National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier and NRANews Executive Producer John Popp shooting Curator's Corner at the National Firearms Museum's Ruger Gallery For the past few months, we've been watching episodes of Curator's Corner shot live on site at the Wanenmacher's Arms Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While the gang from the NRA National Firearms Museum are always happy to shoot their show on the road, there's nothing better than filming back home in the friendly confines of NRA Headquarters.

Pictured to the right is Senior Curator Philip Schreier along side NRANews Executive Producer John Popp as they prepare to shoot the next batch of Corner episodes. It is there, inside the famed Ruger Gallery, that Popp believes he finds the real gems.

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Jim Supica and Elena Kalashnikova, daughter of the AK-47 inventor, touring the NRA on visit from Russia

Firearms can be considered legendary for numerous reasons. Whether it be an innovation in design, fine craftsmanship, popularity, historical significance, or even reliability, one firearm in particular is recognized worldwide as having an incredible legacy than will be known for generations to come: the AK-47. Designed and created by Russian firearms legend Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 is definitely one of the world’s most recognizable rifles.

“The AK-47 is one of the most prolific combat rifles in history,” said Jim Supica, Director of the National Firearms Museum. "Easy to manufacture, simple to operate, works in all types of weather – it's a remarkable rifle."

In November of 2009, Supica traveled to Russia to celebrate Kalashnikov’s 90th birthday and his accomplishments in the firearms industry. Yesterday, Mikhail’s daughter, Elena Kalashnikova visited Supica and the staff of the National Firearms Museum and toured its galleries while visiting the United States.

Elena is the President of the Kalashnikov Foundation and with translator and colleague Alexander Zheltov at her side, Kalashnikova presented Supica with Foundation medal and pin along with several books about her father and his legendary rifle. Elena also donated copies of these books to the National Firearms Museum Library, including her father’s signature.

As Elena presented her father’s biography, she explained how his life parallels the modern history of his country.

Elena Kalashnikova tours the Petersen Gallery with Jim Supica

“My father was born in 1919, and the Soviet Union was created in 1917,” shared Kalashnikova.

Supica also presented Kalashnikova with gifts and showed her his private collection of firearms, which includes two AK-47s; one made in Egypt and another in China.

Elena last visited the National Firearms Museum 12 years ago, but had not seen several new highlights including the Petersen Gallery, the Hollywood Guns exhibit, and a special AK-74 MTK90 Jubilee Rifle given by Arsenal, Inc. to celebrate her father’s 90th birthday and 35 years of the AK-74 model.

Kalashnikova also gave an interview in her native tongue for John Popp from NRA News, discussing her trip to the United States and the importance of building and nurturing relationship with friends in the American firearms industry.

“It is wonderful to see two countries that are different working together and being good friends,” she said. Elena also shared that her father, now 91 years old is doing well at home in Russia and sends his regards. “He loves all of you; he loves the group [NRA].”

As you may already know, this year's group of Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors were on the scene at the 2011 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. While at the event, the crew stopped by NRA News to talk to Cam Edwards about their mission and their experience at the SHOT Show. Lars linked to this video earlier, but I urge you to check it out if you haven't see it yet to see our Ambassadors in action. 

To kick off the new year, NRA invites the Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors to Las Vegas, Nevada for the SHOT Show. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to peak behind the curtains of the shooting, hunting, and outdoor communities as they prepare for the coming season.

"The education that they'll receive here at SHOT is like nothing they've seen before," said NRA Youth Programs Coordinator Claudia Olsen. "No where else in the United States can you run into the CEO of Colt, Winchester, and Norma in an afternoon. So far they've really been enjoying themselves."

They're exposure was almost instantaneous as they were hustled up stairs for an interview on NRANews. And just as soon as their segment concluded, they were greeted in the hallway by NRA President Ron Schmeits.

"I couldn't believe the President of the NRA just walked right up to us and shook our hands," said 17-year old Bailey Kate Conner from Malta Bend, Missouri. "That was so great."

While the Youth Ambassadors were allowed a few hours of free time during the show, their schedule required a stop at both a welcome luncheon and a meeting with Brownell's CEO & President Frank & Pete Brownell.

"They were very gracious," said Thomas Cunningham of Canyon, Texas. "It must be nice working with your dad."

Unfortunately, as time draws to a close here on day three, so does their time here at SHOT. With multiple commitments and plans on their respective schedules, most if not all will be departing tomorrow morning. But what an experience they'll be able to share.

Glen Hoyer and Kayne Robinson talk to NRA NewsThe match’s Executive Director, Glen Hoyer, and his boss, Kayne Robinson, checked in with NRANews' Cam & Company last night. Watch the episode in the NRA News archives. What did they gave to say about the 2010 National Police Shooting Championships?

“Things are going very well, and Albuquerque Police Department is going out of their way to make things work,” Hoyer said. “Mayor Berry is a great guy and very behind both NRA and NPSC.”

Hoyer emphasized the importance of offering the nearly 400 law enforcement and military marksmen an environment in which to reinforce their training.

