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NRA's National Club Awards Given at January Board Meeting

THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION is honored to have nearly 10,000 club and association affiliates. All of them have purposes and objectives that are consistent with NRA's own. There is a noteworthy faction among these clubs that go well beyond their expectations as an NRA affiliate. We recognize these state associations and clubs and individuals for their hard work, and dedication to the shooting sports through the annual awards program. We are proud to present here the winners of the awards for the year 2000. The 2001 winners will be announced at the Reno Annual Meetings.

See "Awards," on page 4

National Firearms Museum Displays Hollywood's Most Celebrated Firearms

What You'll Find Inside:

Law Enforcement Schools Post Record Growth ......................9 NRA Bestows `National Treasure' Status on historic Smithsonian firearm ......................8 Third Annual NRA Game Calling Contest features $50,000 in prizes ........................9 2002 Women-only Charity Shoot Schedule Set ..............5 `Real Guns of Reel Heroes' Exhibit Set to Debut in March

ONE WOULD BE hard-pressed to name an rare exhibit," said Craig D. Sandler, NRA American movie star who has not used a Executive Director of General Operations. firearm in a popular film or TV show, and In addition to the firearms featured in this many of those legendary guns and accesspecial exhibit, visitors to the museum will sories will soon be on display at the be able to view National Firearms Museum in 2,000 other hisFairfax, VA. An upcoming torically signifiexhibit, "Real Guns of cant firearms from the museum's Reel internationally recognized collecHeroes," tion that are on daily display in will showNRA's newest exhibit the museum's extensive galleries. case dozens will feature such of famous "The National Firearms Museum's firearms as Chuck firearms, primary mission is to educate the Connors' Winchester from Steve McQueen's holstered general public about the rich hisModel 92 used in The carbine used in Wanted, Dead or tory of firearms and the role they Alive, to Dirty Harry's .44 Magnum. Rifleman TV series played in guaranteeing and preas well as Clint Even Luke Skywalker's light saber serving America's freedoms," said Eastwood's Smith & and a hat and shirt worn by John Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Wesson Model 29 Wayne will be represented. Vice President. "The NRA is honused in Magnum ored to feature some of the most Force (below), among On exhibit will be recognized firearms made famous many others. guns used by actors by America's favorite movies including: Will and their stars." Smith, Charlton Heston, Ben The "Real Guns of Reel Affleck, Tommy Lee Heroes" exhibit is tentatively Jones, Bill Murray, set to run from mid-March John Wayne, Chuck Connors, until December 2002. Tom Selleck, and Frank Sinatra; and General information on from movies such as Dirty Harry, Wild the museum may be Wild West, The Patriot, Planet of the Apes, found online at Batman Returns, Ghost Busters, Star Wars, and many more. "This exhibit represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the arms that made movie history. We are tremendously excited about this opportunity to possess and share such a

photos by Lloyd Hill

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You're "Right on Target" Attending an NRA Range Development Workshop

BY KIM BEATY NRA RANGE SERVICES THE FEEL OF THE FIREARM...the excitement of hitting your target dead center...the camaraderie you enjoy with your fellow marksmen. There is nothing in the world like going to the shooting range! While practicing at the local firing range, there is one person we rarely think of--the person who owns or operates it. The range didn't just pop-up out of thin air. Somebody had to build it. And somebody has to run it. Range ownership takes a great deal of knowledge and expertise. Construction, lead, sound, safety, encroachment, community-relations, and a good business plan are all issues that range owners and operators must address on a daily basis. Bob Viden, owner of Bob's Little Sports Shop and Indoor Range in Glassboro, New Jersey, can tell you all about the hard work and dedication it takes. In 1975, Bob added a small archery range to his then 10-year-old gun shop. In 1994, Bob decided to enlarge his operation to include an indoor pistol range. "I noticed that there were a lot of ranges being shut down, and I wanted to make sure that people had a place to shoot," Viden said.

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that this conference was just the kind of seminar he needed to attend. At the conference, Viden discovered a full five days of intense study on all aspects of shooting range design, development, and business planning. "The instructors usually had answers to all the questions I had, and if they didn't, they looked it up and got back to me with the answer," he noted. Bob also praises the NRA's Range Source Book. "It's a great resource on where to get information," he said. "When you make a presentation to the town board," Bob noted, "you have to have the answers. The Range Development and Operations Conference, along with the Range Source Book, helped tremendously with that."

The conferences are not only helpful for individuals looking to build a range, but also can provide information for owners and operators of existing ranges. During the five-day conference, attendees are taught how to identify and solve most problems before they become insurmountable. For example, the latest information available about environmental and OSHA standards, lead, sound, and range construction and design, plus various products and services, are all topics that are covered in depth. In addition, conference attendees are taken to local indoor and outdoor ranges to assess both positive and negative aspects of the given range. Public, private, law enforcement, and government range personnel are all invited to attend. So, take it from someone who has truly been there and done that -- range owner Bob Viden. "I would strongly recommend, said Bob, " that anyone who is thinking about building a range, or who may even have a range already, attend one of the NRA's Range Development and Operations Conferences." Starting in April 2002, the NRA Range Services Department will hold conferences in the following five cities: Charleston, S.C. April 8-13 Houston, Texas Buffalo, N.Y. Louisville, Ky. Las Vegas, Nev. May 20-25 June 24-29 August 19-24 October 7-12

Bob Viden

Once he knew the type of range he wanted to build, Bob decided that he needed to talk to as many experts as he could in the field of range design. As a longtime NRA member, Bob had heard about the Range Development and Operations Conferences through his contacts at NRA Headquarters. He decided


I wanted to make sure that people had a place to shoot...this conference helped tremendously with that.


If you are interested in attending and have any questions, or if you would like to receive a brochure, please call us at (703) 267-1023. You can also learn more from our Web site at ngedev.asp

More Clubs Join `Gold Medal' Ranks

The following 13 NRA clubs are the newest to achieve NRA's Gold Medal Club Status. For more information on how your club can jump on the bandwagon, call 800-NRACLUB. · The Sharpshooters Association West Palm Beach, Florida · Cherokee Gun Club Gainesville, Georgia · Pioneer Gun Club Holden, Missouri · Capitol City Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. Cromwell, Connecticut · Brady 4-H Rifle Club Brady, Texas · Hutton Hill Rifle & Revolver Club, Inc. Moorestown, New Jersey · Buccaneer Gun Club, Inc. Wilmington, North Carolina · Zia Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. Albuquerque, New Mexico · Major Waldron Sportsman Association Barrington, New Hampshire · Nessmuk Rod & Gun Club Wellsboro, Pennsylvania · Old Fort Gun Club Fort Smith, Arkansas · Old Bethpage Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. Lindenhurst, New York · Helotes 4-H Rifle Club San Antonio, Texas

