Kentucky Derby excitement followed by Hunting Fashion Show

Women's Outdoor Adventurers don their Derby hats to watch the Kentucky Derby

Park City, Kentucky - Ladies of NRA's Women's Outdoor Adventure celebrated the running of the Kentucky Derby in high style last night. Although unable to make the trip to Churchill Downs, they reveled in the racing spirit while donning their Derby hats on race day. Upon entering the room, each woman chose a rose bearing the name of a horse running in the Derby. Picking the right name was of great importance.

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Original SWAT logo Attention Bianchi Cup competitors! The staff of the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup and our friends at Original S.W.A.T Tactical Footwear have some exciting news! Check out what the team at Originial S.W.A.T has in store for four lucky Bianchi Cup shooters:

Original S.W.A.T wants to sponsor you! Send us your resume and photo as well as a short paragraph on why our boots would be an asset to you during the competition.

Our management team will choose four competitors whom we will outfit in our boots and pay their registration fees.

To get yourself in the running, send all the information listed above to info@originalswat.com. We'll keep you posted on who wins and who will be wearing Original S.W.A.T. boots at the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup.

Universal Coin will sponsor the Bianchi Cup Falling Plate Event

Our friends at Universal Coin & Bullion are longstanding supporters of NRA programs, including the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup. In previous years, they sponsored the Practical Event, but in 2012, Preisdent Mike Fuljenz stepped up to sponsor the Falling Plate event. Read more in their official release below: 

Beaumont, Texas – Mike Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion of Beaumont, Texas, the Official Bullion and Rare Coin Dealer of the National Rifle Association, is a corporate sponsor for the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup National Championship. The competition will be held in Columbia, Missouri, May 23 – 26.

“The Bianchi Cup is one of the most prestigious shooting tournaments in the world, and we are proud to sponsor the 2012 Bianchi Cup Falling Plate Event,” said award winning author and consumer advocate Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion.

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2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup Logo Fairfax, Virginia -The NRA National Action Pistol Championship, also known as the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup, has a seen a tremendous growth in sponsorship in 2012. The return of longstanding supporters along with the addition of new sponsors helps the championship to maintain its standing as the richest and most prestigious shooting tournament in the world.

As the title sponsor, MidwayUSA’s generous support of the Bianchi Cup for 2012 exceeds $65,000. The company will once again provide $15,000 in cash prizes for the First-Time Shooters Awards. First-time Men, Women and Junior competitors in the Production Class achieving the highest aggregate score of all (4) four Championship Events will take home $2,500 for 1st place, $1,500 for 2nd place and $750 for 3rd place.

“We’re excited to welcome everyone back to our hometown and we look forward to attending another great championship,” said MidwayUSA Founder and CEO Larry Potterfield. “Brenda and I believe it’s our responsibility to support organizations that promote the shooting sports, but we wouldn’t be able to do it without the continued support from our Customers.”

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Attention junior shooters! Could you use up to $5,000? Maybe you're saving for college for looking to buy a new rifle. If you're doing great things in school, in your community, and on the range, then you could win some of the $10,000 that's up for grabs through the Brownell's/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award. First place wins $5,000, second place takes home $3,000 and third place will recieve $2,000. Check out all of the details below to see if you qualify to apply for the award.

Nathan Switzer 2010 OAYA winner Nathan Switzer competes in the 2009 National Junior Air Gun Championship at Camp Perry.
Fairfax, Virginia – The National Rifle Association is now accepting applications for the Brownell’s/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award. Chosen for their accomplishments in the community, the classroom and the shooting sports, three exceptional young people from across the United States will receive a total of $10,000 courtesy of Brownell’s.

“The Outstanding Achievement Youth Award recognizes young people who exemplify excellence in not only the shooting sports, but other areas of their lives,” said Larry Quandahl, Manager of NRA’s Youth Programs Department. “Dedication to academics and community are important facets to becoming a well-rounded shooter.”

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2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup poster
NRA's Competitive Shooting Division has just released the guide to the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup, meaning that in just a few months, hundreds of the world's best action pistol shooters will make the trek to the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club outside Columbia, Missouri.

Scheduled for May 23-26, the 2012 NRA Bianchi Cup is one of the richest and most prestigious shooting championships in the world. Over $300,000 in prizes and cash is up for grabs, including the $15,000 in cash courtesy of title sponsor MidwayUSA that will go to the top-ranking first-time shooters.

Women, Junior & Men shooters who have never competed at the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup will take home $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $700 for third place. This brings MidwayUSA's total sponsorship to more than $65,000, helping to fuel growth and additional sponsorship.

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The NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge Mid-America Expansion Project, sponsored by MidwayUSA, was a huge success in 2011, with many new YHEC events cropping up across the Midwest. Here's another report from NRA YHEC Field Coordinator Susan Hill from a first-time event in Lead Hill, Arkansas:

The group from Lead Hill, Arkansas YHEC Event
Our October 28th YHEC event was held in Lead Hill, Arkansas on the 84-acre private farm of Johnny and Michelle Burleson, who also led the event. 40 participants and 46 volunteers/parents from the HEAT home school group were in attendance. A Wildlife Officer with the Arkansas Game & Fish Department also came to the event to talk with the children about wildlife, hunting, and safety issues.

The participants completed four events including Archery, Rifle, Hunter Safety Trail, and Wildlife Identification. The Burlesons plan to have many more YHEC events and are working towards another in March of this year.

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