Distinguished Experts in rifle, pistol and shotgun from California, West Virginia and Kentucky

NRA Youth Programs Coordinator Samantha Olsen sent us the following on this year's Isaacs Challenge Program winners — an acknowledgement of those who excel in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

The Isaacs Challenge is made possible by the generous donation of the Isaacs family to the NRA Foundation. The Isaacs Challenge Program is designed to encourage individuals to expand their shooting experience and clubs to expand their shooting programs by providing an incentive to shoot several different shooting events in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

There are individual and NRA club awards with the Isaacs Challenge Program. In the individual award category there is an award rifle for the individual who achieves the most Distinguished Expert (DE) ratings in a calendar year and also the Isaacs Challenge Certificate for each individual who achieves three or more Distinguished Expert ratings in a calendar year.

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Rifle at the ready during  the NRA Electronic Target event at the Peacemaker National Training Center

Williamsport, Pennsylvania - Sources tell me that there is a considerable lack of connectivity at our planned afternoon destination. That's been known to happen at some of our events that occur in the more rural locations. So just in case that proves to be true, we thought it best to preempt any delays by sharing a few more photos from our Electronic Target event at the the Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia.

Opened in 2011 by Cole McCulloch, Peacemaker boasts a 1,000 yard range, tactical ranges, shotgun ranges and just about any discipline you're looking to try. Thanks again for hosting the event guys.

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The Gunwerks LR-1000 shooting system at the Peacemaker National Training Center
The Gunwerks LR-1000 shooting system at the Peacemaker National Training Center

While in West Virginia for an NRA Electronic Target event, we had a chance to try out a CarbonX rifle from Wyoming's Gunwerks.
Gerrardstown, West Virginia - There's a sense of accomplished derived from hitting a target at 1,000 yards. Even more so if you make it into the ten ring. While I can't boast the latter, I did go five for five on the Peacemaker National Training Center's Patriot Range a few weeks ago in West Virginia. Full of vigor and pride, I approached the Center's President (Cole McCulloch) for information on the rifle.

"Don't ask me," said McCulloch. "Ask Mike there, he's the one who makes them."

Standing in the shadows, taking it all in, was Mike Davidson of Gunwerks. And he was smiling like a jack-o'-lantern.

"That's the LR1000. Liked that gun now, did you," he asked. Yes. Yes I did.

Seems Mike and his brother Aaron started the company about six years ago. A hobby that turned into a career, Gunwerks was quest to do just that ... make a gun that works.

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Samantha Olsen of NRA Youth Programs during 2010 Memorial Day shoot

For this weekend's image rewind, we go back two years to the 2010 Patriot’s Path Memorial Day Shoot. Above is Samantha Olsen of NRA Youth Programs. Sam, as we call her, is a skilled shotgun shooter who competed that weekend for Team NRA.

Joined by Bill Poole (Director of Education and Training), Kristin Stoner (Office of Advancement Events Manager), Samantha Olsen and Andy Lander (Instructor Program Coordinator), Team NRA bested Team Remington for bragging rights in the inaugural event.

Colt sponsored barn at the Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia

Gerrardstown, West Virginia - There was a line this morning at the Peacemaker National Training Center's Independence Range. Apparently word of NRA's Electronic Target event had sufficiently spread to the surrounding area. With license plates ranging from as far north as Pennsylvania and as far south as South Carolina, one had to wonder what inspired these invested shooters to travel so far?

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Exit for the NRA electronic target event at the Peacemaker Range Gerrardstown, West Virginia - Around 8 o'clock last night, thanks to a little assistance from Google Maps and my iPhone, I finally found my way to our staging area for today's Electronic Target Event at the Peacemaker National Training Center. Liz, Eric and the rest of the crew were already out for dinner and I was left to my own devices ... checking equipment, charging equipment and figuring out the easiest route to the range.

What we're offering today is a chance to bring out your rifles and pistols for an electronic target outing. Using the same technology you'll see this summer during the Olympics Shooting events in London, these targets eliminate the need for cease fires and keep you at the firing line.

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Kristin Stoner shoots for Team NRA at Patriot's Path Memorial Day Shoot

Thanks to Steve Hoback with NRA’s Training Department for the following report and photos from Team NRA’s recent win at a sporting clays shoot to benefit the Patriot’s Path Foundation, which supports our nation's veterans:

Kearneysville, West Virginia - On, May 29th 2010, Prospect Hall Shooting Club in West Virginia, hosted the Inaugural Memorial Day Sporting Clays Shoot to support The Patriots Path Foundation. The NRA team of Bill Poole (Director of Education and Training), Kristin Stoner (Office of Advancement Events Manager), Samantha Olsen (National Assistant Coach Trainer) and Andy Lander (Instructor Program Coordinator) took 1st place in the team competition, followed by Team Remington: Paul Miller, Josh Miller, Steve Good and Steve Good Jr.

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