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NRA's Eddie Eagle® Gun Safety Program Sells 100th Costume

Costumes help police teach gun accident prevention to children

THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION reached a safety milestone recently with the sale of its 100th Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program mascot costume. Law enforcement officers across the country who teach the program wear these costumes to reinforce the lifesaving message: "If you see a gun, Stop! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult." This is the essential lesson taught in the program, which is designed for children in preK through the sixth grade. "I am very pleased that 100 law enforcement agencies across the country have added the Eddie Eagle® costume to the safety presentations they make in their communities. A personal visit by Eddie Eagle® is sure to delight the children while teaching them a safety lesson that will last a lifetime," said Heidi Cifelli, manager of The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program. Recent data released by the National Center for Health Statistics indicate that firearms-related fatal accidents among children declined 84% between 1975 and 1999. Gun accident prevention programs such as Eddie Eagle® are widely considered a major reason for the drop in accidents. One policeman, Officer Rolando Hinojosa of the Melvindale (Mich.) Police Department, had this to say about his experience with the program and the costume: "I can't say enough about the Eddie Eagle® Program. It is going over great with teachers, administrators, parents and kids. The costume is an absolutely fantastic asset to teaching the program." Another aspect law enforcement groups prize about the costume is that they do not necessarily have to use their department funds to make the purchase. Agencies are encouraged to apply for grants through the Friends of NRA and The NRA Foundation for the necessary funds, and in fact most of the 100 costumes sold have been purchased with grant money. Since its inception in 1988, NRA has spent over $20 million to teach children Eddie Eagle's® lifesaving message. The award winning program has been taught by over 20,000 schoolteachers and law enforcement officers and has reached more than 15 million children in all 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Eddie Eagle® Program has been honored by numerous civic and national organizations, such as The American Legion, The National Safety Council, and the National School Public Relations Association. The program is endorsed by the Police Athletic Leagues, National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers, Safe Kids Coalition, 4-H, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, and other civic groups. The program has also been praised by numerous state legislators and governors through official proclamations and resolutions. For more information about the Eddie Eagle Gun Safe® Program or for an application for a costume, call the Eddie Eagle® Department at 800-231-0752 or log onto: Following is a list of the 26 agencies that purchased the Eddie Eagle® costume in 2001.

Law Enforcement Agencies that Purchased Eddie Eagle® Costumes in 2001

· Dayton Police Department ­ Dayton, TN · New Garden Police Department ­ Avondale, PA · Bay County Sheriff 's Office ­ Bay City, MI · Macon County Sheriff 's Office ­ Franklin, NC · Iredell County Sheriff 's Office ­ Statesville, NC · Morris Country Sheriff 's Office ­ Morristown, NJ · Thurston County Sheriff 's Office ­ Olympia, WA · Borough of Sugarcreek Police Department ­ Franklin, PA · Coalinga Police Department ­ Coalinga, CA · Peru Police Department ­ Peru, IN · Clearfield Police Department ­ Clearfield, UT · Mount Union Police Department ­ Mount Union, PA · Conroe Independent School District Police Department ­ Conroe, TX · Bradford County Sheriff 's Department ­ Towanda, PA · Potter County Sheriff 's Department ­ Amarillo, TX · New Bern Police Department ­ New Bern, NC · Grayson County Sheriff 's Office ­ Leitchfield, KY · Owyhee County Sheriff 's Office ­ Murphy, ID · Edinburg Independent School District Police Department ­ Edinburg, TX · St. Mary's Police Department ­ St. Mary's, PA · New Bedford Police Department ­ New Bedford, MA · Rockingham County Sheriff 's Office ­ Reidsville, NC · Euclid Police Department ­ Euclid, OH (#100) · Melvindale Police Department ­ Melvindale, MI · Oil City Police Department ­ Oil City, PA · Kootenai County Sheriff 's Office ­ Coeur d' Alene, ID

Eddie Eagle Across the United States

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illustration by Joe Kerper

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February 2002

Outstanding High School Shooting Program, Burlington-Edison High School, Burlington, WA NJROTC, Coach Roger Hull accepting the award from NRA 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson and 2nd Vice President Sandra S. Froman.

The High Plains Marksmen, Littleton, CO were awarded the Outstanding Youth Club Award by 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson and 2nd Vice President Sandra S. Froman. Douglas Hamilton Instructor/Coach received it on behalf of the club.

Harry Jacobs of South Plainfield, NJ received the Membership Gun Show Recruiter of the Year Award from 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson and 2nd Vice President Sandra S. Froman.

Anne Britton, Fayetteville, AR received the 2000 ILA Volunteer of the Year Award from 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson and 2nd Vice President Sandra S. Froman.

Virginia Beach Rifle & Pistol Club, Virginia Beach, VA, Outstanding Club Award, Bruce Whitehouse accepting from NRA 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson and 2nd Vice President Sandra S. Froman.

Sergeant Harry Baumann, Charlestown, NY received the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award from 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson and 2nd Vice President Sandra S. Froman.

Gary Davis, Kansas City, MO was also a 2000 winner of the Jay M. Littlefield Award as the NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year.

The Outstanding FNRA Committee trophy for 2000 was awarded to the Armstrong County FNRA Committee of Ford City, PA. Randy Atkinson, Chairman, accepted on their behalf from 2nd Vice President Sandra S. Froman and 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson.

The NRA Club Recruiter of the Year Award went to Pete Kryluk of the Western Wayne County (MI) Conservation Association. The award was presented by 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson and 2nd Vice President Sandra S. Froman.

Dave Adams, Richmond, VA, was the Third recipient of the 2000 NRA-ILA Jay M. Littlefield NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year award.

M. Steven Brown, of Dexter, GA recieves the NRA Professional Public Service Award from 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson and 2nd Vice President Sandra S. Froman.

Jim and Margie Tomes were awarded the 2000 ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award which they received on behalf of the Second Amendment Patriots of Evansville, IN. 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson and 2nd Vice President Sandra S. Froman presented on behalf of NRA.

Winner of the Outstanding Camp Award was the Mataguay Scout Reservation, Chula Vista, CA. Accepting the award for Mataguay was Camp Director George Hyde and his wife. Presentation was made by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson.

all photos by Talmadge G. Rutledge

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REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM® is seeking men and women who wish to become certified instructors to teach crime prevention and personal safety strategies in their communities. This program offers a wide variety of safety options that cover automobile, home, personal, Internet, fraud, and travel security.

