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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Project Enduring Pride Fairfax, Virginia - Debbie Crews from the NRA Headquarters Range contacted us a few weeks ago to talk about an event at NRA Headquarters for the Enduring Pride Project. To quote from their website, “Project Enduring Pride is a community outreach program that works with and assists the severely wounded warriors returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and now recuperating at Military Medical Centers and Veterans Administrations Hospitals in the Washington, Richmond or Baltimore areas.”

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 24th, a group of these wounded warriors will arrive at the National Rifle Association to enjoy a little lunch, take a tour of the National Firearms Museum, and fire off a few rounds down in the range.

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There's a lot going on at the NRA's Headquarters Range. There's the Monday night shooting leagues, Cowboy Action shooting and if we're lucky — maybe even a camera crew or two.

NRA Range Manager Greg Wodack scheduling events with a local production team. If you remember when Larry the Cable Guy came into town, he spent time up in the Museum, down in the Vault and over at the Headquarters range. We've had our cameras down there two for events such as the Youth Education Summit and the Veterans Day Shoot ... now we're hoping to do a little more.

Now we can't name the production company or say on which network where the shows will appear, but it should be a doozy. To the right you see members of the crew working out the details with NRA Range Manager Greg Wodack — which is a doozy of an effort on it's own.

With all the events already scheduled for the month, it'll take quite a bit of juggling to make this one fit. But once we figure it out, get the shots and put the show in the can, we'll be sure to let you know where you can see the NRA Headquarters Range in action.

Christmas at the NRA There's a number of items on the agenda as the National Rifle Association enters the month known as December — it's not just for Santa anymore.

First on the list is today's Service Awards Ceremony. That's where we recognize those who have spent at least five years working for the NRA. Awards go to those who've served five years, ten years, fifteen etc ... Word is that there'll be a forty-five year Service Award handed out today. How about that for devotion to the cause?

Next week we're hosting the Military Channel for a screening of their new show Triggers, which reminds me ... are you coming? We still have some seats left for this special viewing here at headquarters. Just send me an email at ldalseide@nrahq.org so I can put you on the list.

What else? What else? What am I have the final "Night at the Museum" for 2011, a Blood Drive on the 15th, a few special events down at the NRA Headquarters Range, an office Christmas party or two and finally the ramp up for the ever overwhelming SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It's going to be an interesting month.

The range is set at NRA headquarters for the Women's basic pistol class About twenty minutes ago, the ever popular Ladies' Basic Pistol class began at the NRA Headquarters Range. Usually ranging from 12 to 18 students, it can be an effort just to make it through the door.

"It's the most popular class we have," said Customer Service Representative Debbie Crews. "Keeping it at that number means more personalized lessons for the women who attend."

Take place over the course of two days, the class is unique in that students move from the classroom to the range in a matter of minutes instead of days. That way, the lessons they learn are still fresh in their mind.

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To give employees a head start on time with their families this week, NRA Headquarters will close at noon tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday and will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday as well. Normal business hours will resume starting at 8:30 on Monday, November 28th. If you're planning a trip to NRA Headquarters over the holiday, here's some important information on operating hours for this holiday week: 
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  • The NRA Headquarters Range opens for normal business hours tomorrow (Wednesday) from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and reopens on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

  • The world-famous NRA National Firearms Museum and Gift Shop will operate under normal business hours tomorrow (Wednesday) from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and reopens on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As always, admission is free.

  • The NRA Cafe will serve breakfast until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, but will not be serving lunch Wednesday afternoon and will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday.
Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson and NRA President David Keene welcome attendees to the 2011 Veterans Day Shoot

Yesterday marked the Fourth Annual NRA Veterans Day Shoot at the Headquarters Range. As well attended as ever, the evening opened up with a welcome from NRA President David Keene, Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson and NRA Boardmember Dennis Willing.

"Having you here gives us an opportunity to say thanks," Keene told the veterans. "This is your range and tonight is our way of thanking you what you've done for this country."

Shooting rifle and pistol at the 2011 NRA Veterans' Day Shoot

"Military and Law Enforcement make up a very important part of our membership," said Robinson. "Even old, retired military guys like me."

Soon enough, everyone headed out to the range. With choices ranging from a .22 pistol to a .357 revolver to Mossberg 510 to a HK 91 .308, there was plenty to keep the volunteer range officers busy. Rotating from station to station, everyone in attendance had the chance to shoot everyone in the house. Then came the raffle.

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A veteran fires off a few rounds during the NRA's Veteran's Day shoot at the headquarters range.

The NRA Headquarters Range in Fairfax, Virginia will be hosting their third annual Veteran's Day shoot tomorrow starting at 6 pm. There the fifteen lanes of the NRA range promise to be filled with everything from a .22 pistol to a Garand rifle to a shotgun or two. And we're sorry to report that the slots and the waiting lists are filled to the gills.

"First we invite those who participated in last year's event," said Veteran's Day Coordinator Sylvia Schneider. "Most, if not all, said yes right away. It's a great night that we're proud to hold every year."

The firearms for tomorrow night will come from the National Firearms Museum and from the personal collection of several NRA staff members. We'll also have staff on site to serve as Range Safety Officers, load the magazines and sweep up the brass.

We'll be there to lend a hand, take some pictures and maybe squeeze off a round or two.

Steve Lee poses with a shotgun on the NRA Headquarters Range

Fairfax, Virginia - Australian singer/songwriter Steve Lee has been busy over the past few years. On the heels of his YouTube mega-hit "I Like Guns," found on an album of the same name, Steve is preparing to release the aptly-named followup "Everybody Likes Guns" some time in November.

To make sure all his bases were covered, he stopped by the National Rifle Association here in Fairfax, Virginia to take a spin through the National Firearms Museum as well as the NRA Headquarters Range. Steve and his crew browsed through the firearms, took some pictures, shot some video and met up with a few friends.

For more on Steve Lee, visit his website at ilikeguns.com.au.

Steve Lee being filmed in the National Firearms Museum

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