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December 2013 NRA InSights

Fairfax, Virginia - We here at NRAblog hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and spent time with the people they care about most. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, attentions are turned towards the holiday season and the accompanying sales on everything with a price tag.

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Shooting Sports USA speaks with 3-Gun champion from Team Benelli in this month's issue

3-Gun Champion Taran Butler of Team Benelli

In the November issue of Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sits down with Taran Butler, a top 3-Gun shooter, instructor for Hollywood actors, and member of Team Benelli. As always, Barb only had one question for Taran: What's in your range bag?

Trainer of the stars and dubbed one of the most versatile competitive shooters in the world, Hollywood’s Taran Butler is a no-nonsense, get-it-done-now guy. You might know him as one of Benelli’s 3-Gun pros, and he has collected multiple championships, including the Rocky Mountain World 3-Gun tactical champion (three times) and SMM 3-Gun Tactical Champion, 11 times consecutively.

During the height of his current competitive season, Butler took time to reveal what he carries in his trusty range bag, made by Green Mountain. “I have been using the Green Mountain bag since 1996, and it’s awesome—not overly big or too small, and it can handle brutal baggage handlers. It’s by far the ultimate bag,” said Butler. For 3-Gun matches, Butler shoots a custom TR-1 ULTIMATE AR-15, TTI Glock 34, TTI ulti-mate Benelli M2 and a custom Infinity 1911.

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Aftermarket accessories create a lightweight, straight-shooting AR for Yankee Hill

The Yankee Hill Machine Desert Enforcer rifle from American Rifleman In his latest article for American Rifleman, Jorge Amselle explains why Yankee Hill's latest rifle is one for your collection

Yankee Hill Machine Desert Enforcer
Yankee Hill's latest rifle makes use of some of the best aftermarket accessories from YHM and Magpul, combined with solid, well engineered upper and lower receivers to create a lightweight, straight-shooting AR.

My wife asks me “why do you need more than one AR?” and I ask her why she needs more than one pair of shoes. An AR is an AR is an AR may be true in the military, but it is certainly not the case in the consumer market where we have choices—lots of choices. When it comes to offering interesting AR choices and accessories, there are few manufacturers better suited or more creative than Yankee Hill Machine (YHM).

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Follow Gunsite Academy instructor Walt Wilkinson to see his shooting range essentials

Gunsite Academy's Walt Wilkinson in NRA's Shooting Sports USA

In this month's issue of Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sits down with Walt Wilkinson, a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major who is one of the top instructors at Gunsite Academy. As always, Barb only had one question for Walt: What's in your range bag?

Gunsite Academy (founded by Jeff Cooper) employs some of the finest instructors on the planet, which means Army SGM (Ret.) Walt Wilkinson easily fits into that category. Wilkinson spent 30 years in the Army in the combat arms, including sniper school and service pistol competitions where he won two post championships. During his off-duty time, Wilkinson competed in PPC, SWAT matches, IDPA, USPSA, FCSA and various local rifle, shotgun and carbine matches. In 2012, he earned the title of 1000-yard Hunter class as a 50BMG World Champion.

Wilkinson teaches a wide range of courses at Gunsite, and while there, he usually camps. “Yes, I camp the whole time I’m there, in a tent. I find it acclimatizes me to being on the range all day, every day, more than being in one of the instructor houses. And I can sleep the hours I want to as well. I like to shoot every morning I’m there and have the range set and ready for the students by 0630,” explained Wilkinson.

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With hogs and alligators in abundance, American Hunter does its best to thin the herd

American Hunter's Karen Mehall poses with her alligator in the Florida everglaedes Karen Mehall, Senior Editor for NRA's American Hunter magazine, shares the tale of trip to Florida for hogs and gators

A first-ever gator seemed like the hard part of this swamp hunt. That is, until the author tried her luck on Florida’s hogs.