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NRA Crime Prevention Program Seeks Volunteers 2002 IDW Schedule

· February 23 ­ San Diego, CA · February 23-24 ­ Vacaville, CA · March 23-24 ­ Cottage Grove, MN · March 23-24 ­ New York, NY · April 20-21 ­ Fairfax, VA · May 4-5 ­ Creedmore, NC · May 11-12 ­ Great Falls, MT · June 21-22 ­ Lincoln/Manheim, TX · July 27 ­ Las Vegas, NV

To become a Refuse To Be A Victim® instructor, you must complete the application process and attend an Instructor Development Workshop (IDW). While attending IDWs, candidates learn speaking techniques, presentation skills and seminar scheduling and promotion. For more information about the certification process, attending an IDW, or sponsoring an IDW in your community, contact Refuse To Be A Victim® staff at (800) 861-1166, [email protected], or visit their Web site at

NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim® program is geared towards awareness and avoidance of becoming a crime victim. Classes are open to both men and women.

NRA Brings Women Hunters to the Big Screen


Welcome to hunting. Welcome to a world of big bucks, hard-flying pheasants, and struttin' spring gobblers! And it's very much a woman's world!

pristine beauty of a sunrise and a comfortably heavy game bag," said Sue King, lifelong hunter and chairman of NRA's Women's Policies Committee. "But since we can't, Hunting with the Women of the NRA allows us to show women not only the basics of safe gun handling when hunting, but the beauty and challenge of an adventure available to all women." To order a VHS copy of Hunting with the Women of the NRA, call (800) 336-7402 and ask for item number WI08988. The cost is $9.99 for NRA members and $19.99 for non-NRA members. Tax, shipping and handling charges are not included. For more information about the Women On TargetTM program, call (800) 861-1166 or log onto NRA's Women On TargetTM program is designed to help women learn to shoot and hunt in a friendly and noncompetitive environment.

Women On TargetTM Sets 2002 Charity Shoot Schedule

Have fun and help others at a ladies-only charity shoot sponsored by NRA's Women On TargetTM program. The shoots are open to women of all skill levels. Most events are sporting clays, but handgun shoots are on the agenda as well. In addition to the charity shoots, 120 women-only instructional shoots are planned for 2002, plus ladies' hunts for deer, pheasant, turkey, and other game. For a complete schedule of Women On TargetTM events and more information, call 800-861-1166, or log onto · May 4-5 Shotgun Ozark Shooters Sports Complex, Branson, MO · June 22-23 Shotgun Ommelanden Range, New Castle, DE · June 22-23 Handgun Routt Co. Rifle Club, Steamboat Springs, CO · July 13-14 Shotgun Hillside Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays, Berlin, PA · Aug. 3-4 Shotgun Ravenwood Hunting Lodge and Sporting Clays, Topeka, KS · Sept. 21-22 Shotgun Fin, Fur & Feather, Chaplin, CT · Sept. 21-22 Shotgun Westside Sporting Grounds, Houston, TX · Sept. 28-29 Handgun Ozark Shooters Sports Complex, Branson, MO · Oct. 12-13 Shotgun Silverleaf Shotgun Sports, Guthrie, OK

SO BEGINS NRA'S newest video, Hunting With The Women Of the NRA. Planned and scripted by women, and starring women as well, Hunting with the Women of the NRA is thought to be the first all-female video ever made dealing with the subject of hunting. Developed primarily for use in ladies' hunting and shooting events conducted under NRA's Women On TargetTM program, the video is also available separately to any woman who wants an orientation to the ultimate outdoor sport. The 30-minute video takes viewers through the basics of hunter safety, then, in clear language covers technical concepts about firearms and ammunition and marksmanship fundamentals. Some specific topics include: gun safety, zones of fire, safety in a blind, caliber/gauge selection, ammunition components, eye dominance, patterning a shotgun, and sighting-in a rifle. Riveting footage of women hunting deer, pheasants, turkeys, ducks and even feral hogs is mixed in throughout.


Call 800-336-7402 to order your club's VHS copy of NRA's newest video, Hunting with the Women of the NRA.

Women's Programs Endowment Donors

· · · · · · Merrill D. & Lillian Z. Martin Endowment Sayler Hawkins Foundation Hodgdon Powder Company Ithaca Gun Company, LLC Loon Lake Decoy Company Cabela's

"How I wish we could take every interested woman hunting with pleasant companions, good instruction and share with them the

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NRA Western Region Field Representatives

Area 27 J.P. Nelson Western Regional Director 480-357-4057 Area 28 No photo avilable.

Robert B. Goode NM, W. TX 505-687-2557

Joe Crismore MT 406-293-2498

Area 29

Area 30

Area 31

Area 32

Area 33

Area 34

Wil Lederer WY, W. SD 307-634-3531

David Lee CO 970-867-1916

Dean Hall AZ 480-948-7835

Rex Thomas UT,E. NV, S. ID 801-829-6260

Mike Krei WA, N. ID 509-468-1550

Kelly Umenhofer OR 541-726-9009

Area 35

Area 36

Area 37

Area 38 No photo avilable.

Area 40

Area 41

Dave Bundeson N. CA, NW NV 707-748-7900

Linda Linaker L. CA 909-751-3066

Tom Ulik Cen. CA, HI 559-935-3424

Edward K. Grasser AK 907-745-3772

Don Fisher W. WA 360-574-6687

Richard G. Cabral S. CA, S. NV 562-699-4883

Western Region State Association Directory

Alaska Outdoor Council, Inc.

·Mr. Carl Rosier, President 8298 Garnet Street Juneau, Alaska 99801 907-789-9117 home 907-789-3610 fax [email protected] ·Mr. Jesse VanderZanden, Exec. Dir. P.O. Box 73902 Fairbanks, Alaska 99707 907-455-4262 office/fax

Hawaii Rifle Association

·Mr. Richard J. Keogh, President 431 Nahua St. # 203 Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 808-923-2283 ·Mr. Albert C. Mongeon, Secretary 301 Kailua Rd. Kailua, Hawaii 96734 808-261-6588 home [email protected]

Utah State Rifle & Pistol Association

·Mr. Elwood P. Powell, President 5926 S. Fashion Point Dr. # 200 Ogden, Utah 84403 801-595-1701 office 801-476-8274 home 801-622-2200 fax [email protected] ·Mr. Willis K. Smith, Secretary 1349 W. 2600 N. Clinton, Utah 84015 801-825-6631 home

Idaho State Rifle & Pistol Association

·Mr. Lindle D. Offenbacker, President 340 McKinley St. American Falls, Idaho 83211 208-226-7838 home 208-226-1042 fax [email protected]

Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Assn.

·Mr. Terry Allison, President 8455 E. Mulberry Street Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 480-947-6682 home 480-946-1971 work 480-946-9184 fax [email protected] ·Ms. Margaret Conlin, Treasurer PO Box 40962 Mesa, Arizona 85274 480-838-6064 home/fax

Washington State Shooting Assn., Inc.

