By Kyle Jillson | January 5 2011 08:40

NRA's Friends of NRA features Unbearable Itch & Red Ryder BB gun

The 2011 Friends of NRA banquet season starts this weekend and Senior Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon has given us a great write-up of this coming year's highlights.

Friends of NRA

The Friends of NRA is ringing in the new year with all new merchandise and High Caliber Club events! Expected to be the best year yet, 2011 is surely going to be record-breaking for fundraising and excitement.

Kicking off the season is California’s Central State Friends of NRA in Viasalia, CA on Saturday, January 8. There are only a handful of events in January, but February and March will begin to pick up with over 100 events occurring throughout the country.

This year Friends of NRA attendees can expect to find unique, one of a kind items including the 2011 Gun of the Year, a Colt Model 01991Z Government .45ACP with commemorative engraving illustrating every major war in which the Colt prevailed through. Other highlights from this year’s Friends of NRA Standard Merchandise Package includes the “Unbearable Itch” Print of the Year by Dan Smith and the W.R. Case & Sons Bowie and Display Knife of the Year, along with a shotgun lamp with CCW drawer, NRA toaster, NRA custom tricycle, and NRA Red Ryder 1938 BB gun. Merchandise at Friends of NRA banquets doesn’t stop at just the Standard Merchandise Package, many Friends of NRA committees acquire donations from local businesses to add to their product repertoire.

A select group of Friends of NRA committees earn the High Caliber Club (HCC ) status, and with that status, committees become eligible to receive one gun from the HCC firearms series to auction off at their next banquet. These special firearms include a Kimber Gold Match .45 ACP, Weatherby 12 GA O/U Orion D’Italia, Winchester Model 70 Supergrade .338 Win Mag, and Winchester Model 1886 Extra Light Grade 1. To find HCC Friends of NRA events visit the Friends of NRA website, click on your state, and look for the “HCC” logo next to the committee name. Call or email the contact or field rep to find out which firearm they will be auctioning.

Whether you decide to go to a Friends of NRA event for fun, fellowship, fundraising, or all three, you will know the money you spend will go to The NRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which gives 100% of its net proceeds to support the future of the shooting sports.

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