Kentucky senior opens her range bag for Shooting Sports USA before NCAA Championships

University of Kentucky Wildcat Emily Holsopple

Fairfax, Virginia - Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sat down with Kentucky Wildcat Emily Holsopple, one of two seniors on the University of Kentucky rifle team (the other being her brother), to ask the same question she asks every accomplished shooter: What's in your range bag? Watch Emily and the rest of the Wildcats shoot for Kentucky's second national championship in NCAA Rifle next month at the National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championships on the Murray State University campus.

She’s a “wildcat,” this college co-ed named Emily Holsopple, and she’s poised to help bring her shooting team, aka the Kentucky Wildcats, to an NCAA Championship in March when she competes in 50m, 3-Position Smallbore Rifle.

Shooting since the she was 11, this quick study won the Women’s 50m Rifle 3-Position Junior Olympic National Championship at the age of 14 and never looked back. Recruited by the University of Kentucky for its prestigious college shooting team, she also has earned All-SEC Academic Honors. Last year, she won the silver medal in 3-Position at the 2013 National Championships.

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NRA's premier hunting magazine highlights the latest in gear and goodies for 2014

The iScope allows you to attach your Smartphone directly to the eye piece of your scope.​

Las Vegas, Nevada - SHOT Show, the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting accessories industry, wrapped up last week in Vegas. If you were there then you had the opportunity to walk through almost eleven football fields worth of guns, gear and accessories. If you weren't, then you've been relying on NRAblog and other websites to see what's hitting the market for 2014.

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Find out what one of the shooting world's best brings to matches

Nancy Tompkins at the NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships

The December issue of Shooting Sports USA sees Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sit down with Nancy Tompkins, one of the most accomplished shooters out there. As always, Barb only had one question: What's in your range bag?

World and National Champion Nancy Tompkins likes to reach out and touch targets at 1,000 yards with an iron-sighted rifle. She’s been competing in Palma (.308 caliber at 800 yards, 900 yards and 1000 yards), Long Range (1000 yards) and Smallbore prone for 41 years. Thanks to her father, she began competing in the 7th grade and now shares the love of shoot- ing with her daughters Michelle and Sherri Gallagher; husband, “Mid;” and her goddaughter, Danielle Makucevich. She has competed on numerous international Palma teams, traveling from her home base in Prescott, AZ.

“There is nothing better than traveling, making new friends and competing with the best shooters in the world,” said Nancy. And she only shoots with the best equipment. Her Palma rifle is built on a McGee stock, Stolle Panda action, Krieger barrel, Anschütz trigger, Warner rear sight and a Right Sight (front sight). Her .22 Smallbore rifle is an Anschütz action and trigger with a Hart barrel, McGee stock, Right Sight (front sight) and Warner rear sight.

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NRA's hunting magazine highlights twelve gifts for the outdoor and hunting enthusiast

The Camouflage Bedding from Camo Trading from American Hunter Magazine Fairfax, Virginia - The staff over at NRA's American Hunter Magazine put their heads together for an annual Christmas special — the 2013 gift list for hunters. Here's more from American Hunter ...

The holiday shopping season has once again arrived, and there's no shortage of gifts out there for a hunter or huntress. That said, finding the right one amidst a flooded marketplace—particularly on short notice—can be a challenge. Fortunately for you, the hardworking elves we have here at have put together this handy 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Plus the definitive list of this year's best outdoors gift ideas for the holidays season

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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