·Mr. Dennis Wilcox, President 12705 154th St. East Puyallup, Washington 98374 253-841-9309 [email protected] ·Mr. Russ Harman, Secretary 800 Solar Lane Yakima, Washington 509-453-8434 home 509-457-4093 work [email protected]

Nevada State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc.

·Mr. Harold Lister, President PO Box 7512 Reno, Nevada 89510 775-329-2767 office [email protected] ·Mr. Justin A. Saunders, Secretary/Treasurer PO Box 7512 Reno, Nevada 89510 775-722-9212 home 775-329-2767 office/fax [email protected]

California Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc.

·Mr. Clarence H. Williams, President 271 East Imperial Highway, Suite 620 Fullerton, California 92835 714-992-2772 office ·Mr. James H. Erdman, Executive Director 271 East Imperial Highway, Suite 620 Fullerton, California 92835 714-992-2772 office 714-992-2996 fax

Wyoming State Shooting Assn., Inc.

·Mr. Mark Spungin, President PO Box 94 Guernsey, Wyoming 82214 307-836-2188 home [email protected] ·Mr. Roger Sebesta, Secretary/Treasurer 625 Sweetwater Street Lander, Wyoming 82520 307-335-9323 [email protected]

New Mexico Shooting Sports Assn., Inc.

·Dr. David E. Bennett, III, President PO Box 5363 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 505-298-1142 home/fax 505-844-3119 work [email protected]

Colorado State Shooting Association

·Mr. Tony Fabian, President 3782-CS Genoa Circle Aurora, Colorado 80013 303-766-8502 home 720-283-1376 office [email protected] ·Ms. Aimee Rathburn, Executive Director 609 W. Littleton Blvd. #206 Littleton, Colorado 80120 720-283-1376 office 720-283-1333 fax [email protected]

Oregon State Shooting Association

·Mr. Dick Graff, President PO Box 265 Hillsboro, Oregon 97123 503-648-6803 home [email protected] ·Ms. Peg W. Quell, Secretary 238 Bayberry Court Reedsport, Oregon 97467 541-271-2566 home [email protected]

See any out-of-date information? Call 800-NRA-CLUBS to make sure we stay up-todate and keep our readers informed.

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Area 13 Dennis Eggers Central Region Director 636-828-6226

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Area 14

Don Chilcote MI 517-631-8555

John Crone IN 317-241-1435

Area 15

Area 16

Area 17

Area 18

Area 19

Area 20

Todd Johnson KY, TN 270-688-9032

Dick Kingsafer S. MS, LA 601-296-1047

Don Bassett WI 715-536-1555

Mike Huber IL 815-635-3321

Greg Pearre MO 573-761-5466

Darren DeLong OK 405-692-8672

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Area 23

Area 24

Area 25

Area 26

Area 39

Central Region State Association Directory

Arkansas Rifle & Pistol Association

·Mr. John Wallis, President PO Box 1225 Little Rock, Arkansas 72203 501-407-2707 office ·Mr. Rome Helton, Secretary/Treasurer PO Box 1225 Little Rock, Arkansas 72203 501-407-2707 office ·Richard Pearson, President PO Box 637 Chatsworth, Illinois 60921 815-635- 3198 office 815-635-3723 fax ·Dr. Daniel L. Beck, Secretary PO Box 637 Chatsworth, Illinois 60921 815-635- 3198 office

Joe Lorsung ND, N. MN 218-375-2126

Gayle Carter-Cook IA, S. MN, E. SD 515-576-4322

Marvin Blevins KS, NE 620-343-6643

Bill Rawson N. TX 903-852-6807

Larry Tatom S. TX 361-972-5205

Kevin Greb AR, N. MS 501-635-0722

Louisiania Shooting Association

·Mr. John Texada, President 911 Inzerery Drive Lakes Charles, Louisiana 70605 337-477-5277 home [email protected] ·Mr. Walter Denton, Secretary 821 McCall Street Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605 337-477-9386 home [email protected]

Oklahoma Rifle Association

·Mr. H. B. "Barney" Larkin, President 824 SE 12th Street Moore, Oklahoma 73160 405-799-1177 home 405-799-1153 fax [email protected] · Mr. Charles Smith, Executive Director PO Box 850927 Yukon, Oklahoma 73085 405-324-2450 home 405-324-8498 office 405-324-2450 fax [email protected] ·Mr. Ralph Talbot, President 4902 El Matador San Antonio, Texas 78233 210-599-8605 home 210-599-8605 *51 fax · Mr. Randy Gibson, Executive Officer 1131 Rockingham Lane, #130 Richardson, Texas 75080 972-889-8772 office 972-889-1515 fax [email protected] ·Mr. Ronald L. Grapes, President PO Box 1233 Kearney, Nebraska 68848 308-327-7902 home [email protected] ·Mr. Terry Copple, Secretary 10285 N. Aspen Avenue Hastings, Nebraska 68901 402-744-2049 home [email protected]

Illinois State Rifle Association Inc.

Michigan Rifle & Pistol Association

·Mr. Steve Kern, President 5927 Lockwood West Bloomfield, Michigan 48322 248-624-1654 home · Mr. Tom Monto, Sec./Treas. P.O. Box 1802 Midland, Michigan 48641 517-631-3079 home 888-655-6772 office 517-631-5777 fax

Texas State Rifle Association

[email protected]

Indiana Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc.

·Mr. Jerry Wehen, President PO Box 23 Valpariso, Indiana 46383 219-462-0138 home

Minnesota Rifle & Revolver Assn., Inc.

·Mr. Clifford Secord, President 5344 Morgan Avenue North Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430 763-561-0635 home ·Mr. Andy Lindberg, Secretary 3113 16th Avenue South Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407 612-729-1226 home ·Mr. Eric Pueppke, President 14647 23rd Street SE Erie, North Dakota 58029 701-668-2486 home/work [email protected] ·Mr. Ed Jensen, Sec./Treas. PO Box 9242 Fargo, North Dakota 58106 701-235-1972 home/work [email protected]

Iowa State Rifle & Pistol Association

·Mr. David Eiders, President 713 Second Avenue Evansdale, Iowa 50707 319-235-7661 home [email protected] ·Dr. William Means, Secretary/Treasurer PO Box 3184 Evansdale, Iowa 50707 414-697-1672 home 319-233-1587 office [email protected] ·Mr. Richard G. Ford RR 2 Box 114 Jetmore, Kansas 67854 316-357-8794 home [email protected] ·Ms. Vesta Hobbs, Executive Director PO Box 212 Norton, Kansas 67654 785-877-5166 office 785-877-5582 fax

Nebraska Shooting Sports Association

North Dakota Shooting Sports Assn.

South Dakota Shooting Sports Assn.

·Mr. Bruce Plate, President 46502 316th Street Vermillion, South Dakota 57069 605-624-8418 home 605-677-7070 work [email protected]

Kansas State Rifle Association

Tennessee Shooting Sports Assn., Inc.