“We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – competition is an extension of training,” he said. “And hearing from people who have been coming for several years, and hearing how this match affects their departments in positive ways, is what it’s really all about.

Robinson arrived at the Championships shortly after their start and has been talking to as many competitors as possible. A former 8-time state champion himself, Robinson says he always enjoys meeting “as many of these guys as possible.”

“This is the place to be,” Robinson told Cam. “I spent 34 years as a cop, so being here with all kinds of police shooters is phenomenal.”

In addition to offering participants competition and friendship, Robinson was quick to point out an important aspect of the Championship.

“They exchange information – what’s working good for their training, whats not, how they handle certain situations,” Robinson said. “It’s a whole smorgasboard of activity here.”

Phil Schreier brings a World War II M3 grease gun for Curator's Corner on NRAblog We can always count on National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier to pull out something special for his weekly Curator's Corner segment on NRA News. Tonight he brings us a World War II submachine gun manufactured by — General Motors.

You probably stopped after reading the last sentence so I'll say it again; we are talking about the M3 submachine gun that was built by General Motors. As Phil likes to tell it, manufacturing concerns leading up to the War produced a calling for an efficient, cost effective submachine gun.

The Army decided there was a need solid metal gun that fired a 9x19 parabellum or .45 cartridge. While several companies gave it a try, it was GM's M3 that made the cut.

With a 30 round magazine and a muzzle velocity of 920 ft/s, the M3 was manufactured from 1943 to 1945. During that time, roughly 700,000 were produced. Soon after it was created, the M3 was tweaked with hopes to improve reliability and decrease weight. The result was a gun that saw service all the way from World War II to Desert Storm — the M3A1.

For the whole story, you'll have to join Phil and the gang tonight on at 10:20pm Eastern on NRANews.com or listen on Sirius/XM Patriot satellite radio.

NRANews Executive Producer John Popp and his band of audio/technical wizards stopped by headquarters today to shoot segments for the show. They left with a little more than originally planned.

"Taping at NRA Headquarters accomplishes two things," explained Popp. "First, shooting here provides our viewers with an actual view of the building. We tape our interviews at the museum, in the hallways, on the range - where ever we can find a free space.

"Second is the wild cards. Today, for example, we ran into Competitive Shooting's H.Q. Moody. That impromptu meeting turned into two separate interviews. They wouldn't have happened if we weren't here at headquarters."

In addition to the Moody interviews, Popp and his crew had the opportunity to sit down with Ruthann Sprague from NRA Women's Programs, J.R. Robbins from NRAHuntersRights.org, and (pictured above) National Firearms Museum's Phil Schreier. All of which are scheduled air on NRANews.com somewhere between 9pm and midnight Eastern Time over the next few days.

Forty-five of America’s brightest high school students are traveling to their respective homes today after an “unforgettable” week in the nation’s capitol with the NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.).

“I’ve loved every part of it,” said Catherine Cox of North Carolina. “I don’t want to leave.” Cox is one of several students awarded a $2,000 college scholarship for her participation in the week’s activities.

Throughout the week, students toured the NRA National Firearms Museum, the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, the Marine Corps Museum, the Newseum, and more. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre addressed the group, as did Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA).

A touching Awards Ceremony and Dinner at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, VA, Saturday wrapped up the week’s events. Looking back at the week, students and NRA staff reflected on how close the group became over six days.

NRA Event Services Manager Jeremy Greene had several words of wisdom for the students before introducing keynote speaker Cam Edwards of NRANews. “I know each and every one of you is a talented individual,” DaSilva said. “You’ve made us proud this week, and we hope you have the drive to become leaders of your generation.”

NRANews host Cam Edwards stepped up to the microphone. “How many of you listen to talk radio?” he asked the audience. “How many of you ever hear them talk about the Second Amendment? For some reason, it isn’t a popular topic.”

“But for tens of millions of Americans, the Second Amendment is a right they hold dear. At NRANews, we’re able to bring information to the audience they don’t get from any other media outlet. We’ve done it for six years, and we’ve covered some incredible stories.”

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The team from NRANews arrived yesterday at Camp Perry for the National Matches. NRANews producer Cameron Gray interviewed NRA Media Relations' Kerrin Brinkman, as pictured at right. NRANews asked about NRAblog's role here at the National Matches, as well as Brinkman’s personal experiences working at Camp Perry and what she believes keeps the competitors coming back year after year.

Brinkman explained the competitors not only love the sport and competition of the National Matches, but they also love seeing all the familiar faces from over the years and making new friends. All the competitors would probably agree with Brinkman that there is definitely a magical atmosphere here at Camp Perry, and the National Matches would not be the same without the amazing help from all the workers and volunteers.

NRANews will continue interviewing and filming today and tomorrow, with John Popp broadcasting live each day at 12:00 p.m. and again from 3:00 p.m to 6 p.m. The competitors will probably see the crew at the First Shot Ceremony tonight at 6:30.

Make sure to tune in to NRANews at NRANews.com, Sirius Patriot channel 144 & XM channel 166 at 9 p.m. Eastern to catch all the interviews and information about the National Matches at Camp Perry.

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