Shooters move to American shotgun disciplines in skeet and trap as ACUI Clay Target Championships continue

2014 ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - It's a bright and sunny day at the NSSA-NSCA National Shooting Complex, where hundreds of collegiate shotgun shooters have descended to compete in the ACUI Clay Target Championships. The days are long, but fun, as the students go through round after round on the fields and scramble to finish their homework here and there.

Now that the International events are finished, competitors have moved on to the American variants of trap and skeet. Today the action is at the complex's lower fields, where shooters are engaging in American Skeet.

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More than 600 collegiate shotgun shooters descend on Texas for shooting sports title chase

2014 ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio's population of college students increased by a few hundred this week, and it isn't because of spring break. No, they're here for the 46th Annual Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Clay Target Championships.

Representing 75 colleges and universities from around the United States, these 600 shooters will be breaking - or at least taking shots at - more than 280,000 clay pigeons as they compete in the International and American varieties of skeet and trap, along with Five Stand and Sporting Clays.

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From Blaser-USA - Bockdrilling BD14: THe Awesome Trinity>

Blaser's BOCKDRILLING BD 14

New lockup, new barrel adjustment, new elegance. Blaser redefines the concept of a “Bockdrilling”

San Antonio, Texas - The innovative design of the thermostable barrels makes the BD 14 a state-of-the-art masterpiece: a skillful combination of tradition and technology.

The “Bockdrilling” is, put simply, an O/U Rifle-shotgun combination with a smaller caliber rifle-barrel that blends in harmonically on the side. The barrel arrangement has been perfected by Blaser allowing for an extremely slender receiver and making the BD 14 exceptionally huntable.

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NRA Board Member and Motor City Madman tops the charts for NRAblog

Ted Nugent points out to the crowd at the NRA Convention in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas - Was there ever any doubt?

When it comes to finding a story that's popular with members of the National Rifle Association and the world of shooting sports, you can usually count on Uncle Ted ending up near the top. In our case, Mr. Nugent ended up at the very top.

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NRA Tactical targets purpose-driven protection and on-target innovation with the NRA Handgunner Backpack!

NRA Tactical's Handgunner Backpack

Texas outdoor writer Kevin Reese was looking for an easier way to lug around all that gear he carts to the range. He came up with a tactical solution ...
I’ve never been one to care much about opposing views when it comes to protecting my family, or even our personal property. I’m fortunate to live in a great state proactively engaged in protecting my rights to bear arms and protect my family; however, with it certainly comes responsibility I take seriously. And, because I’m willing to answer a higher calling I practice, shoot and learn as much as I can. That means shooting on my property as well as traveling to various ranges.

Traveling has its own challenges. I struggle at times with ensuring I have all my necessary gear packed in the perfect, function-driven way ... more on Kevin Reese's review of the NRA Tactical Handgunner Backpack...

Blackhawk! Sportster™ TraverseTrack™ Bipod!

Kevin Reese employing a Blackhawk Sportster TraverseTrack Bipod under his rifle

Texas writer and outdoorsman Kevin Reese returns to the pages of NRAblog with the solution to his rifle bipod problems ...

The obstinate Texas sun forced me further into the shaded recesses of an outcropping of oak trees along the edge of a field of coastal grass. Stretched before me was some 50 acres of heavily rooted soil with isolated clumps of grass, certainly too few to bail and monetize. The population of feral hogs in the area generating this damage had only been defined by the landowner as “thick”.

Hours later, as the sun’s oppression finally submitted to dropping temperatures and a darkening sky, a sounder of hogs flooded into the field on my left. I steadied behind my Smith & Wesson MP15T Tactical 5.56 AR-15 topped by an Aimpoint H34S Hunter red dot scope as the hogs continued to rush toward an area of the field quite a distance to my right. As they crossed in front of me, I attempted to plant my reticle on any hog offering a shot opportunity. Unfortunately, none of the hogs stopped, even after I noisily attempted to capture their attention long enough to get a shot. They ignored me and continued to traverse from left to right.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Colorado, South Carolina, Texas and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Here are the next batch of upcoming Friends of NRA banquets across the country courtesy of Nicole McMahon, NRA Event Marketing and Communications Manager.

We're in the final stretch of this year's banquet season. Less than 100 banquets remain of the more than 1,100 Friends of NRA held annually throughout the United States. None of these events would have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers. All money raised at banquets goes right back into supporting the shooting sports - half into national programs and half into local and state programs where the banquet was held.

To attend an event in your neighborhood, check the Friends of NRA website for a list of upcoming events in your state. Bookmark that page while you're at it because next year's events will begin popping up soon.

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Crosman’s Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle

Wild, Wooly and Ready for Hogs, Deer and More!

Benjamin Rogue by Crosman

Kevin Reese, outdoor writer extraordinaire and a man who appreciates a good high powered air gun, sent us the following look at Crosman's Benjamin Rogue .357

Is an air rifle enough to stop that next bruiser boar or buck of a lifetime? A quick trip back to the Lewis and Clark expedition would answer that question through proven results; in fact, their single Giradoni air rifle is considered by many to be the REAL gun that won the west. The .46-caliber Girandoni fired up to 40 shots on a single charge and the tube magazine held up to 22 rounds that could be emptied in less than 30 seconds.

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Find out why Texas' variety of wildlife is a dream for young hunters

August 2013 NRA InSights

Fairfax, Virginia - This month's issue of NRA InSights, the free, online magazine for kids, goes deep into the heart of Texas to discover the variety of animals that junior hunters can find.

Whether you're in pursuit of whitetail deer, mule deer, javelina, wild hogs or pronghorn antelope, Texas has it all -- plus some exotics that make the Lone Star State one of hunting's best mixed bags.

Destination: Texas
By Guy J. Sagi

In early May, 18-year old high school senior Braxton Bielski took an 800-pound, 14-foot, 3-inch alligator while hunting in Texas. Biologists estimated it was between 30 and 50 years old and it's the largest ever certified in the state.

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