·Mr. Danny Haggard, President 3413 Hackworth Road Knoxville, Tennessee 37931 865-691-6870 home 865-573-1971 work [email protected] · Mr. Jay A. Roehl, II, Secretary PO Box 9547 Knoxville, Tennessee 37940 865-692-1965 home 865-579-4344 fax

· Mr. Thomas L. Raines, Secretary/Treasurer 47111 219th Street Brookings, South Dakota 57006 605-693-4086 home 605-696-2224 work 605-696-1726 fax [email protected]

[email protected]

Wisconsin Rifle & Pistol Association

·Mr. Bill King, President PO Box 922 Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54495 715-423-7454 home [email protected] ·Ms. Anne Wallis, Secretary 5640 S. Aberdeen Drive New Berlin, Wisconsin 53146 262-679-9136 home [email protected]

Kentucky State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc.

·Mr. Gary Crutcher, President 3050 Buck Grove Road Brandensburg, Kentucky 40108 502-828-2063 home 502-636-5400 work ·Ms. Katrina Crutcher, Secretary PO Box 19543 Louisville, Kentucky 40259 502-828-2063 home 502-422-4888 office

[email protected]

Missouri Sport Shooting Association

·Mr. David Giarratano, President 4904 Sharon Drive Jefferson City, Missouri 65109 573-636-4488 home [email protected] · Mr. Harold Miederhoff, Secretary 5108 S. Brock Rodgers Rd. Columbia, Missouri 65021 573-442-7235 home [email protected]

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NRA Recognizes Smithsonian Rifle as "National Treasure"

Photo courtesy of The Smithsonian Institution

ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2002, National Rifle Association 1st Vice President Kayne B. Robinson presented a special gold medallion to Acting Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, Marc J. Pachter.

"The designation, `National Treasure' is the highest form of recognition that the National Rifle Association can bestow upon a distinguished firearm," noted Robinson as he presented the medallion.

frame covered with floral engraving and gold plated, is the most lavishly decorated of the three. The rifle was donated to the Smithsonian by the President's great-grandson, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, in 1963. Dr. Pachter, upon receiving the medallion, acknowledged pridefully the NRA's recognition. "The Smithsonian," he said, "is fortunate to have in its collection a number of firearms that are intimately connected to historic Americans and American history, or lavishly embellished, or both. We are pleased to agree with the award committee that President Lincoln's Henry rifle is one of the greatest treasures we have; indeed that it is one of America's supreme historical treasures." In addition, Robinson presented a second gold medal, this one to Smithsonian Museum Specialist Harry Hunter. The medal, an Award of Merit for the Promotion of Gun Collecting, recognizes Hunter's 35year career as part of the staff of the Armed Forces History section of the National Museum of American History. It also acknowledges Hunter's well-earned reputation as the Smithsonian's pre-eminent arms historian. The National Firearms Museum is located at the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va. It is open to the public seven days a week, except major holidays. For information call (703) 267- 1600. To learn more about The National Firearms Museum visit their Web site at

The medallion recognizes a single rifle, once owned by President Abraham Lincoln, and now part of the Smithsonian collection, as America's premiere hisThis ornately engraved Henry Rifle was presented to President Abraham Lincoln during the toric Civil War. NRA recently recognized it as a `National Treasure.' firearms treasure. The award, established in 1998 by the Lincoln's rifle is a Henry-patent, .44 caliber, National Firearms Museum and the NRA lever-action repeater, one of several made Gun Collectors Committee, is intended to about 1860 and set aside by the manufacidentify firearms that are intimately conturer­the New Haven Arms Co.­for engravnected with America's history and historic ing and presentation to high-ranking memAmericans as National Treasures. Rarity, bers of the U.S. government and other influsingularity, and significance of the particuential citizens. Secretary of War Edwin M. lar firearm, and the owner's positive role in Stanton­who was responsible for the purshaping America are all criteria used to chase of arms for the Army­and Secretary select and designate epochal firearms. of the Navy Gideon Welles­who was responLincoln's rifle is the first piece so designated sible for Navy arms purchases­both and its symbolic medallion bears serial received similar presentation-embellished number "1." Henry rifles. The Lincoln rifle, its brass

Grant Money Available For Youth Clubs

DAVID KULIVAN PROGRAM COORDINATOR, NRA YOUTH PROGRAMS THE NRA FOUNDATION RAISES money through Friends of NRA events, auctions, and donations and distributes these dollars at the state and national level to benefit activities that promote education, training, youth programs, and conservation and natural resource management. Due to the generosity of state Friends of NRA Committees, the NRA Youth Programs Department may be able to provide your club or shooting organization with free education and training materials. NRA is there to provide the tools, resources, and knowledge that these organizations need to facilitate success in their programs and ensure their solvency in the future. More than half of The NRA Foundation grant dollars in any year are awarded to youth programs, with 679 grants totaling more than $1.9 million going to youth organizations in the year 2000.

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From youth shooting seminars, to basic firearm safety lessons, your club can reach youth in virtually limitless ways.

States with grant money available for local clubs and projects include:

·Arizona ·Arkansas ·California ·Colorado ·Connecticut ·Florida ·Georgia ·Idaho ·Illinois ·Indiana ·Louisiana ·Maryland ·Massachusetts ·Michigan ·Minnesota ·Mississippi ·Nevada ·New Hampshire ·New Jersey ·New Mexico ·New York ·North Carolina ·North Dakota ·Oklahoma ·Oregon ·Pennsylvania ·South Carolina ·Texas ·Virginia ·Washington

Call NRA's Youth Programs Department at 703267-1505 more more information.

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NRA Trains More Law Enforcement Officers Than Ever

Over 60 instructor training schools already planned for 2002

NRA'S LAW ENFORCEMENT instructor schools have seen a 25% rise in students in the past year. Over the past 40 years, more than 45,000 individuals have gone through NRA's Law Enforcement Instructor Development schools. NRA offers seven distinct courses for law enforcement officers, from Handgun/Shotgun to Precision Rifle to Tactical Shotgun. Elite military units attend the classes as well. The affordable, state-ofthe-art training translates into better policing, safer neighborhoods and fewer officer fatalities. Graduates of the classes may apply to become certified by NRA to go back to their departments and train other officers. Currently, more than 10,000 officers and private security specialists are NRA-certified. "Continuing your professional law enforcement training on a regular basis makes sense any way you look at it," said Ron Kirkland, director of NRA's Law Enforcement Activities Division and himself a retired Special Agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Our schools represent the best training for your dollar in the country," added Kirkland. Classes are scheduled across the country, and all-new lesson plans, manuals, and CDROM training aids are available for sale to law enforcement officers and agencies to help ensure that it's easy to stay current and pass on knowledge to fellow officers back home. "We provide our students with the manuals, handouts, and targets that they need to complete our courses," said Glen Hoyer, manager of NRA's Law Enforcement Training Department. "For $450, or about half the cost of most law enforcement instructor schools in the country, you'll get firstrate instruction, all the information needed to plan your own class, and plenty of new training methods and ideas to stew over," said Hoyer, who added that it's NRA's non-profit status that makes such bargains possible.

