NRA Youth Education Summit joined by Top Shot champion Chris Cheng for NRA Headquarters tour
Fairfax, Virginia - The first full day of the National NRA Youth Education Summit is spent at none other but NRA Headquarters, but that shouldn't surprise you. With a week's worth of events designed to educate attendees on the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen, a top-to-bottom tour of the NRA is covers all bases.
Beginning with presentations by each of the organization's divisions, students learned how the NRA not only protects our Second Amendment rights, but provides almost 200 programs to enjoy and exercise them. Attendees were even treated to special presentations by NRA General Operations Executive Director Kyle Weaver and NRA President Jim Porter.
With each event becoming more exciting than the last, Y.E.S. did not take a regular break for lunch. Instead, they held a mock Friends of NRA event with David Wells, the Eastern Virginia, Eastern Maryland & Washington DC Field Representative. There were plenty of games, prizes and food, for the kids to get a taste of how fun a real Friends of NRA banquet can be.
After lunch, students headed over to the NRA National Firearms Museum for a special guided tour through hundreds of years of firearms history. The tour began as all National Firearms Museum tours do, in the impressive Robert E. Petersen Gallery - the museum's jewel.
The final stop at NRA Headquarters was none other than the NRA Range. Before the eager students could get out and practice their marksmanship skills, they had to study the NRA's safety rules and complete a written exam - not the most fun thing in the world, but imperative for maintaining the safety of all summit attendees and range instructors.
Upon completing their safety tests, Y.E.S. students were divided into small groups to rotate through the range where they would be assisted by NRA Instructors and a special guest. Flying all the way from California to lend both his expert training advice and custom pistol was Top Shot Season 4 champion Chris Chdng.
Adding a bit of his competitive spirit to the event, Cheng challenged the Y.E.S. students to try their best on the range because a special prize would await the top shooters.
With a variety of firearms to choose from, the kids got to work on their target practice. Once the last student had finished, the top four shooters were called up for their special prize. Now, before setting foot on the range, Cheng had given each student a baseball cap from his sponsor, Bass Pro Shops. Requesting the hats back, Cheng attached them to a range backstop and, with precision accuracy, put a shot through each cap's bill from ten yards out. The students were elated and requested autographs, which Cheng was happy to oblige, when they got their hats back.
"I really wanted to win Cheng's prize so I chose guns I knew I was good with," said Benjamin Mahaffey of Smithville, Tennessee, one of the top four.
It looks like you chose wisely, Benjamin. Enjoy the hat.