More than seventy years ago, Bob Brownell founded a firearms accessories company dedicated to Selection, Service, and Satisfaction. Not long after, his operation also became dedicated to supporting the NRA. Three generations later, the tradition continues as Brownells have generously given to NRA programs such as The NRA Foundation's Law Enforcement Endowment, The Brownell Family Endowment, and the creation of the The Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest at the Whittington Center. One program particularly close to their heart is Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador project.
Designed to expand young people's knowledge of the shooting world, the Ambassador program has cash awards, provides travel opportunities, and gives them the chance to meet industry celebrities. And, of course, a meeting with the Brownells.
Situated in their 2010 SHOT Show booth, Frank and Pete Brownell gathered the troops for a talk and some pictures.
"They are future of the outdoor and shooting experience as we know it," said CEO Frank Brownell. "They also happen to be a great bunch of kids. I'd be proud if any one one of them were my own."
"The man behind the name," smiled Ambassador Kyle Loyd when asked about the encounter. "You don't get to run into people like the Brownells every day. A family that works together at a big company like that. . . Very cool."
After the photo op, Frank and Pete talked with the group about their organizations, shooting experience, and plans for the future.
"You should do what you can to keep in contact with each other," said Pete. "This is a unique experience that can grow into a lifelong friendship. Don't let it slip away."