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For more information on NRA's law enforcement instructor development schools, visit, e-mail [email protected], or call 703-267-1640.

"The best available training for those serving our communities is what we provide," said Hoyer. "Staying on top of your game has always been a priority for law enforcement, and it's even more important in today's litigious world--with proper training comes reduced liability, something every department needs to consider," concluded Hoyer.

NRA's Law Enforcement Schools have experienced incredible growth in the past year­­and our communities are safer because of it.

NRA Game Calling Contest Showcases Best Callers in the U.S.

Outdoor Life's Jim Zumbo called it the "Superbowl" of game calling contests, and with $50,000 in prizes, not to mention a prestigious national title at stake, he's right on target. The third annual NRA Great American Hunter's Game Calling Challenge, to be held during NRA's 131st annual meetings in Reno, Nevada, from April 26th-28th, 2002, promises to deliver all of the high-stake challenges that successful game calling contests demand in an exceptionally rigorous format. Callers may receive a maximum of 300 points for each animal or bird, with a maximum score of 2,100 points--and while callers may elect to pass on up to three species calls, they will receive no score for those skipped, which will severely limit their chances of taking home the laurels. One returning champion sure to garner lots of attention is professional game caller and hunter Brad Harris. Raised in the Ozarks of southeast Missouri, Harris has been enjoying the out-of-doors since he was 10 years old; he is familiar to millions of Americans as host of The Outdoor Channel's popular "Outdoor Traditions" show. Harris' performance last year earned him the title of world champion in the pro division, with its $10,000 purse, and he is eager to try his hand­­and mouth­­again in the 2002 competition. Harris will receive a stiff challenge from several returning contestants as well as numerous new callers, all looking to dethrone the 2001 champion. All manufactured calls, in addition to the caller's mouth, may be used. Specifically prohibited are any type of electronic or computer-aided calls. Awards are given to the top three finishers in each division, and include trophies, cash, and product prizes­­the number of entrants will determine the cash awards breakdown. NRA's third annual calling challenge is broken down into three divisions: ·Hunter, $175 entry fee. $10,000 in cash and industry products awarded. (Caller may not have won a state, regional, or national calling contest.) ·Pro, $300 entry fee. $20,000 in cash and industry products awarded; and ·Team, two members $600 entry fee with a maximum of 50 teams, with $20,000 in cash and industry prizes awarded. For more information or for an entry form, call NRA's Hunter Services Department at 703-267-1503. This year's competition will take place in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Supply One Building.


This calling contest is the premier onlyone-of-its-kind World Championship for hunters. ­­Bob Davis, manager of NRA's Hunter Services Department


All prospective callers are expected to draw from a repertoire of seven different animal and bird species, which requires an enormous amount of practice, a great deal of concentration, as well as an investment in specialized calls. Callers will be required to imitate the sounds of whitetail deer, elk, turkey, barred owls, Canada geese, mallards, and coyote/predators.

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Area 1 Brian Hyder Eastern Regional Director 828-524-9480

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Area 2

NRA Eastern Region Field Representatives

Lathan Murphy ME, NH, VT 603-895-9855

Jay Rusnock Upstate NY 845-298-7233

Area 3

Area 4

Area 5

Area 6

Area 7

Area 8

Rich D'Lauro Kory Enck Lower NY, CT, Upper NJ E. PA 631-462-9260 717-964-3306

Tom Baldridge W. WV, PA 724-861-0447

Frank Ingrassia MD, Lower NJ, DE, Coastal VA 978-698-3289

Don Buckland VA, WV 540-694-2322

Fred Edgecomb NC 910-592-7903

Area 9 No photo available.

Area 10

Area 11

Area 12

Area 22 No photo available.

Area 44 No photo available.

Eastern Region State Association Directory

·Mr. James L. Moses, President 2009 Rodgers Drive, NE Huntsville, Alabama 35811 256-534-7968 home [email protected] · Mr. Ramon J. Samaniego, Jr., Secretary/Treasurer 2505 Isabelle Circle, N.E. Huntsville, Alabama 3581 256-534-2644 ·Mr. Peter Mathewson, President 222 Brooklyn Turnpike Windham, Connecticut 06280 860-456-8588 home ·Ms. Catherine Smittner, Membership Director PO Box 754 North Haven, Connecticut 06473 203-239-2528 203-239-2106 fax ·Mr. John J. Thompson, President 113 North Road Wilmington, Delaware 19809 302-764-6899 home 302-658-3070 work 302-658-3031 fax ·Mr. Foster W. Rennie, Rec. Secretary PO Box 1786 Wilmington, Delaware 19899 302-998-4820 home 302-998-4861 fax [email protected] ·Mr. Mark Evans, President 1390 Elmbank Way West Palm Beach, Florida 33411 863-951-1151 work 863-956-4964 home [email protected] · Dr. Herb Nigg, Secretary #8 Broadway, Suite G Kissimmee, Florida 33850 863-956-1151 work 863-956-4651 fax [email protected]

Steve King SC 803-788-2433

Tony Ansley GA 912-262-1584

Al Hammond FL 386-462-5421

Phil Gray OH 740-773-4119

Pete Petty AL 256-765-2209

Dave Celino RI, MA, N. NY 413-624-3324

Alabama State Rifle & Pistol Assn.

Maryland State Rifle & Pistol Association

·Mr. Walt Riddiough, President 118 Sunlight Circle Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 410-761-8190 home ·Mr. G. W. Givens, Jr., Chairman PO Box 224 Chase, Maryland 21027 410-335-7758 home [email protected]

Ohio Rifle & Pistol Association

·Mr. Keith V. Bailey, President PO Box 205 New London, Ohio 44851 419-929-0307 home 775-898-2744 fax [email protected] ·Ms. Gwen Bailey, Secretary 175 West Main New London, Ohio 44851 513-891-1325 office [email protected]

Connecticut State Rifle & Revolver Assn.

GOAL (Massachusetts)

Delaware State Sportsman's Association

·Mr. John Durkin, Jr., President P.O. Box 567, 37 Pierce Street Northboro, Massachusetts 01532 508-393-5333 work ·Mr. Michael D. Yacino, Executive Director PO Box 567, 37 Pierce Street Northboro, Massachusetts 01532 508-393-5333 work 508-393-5222 fax [email protected]

Pennsylvania Rifle & Pistol Assn.

