Program Materials Center in the midst of its most successful year ever

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Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA Program Materials Center is having a record year thanks to our dedicated and very busy NRA Instructors. Through the first three quarters of 2013, the National Rifle Association’s Program Materials Center has processed a record 46,000 transactions, selling 850,000 units of training materials.

The Program Materials Center is the NRA’s source for firearm training handbooks and videos, shooting aides, medals, program apparel and more. It stocks more than 900 items to help people both educate themselves on and enjoy their Second Amendment rights.

Year after year, the center's top sellers are materials for NRA's firearm education and training courses. Among those, the most sought-after items are for NRA’s pistol-based courses, predominantly NRA Basic Pistol, FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation, and Basic Personal Protection in the Home.

“Our Program Materials Center is an invaluable resource to the more than 116,000 dedicated instructors who ensure the National Rifle Association is the United States’ top provider of firearms training,” said Bill Poole, Managing Director of NRA’s Education and Training Division. “Without the support of our instructors, we would not be able to help so many Americans enjoy their Second Amendment rights in a safe and responsible manner.”

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Pack up the sewing machine. NRA Program Materials Center's Badge Magic is your answer for patches and more

NRA Program Materials Center Badge Magic Cut-To-Fit Half Sheet

Fairfax, Virginia - NRA's Programs Materials Center is the hub for the toys, clothes, books, awards and pins of our 180 programs. If you need something, anything, to host an NRA class or competition, the Program Materials Center has you covered.

It's not uncommon for the website's staff to swing by NRAblog's offices with a new widget they want to show off and that's exactly what they've done today. While it won't change the world, this new item will save NRA members a lot of time.

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Cooking your ducks rare or well with a Texas Peppercorn sauce

Ducks on the fly from NRA Hunters Rights For all of you out there searching for the perfect focal point of your holiday meal, it's hard to come up with one tastier than duck. And it's even more scrumptious if you take the time go out and get those ducks yourself.

So go get some ducks, field dress them right and break out the the NRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook to page 129. That's where you'll find a recipe for Rare Breast of Duck in Green Peppercorn Sauce (courtesy of Larry Stewart from Texas). Better yet, you get to make the Green Peppercorn Sauce too!

Let's get to that one first:

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The solution to your Moose in the Freezer problem – get cooking!

NRA Members' Wild Game Cookbook A little over a week ago, in a post about hunter's survey, we mentioned the the NRA Members Wild Game Cookbook. Apparently it wet the proverbial appetite as there was a call for more. No, not more surveys ... more recipes from the cookbook.

Now normally we don't like to give away all the good stuff at the beginning, but when I found the following formula, well, I just couldn't resist.

So for those of you looking for a big game cooking solution, this one's for you. And you're going to love the first ingredient ... moose.


Moose and Broccoli

New Camp Perry Smallbore Print from Dick Kramer Back in November, world-famous artist Dick Kramer stopped by NRA Headquarters to unveil his latest work - a new piece depicting the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships at Camp Perry. Known for his incredible renderings of law enforcement and military personnel in action, Kramer has created several pieces for NRA Competitive Shooting, including the popular print of the NRA National Pistol Championships.

Many fans of NRA's Competitive Shooting Division have been asking when the print will be released and the wait is now over! Kramer's newest NRA art is now available for purchase from the NRA Program Materials Center. Available in 18" x 24" size, this print makes a great gift for the smallbore competitor in your life or a perfect addition to your home or range. Order yours now online or by calling the NRA Program Materials Center at 1-800-336-7402.

New knit cap for Range Safety Officers

You asked for it, and the NRA Training Department listened. For all of our Range Safety Officers (RSO) who spend cold winter days out on the firing line, we've got you covered. Literally.

By popular demand, the NRA Training Department is introducing a new knit stocking cap just for Range Safety Officers, designed for warmth and comfort. The CORNERSTONE® Safety "Beanie" comes with a reflective stripe to help you stay warm and safe, featuring 3M™ reflective yarn for superior reflective capability.

This new product is available for purchase through the NRA Program Materials Center, both online and by phone at 1-800-336-7402. These make a great gift for range volunteers/staff and make the perfect headwear for cold days during hunting season. Do you have a product you'd like to see NRA offer for our Certified Instructors, Training Counselors or Range Safety Officers? Leave a comment below with your suggestions.

Dick Kramer created two pieces of Camp Perry artwork for NRA's Competitive Shooting Division

Two years ago, world-renowned military and law enforcement artist Dick Kramer began producing stunning artwork that captures the spirit of the National Matches at Camp Perry. In 2010, Kramer crafted a piece based on the National Pistol Championships and in 2011 he did the same for the Smallbore phase of the National Matches.

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There's one place you won't find me the day after Thanksgiving - the mall. Rather than getting trampled by overeager shoppers and bargain hunters, I choose to take advantage of other deals on Black Friday. So join me as I shop from my seat, not from my feet, by checking out these great gift, gadget, and gizmo arenas from the NRA that are just a click or phone call away.

Every Monday we feature an item from the NRAstore™ during our Membership Monday pieces. Sure, we show you one item at a time, but did you know that the NRAstore™ offers the largest selection of NRA-related products in an online format? Gear, apparel, books, home decor, jewlery, toys, and so much more are available at www.nrastore.com, so why subject yourself to a shopping mall or superstore when we've got gifts for NRA enthusiasts just one click away?

Another online resource for all things NRA is the NRA Program Materials Center. From artwork to range flags, training videos, to NRA Instructor gear, this site offers great gift ideas for people involved in firearms training, competitive shooting, and even kids learning about gun safety. Browse everything that they have to offer. I guarantee you'll find something to fill your virtual shopping cart.

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Whit Fentem with the new NRA Range Flag A few times a day, someone will pop a head into my office doorway and throw out a question along the lines of, "Lars, you got a second?"

If that voice has touch of an Oklahoma twang, odds are it's Whit Fentem, Controller of General Operations' Material Center. What that means is that Whit has his finger all the inventory for NRA's Program Materials Center. The toys, the clothes, the books, awards and pins. If there's ever a question as to whether or not we have something in the inventory, Whit's the man to ask.

But he's not without asking himself. On occasion, he'll stop by Media Relations for a quick of one of his new products. So far this year, I've shot hats, shirts, books and flags. Today it was back to the flags.

Specifically the NRA Range Flag.

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