One of the big attractions at SHOT Show's Media Day at the Boulder City Rifle and Pistol Club was Blaser's Boar Hunt. With the choice of five different rifles, the shooter takes aim for three shots at a boar target on a rail. And for those wondering who muffed the shot, wonder no more — that's me.
NRA’s Competitive Shooting Division welcomed guests and sponsors to ‘Thank You’ breakfast at the Wynn Hotel this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hosted by Marketing Manager Woody Arenas, the tables were filled with familiar faces and those new to the effort.
“It was great to get such a big turnout,” said Arenas. “The Wynn really took care of us and everyone had a wonderful time.” Also on scene from the NRA was Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson and NRA President Ron Schmeits.
“The programs, the competitions, the level of training that the NRA is able to provide to our members would not be able to exist without the support of you and your organizations,” said Robinson. “They simply would not work without you and thrive because of you.”
“That’s especially true when it comes to the young people,” said Schmeits. “As the future leaders of our country, it is crucial that we instill in them the ethics and character that competitive shooting demands.”
Before heading out the door, attendees were treated to a drawing for various gifts and goodies. An iPod, gift certificates, and a Red Wii Super Mario Brothers edition served as the big prizes. The Wii went to Cara Peebles of Otis Technology.
“This is so great,” said Peebles. “I was telling my mother the other day how much I wanted the Mario Brothers edition for the kids. Now I have one. Thanks NRA!”
Carbondale, Illinois - Tonight, Monday the 15th of November, at 7pm Eastern, The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is hosting a round table discussion titled, "The Second Amendment in Focus" at the Student Center Auditorium. The agenda promises to explore the pro's and con's of the issue in the light of recent Supreme Court rulings.
Supporting the right to keep and bear arms will be Kayne Robinson, Executive Director of NRA General Operations, Past NRA President, former assistant chief of police with the Des Moines, Iowa, police department, and a retired marine. He takes the stage in thirty minutes along with Chris Boyster of the Illinois Coalition Against Hand Gun Violence and Professor Leonard Gross of the Southern Illinois University's School of Law.
Don't happen to be in Southern Illinois this evening? Want to watch every moment as it happens live from the comfort of your own home? Well you're in luck. Just go to paulsimoninstitute.org/index.php to watch a live webcast of the forum right from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute home page. If you're having trouble with that link, you can always try going directly to the Second Amendment in Focus Ustream page at www.ustream.tv/channel/second-amendment-in-focus.
Dozens of our nation's veterans will get a chance to try out the NRA Headquarters Range next Tuesday evening, in honor of Veterans Day later that week. Again this year, the Veterans Day Free Shoot filled to capacity within days of beginning planning. The event is a gesture of appreciation to our veterans of every era. The NRA provides a light meal, a range test for any who haven't used our range before, and has guns and ammo on hand.
“This is an opportunity for the NRA to simply say ‘thank you’ to all who have served our great nation,” said Kayne Robinson, NRA Executive Director of General Operations, and a retired Marine and law enforcement officer.
To top it off, the National Firearms Museum brings by some old favorites and some new additions. It's a great chance for those who served to see some remarkable guns: historic old firearms, famous guns from Hollywood movie scenes or beautifully engraved works of art from the new Robert E. Peterson Gallery.
The event is already full, but remember that the NRA has a special one-year free membership for active-duty military. Be sure to take a look. Membership includes a complimentary digital subscription to America's 1st Freedom from NRA Publications.
If you didn't get the word in time this year, join us next year. The National Rifle Association’s indoor firing range is one of the few 50-yard indoor ranges in the nation that is available to the public. Unique sound baffling and backstop allow for use of rifle calibers up to and including the .460 Weatherby Magnum. The doors open six days a week, but you have to plan ahead: Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursdays 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sundays 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more range information, call 703-267-1402 or e-mail email@example.com.
The free shoot for veterans is thanks to generous contributions the following: Brownells, US Border Patrol, NRA HQ Range, NRA National Firearms Museum, NRAblog, NRA Competitive Shooting, NRA Disabled Shooting, NRA Education and Training, NRA HuntersRights.org, NRA Law Enforcement, NRA Shows and Events, NRA Whittington Center, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Chick-Fil-A, Otis Technology, YOBNUG Firearms Training and Endowment Life Member Hank Parker.
NRAblog last heard from NRA's Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson, who joined National Firearms Museum's Phil Schreier at “The Vintagers,” last month. “The Vintagers,” formally known as The Order of Edwardian Gunners, host the World Side by Side championships at Pintail Point on Maryland's Eastern shore each year.
Robinson captured a video of one of the event's rifle matches. Watch Schreier take his turn with a Rodda .450/400 Nitro Express double rifle:
“You have no idea how much that gun kicks,” Schreier told NRAblog with a laugh. That gun, known as a Stopping Rifle, is used to hunt big game like elephant and cape buffalo. "It's a minimum 400 grains, 40 caliber rounds with a muzzle velocity of 2000 feet per second."
Dressing up in Edwardian-era clothing is encouraged, but not required. "They award a few prizes based on costumes," Schreier said. For examples of what to wear to such a match, check out their website.
"In the Queen’s English, a double gun is a shotgun and a double rifle is a double rifle," Schreier continued. He and Robinson competed individually, but a few events require a two-man team. "One man fires, and one loads, just like in Edwardian society," he said.