·Mr. Dick Stempeck, President PO Box 211 Knox, Pennsylvania 16232 814-797-1603 home 814-797-1191 work [email protected]

Rhode Island State Rifle & Revolver Assn.

·Mr. Paul Boiani, President PO Box 41148 Providence, Rhode Island 02940 401-233-0771 office · Mr. Donn C. DiBiasio, Secretary PO Box 17452 Smithfield, Rhode Island 02917 401-233-0771 office

Gun Owners of New Hampshire

·Mr. R. Craig Peterson, President PO Box 6358 Manchester, New Hampshire 03108 603-225-4664 office 603-424-1294 fax [email protected]

Assn. of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, Inc.

·Mr. Cal L. Ellis, President 28 Breton Drive Pine Brook, New Jersey 07058 973-227-6979 home 973-227-9177 fax [email protected] ·Mr. Charles W. Hildebrandt, Secretary PO Box 3 Lincroft, New Jersey 07738 732-780-3548 home 732-462-1528 fax [email protected] ·Mr. Thomas H. King, President PO Box 1023 Troy, New York 12181 518-272-2654 office 518-274-4972 fax [email protected]

Gun Owners of South Carolina

·Mr. Rick Daniel, President PO Box 210231 Columbia, South Carolina 29221 · Mr. Carl W. Yates, Secretary/Treasurer PO Box 210231 Columbia, South Carolina 29221 803-259-3415 home [email protected] ·Mr. Ernest J. Dinsmore, President PO Box 782 Milton, Vermont 05468 802-893-3659 home · Mr. Ken Mitchell, Secretary/Treasurer 20 Beech Street Essex Junction, Vermont 05452 802-878-7570 home [email protected] ·Mr. Steve Canale, President PO Box 1258 Orange, Virginia 22960 703-742-8771 home 540-672-5848 office [email protected] ·Ms. Judi Smith, Secretary PO Box 1258 Orange, Virginia 22960 540-899-9434 home 540-672-5848 office [email protected]

Florida Sport Shooting Assn., Inc.

Vermont State Rifle & Pistol Assn.

New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc.

Georgia Sport Shooting Association

·Dr. Paul C. Broun, Jr., President 1641 Wild Azalea Lane Athens, Georgia 30606 706-227-0510 home [email protected] ·Mr. Brent Allen, Secretary/Treasurer 1341 Mill Gate Drive Dunwoody, Georgia 30338 770-393-0588 home [email protected] ·Mr. Jeff Weinstein, President PO Box 373 Yarmouth, Maine 04096 207-846-3000 voice mail ptsr&[email protected] ·Mr. George Fogg, Secretary 56 Deer Run Road N. Yarmouth, Maine 04097 207-846-6333 home

Virginia Shooting Sports Association

North Carolina Rifle & Pistol Assn.

·Mr. Russ Parker, President 215 Highfield Avenue Apex, North Carolina 27502 919-303-2681 home [email protected] ·Mr. David Prest, Secretary PO Box 4116 Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374 910-295-2480 [email protected]

(Maine) Pine Tree State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc.

West Virginia State Rifle & Pistol Assn.

·Mr. Richard C. Whiting, President PO Box 4538 Bridgeport, West Virginia 26330 304-472-1449 home [email protected]¡

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Regional Updates...

We'll tell you what's going on in your neck of the nation Western

J.P. NELSON WESTERN REGION DIRECTOR NONE OF US WILL ever forget 2001. In the Western Region, it was a year of restructuring and rebuilding. New Field Representative areas were created in Southern California and Western Washington. Three unplanned vacancies also occurred during the year. When all of these vacancies are filled, we will have five new Field Representatives in the Western Region: Alaska, Montana, Western Washington, Southern California, and Lower California. It was a busy year... · Conducted 210 Friends of NRA events, netting $2,650,000 at 47% net-to-gross. · Conducted 17 State Fund Committee meetings that approved 348 grant applications and recommended funding for $1,183,400 in grants. · Conducted 20 Youth Leadership Development Seminars with 325 attendees. · Conducted eleven Field Support Team and volunteer workshops with 176 attendees. · Raised $265,000 for the various NRA endowments. · Attended 928 Friends of NRA committee meetings. · Visited 180 NRA-affiliated clubs and spoke before 140 organizations with 7,202 attendees. · Coordinated volunteer NRA membership recruitment at 157 gun shows and exhibits, recruiting 3,572 NRA members. Several Western Region Field Reps were recognized for their outstanding work this year. Everyone was quick to point out that their volunteers are the people who make their successes possible. · Mike Krei, Senior Field Rep., Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho-- Top Gun Award for fifteen years of leadership and exemplary performance. · David Bundesen, Senior Field Rep., Northern California and Western Nevada -- Top Field Rep. in the Western Region, $585,000 net at 52% net-to-gross, averaging $21,200 per event. · Wil Lederer, Field Rep., Wyoming and West. South Dakota -- Above & Beyond Award for outstanding performance with top net-to-gross for Friends of NRA nationwide and top two new FNRA events. We feel that 2002 promises to be another challenging year for NRA staff and for the thousands of dedicated NRA volunteers.


DENNIS EGGERS CENTRAL REGION DIRECTOR WE ENJOYED A MOST successful year, thanks to the countless volunteers, sponsors, contributors, and supporting members who helped us throughout the year. Without you, I'm not sure where we'd be. · 272 Friends of NRA events ·$3.17 million Friends of NRA net revenue · $100,000 net profit at the national banquet during the NRA Annual Meetings · and more than $270,000 in gifts and pledges for The NRA Foundation. Pretty amazing, really, especially since we were supposed to be in a recession since March (even though we didn't know it), and then experienced the aftermath of Sept. 11. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this success. As we closed out 2001, two of the Central Region's superlative staff received special recognition at our division's annual awards banquet on December 8. For the second year in a row, Sr. Field Rep. Don Chilcote of Michigan was honored as the region's Outstanding Field Representative of the Year. Don conducted 24 Friends of NRA banquets netting a total of $334,000, and accepted more than $50,000 for The NRA Foundation during the year. For demonstrating consistently outstanding quality of both effort and results in 2001, Darren DeLong of Oklahoma was awarded the Above and Beyond award for the region. Congratulations to both! We're not resting on our laurels. Already well into 2002, we're facing our greatest challenge yet­we'd normally have expected to try to hold about 290 Friends of NRA banquets with a net revenue goal of $3.2 million. However, the NRA is asking us to do 10% more than that this year. Once again, our success will depend on all of you. If every Friends of NRA committee will accept the challenge and try to improve on your successful FNRA banquets by a 10% minimum, we can reach that goal. `Til next time, hunt and shoot safely, and keep the faith!