As I passed a TV on that July evening in 2012, chilling words caught my attention: “If I could break my arm off, I had a chance. If I couldn’t break my arm off, I was dead.” Seventeen-year-old Kaleb Langdale had just made national news when an alligator bit off his arm in Florida’s Caloosahatchee River. As the gator performed the infamous “death roll,” spinning rapidly as it dragged Kaleb underwater, the boy made a life-saving decision: He jerked his arm out of the gator’s mouth to sever it at the elbow and swim to safety. “Authorities caught the alligator about four hours later,” the report continued, “then killed it and retrieved Langdale’s arm, but doctors were unable to reattach the limb.”

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SIG's P226 Elite SAO is perfect for competitions as well as self-defense

The SIG Sauer P226 Elite SAO pistol from American Rifleman For fans with SIG Sauer's P-series pistols, Caleb Giddings of Gun Nuts Media has an in-depth look at the P226 Elite SOA in his latest article for American Rifleman

The P226 Elite SAO takes its cues from both the traditional lineup of SIG pistols and the competition-proven X-series, allowing it to serve double duty for competition and self-defense.

The SIG Sauer P-series guns, from the original P220 to the modern P229 are among the most thoroughly tested guns on the market today. The M11 (a military P229) is issued to multiple branches of the armed forces, the P229 itself is issued to countless federal LE agencies, including the Air Marshals and the U.S. Coast Guard. No discussion of SIG's military pistols is complete without mentioning the venerable Mk 25, the 9 mm handgun of the Navy SEALs.

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Learn the thrills of the NRA Whittington Center's Adventure Camp

September 2013 NRA InSights

Fairfax, Virginia - The September issue of NRA InSights, the free, online magazine for kids, highlights the thrilling adventure camp at the NRA Whittington Center.

Located in northern New Mexico, the 33,000-acre complex is a outdoors-man's dream, teeming with wildlife and ranges for shooting sports. Those lucky enough to attend go on an adventure of a lifetime and return with many new friends.

High Drama in the High Desert
By Wendy LaFever

For 25 years, adventure has had a name: the NRA Whittington Center's Adventure Camp. There's nothing in America -- maybe nothing in the world -- quite like it. Each summer, the NRA Whittington Center holds 2 two-week Adventure Camp sessions, hosting 56 teens per session for an experience they'll never forget... and can't wait to repeat. In fact, so many campers apply to come back as counselors and counselors-in-training that the Whittington Center has had to introduce a special application process. They spread the word to family and friends so that their younger brothers and sisters can enjoy the excitement when its their turn. What makes Adventure Camp so special?

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Former Range Master from the Forth Worth Police Department opens her bag for the NRA

NRA Police Pistol champion Dorcia Meador

In this month's issue of Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sits down with Dorcia Meador, who continued to follow her passion for firearms from career to retirement. As always, Barb only had one question for Dorcia: What's in your range bag?

Some people retire from their jobs and then live their passions. Not Dorcia Meador, now in her third year of retirement from the Fort Worth Police Department, after serving for 31 years. For the last 14 years with the department, she was the Range Master for 1,500 “sworn personnel.” Meador began competing while on the force, and still competes today. During the past 23 years, she has earned 5 NRA Police Pistol Combat (PPC) Woman’s Championship titles and fired several PPC National Records. When she’s not competing, she can be found teaching as an adjunct instructor with Safariland’s Training Group and President of Precision Pistol Training.

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This is not the first time there's been a rush on ammo, American Hunter breaks down the reasons why

American Hunter tells you why there's an ammo shortage If you have a gun then you know about the ammunition shortage. Everyone has a theory why, but American Hunter's Jon Draper believes he found the answer ...

Where's the Ammo?
It is consumer demand that keeps supplies of ammo nationwide low—and prices high. To figure out why, you might ask your neighbor.

The NRA is regularly inundated with letters from members requesting an explanation of the nationwide ammo shortage. Some folks merely vent their frustration over the amount of ammo they are able to acquire for range sessions. Some complain about the jump in prices; they insist it can’t all be explained by supply and demand. Others are sure the government is buying up all the ammo so average Americans can’t get their hands on it. Everyone wants to know if we have any inside information.

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