Youth Education Summit student fires a Grease Gun from World War II at the NRA Headquarters Range

Fairfax, Virginia - Students attending NRA's 2012 Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) are exposed to many a new things. They get to tour monuments, meet Congressmen and partake in the goodies at the NRA Headquarters Range. And thanks to the staff and the National Firearms Museum, there's even a little submachine gun action.

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NRA Executive shares stories of success and Stars Wars Light Sabers with Virginia kids

Gainesville, Virginia - Career Day is a time honored rite of passage for kids and grownups alike. Recruiting an adult with a cool job to swing by an Elementary School and tell the kids about their job. Hopefully, if all goes well, the speakers will inspire a student or two. Popular professions at these events are usually veterinarians, fire fighters, or in the case of Andrea Cerwinske, the Deputy Director of NRA General Operations.

"I spent the day speaking to around 200 3rd, 4th and 5th graders," Cerwinske said with a smile. "I explained to the class about what the NRA is and how even as elementary students they can be apart of our programs."

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National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day at the NRA Range Fairfax, Virginia - This past Saturday the NRA Range participated in the inaugural National Take Your Daughter To The Range Day, a nationwide event encouraging parents to bring their little girls to shooting ranges to both introduce them to the sport and promote firearms safety.

Even though the focus was on young women, the event hoped to be a family affair and welcomed little boys as well.

Lynne Finch, NRA Certified Instructor and Co-Founder/President of the newly formed program, used social media and spoke with range owners to raise interest in the event. All it took was a little information to get people excited and offering to help.

Starting in January, the word spread across the country and it soon seemed like anyone and everyone had June 9, marked on their calendars.

So how'd it go?

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A member of Project Enduring Pride takes aim with a SIG P230 at the NRA Range

A group of around 20 combat wounded veterans from Project Enduring Pride visited NRA Headquarters and, along with friends and family, were treated to a tour of the National Firearms Museum as well as a chance to get some target practice in at the NRA Range.

Donated from the museum's collection and generous volunteers, there was a wide variety of firearms at every lane. A MAC-10, M-4 Carbine, SOCOM-16, Ruger Mini-14, FN SCAR, Browning Automatic Rifle, SIG P230 and H&K UMP were just some of the available guns these brave men and women could try out.

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Wounded Veterans spend a day firing SIGs, Colts and more

NRA staff views disabled veteran firing an uzi

Fairfax, Virginia - When twenty disabled veterans from Project Enduring Pride visited NRA Headquarters last month they were treated to more than just a guided tour of the National Firearms Museum. After gazing at 600 years of firearms history, the vets joined friends and family at the NRA Range for a hands-on experience with some of the same guns they were just ogling.

Project Enduring Pride helps combat-wounded servicemen and women in the Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Richmond areas transition from military to civilian life. Thinking veterans would enjoy getting behind the sights again, the NRA Range spent more than two months organizing sponsors and volunteers before inviting Enduring Pride for its afternoon of fun.

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Helping wounded warriors upon their arrival back home

Recovering soldier and his wife at the NRA Headquarters range

Fairfax, Virginia - Disabled soldiers from Project Enduring Pride stopped by NRA Headquarters earlier this year for a tour of the NRA National Firearms Museum and a trip to the Range. Apparently the group had a whale of a time because they're on their way back for more.

Led by Director Ken Strafer, Project Enduring Pride assists the men and women who were wounded in the service of our country with the sometimes difficult transition from military to civilian life. Started out of what we all remember as the Walter Reed Army Medical in Bethesda, Maryland, the group does it's best to help our wounded warriors in the Washington, Richmond and Baltimore metro centers.

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With all the shooting that has been going on recently, how about a chance to do some of your own? The NRA is hosting one of its annual events at the NRA Range this April and there's still time to get in on the action.

NRA Rifle Manager H.Q. Moody wrote us about the event:

The 17th, 2012 Ken Quandahl Memorial and Spring Fling Regional is scheduled to be contested April 21st and 22nd on the NRA Range.

This tournament is dedicated to a fine young man who was one of our local junior shooters. Ken moved on and attended the United States Naval Academy after graduating from High School and the Acorns JRC. He continued his love of competitive shooting and was the Naval Academy Rifle Team Captain; Ken graduated as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Just after he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant he contracted leukemia and passed away just a few years ago. This tournament is our way to keep Ken’s memory as a competitor alive.

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Project Enduring Pride helping transition of wounded soldiers

Project Enduring Pride hits center mass at the NRA Range
Project Enduring Pride participant enjoys his marksmanship with a M1 Garand rifle at the NRA Range

Fairfax, Virginia - There were two parts to Project Enduring Pride's visit to the National Rifle Association earlier this week — the National Firearms Museum and the NRA Headquarters Range. While Kerrin accompanied those who toured the Museum, I stayed with the men and women who decided to take on the range.

Enduring Pride helps those who were wounded in the service of our country with the transition from military to civilian life. If one uses Tuesday's outing as a barometer of Pride's progress, I'd say they're doing one heck of a job.

"A number of people go through the range every week," said Customer Service Specialist Debra Crews. "I can't remember the last time we've seen so many smiling faces out on the line. Now that they all have their Range ID Cards, I hope to see them down here more often."

Volunteers from NRA Headquarters and the U.S. Border Patrol took personal time to man the thirteen open bays, each with either a pistol or rifle ready to fire. Among the options were a Smith & Wesson 4566, a Mac 10, a 1911, an M-1 Garand and a M4 rifle. Taking turns, the soldiers and family members spent a few hours sending shots down range with great success.

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The National Rifle Association welcomes wounded warrior group

Project Enduring Pride member shows off his target at the NRA Headquarters Range Fairfax, Virginia - Project Enduring Pride creates recreational and educational opportunities to wounded service members. Founded at the Walter Reed Army Hospital back in 2006, Enduring Pride helps bridge the return of our wounded service men and women to the civilian world. One of those event took place today at the National Rifle Association.

With a group numbering around forty, including volunteers and family members, Enduring Pride arrived with plans to experience what some of us here at NRA Headquarters see every day. Among the stops were the NRA Cafe, the Headquarters Range and the National Firearms Museum.

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