NOW DROP AND GIVE ME 25! R. Lee Ermey, aka “The Gunny”, used his career as a United States Marine Corps drill instructor in numerous military acting roles including the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. The Gunny is passionate about firearms and the 2nd Amendment and, as a result, is a NRA board member. He also actively encourages NRA membership, supports NRA Law EnforcementTraining and Competitions, and assisted with The NRA Freedom Action Foundation's Trigger the Vote campaign in 2012. The Gunny even has a new show on Outdoor Channel called GunnyTime, focusing on weapons and weapons technology.
With more than 100 feature films and television credits to his name, actor Joe Mantegna also has a great passion for firearms and history. He has been able to focus this passion with his show Gun Stories on Outdoor Channel where viewers get an in-depth look at various pieces of history. Fun Fact: Gun Stories is often filmed in the NRA National Firearms Museum!
You know Country music star Charlies Daniels loves to play the fiddle on stage, but did you also know he loves to shoot his .22 at the range? This NRA life member grew up in a time where “guns were a rite of passage.” In season 3 of NRA All Access, Daniels explained “everybody had guns, every house had guns, and we were not to even touch them without a grown-up being around. So we left the guns alone until the time came when they said, 'Okay son, it's time for you to learn how to handle this.” This made Daniels passionate about defending his freedoms and a proud supporter of NRA.
Along with many other programs and publications, S.E. Cupp is well known as the co-host on the CNN program Crossfire and columnist at the New York Daily News. The conservative columnist, author, and commentator has established her stance in support of the 2nd Amendment, proudly supports NRA, and enjoys hunting and going to the range. She has recently been featured in the NRA Mom campaign, encouraging mother’s to defend their rights and protect their families. Cupp states in her ad, “as a woman, and now a mom, it’s incredibly important to me to feel like I can take care of myself and my family and I’m proud to be a member of an organization that supports my right to do so.”
Three-time Super Bowl champion Matt Light has taken his passion for the outdoors and shooting sports to benefit The Light Foundation. The Light Foundation uses outdoor experiences to teach youth responsibility, accountability, and hard work. At Camp Vohokase, a 10-day youth leadership program, youth learn how to properly and safely use firearms, archery, and other outdoor activities. Light also hosts an Annual Celebrity Shoot-Out to raise funds for the foundation and encourage participation in the shooting sports.
“When a Guy Walks into a Bar” and it happens to be Tyler Farr… you might get a little “Redneck Crazy”. Farr has recently taken major strides in the country music industry with 3 number one singles and his latest album Suffer in Peace reaching the top 5 in the Billboard Top 200 in it’s opening week. Farr’s love for hunting, the outdoors, and firearms has led him to support NRA through NRA Country. He has recently headlined NRA Country's third annual Fan Club Party, ‘Kegs & Eggs’, and performed at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN!
2013 Miss Kansas Theresa Vail is not the typical pageant contestant. She is also a solider, huntress, marksman, and host of Limitless on Outdoor Channel. Her love for hunting and firearms struck at a young age when her father took her hunting as a way to find peace during a difficult childhood. Finding this passion completely changed her life and led her on a road of empowering women and breaking stereotypes. Vail supports NRA as she promotes women’s involvement in hunting and firearms training.
NFL Linebacker Trent Cole has earned quite the reputation playing football on the field as well as on the hunt in the field. Earning the nickname “Tha Hunter” for his skills as a blitzing specialist, Cole also hosts his show Blitz TV where he chases after big game across the country. Cole not only supports NRA as a hunter, but as an advocate for firearms training and actively encourages fellow NFL players to undergo proper firearms training and safety courses.
NRA Country artist Chase Rice had a unique journey to fame. He played football at UNC, worked on a NASCAR pit crew (and not just ANY pit crew, but that of recently featured NASCAR driver Ryan Newman!) and was even on the CBS show Survivor. He began his country music career as a song writer and co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s hit single “Cruise” before releasing his first number one single “Ready Set Roll” in 2013. In his free time, Rice enjoys hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. In an interview he explains, “Instead of playing video games, I grew up hunting, riding four-wheelers, and getting outside and getting dirty… I don't really know what people call 'country' anymore, but that was, and is, my version of country and I love it. I am Chase Rice and I am NRA Country."
You know actress and model Kelly Carlson from her role on Nip/Tuck. But, you probably didn’t know she is also a gun owner and self-defense advocate. After a security breach/stalking incident in her home, she vowed to never again feel uneasy about her personal safety. Carlson decided to empower herself through firearms training and developing personal safety skills. Hear her story on a brand new NRA All Access Wednesday, July 15 at 7pm ET only on Outdoor Channel!
The NRA is made up of over 5 million hunters, marksmen, outdoorsmen, and firearms advocates. With the support of our members, we are able to further countless NRA programs and increase firearms and safety training. Take a look at some of the supporters we love. You may recognize a name or two!