New knit cap for Range Safety Officers

You asked for it, and the NRA Training Department listened. For all of our Range Safety Officers (RSO) who spend cold winter days out on the firing line, we've got you covered. Literally.

By popular demand, the NRA Training Department is introducing a new knit stocking cap just for Range Safety Officers, designed for warmth and comfort. The CORNERSTONE® Safety "Beanie" comes with a reflective stripe to help you stay warm and safe, featuring 3M™ reflective yarn for superior reflective capability.

This new product is available for purchase through the NRA Program Materials Center, both online and by phone at 1-800-336-7402. These make a great gift for range volunteers/staff and make the perfect headwear for cold days during hunting season. Do you have a product you'd like to see NRA offer for our Certified Instructors, Training Counselors or Range Safety Officers? Leave a comment below with your suggestions.

2012 NRA Range Development & Operations Conference in Atlanta on NRAblog2012's first NRA Range Development & Operations Conference, which focuses on the fundamental aspects of building and maintaining a shooting facility, will be in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 17-21.

The five-day industry seminar is designed to educate range owners and operators, of both existing and proposed range facilities, to identify potential problems associated with engineering, environmental issues and safety. The information taught at this conference is vital for government agencies, as well as commercial, public, private, school, club and casual ranges, of both indoor and outdoor types.

A key element for advancement in any profession is continuing education. Today's shooting range operator needs the savvy of a businessman, the wisdom of a firearms enthusiast, and the knowledge of a health and safety professional. The most successful professionals constantly strive to improve their knowledge and expertise by pursuing opportunities to learn from associates and experts.

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Shooting USA just featured the NRA Bianchi Cup on this week's episode, and if you're interested in trying out the competition's unique course of fire, here's your chance. Peacemaker National Training Center is a new shooting and training facility that recently opened near Glengary, West Virginia. I've had the pleasure of shooting at this expansive facility, and now it's open to the public and accepting members. 

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Reno NRA Range Development & Operations Conference on NRAblog. 

A NRA Range Development & Operations Conference will be held in Reno, Nevada, October 15-19, focusing on the fundamental aspects of building and maintaining a shooting facility.

The five-day industry seminar is designed to educate range owners and operators, of both existing and proposed range facilities, to identify potential problems associated with engineering, environmental issues and safety. The information taught at this conference is vital for government agencies, as well as commercial, public, private, school, club and casual ranges, of both indoor and outdoor types.

A key element for advancement in any profession is continuing education. Today's shooting range operator needs the savvy of a businessman, the wisdom of a firearms enthusiast, and the knowledge of a health and safety professional. The most successful professionals constantly strive to improve their knowledge and expertise by pursuing opportunities to learn from associates and experts.

Interested in attending a conference? Contact Kara Schlifke at range@nrahq.org or 877-NRA-RANGE to get more information and to reserve your spot. Registration can also be done online at https://www.nrahq.org/shootingrange/register.asp. For $450, you'll spend five days with America's top range development experts who will share their knowledge and experience in the field. If you'd like to run a successful shooting range, this conference is integral to helping you achieve your goal.

It's not too late to attend the Reno conference, however a full list of 2012 locations can be found on the NRA Range Development & Operations Conference website.

 

This October 15-19, the NRA's Range Development & Operations Conference is going to Reno, Nevada, for a five-day industry seminar focusing on the fundamental aspects of building and maintaining a shooting facility.

Those who attend will receive a multidisciplinary perspective on major topics of:

  • Developing business and master plans 
  • Public hearings and zoning boards
  • Environmental sound
  • Insurance Lead on outdoor ranges and OSHA lead standards
  • Range maintenance
  • Range safety

Range Development & Operations Conferences are designed to educate range owners and operators, of both existing and proposed range facilities, to identify potential problems associated with engineering, environmental issues and safety. This information is vital for government agencies, as well as commercial, public, private, school, club and casual ranges, of both indoor and outdoor types.

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Shooting at the Illinois State Rifle Association's home range

Kankakee, Illinois - Yesterday we tried out the NRA's new Electronic Target event at the home range of the Illinois State Rifle Association, so today we thought you might like to take a gander at a bit of the action. As you can see, we had young and old in the sun and rain taking part. Participants had tons of questions ranging from cost to durability to portability to when can I do this again.

