Find out why Texas' variety of wildlife is a dream for young hunters
Fairfax, Virginia - This month's issue of NRA InSights, the free, online magazine for kids, goes deep into the heart of Texas to discover the variety of animals that junior hunters can find.
Whether you're in pursuit of whitetail deer, mule deer, javelina, wild hogs or pronghorn antelope, Texas has it all -- plus some exotics that make the Lone Star State one of hunting's best mixed bags.
By Guy J. Sagi
In early May, 18-year old high school senior Braxton Bielski took an 800-pound, 14-foot, 3-inch alligator while hunting in Texas. Biologists estimated it was between 30 and 50 years old and it's the largest ever certified in the state.
More the August 2013 issue of NRA InSights ...
When she isn't busy being a mother of three and a grandmother of four what does Vera Koo bring to the shooting range?
For each issue of Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News gets a hold of one of the competitive shooting world's top stars and asks a single question most people are curious to know: What's in your range bag? In the upcoming August issue, covering Brian Zins' 12th National Pistol Championship win, Barb sits down with renowned shooter Vera Koo.
Vera Koo has been shooting
competitively for almost
20 years in IPSC, Steel Challenge, Colorado Man-on-Man
Shoot-Offs, Master’s 3-Guns,
Bullseye and Action Pistol. Sponsored by Aimpoint, Vihtavuori,
Lapua, Caspian and Briley, she
has specialized in Action Pistol
for the past 10 years, claiming the Bianchi women’s title
eight times. Her cool demeanor,
combined with her West Coast/
Bay Area charm and Zen-like
personality, make her an icon in
the shooting world.
Her open-class Bianchi pistols
have been built around a
Caspian 1911 frame by Don
Golembieski (Kodiak Precision)
and Garth Peterson (Nowlin
Custom Guns). She revealed
that former Indy race car crew
chief George Huening
(www.gh2custom.com) is presently working on her newest build.
What's in pro shooter Vera Koo's range bag? ...
SFC Jason Parker of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit shares what he brings to the range
Fairfax, Virginia - In next month's Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News gets ahold of accomplished shooter SFC Jason Parker of the US Army Marksmanship Unit to ask him the all-important question: What's in your range bag?
He’s “been there and back.”
Sgt. First Class Jason A. Parker
competes and instructs with the
U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit based
out of Fort Benning, GA. If his gold
medals could be melted down for
cash, he probably could retire early.
Shooting competitively since the
age of 13, after his parents purchased
a competition air rifle for him as a
Christmas gift, the Ohioan enlisted
in the Army in 1997 and medaled
consistently from the start. Jason said,
“After the 2004 Olympics, I decided
that I wanted to transition to more
smallbore shooting. Currently, I shoot
mostly Olympic Style 3-Position and
Prone and a few 300 Meter competitions every once in a while.” Most
recently, the Rochester, N.Y. native
won every event he competed in at
this year’s National Championships for
Rifle & Pistol.
What's in a US Army Marksmanship Unit member's range bag? ...
Replacing barrels, bases, triggers and scopes can make your rifle new again
According to Aaron Carter, Managing Editor for American Rifleman, there are a lot of second-hand bolt action rifles sitting around out there. Here's how you can turn them into something new ...
It doesn’t take that much to turn a worn out rifle into a real shooter.
There is no shortage of pre-owned but serviceable bolt-action rifles for sale at modest prices. Whether unwanted hand-me-downs, relics of bygone days, platforms that are “past their prime” or simply single-season splurges, used rifles—deemed to be in safe, firing condition by a gunsmith—can be easily upgraded and customized to enhance their downrange potential and aesthetics. Such improvements needn’t break the bank, nor require the services of a veteran gunsmith, either, and the resulting firearm will not only be purpose-built for a specific task, it will also reflect the owner’s personality.
More on American Rifleman's lessons in making an old rifle new again ...
Should you be gunning for Pointers, Flushers, Retrievers or something else?
