Be heard by Outdoor Channel and get Friends of NRA a Fan Favorite

Matt and Jessie Duff pose with a pleased youngster following a Friends of NRA event

Fairfax, Virginia - Tomorrow is the deadline to vote in Outdoor Channel's 13th Annual Golden Moose Awards. Specifically, tomorrow is your last chance to vote for Friends of NRA which is up for three Fan Favorite awards. The winners will be announced during next year's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show January 17, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Help Friends of NRA get a 2012 Golden Moose Award and win prizes just for voting

Friends of NRA hosts Matt and Jessie on NRAblog

Fairfax, Virginia - Excited for the premiere of Friends of NRA's third season on January 6? We sure are.

Although we're still a month away from Matt and Jessie popping back up on our TV screens, you can show Outdoor Channel how big of a fan you are right now in this year's Golden Moose Awards. Presented this winter at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the GMAs celebrate the best and brightest of Outdoor Channel's lineup and the fans get to decide who wins!

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The hit NRA TV show on Outdoor Channel is up for three Golden Moose Fan Favorite awards

Matt and Jessie, the host of Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - There's just one month left to vote in Outdoor Channel's 13th Annual Golden Moose Awards.

Until December 29 you can vote for your favorite Outdoor Channel shows to get recognized in the Fan Favorite category. Friends of NRA is up for a few awards this year - Fan Favorite Best Overall Series, Fan Favorite Best Hunting Series and Favorite Hosts.

The GMAs take place this January 17 during the Shooting and Outdoor Industry (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, celebrating the best and brightest the Outdoor Channel has to offer and you get to decide who wins!

Did we mention that you can win prizes just for voting? By participating in this year's awards, Outdoor Channel is giving away prize packs for the 1,000th, 5,000th, 10,000th and 15,000th voters. Oh, and each one is bigger than the last.

Registering to vote only takes a couple minutes and, with your help, can get Friends of NRA get up on stage as this year's Fan Favorite.

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Matt and Jesse took a great trip to speak with 9/11 firefighters last season on Friends of NRA. Did you see it?

Fairfax, Virginia - With the recent news of Friends of NRA coming back to the Outdoor Channel for a third season, we started looking back on some of our favorite moments from the show. Moments like in the second episode of last season when Matt and Jesse traveled to New York City just prior to the ten year anniversary of the tragic September 11th attacks.

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Friends of NRA is coming back to the Outdoor Channel for a third season in January

Friends of NRA Season 3 on the Outdoor Channel this January

Fairfax, Virginia - Matt and Jessie are coming back for another season this winter as Friends of NRA's third season debuts on the Outdoor Channel this January. Join the former Major League Baseball player and champion shooter as they team up to explore what makes the Friends of NRA an outstanding, grassroots fundraising organization.

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From stage to screen to tv for firearms enthusiast Mantegna

Chicago actor Joe Mantegna filmed segments of his new show Gun Stories at the National Firearms Museum's. While here, he provided a little insight on the state of his show and the entertainment industry.

Joe Mantegna taking aim inside the NRA MuseumThe entertainment landscape has changed over the last few years. While blockbuster movies continue capturing weekend headlines, the ever favorite home game version known has television has built a never before seen stable of stars and material. A fact that was abundantly clear for veteran actor Joe Mantegna when offered a spot on CBS' Criminal Minds.

"When the opportunity came along to join Criminal Minds, after Mandy (Patinkin) left the show, I don't know if I was the first choice," said Mantegna. "I know there was talk of Harvey Keitel as a choice and Geena Davis too. What ultimately happened is that they made a decision and, lucky for me, asked me to do it."


Second trip to NRA Museum exceeds actor's expectations

Actor Joe Mantegna stands with a German Luger inside the National Firearms Museum Fairfax, Virginia - To quote Joe, it was serendipitous.

The Joe is Chicago born actor Joe Mantegna. Known for his roles in Godfather III, Searching for Bobby Fischer, The Simpsons (as Fat Tony) and Criminal Minds, Mantegna arrived at NRA Headquarters last month to film portions of his new show Gun Stories. And the serendipity surrounds his second stay at the NRA's National Firearms Museum.

"I've been coming to the Washington, DC area for more than twenty years and always wanted to come to the Museum," explained Mantegna. "I remember once I was late or you were closed ... can't remember which. And then, after NRA moved out here to Virginia, the schedule is usually a little too tight to get away. So it's kind of ironic that this is my second trip out here with Gun Stories. It exceeds all my expectations.


Outdoor Channel completes National Firearms Museum shoot

Joe Mantegna at the NRA Museum's Petersen Gallery Fairfax, Virginia - On the final day of filming, the ragtag crew from Outdoor Channel's Gun Stories poured into the National Firearms Museum's Robert E. Petersen Gallery. Filled with four-hundred of the finest sporting arms in the world, the Petersen Gallery provided the perfect backdrop to this award winning show.

"It's been fun having them here," said Museum Director Jim Supica. "They've got a great show, a great host in Joe Mantegna and we're happy to be part of it."

Gun Stories follows a collection of firearms from invention through implementation. Each time gauging the impact every gun had on the battles and the people who put them to use. And for Mantegna, the job is practically a dream come true.


Actor Joe Mantegna posing with an AK rifle at the National Firearms Museum Fairfax, Virginia - For the better part of a week, Chicago actor Joe Mantegna has been calling the NRA's National Firearms Museum home. Here to film segments for Season 2 of Gun Stories, Mantegna and the crew have been methodically working their way through the Museum while highlighting some of our treasures. How's that for a plum gig?

Gun Stories, another runaway hit for Outdoor Channel heavyweight Michael Bane, "looks at the operation and performance of each gun, from classics like the Mauser bolt-action, to cutting-edge firearms like the Adaptive Combat Rifle. Throughout the series, historians, shooters, trainers and industry experts place these weapons in their historical and social context, making Gun Stories a unique and definitive collection on the history of firearms."

But it's not just about this guns. While here, they've also sat down with our cadre of experts including Museum Director Jim Supica, Senior Curator Phil Schreier and American Rifleman Editor-in-Chief Mark Keefe.

Once we get the go ahead from decision makers overseeing the show, we'll provide a break down of the firearms they focused on and share some shots of Joe and the guns ... like that AK he's sporting in the pictures above.

Like I said, how's that for a plum gig?

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