Lars Dalseide interviewed by NRANews at the 2012 SHOT ShowLas Vegas, Nevada - A number of media outlets are cruising around SHOT Show 2012 here in Las Vegas to get scoops on the latest and greatest items hitting the market this year.

One such outlet is our very own NRANews. Represented by NRANews producer (and sometimes correspondent) Cameron Gray, NRANews is always on there to catch the latest in firearm related news.

After covering all the shiny new objects at the show over the first two days, NRANews started pointing their camera at who's on the floor.

The biggest event of the year, SHOT is a who's who for the industry. It wouldn't be uncommon to see a company President or one of your favorite TV personalities (there's rumor floating around that Steven Tyler from AeroSmith/American Idol walked through earlier) as you make your way through the floor.

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The Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, Kentucky was flooded with people this past weekend for the very first AR15.com/Rockcastle Pro-Am, a 3-gun competition that allowed for new and amatuer level shooters to compete alongside seasoned pro shooters, like Julie Golob. Know for her skills with a pistol, the former NRA Bianchi Cup Ladies Champion is a professional shooter sponsored by top names in the industry including Smith & Wesson and Benelli. In an interview with NRA News, Golob talks about what draws shooters to 3-gun events and why some many new shooters are getting involved in the sport.

Leech and Wimbledon Cup at the Long Range High Power awards ceremony at camp perry.

If you watched or listened to last night's episode of Curator's Corner on NRANews.com (or Sirius/XM Patriot Satellite Radio) then you saw the final segment of the Camp Perry Trophy Room. That is the home of cups, plaques and statues commemorating the achievements of championship shooters at Perry throughout the years. Last night, NRANews took a look at High Power and Long Range High Power trophies. And starting Saturday, we're going to do some of the same.

Above you see the Wimbledon and Leech Cups bookending the Awards Ceremony at Camp Perry. And over the next ten days, we're going to be there to see who holding the right stuff to contend for these trophies.

High Power starts on the 7th & Long Range High Power starts on the 13th. So sit back ladies and gentlemen ... the big guns are coming out.

National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreir holding a 1889 Colt Double Action Navy Revolver like Teddy Roosevelt had while NRANews producer John Popp takes a closer look on NRAblog. As it happens from time to time with live studio broadcast, things got a little busy last week during the Curator's Corner hour of NRANews. That means those of you listening last Thursday night didn't get to hear all of NRA National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier's tale about how Teddy Roosevelt wound up with an 1889 USS Navy A 1889 Colt Double Action Navy Revolver on NRAblog. Revolver on his hip while serving as a Colonel in the U.S. Army during the Spanish American War in 1898.

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NRA Managers for Pistol, Women on Target and more speak with NRANews

Who out there watches NRANews.com? Do you listen to the show on Sirius/XM satellite radio too? Have you noticed anything different? It's the bumpers.

"Most people think bumpers are the same as commercials, but their not," explains NRANews Executive Producer John Popp. "Bumpers are the segments that air between the programs and the commercials. For us at NRANews, that's when we air a quick update from folks around the NRA."

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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.

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