Gunny Ermey, Robert Vadasz & Kayne Robinson at the 2011 NPSC"Gunny" R. Lee Ermey, 2011 National Police Shooting Champion Robert Vadasz & NRA General Operations Executive Director Kayne Robinson

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Last night, hundreds of competitors along with match staff and guests gathered in the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque to celebrate another fantastic year of competition and honor the winners of the 2011 National Police Shooting Championships. This year's awards ceremony included speeches by several special guests including wounded veteran Greg Stube, radio show host Andrew Wilkow as the keynote speaker, and "The Gunny", R. Lee Ermey.

Below is a slide show of our winners from last night, with NRA Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson and R. Lee Ermey presenting awards. We'll be bringing you more from last night's awards including words from our speakers and more on our special guests, but for now we've got to get back to the range for the final day of competition here at NPSC.  

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Gunny R. Lee Ermey meets with Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston at the National Police Shooting Championships on NRAblog Albuquerque, New Mexico - While inspecting the grounds of the National Police Shooting Championships, Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey ran into Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston and Undersheriff Ron Paiz. It wasn't long before the three started going back and forth with each other like old friends.

"We're all real happy to have the NRA here (at the Shooting Range Park) for the Police Shooting Championships," said Houston. "It's a wonderful thing for the community and for our officers ... especially since the have the opportunity to meet someone like R. Lee Ermey."

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Shooters and officials gather around the NRA's Electronic Target system from ShotResonse on NRAblog Kankakee, Illinois - The Electronic Target Event at the Illinois State Rifle Association's (ISRA) range had a little Camp Perry in it ... at lot of happy shooters and a touch of weather to spice things up. Members of ISRA shot along side of NRA President David Keene, Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson and ISRA President Richard Peterson from ten to five on Saturday.

"It was pretty wild," said one member. "Seeing where you hit right after pulling the trigger, that was great."

Brought to the United States by ShotResponse through their parent company SIUS Electronic Target and Scoring Systems in Switzerland, this is the same company responsible for the electronic targets they'll be using in London for the Olympic Games in 2012. Not too shabby for an afternoon shoot in Illinois.

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Kayne Robinson with CRO Stephen Hogan and Line Officer Andrea Van Lopik

Kayne Robinson, Executive Director of NRA's General Operations joined us here today at Camp Perry to check out the competition and activities here at the 2011 NRA National Pistol Championships. He ventured out on the firing line today to watch the shooters in action as they competed in the NRA Preliminary Pistol Championship and took the time to visit with range staff. At left, Robinson is pictured with Chief Range Officer Stephen Hogan and Line Officer Andrea Van Lopik on Range 4. 

In addition to spending some time on the range, Robinson also stopped by NRA Headquarters, Vendor Row, and of course the NRA Camp Perry Store. 

"It's great to see so many competitors here taking part in the Pistol Championships," said Robinson. "I can see the results of all the hard work that the staff and volunteers put in to make the competition so successful."  

 We'd love to have you visit too, so if you're in the area, please stop by to watch our competitors in action, check out the great deals on Vendor Row, get your Camp Perry memorabilia at our store and so much more. 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Earlier this week, NASCAR announced that the #39 Bass Pro Shops car will be racing at Daytona with, as General Operations Executive Director Kayne Robinson said, "NRA all over it." Above is Robinson making the announcement at the 140th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.

NRA National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier tells NRAblog about his adventures at the Spring National Matches of the North-South Skirmish Association

NRA Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson and National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier traveled to Ft. Shenandoah near Winchester, Virginia on Saturday May 21st to view the Spring National Matches of the NRA Affiliated North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) They were present along with 3232 registered shooters for the carbine and artillery competitions which were held under clear skies in picture perfect weather. The the artillery competition was shot at a distance of 200 yards while the carbine competition was held at 100 and 50 yards.

From their web site "The North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) was formed in 1950 to commemorate the heroism of the men, of both sides, who fought in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. The N-SSA promotes the shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery and encourages the preservation and display of Civil War materials. The N-SSA works to accomplish these goals by conducting skirmishes; competitive, live firing of these Civil War firearms and artillery.