Unfortunately for those living in Illinois, the next time the system will be available is October 1st at the Belfast Range in South Carolina. If you'd like to swing by Belfast and take a couple of shots on the Electronic Target System, sign up now on the NRA's Competitive Shooting Services page to reserve your spot. Sound like a plan?

Attendees of the Buffalo Range Development and Operations Conference on NRAblog.

Last month one of the NRA's Range Development & Operations Conferences was held in Buffalo, New York. The conference is a five-day industry seminar focusing on fundamental aspects of building and maintaining a shooting facility. Those who attend receive a multidisciplinary perspective on major topics of:

  • Developing business and master plans 
  • Public hearings and zoning boards
  • Environmental sound
  • Insurance Lead on outdoor ranges and OSHA lead standards
  • Range maintenance
  • Range safety

Range Development & Operations Conferences are designed to educate range owners and operators, of both existing and proposed range facilities, to identify potential problems associated with engineering, environmental issues, and safety. This information is vital for government agencies, as well as commercial, public, private, school, club, and casual ranges, of both indoor and outdoor types.

Presentations are given by America's top experts on range development. The ultimate goal of the Range Development & Operations Conference is to give attendees a forum to share their knowledge, and ensure the public has a safe and convenient place to shoot in order to exercise their second amendment rights.

A key element for advancement in any profession is continuing education. Today's shooting range operator needs the savvy of a businessman, the wisdom of a firearms enthusiast, and the knowledge of a health and safety professional. The most successful professionals constantly strive to improve their knowledge and expertise by pursuing opportunities to learn from associates and experts.

Interested in attending a conference yourself? The next one is slated for October 15-19 in Reno, Nevada. Contact Kara Schlifke at range@nrahq.org or 877-NRA-RANGE to get more information and to reserve your spot. Registration can also be done online at www.nrahq.org/shootingrange/development.asp. For $450, you'll spend five days with America's top range development experts who will share their knowledge and experience in the field. All this will help you achieve your ultimate goal of ensure the public has a safe and convenient place to shoot.

As we told you earlier this month, representatives of the NRA the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) gathered in a small town known as Kinards to mark the opening of the Belfast Wildlife Area Rifle Range. Belfast is the first range to be built by way of the NRA Public Range Fund Grant Program, a project that encourages local and state agencies to work with NRA in order to build or improve public ranges across the United States.

"We are experiencing a moment in history," said NRA Board Member Herb Lanford. "In the future, we’ll all enjoy remembering the time we spent together today and hopefully get a chance to use the range for its intended purpose."

After a brief introduction, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Director John Frampton told fellow SCDNR officials, law enforcement officers, and local citizens, about the the significance of an open, public range.

"Shooting sports is extremely important today," said Frampton. "As an Olympic sport, it is something that we need be highlighting and something that we need be getting our youth involved in. 20 or 30 years ago, we could go anywhere that we wanted to and shoot. You can’t do that anymore. So it requires us to build facilities like this."

SCDNR Director John Frampton holds the targets while Assistant Director of Special Projects and National Affairs Emily Copes looks at her handiwork at the Belfast Wildlife Area Rifle Range on NRAblog Opened Wednesday through Friday in daylight hours and from 2 p.m. until dark on Sundays, the Belfast Rifle Range is just a starting point for the SCDNR.

"We will be developing a pistol range adjacent to this one," said Frampton. "Down the road we'll add an archery complex too."

As the ceremony came to a close, Frampton asked Emily Cope (his Assistant Director of Special Projects and National Affairs) to fire the first shot. “She was involved in just about all the negotiations for this property and pushed all of our staff to get the range developed.”

On a new range, with an unfamiliar rifle, at 100 yards, Emily managed to hit just outside of the ten ring for a nine. "Guess that gives me a good excuse to come back," she said with a smile.

Opening on the Belfast Wildlife Area rifle range in South Carolina on NRAblog

Today marked the opening on the Belfast Wildlife Area rifle range. While it’s true that there’s probably a handful of ranges opening across the United States every week, the Belfast range is significant for two reasons … first it’s an unmanned public range and second it was financed completely through NRA Grants and the Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program.

We’ll have more on this next week, but many thanks to NRA Board member Herb Lanford, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director John Frampton and Emily Cope – the SC DNR’s Assistant Director of Special Projects and National Affairs.

The honor of the first shot was bestowed upon Emily for all her hard work in making this the first of many public unmanned ranges helped financed through Friend of NRA Grants.

 

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