By Lars Dalseide | January 4 2014 11:22

Female focused stories leg out a triple for the National Rifle Association

Emily Miller fires a GLOCK .45 at the NRA Headquarters Range in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Sliding into third for the top NRAblog stories in 2013 goes to the women. A collection of women to be more precise.

So why go with three instead of a single story? Because each of these found a spot in the top ten. One at number 4, one at 8 with the final piece standing in the 10 spot. After seeing that, I had no problem throwing the collecting into third.

We begin with the 2012 report on Women on Target programs. Released early in 2012, the report demonstrated at 26% increase in NRA's female focused instructional shooting clinics.

Officially known as Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinics, the program experienced big numbers in two very different states — California and South Carolina.

"It's all thanks to word of mouth and the nature of the program," said National Women on Target Program Coordinator Diance 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."

Next on the list is Jessie Duff's appearance on the Sean Hannity show.

Using an AR-15 rifle, a .30-06 rifle, a shotgun (slug and bird shot), a Browning 9mm pistol and a Colt 1911 in .45, Duff provided a live demonstration of how each firearm operates as well as how big a hole each one makes.

Eeking her way into the final spot is Emily Miller's book signing at the NRA Headquarters Range.

Shooter smiling at her results at Alaska Women on Target class Spending a little more than three hours meeting with fans of her new book Emily Gets Her Gun, Emily spent her time signing a few autographs, going over the latest events in the gun control debate, and drooling over a few of the guns. That's when the fun began.

With everything packed way for safe keeping, she found her way out to the range for some trigger time with an AR, a tactical shotgun, an H&K 9mm and a GLOCK .45.

While the increase in women's programs story was good enough to make it to #4 on her own, it seemed a shame to leave the others on the outside looking in. And that's why the Women of the National Rifle Association is the #3 story of 2013.

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