Matt and Jessie Duff finding Friends of NRA throughout the Beaver State - Oregon

Jessie Duff after rafting the Deschutes River in Redmond, Oregon

Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA airs Sunday nights on the Outdoor Channel. Following the adventures of Matt and Jessie Duff as they travel across the country, the show focuses on one truly unique NRA experience after another.

Last week we saw them at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming. This week they continue their westward trek to the shores of Oregon.

Arriving first in Coos Bay, Oregon, Matt and Jessie are welcomed by the hard working members of the Coos County Friends of NRA Committee. A High Caliber Club, the committee raised $56,000 for the shooting sports in 2012. That's a lot of hard work. Well, it turns out these friends of the NRA work as hard as they play. Especially once they get out onto the sands of Coos Bay. That's where our hosts were treated to a dune buggy tour of the Bay's beaches.

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12,000 Women learn to shoot at NRA Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinics

NRA's Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic Fairfax, Virginia - "Women want to learn how to shoot."

According to NRA's Women on Target program, participation in the female focused instructional shooting clinics increased by 26% in the 2012. National Women on Target Program Coordinator Diane Danielson believes she knows the reason why.

"It's all thanks to word of mouth and the nature of the program," said Danielson. "We're strictly for women, primarily the first time shooter. It's about getting out to shoot and getting over the fear of firing those first shots."

Since the program's fervent beginnings back in 2000, almost eighty-thousand women have stepped onto a Women on Target range. Though the curriculum varies per event, ladies are generally offered the opportunity to fire pistols, rifles and shotguns under the watchful eye of an NRA Certified Instructor.

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Figuring out which gun fits their needs at NRA's Women on Target

Casey Saggers poses by target while Jennifer Boughton snaps a photo at NRA Women on Target event in Virginia

Centreville, Virginia - Ever think about attending one of NRA's Women on Target clinics?

Wonder what there is to learn?

Or maybe it's a question of what type of women go to such things? Women like Casey Saggers and Jennifer Boughton.

Now grizzled veterans of our Centreville, Virginia clinic, Saggers and Boughton came out that day for two very different reasons. Saggers, product of a Law Enforcement upbringing, was looking to buy a gun. Boughton, with thirteen years of military service under her belt, was looking for a little fun.

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Ladies learned firearms and more in Fincastle, Virginia

NRA Women on Target Manager Diane Danielson fires the Ridge Rifle Club's cannon to open Women on Target

Fincastle, Virginia - It was two years ago this week that the NRA brought on Diane Danielson to take over the NRA's Women On Target Instructional Shooting program. Jumping in with both feet, she promptly headed out to Fincastle, Virginia.

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An NRA filled day of firearms education for ladies in Alaska

An NRA Women On Target participant takes a look at her target after a few shots

NRA Field Operations' Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator Allison Terusiak shared a story about a great Women On Target clinic on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.

Elaina Spraker Fires Off the Kenai Peninsula Women On Target Program

Are you a woman who has time and time again watched your husband from the window shooting his guns outside? Do you secretly wish you could join the guys on their next big hunting trip? Or perhaps you may be the type who simply wants to have a working knowledge of these cold-metal, comes in all shapes and sizes, and in many ways intimidating tools that we call firearms?

If so, fear not, Elaina Spraker of the Kenai Peninsula Women On Target Clinic has just the thing for you.

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2011 Youth Education Summit attendee Rebekah Abel

Last week we paged through one of the top finishers in the Youth Education Summit Grand Scholarship andlearn about how they brought NRA programs into their communities. Let's take a look at the other top applicant, Rebekah Abel, who also received a college scholarship of $6,500.

The Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship takes place after the seven-day National Y.E.S. in Washington, D.C. Students who are interested can plan and document the introduction of programs like Refuse To Be A Victim, Women On Target and more to their hometowns.

Rebekah, like Amanda, attended the 2011 Y.E.S., where she and her classmates spent a week seeing practically all of the sights in our nation's capital as they learned the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen.

When Rebekah returned home to Johnstown, Ohio, she was determined to become an active NRA supporter in her home state of Ohio and hopefully get some assistance for her future college studies along the way.

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Centreville, Virginia - There's still plenty of material to be had from our hometown NRA Women On Target® Clinic in Centreville. Luckily, new guy intern James was here to help spread the word.

So with a little bit of my filming, and a great deal of James' edition, we have a quick tidbit of the black powder adventures from Women on Target.

2011 NRA Youth Education Summit participant Amanda Krpan

2011 Youth Education Summit attendee Amanda Krpan was one of the top two finishers in this year's Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship, receiving a college scholarship of $6,500.

We've already told you applying for the scholarship entails introducing NRA programs into the student's community and documenting the process, but let's take a look in Amanda's application binder to see what's inside.

During her time in the nation's capital, Amanda toured most of the memorials and monuments in the area with 44 other high school sophomores and juniors as they learned the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen.

Finding themselves in places like The Capitol Building, Marine Corps Base Quantico and of course NRA Headquarters, the kids had a lot of fun. The summit wasn't just one long tour full of photo ops though, students participated in individual speeches and debates during the week as they competed for up to $10,000 in college scholarships which were awarded at the summit's conclusion. 

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Director Pam Meara laughs with Women on Target students
Centreville, Virginia - It's good face a challenge. Face a fear, learn a new language, or in the case of Pam Meara, take over an NRA Women on Target event.

Women on Target provides ladies with the opportunity to learn about firearms and gain confidence in their shooting skills in a safe, encouraging environment. Skills that Pam seems to be mastering with passion and a smile.

"This is my first year running the event," said Meara. "But I've been an instructor at every Women on Target event we've had here over the past ten years."

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