Navy SEAL and Special Ops tested NRA Backpack for the everyday user

See the backpack tested by the Special Ops guys for the NRA Fairfax, Virginia - Labor Day. The first Monday in September. The federal government officially recognized Labor Day as a national holiday back in 1894 as a celebration of the American worker. Today it marks the end of summer, the beginning of school and another opportunity to hit the stores.

In effort to combine all three, we bring you the NRA Dark Ops Backpack for Membership Monday. Here's the thinking …

A backpack goes everywhere you go. It brings your towels to the beach, your books to school and your shoes to the gym and your lunch to work. And that's just the beginning.

For what you can do with this backpack is limitless. We say that because it's been by the best — the Navy SEALs to name one. If they can take this into the field then you can sure as hell take it to the gym or the woods.

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Remembering Independence Day with family, friends and country

Civil War era firearms for Sportsman Channel's Memorial Marathon of NRA's Guns & Gold

Fairfax, Virginia - July 4th. The day of American independence. A day celebrated, or at the very least recognized, throughout the world.

But the day marks more than the birth of a nation. It is a day of beginnings and endings. A day of achievements. Some more prestigious than others, but significant all the same.

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Frog Dog, the ultimate weapon in bomb detection and ambush protection

Former Navy SEAL Trevor Marshek and his war buddy, Chopper

"I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for that dog."

That's what former Navy SEAL Trevor Marshek had to say about Chopper, the dog by his side through several tours of combat and a recent subject of NRA Life of Duty's Patriot Profiles.

Presented by Brownells, NRA Life of Duty is an exclusive program for members of the military, law enforcement and first responders who serve and protect our nation. Every month, they look into the lives and actions of those men and women by way of a Patriot Profile. This one focused on Trevor and Chopper.

A free spirit surfer dude from California, Trevor had little thought of discipline or duty until the day we all remember 9/11. Soon after, his brother enlisted in the United States Air Force. That's when Trevor decided to go for the SEALs. Beyond a call to duty, he had a personal reason to serve.

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From Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. - Yamaha “Assembled in USA” Rhino Sweepstakes Runs Through May 31

All Funds go to Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed The Children

CYPRESS, California – April 16, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is running an “Assembled in USA” Rhino sweepstakes to raise funds and awareness for Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed the Children. Each $5 donation via online entry serves as a chance to win a new Tactical Black Special Edition Rhino 700 FI.

This is Yamaha’s second “Assembled in USA” Sweepstakes. This year’s contest was launched at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), the largest outdoors industry trade show, and the sweepstakes will run through May 31 with Yamaha selling tickets onsite at the NRA Show in St. Louis May 3-5.

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Junior ROTC Marksmanship Team takes top honors at the Navy Nationals Marksmanship Competition

Oviedo High School's ALL GIRL Naval JROTC Marksmanship Team - National Naval Champs
Oviedo High School's ALL GIRL JROTC Marksmanship Team wins the Navy Nationals Marksmanship Competition.

Scott Clark does a lot of work for the NRA down in Florida. In addition to being a Certified NRA Instructor, Refuse to be a Victim Counselor and Level 1 Rifle Coach, he devotes his "free time" to area youth shooting sports programs.

Earlier this week, he sent us the following on one of those youth shooting programs — the Oviedo High School Naval Junior ROTC Marksmanship Team.

Oviedo, Florida - The Oviedo High School NJROTC Marksmanship Team took top honors at the Navy Nationals Marksmanship Competition in Anniston, Alabama.

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From FNH USA - Retired U.S. Army Colonel Tom Loper joins FHN USA as Vice President of Military Operations

Military rifle image courtesy of FNH USA McLean, Virginia - FNH USA, LLC is pleased to announce that retired U.S. Army Col. Tom Loper has joined its executive team as Vice President, Military Operations. In this role, Mr. Loper will manage all FNH USA military operations and business development activities.

“We are pleased Tom has joined FNH USA,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO. “His extensive background and expertise in both government and civilian defense acquisition and program management will be tremendous assets to the team.”

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NRA welcomes Triggers host Wil Willis to examine and shoot shotguns at the headquarters range

Browning Auto-5 and pump action shotguns at the NRA Museum in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Producers for the Military Channel's Triggers: Weapons that changed the World came to NRA Headquarters for a look at our shotguns. But a look is only so much fun. To get the full effect, to appreciate the design, the craftsmanship, the power ... you really have to shoot these shotguns.

So that's just what we did.

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Maxim 1908 light machine gun first to take flight on Military Channel's "Triggers: Weapons that changed the World"

Right side view of the Maxim 1908 beltfed light machine gun at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Tonight marks the return of "Triggers: Weapons that changed the World" to the Military Channel. If you're not familiar with the show, it's a one hour look at a significant, battle-tested firearm by host Wil Willis and a cadre of experts.

For tonight's premier episode, airing at 10:00pm in most locations, we have two NRA celebrities making their Triggers debut as well ... National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier and the Maxim 1908 beltfed light machine gun. We call this one Gertrude.

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Raising money for veterans with Patriot's Path

Shotgun Team NRA 1 at the 2009 Patriot's Path fundraiser in Centreville, Virginia

Three years ago this week, staff from NRA Headquarters decided to help out a charity called Patriot's Path. Dedicated to helping veterans make the transition from military to civilian life, Patriot's Path was holding a charity shotgun tournament at the Izaak Walton League range in Centreville, Virginia. Here's another look at that story:

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