Sometimes you take more out on a hunt than a shotgun and a dream. Sometimes you take a dog along too. But what kinds of dog should you have at your side? Ron Spomer knows ...
Best All 'Round Hunting Dogs?
For as long as there have been different breeds of gundog, there have been hunters arguing for the merit of one breed over the other. So, which canine really is the best all-around hunting dog? Ron Spomer thinks he has the answer.
Hunting dogs are a bit like hunting rifles—they’re all good for something, but none are perfect for everything. ... more on American Hunter's list of ideal hunting dogs ...
Come see what NRA Instructor and founder of Get A GRIP Nikki Turpeaux carries in her range bag
Fairfax, Virginia - Shooting Sports USA's Bag Check column features Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sitting down with some of the top shooters in the world to ask one very important question - What's in your range bag?
The contents of someone's bag, especially their range bag, can tell you a lot about a person. While the cargo alone isn't going to make you a better shooter, you may learn a handy tip or two about how to lighten your load or easy homemade solutions to common problems.
This month Barb catches NRA Instructor Nikki Turpeaux on her way to the range and empties her bag. Don't know who Nikki is? You'll want to.
NRA instructor Nikki Turpeaux,
lead instructor and founder of the
Get a GRIP™ Personal Defense and
Firearms Training Program, recently
signed on to represent 5.11 Tactical as
an ambassador for its Tactical Training
Alliance Program. Turpeaux, a featured
instructor of Panteao Productions’
“Make Ready” video series, provides
high quality tactical and defensive
training throughout the United States.
With bases in Alpharetta, GA, and
Houston, TX, Turpeaux and her mobile training unit offers a wide range of
tactical courses in handgun, shotgun
and rifle disciplines, along with its ever
popular Get A GRIP™ Ladies program.
More on what a NRA Instructor brings to the range...
Converting hunting shotguns into tactical shotguns might be easier than you think
Odds are you've got a shotgun sitting in a closet somewhere. Is it of the hunting or tactical variety? American Rifleman's B. Gil Horman asks why can't it be both?
Shotgun: Hunting to Tactical
Is converting a sporting shotgun into a tactical shotgun a cost effective home-defense option?
Gun owners may run into the situation of needing a firearm to fill a particular shooting requirement at a time when money for a new gun isn't readily available. Recently I found myself in need of a tactical 12 gauge with an 18.5-inch cylinder bore barrel. This wasn't the first time a tactical pump would have come in handy, and it wasn't going to be the last. It was time to make the investment, but I wasn't ready to throw down more cash than I had to. So I turned to an idea that had crossed my mind before, namely, to see what it would cost to convert a sporting shotgun I already had into a tactical model using aftermarket accessories.
More on American Rifleman's adventures in converting hunting shotguns to tactical ...
Love to head out for a hunt but don't think you can afford it? American Hunter thinks you can
While taking in all that springtime in Pennsylvania has to offer, American Hunter's Kyle Wintersteen runs through a variety of hunts created to fit almost any budget
Outfitted Hunts for any Budget
Each year, guided trips put hunters within sight of their dream animal. That said, budgeting for such an adventure—and finding an outfitter that you can reasonably afford—isn't always easy. NRA members may now have someone there to provide a helping hand, though.
Unlike much of Europe, hunting in the United States is really not all that cost prohibitive. Sure, there’s the expense of a resident hunting license, shells, a gun and a little gas to get you afield, but the average American has the means to enjoy the outdoors.
More on American Hunter's about hunting trips that'll fit into any budget ...
NRA Publications calls Springfield's XD S "nearly in a class by itself"
Houston, Texas - Every year at the NRA Annual Meeting, American Rifleman takes the opportunity to take care of a little business. Specifically, hand out a few of the year's Golden Bullseye Awards. On Saturday, May 4th, they bestowed such an honor upon Springfield Armory's XD S-9.
More on Springfield Armory's win of a 2013 NRA Golden Bullseye Award ...
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