Kayne Robinson, Executive Director of General Operations, experienced a “bonanza of game” on a week-long safari in the Okavango Delta.
This one-of-a-kind African setting is the world’s largest inland delta. As the Okavango River dissipates through the hot, dry region, it creates a giant area of marshes and riverlets, and it is absolutely teeming with wildlife. “Not an hour went by without elephants in sight,” Robinson said. Lions, no longer hunted in this region, were nearby each day, along with crocodiles, snakes, large and small game and thousands of his primary quarry: buffalo.
Prepared with a Blaser .375 H&H rifle and Norma PH 350-grain ammunition, both solid and soft points, he started each day looking for signs form high atop the back of a Toyota Land Cruiser bouncing along two-track “roads.” But he never stayed there long. Accompanied by professional hunter Willie MacDonald of Johan Calitz Safaris, he walked for miles moving with buffalo
herds. Often, they held rifles aloft as they crossed armpit-deep water with an eye out for crocodiles that “add to the revelry of the occasion.”
On the first few days he landed a nice impala, a good-sized tsessebe, and an unusually large warthog. Each day he held off on the right buffalo, following the protocol of shooting game that is past breeding age.
With two days to go, he lined up a buffalo that turned out to have 44-inch horns. “The Norma PH-350 grain bullet performed perfectly and the buffalo was mine with one shot,” he said.
He put his last day in the Delta to good use when he encountered a large kudu, traditionally hard to get. Again the Blaser and Norma equipment came through, and he took a 53.5-inch kudu with a 150-yard shot.
Several dozen friends of the NRA are currently gathered at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. They're celebrating the inaugural viewing of the Robert E. Petersen Gallery, the newest and grandest exhibit in the National Firearms Museum.
“Welcome, and thank you for being here as we remember and celebrate Bob Petersen,” Kayne Robinson told the crowd. “Because of his generosity, all Americans have a chance to see this collection of some of the finest firearms in the world.”
“Margie and Bob Petersen are giving the gift of history to future generations,” Robinson said. He was joined in a ceremonial ribbon cutting by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA President Ron Schmeits. NRA Senior Curators Phil Schreier and Doug Wicklund were on hand to guide guests around the gallery.
LaPierre addressed the crowd, highlighting one of the most important aspects of Mr. Petersen's life. “Bob was a special person,” he began. He told the audience that Bob's life was a love story – not of firearms, but of his wife, Margie. “He told a friend, ‘That's the woman I'm going to marry,’ and he did,” LaPierre said, “He proposed on their first date.”
Pictured at right, NRA President Schmeits took the podium to conclude the evening. “This gallery will stand forever for the legacy and generosity of the Petersens,” Schmeits said. “Future generations will learn about the importance of firearms and freedom by experiencing the Robert E. Petersen Gallery.”
Last year, Phil Schreier of the National Firearms Museum attended Maryland's World Side by Side championships. The Order of Edwardian Gunners, aka “The Vintagers,” host the World Side by Side championships at Pintail Point on Maryland's Eastern shore each year. Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson and Deputy Executive Director Andrea Cerwinske were in attendance in 2009.
This year, Schreier and Robinson made the trek to Maryland to compete in what Robinson calls "a very realistic, dangerous-game hunting experience."
"It's a rare opportunity, indeed," Robinson told NRAblog.
"Senior Curator Schreier and I had a very close shooting competition," he said with a smile. Schreier confirmed Robinson shot an amazing 44 out of 50 clays on the sporting clays course. "And the last time I shot that gun was this event last year," Robinson said.
The scenarios depicted in the slideshow above are developed by sportsmen looking to recreate realistic hunting experiences. "The beauty of this competition is you're shooting elephant guns at both moving and charging targets," Robinson said. "It's a superb event for people who appreciate side-by-side double barreled rifles and shotguns."
Above, Robinson goes through several stages of the Match. Stay tuned for videos, as well as pictures and a report from Schreier's perspective!
How does it feel to take your second title – National Police Shooting Champion – in three years?
NRAblog found 2010 champ Robert Vadasz and asked him just that as he and his teammates collected their awards from today’s 2-officer and 4-officer team matches.
“It’s awesome, a privilege and an honor,” the Senior U.S. Border Patrol Agent told NRAblog.
“Once you win one, you have to come back and do it again,” he continued. “It puts an exclamation point behind it – it really means something.”
Now well-known in the competitive shooting world, Vadasz spent the better part of this past week at Shooting Range Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, edging out more than 400 other competitors.
“Not only is he a solid shooter, he’s a super-nice guy,” said Kayne Robinson, Executive Director of General Operations. Above, Robinson chatted with Vadasz shortly after he took the lead on Tuesday afternoon. "He exemplifies the honest, dedicated law enforcement officer."
Vadasz credits his agency and his team mates with his success on the range. He calls the U.S. Border Patrol his "second family."
“We depend on each other. We help each other win and we help each other learn," he said. “I wouldn’t be nearly as good as I am without the support of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Pistol Team.”
Vadasz, who arrived in New Mexico expecting to shoot in the low to mid 1490s, said the match went pretty much as planned.
“I had one bad position on Monday that cost me some points, but other than that, no complaints.”
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