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Rachel Williams of Townhall.com takes a shot at the NRA Range in Fairfax, Virginia Fairfax, Virginia - A great thing about working at the NRA is that you never know who's going to show up next. That's especially true when it comes to the Headquarters Range. In fact, we had a number of particularly interesting guests arrive just the other day.

A collection of grizzled veterans and antsy greenhorns from Townhall.com swung by the squeeze off a few rounds. And by a few I mean close to 2,400.

Not a bad way to spend the afternoon, aye?

Bob Owens, editor of sister site BearingArms.com, wrote about the experience in the article below:

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NRA CCW Shirt Jacket is the first shirt jacket of its kind

NRA CCW Shirt Jacket
Merchandise Buyer Joe Garnreiter introduces a stunning new flannel lined shirt from the NRA Store ...

Fairfax, Virginia - The NRAstore has done it again! Taking a cue from our wildly-successful NRA Concealed Carry Denim Jacket and NRA Tactical Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt, we’ve once again raised the bar for concealed carry innovation. The NRA CCW Shirt Jacket is the first shirt jacket of its kind, and it’s tailor-made for the NRA lifestyle.

Constructed from durable, 100% cotton and lined with a warm plaid flannel, this jacket is equally suited for a day in the field or a night on the town. It includes two inside and two outside breast pockets, offering a wealth of storage for phones, glasses, wallets and other everyday essentials!

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Rare earth magnet keeps holster secure anywhere and anytime

NRA Mag-Jic Holster in use

NRAstore™ Senior Merchandise Buyer Brian Evans has the holster answer for those who believe beltless is the way to approach the day ....

No Belt? No Problem!

NRAstore’s newly added Mag-Jic holster can be worn ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, while wearing ANYTHING.

Whether you’re walking the dog in sweatpants or wearing dress slacks to dinner, it’s essential to be always prepared with your self-defense handgun.

But standard belt holsters aren’t always practical or comfortable when you're away from the home.

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Last minute absent-mindedness can lead to SHOT Show madness in Vegas

Southwest Airlines gate at Reagan National Airport

Alexandria, Virginia - We're all human ... my thanks to the peanut gallery for the audible, "duh". My point being that as human beings we are imperfect by design. Be it by way of driving skills, computer ability, business acumen, or ability to catch a ball, there's something amiss in those primordial architectural plans that allow us to reveal in our imperfections. One of my greatest? I forget. Oh yea, memory.

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Former Alaska Governor set to take on second season on Sportsman Channel

The second season of Amazing America with Sarah Palin Fairfax, Virginia - With the second season of Amazing America with Sarah Palin set to debut tonight at 9 on Sportsman Channel, the former governor is making a last minute publicity charge to promote the show. One of the must-do stops on the tour is our very own NRA News.

Airing live at 5, host Cam Edwards will be setting the stage as we find out what is new for season number 2. And there's plenty of new. Newest of all be the addition of Tara Conner to the crew.

Crowned Miss USA in 2006, Conner arrives with a passion for the outdoors.

"Growing up in Kentucky, I grew to appreciate and love the outdoors,” said Conner. “I would tag along with my dad and uncles when they would go fishing, and those memories are some of my favorites. I may live in Los Angeles now, but I'm still a Kentucky girl at heart."

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What would SHOT Show have been like 160 years ago?

SHOT Show 1855 Fairfax, Virginia - Since beginning in 1979, SHOT Show has become one of the premier firearms industry event of the year. Those who are able to attend circle the date on their calendars; those who are unable curse under their breath.

As I was packing up amazing and historic guns for SHOT Show from the NRA Museums, I was led down a path of historical whimsy: what would SHOT Show have been like 160 years ago in 1855?

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NRA News highlights .45 caliber SIG 220 carried by Curator's brother

.45 caliber Sig Sauer pistol in the NRA Museum lab

Fairfax, Virginia - Everyone collects something. Be it action figures or coins or stamps or cars, odds are there's a boatload of something you've stashed away for your very own. For Philip Schreier, senior curator for NRA Museums, it's guns. And though Phil's collection is impressive, there are a few pieces that stand out.

Not because they're rare or worth a boatload of cash mind you, but because of the intrinsic value. He highlighted one such piece on yesterday's episode of Curator's Corner. A SIG Sauer P220. And what makes this pistol so valuable to Phil?

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Shirts, hats, patches and more premier at the NRA Store

NRA Store Merchandise Buyer Joe Garnreiter has something new for all the instructors out there ...

Fairfax, Virginia - Breaking news: There’s a whole new line of NRA Instructor Gear, and it’s available exclusively at NRAstore.com!

NRA Certified Instructors are the backbone of our great organization. Whether it’s on the range or in the classroom, our instructors are teaching a new generation of Americans about firearm safety, ownership responsibility and competitive shooting. So for 2015, we’re rolling out a hot new line of new and improved official merchandise – just for NRA Certified Instructors!

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Friends of NRA partners with sports optics manufacturer for Pronghorn Dream Hunt contest

ZEISS Pronghorn Dream Hunt contest

Fairfax, Virginia – We're proud to announce that Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, one of the leading optics manufacturers in the outdoor world, has become a sponsor of the Virginia Friends of NRA. A longtime ally of the NRA, ZEISS's support will help promote shooting sports and other firearm related programs across Virginia.

“ZEISS’s support of Virginia Friends of NRA and The NRA Foundation is providing us the opportunity to give more grants to shooting sports programs,” said Senior NRA Field Rep for Virginia David Wells. “On behalf of Virginia Friends of NRA we thank ZEISS and everything they’ve done to support the future of the shooting sports.”

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