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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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