Ft. Shenandoah is the N-SSA's home range. It is located on several hundred acres of land in the rolling hills of the lower Shenandoah Valley, just outside of Winchester, Virginia. Facilities include the country's widest (over a quarter mile) rifle range controlled from a single tower, a separate revolver range, and private camping."

The NRA has had a membership cabin at the home of these national shoots for at least 25 years and the NRA sponsors the trophy for the Senior and Junior Competitor annually. For a complete description of the event competitions as well as information on how to join and shoot civil war era firearms with the N-SSA, go to their website at http://www.n-ssa.org/competitions.html

The N-SSA has also participated in the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits for 24 years, consistently fielding one of the most interesting and talked about exhibits in the Gun Collectors Corner of the show hall.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Norma Ammunition, named by the Enger brothers more than 100 years ago after a Bellini opera, has long been a supporter of the National Rifle Association. So when NRA General Operations Executive Director Kayne Robinson ran into Norma CEO Torbjörn Lindskog at the Annual Meeting earlier this month in Pittsburgh, we asked Kayne to perform an impromptu interview with the international ammo maker ... take a look:

Just after Friday morning's ribbon cutting ceremony, people started gathering around the Glock booth (#2029) at the NRA's 140th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. But this wasn't for the usual reasons ... no demonstrations, no one-on-one sessions with Randi Rogers or Dave Sevingy, and no pictures with R. Lee Ermey. Instead, the people were there to witness an act of generosity, for Glock was about to hand out more than $100,000 to the National Rifle Association. In four separate checks, Glock donated:

Josh Dorsey, Ron Schemits, R. Lee Ermey - The Gunny - Chad Mathis & Kayne Robinson are there as Glock donates to the NRA at the Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh

$50,000 to the NRA. Representing Glock was Josh Dorsey and R. Lee "Gunny" Ermey as Ron Schmeits, President of the NRA, and Kayne Robinson, Executive Director of Operations and past NRA President, accepted the donation.

Josh Dorsey, Ron Schemits, R. Lee Ermey - The Gunny - Chad Mathis & Kayne Robinson are there as Glock donates to the NRA at the Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh

$50,000 to the NRA Whittington Center. Along with Glock VPs Josh Dorsey, Chad Mathis and R. Lee "Gunny" Ermey are Ron Schmeits, President of the NRA, Kayne Robinson, Executive Director of Operations and past NRA President, and Wayne Armacost, Executive Director at NRA Whittington Center, were there to accept the donation.

Josh Dorsey, Ron Schemits, R. Lee Ermey - The Gunny - Wayne Armacost, Chad Mathis & Kayne Robinson are there as Glock donates to the NRA at the Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh

$15,000 donation to the NRA Whittington Center Adventure Camp. Along with Glock VPs Josh Dorsey, Chad Mathis and R. Lee "Gunny" Ermey, NRA President Ron Schmeits, General Operations Executive Director Kayne Robinson, as well as Whittington Center Executive Director Wayne Armacost were there to accept the donation.

Josh Dorsey, , Chad Mathis, Ron Schemits, Glenn Hoyer Kayne Robinson & R. Lee Ermey - The Gunny - are there as Glock donates to the NRA at the Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh

30 Glock Pistols were donated to the NRA's Law Enforcement Division. In addition to Glock VPs Josh Dorsey, Chad Mathis and R. Lee "Gunny" Ermey are Ron Schmeits, President of the NRA, Kayne Robinson, Executive Director of Operations and past NRA President, as well as Glen Hoyer, NRA Director of Law Enforcement, were there to accept the donation.

 

NRA President Ron Schmeits and NRA Executive Director Kayne Robinson got a lot of dust on their boots at the Range on a busy Media Day under sunny Nevada skies. The Range itself is out in the desert near Boulder City, but that didn't stop swarms of media and SHOT Show exhibitors from driving out for a great day of shooting. Both Robinson and Schmeits got in their fair share of target shooting, along with some effective networking.

NRA President Ron Schmeits tried out some of Blaser's finest guns, taking aim at a moving "boar" target system. We'll have more on this innovative equipment later.

NRA Executive Director Kayne Robinson knocked down a clay on his first try with this muzzleloader.

Robinson with the NRA's Sylvia Schneider and Bob Voegele of the National Muzzleloading Rifle Association.

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