By Lars Dalseide | November 17 2013 15:34

Finding out about the Programs of NRA General Operations on NRANews

Samantha Olsen leads the NRA 3-Gun charge appearing on NRANews

Alexandria, Virginia - I know what you're thinking.

The NRA is announcing a new contributor to stand along side Colion Noir, Natalie Foster, Dom Raso and Billy Johnson. Alas, no. What you're actually seeing there is Recreational Shooting Specialist Samantha Olsen getting ready to share the story of NRA's new Airsoft 3-Gun program on NRANews. And you're going to see more.

Not just of Sam but of a number of individuals who make up the General Operations side of the NRA.

With eight different divisions comprised of Education & Training, Law Enforcement, Museums, Marketing & Media Relations, Competitive Shooting, Field Operations, NRA Shows and Administration, you might be surprised to learn that General Operations takes up a majority of the space at the NRA Headquarters complex in Fairfax, Virginia. They also make up a majority of the NRA personnel who appear on NRANews.

"There is such a wide variety of competitions, classes, donations and events to choose from that grabbing someone from General Operations for an interview is basically second nature," said John Popp, executive producer for NRANews. "That's one of the reasons we choose the Headquarters Range (part of the Administration Division) for the live Veterans Day broadcast."

Curators from the National Firearms Museum, in fact, have a regular segment on the Monday afternoon episode of NRANews. Airing around 5:40 eastern time on Sportsman Channel, the segment known as Curator's Corner has been a long time favorite ... both for the guns and the personnel.

"(Senior Curator Philip) Schreier has got it down to a science," said Popp. "Great stories, great guns and a professional delivery through and through."

Other General Operations personnel you'll see on NRANews in coming weeks include National Manager of NRA's Training Department John Howard, NRA Smallbore Rifle Manager Howard "H.Q." Moody, Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinic Coordinator Diane Danielson, and Debbie Crews from the NRA Headquarters Range.

You'll read some of those stories here on NRAblog, get details about the programs on the General Operation's website at programs.nra.org and meet the people who run those programs on NRANews.

Behind the scenes in the NRANews Control Room

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