Marcus Raab, the NRA National Coach Trainer for both Rifle and Pistol, has been named as a new Assistant National Rifle Coach by USA Shooting, the National governing body for Olympic Shooting Sports. Raab, who is well-know in the shooting community as top-notch coach dedicated to helping junior shooters achieve their goals, has been with NRA since 2000. Here's what USA Shooting had to say about Raab and his fellow Assisant National Coaches: 

USA Shooting Announces Assistant National Coaches

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Shooting is pleased to announce the new Assistant National Coaches. The Assistant National Coaches work alongside the National Coaches to help develop junior talent, support National Team members and promote the shooting sports.

USA Shooting logo The Assistant National Rifle Coaches are Marcus Raab, Thomas Tamas and Ernie Vande Zande. Raab, the National Coach Training for Rifle and Pistol for the National Rifle Association, has been a key developer and instructor in the National Coach Development Staff program that has led to a tremendous increase in coaching knowledge and skills from the grass roots level on up. Raab also has a long competitive background in multiple events and training education from around the world. Raab, a regular contributor for USA Shooting News, is very focused on the next generation of Olympic Champions. National Rifle Coach Major Dave Johnson credits Raab for much of the junior team’s success over several years, which culminated in the 2010 gold medal World Championship performance by the junior women’s smallbore team.

Congratulations, Marcus! Read the complete USA Shooting's press release here.

Dr. Georg Plenikowski, Dieter Anschutz and Kayne Robinson from the NRA

A special thanks to Dr. Georg Plenikowski, President of Nammo, for sharing this picture with NRAblog. From left to right: Plenikowski, NRA Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson, Deputy Executive Director Andrea Cerwinske, NRA President Ron Schmeits, and  ANSCHÜTZ's Dieter Anschütz.

Plenikowski and Anschütz met with NRA executives, talking about the firearms industry and competitive shooting.

"The NRA has many great friends around the world, including Anschütz," Robinson said. "They are a true leader of the industry."

"What a gentleman," Schmeits said of Anschütz, noting the Anschütz Rifle won 9 of the 10 Olympic events. "His production of the Anschütz Rifle is superior... A gun equally impressive as he is."

Here's a little more about ANSCHÜTZ, per their website:

Since its foundation, ANSCHÜTZ stands for innovation and perfection. This has not changed through the years. The name ANSCHÜTZ is inseparably connected with innumerable national and international shooting triumphs. Last but not least the pioneering efforts in biathlon shooting have made the name ANSCHÜTZ recognized all over the world. ANSCHÜTZ products enjoy an extraordinary and worldwide reputation because of their precision, workmanship and accuracy. This is what president Jochen Anschütz – continuing the tradition – puts as a benchmark for the future, to ensure that the long history of ANSCHÜTZ continues to give good memories far into the future.
Just across the state line from NRA Headquarters here in Fairfax, Virginia, the air pistol team at Patuxent High School in Maryland is in the news:
4 Patuxent air pistol team members bound for Junior Olympics

The Patuxent High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps air pistol team was once considered small but mighty. Now it's just mighty: Four members are heading to the National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs next month.

There was a time when only about four students showed up for the team's practices, said its coach, retired U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Chris Konicki.

"Lately, I've had about eight, which is a lot," said Konicki, who coaches the team voluntarily and is the parent of three Patuxent High graduates.

The air pistol team is an entity of Patuxent's NJROTC program, which, Konicki said, "is programmed to develop junior leaders in high school" and promotes higher education, community service, service to one's country and pride in the U.S. military. 

Continue reading here.

Results are in for the Men’s 4x7.5 km Relay in Biathlon: a gold medal for Norway, silver for Austria, and bronze for the Russian Federation. Team USA came in 13th place.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Olympic biathlon coverage this winter. Just 882 days until the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London!

The final biathlon event at this year’s Olympic Games, the Men’s 4x7.5 km Relay, is scheduled to start at 11:30 PST at Whistler Olympic Park.

The American relay team consists of Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid, New York; Jay Hakkinen of Kasilof, Alaska; Tim Burke of Paul Smiths, New York; and Jeremy Teela of Anchorage, Alaska.


The team from the Russian Federation won the gold medal in today’s Women’s 4x6km Biathlon Relay; France won the silver medal; and Germany won the bronze medal.

The American biathlon team came in 17th place.

The last Olympic biathlon event – the Men’s 4x7.5 km Relay – will take place on Friday.

The Women’s 4x6 km Relay is scheduled to start at 11:30 PST at Whistler Olympic Park.

On the American biathlon relay team are: Sara Studebaker of Boise, Idaho; Lanny Barnes of Durango, Colorado; Haley Johnson of Lake Placid, New York; and Laura Spector of Lenox, Massachusetts.


Today's Women's competition was even closer than the Men's with Germany taking two out of the top three.

  1. Magdalena Neuner - Germany; 35:19.6
  2. Olga Zaitseva - Russia; 35:25.1
  3. Simone Hauswald - Germany; 35:26.9

The Men’s 15k Mass Start was decided by just ten seconds - here are the results:

  1. Evgeny Ustyugov - Russia; 35:35.7
  2. Martin Fourcade - France; 35:46.2
  3. Pavol Hurajt - Slovakia; 36:01.6

And that's not all for today as the Women’s 12.5k Mass Start begins in less than an hour. Stay tuned!

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