibers up to the 50 caliber cartridges. It compiles cartridge data from all major ammunition manufacturers such as Hornady, Nosler, Barnes, Swift, Norma, Sierra, Weatherby, Winchester, Remington, and Federal.

It shows the optimal velocity achieved for each bullet weight and calculates bullet energy, recoil, and powder efficiency.

By using the data, discussions, and graphics presented in this manual, every reader can compare any cartridge against any other based on caliber, bullet weight, velocity, energy, recoil, or an other comparative factor.

Also available for an NRA Training discount is the American Standard Bullet Poster. Featuring actual size images of over 200 Rifle, Handgun, and Shotgun loads. This guide and poster are both great training tools that NRA Certified Instructors can utilize as part of their lesson.

To take advantage of this discount, please go to nra.cartridgecomparisonguide.com/store/

Attendees of last year's National NRA Foundation Banquet on NRAblog

If you're going to this year's NRA Annual Meetings in St. Louis, the NRA Foundation has two great events going on that you should check out.

Both events are brought to you by Cabela's and Leupold and feature a ton of firearms, merchandise, and more.

First up is the National NRA Foundation Banquet. Last year, this event sold out two weeks in advance and the 1,300 attendees all had a great time. The banquet netted over $200,000 for The NRA Foundation, money that went on to support over 180 NRA programs including education and training, shooting competitions and range conservation.

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