BRIAN HYDER EASTERN REGION DIRECTOR BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, we will have closed the books on 2001 and be well on our way into 2002. We had a great year in the Eastern Region in 2001. Every one of our Field Representatives achieved 100% of their goals, and we exceeded our net revenue goal for the Friends of NRA program by one million dollars. In addition to these achievements , many other NRA programs were advanced in the region. We conducted 18 introductory shooting programs with nearly 4,000 new shooters participating. We had an NRA presence at 62 gun shows. We made visits to 115 clubs and represented the NRA in 20 speaking engagements to 1,400 attendees. These and other accomplishments resulted in the Region of the Year award in 2001. All of these achievements, as significant and important as they are, pale as we reflect back on September 11. This tragic act of terrorism tried the resolve of every American, and our NRA members and volunteers across the nation pulled together and kept our mission going. As one volunteer stated, "Our nation was attacked because of the very principles for which the NRA stands. We cannot let them win." We have never been stronger as a nation. We now need to take this resolve and commitment into the new year. We have some challenging goals in the East this year: 270 Friends of NRA events netting nearly 3 million dollars; $335,000 to be raised for the overall goal of endowing every major program at NRA; 8 seminars to train adult leaders how to organize youth shooting events; and 27 Women On TargetTM events. These activities represent just a few of our goals. We need your help to make all of this possible. All of the Field Reps on this page are committed to the mission of the NRA and want to be sure that the NRA has a presence at the state and local level. A strong NRA is insurance for every American that freedom will be protected. We accomplish this goal through effective programs. If you participated in our record setting year in 2001, we say "Thank You." If you want to help us make a difference in 2002, please call your Field Rep and find out how you can help. Remember, we will not be deterred now or ever, and we will never let our enemies win. We need your help in this fight to preserve freedom.

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Two Idaho Men, Forty Years of Service, and Lots of Satisfied Youth

NRA Foundation Grant Helps Club Purchase Property

J.B. ROBERTS, JR. EDITOR, NRA COMMUNICATIONS DEPT. FOR MOST OF ITS 130-YEAR HISTORY, the National Rifle Association has depended on the devotion of its members to their sport, their selflessness, and their generosity to accomplish association goals. And nowhere, recently, has this dependence been more richly rewarded than in the Idaho town of Meridian (located near Boise). Meridian, a city of some 20,000 inhabitants, is the home of the Meridian Optimists Junior Rifle Club and of Ross Hadfield and James B. ("Ben") Barham. Hadfield and Barham have a lot in common. Both are veterans of the Second World War. Both are retired members of the U.S. Army Reserve. (Barham got involved with the club while he and Hadfield served in the same Army Reserve engineer battalion.) And both were, and are, vitally interested in training area youth to be responsible citizens. The vehicle this intrepid pair adopted to accomplish their goal was a junior rifle club using NRA's junior marksmanship training program. Another issue was a place to shoot. Meridian may be in Idaho, but it is a city, nonetheless, and presents all the problems that go along with target shooting in an urban environment. In 1978, the range building, which had been used since 1963, was sold. For a time, the club met and shot on Ben Barham's home range. Then in 1981, Hadfield and Barham approached the Idaho Power Company and got permission to convert an empty transformer station for use as a range. The building turned out to be ideal for this conversion, and over time the bullet traps, target carriers, and other equipment increased in sophistication. Then in 1996, the other shoe dropped--Idaho Power was forced to put the building up for sale. Again, Hadfield and Barham went to work. changed the dues structure. Now the club year runs from October to April, and members pay a $35 fee at each year's start. Membership, which has been as high as 150, is now steady at 50-60 each year, with a waiting list, and attendance is not a problem. Over the past four decades, the club rolls have included a total of about 2,500 members. Setting priorities has not been a problem. "We don't push top-level competitive shooting," says Hadfield. "Top-level competitive clubs tend to be small. Our chief goal has been to teach as many of our kids as possible how to shoot and how to shoot safely. We work to take kids off the street and instill a sense of individual responsibility and good citizenship. We work to get them public recognition for their efforts and achievements. Competitive excellence, and there has been plenty, is a major by-product. (For the record, the youngest smallbore rifle Distinguished Expert in NRA history was a member of the Meridian Optimist Junior Rifle Club.) And we are proud of our success. The club did a survey not long ago. Of our members, only three smoked cigarettes and none had ever tried drugs." Not surprisingly, one learns about the club from Ross Hadfield and Ben Barham. And to learn about them, one has to ask a third party. Gerry Sweet, of Intermountain Outdoor Sports in Meridian, is the man to ask. After recounting all that they have done for their community, Sweet will tell you unhesitatingly that, "They are really great. What they do with the kids in the club is nothing short of magic. They have absolutely the right brand of leadership for our young people. They are strict disciplinarians, yet they are realistic in their demands for acceptable behavior. The kids know what is expected of them. They are encouraged by the rules, not frustrated by them. The gift that both Ross and Ben have--the talent to work with and inspire young people--is a real blessing, and this city has had the benefit of it for 40 years." There is one footnote. Not long ago, an individual known to Ross Hadfield as a former club member greeted him on the street with the hug of a long-lost relative. A friend who witnessed the encounter asked who he was. "Oh, one of my kids," was Hadfield's reply. And when asked how many kids he had, Ross Hadfield answered unhesitatingly, "2,500."


Our son was on the verge of dropping out until he became involved...your program turned our son around.

The Meridian Optimists Junior Rifle Club had its roots in an Explorer Scout Post in Meridian in 1961. Hadfield, then a member of the rifle team that represented his Army Reserve command, was asked to help organize the marksmanship program as a vehicle through which scouts could earn added credits toward scouting's highest ranks and honors. Hadfield started with 12 young shooters. Little did he know that it would become a near-life's work. As the 1960s progressed, and despite the fact that Ben Barham joined the team in 1966, the Explorer Post became detached from the rifle club's efforts. In 1972, Hadfield and Barham approached the local chapter of the Optimists Club (both men are Optimists), and in short order had realigned the rifle club with Optimist activities. The Meridian Optimists Junior Rifle Club was born. At the start, Hadfield supplied the equipment from his own resources. Then, in short order, affiliation with the NRA and with the Army's Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) brought added supplies--jackets, shooting mats, ammunition, and the Remington, Winchester, and other target rifles then commonly issued to affiliated junior rifle clubs. Over the years, the equipment list has grown to include Feinwerkbau air rifles and Anschutz .22 target rifles which were purchased following fund-raising activities by both the club and their Optimist sponsors. When the DCM ceased to exist and the follow-on Civilian Marksmanship Program demanded that affiliated clubs either return or purchase issued equipment, the Meridian Optimists made arrangements to purchase much of the material.

On one end, the CEO of Idaho Power, an Optimist who wanted to sell the facility to the club, arranged a very generous purchase package. On the other end, Hadfield, Barham, the Optimists, and the club members' families raised the needed cash. And Ben Barham initiated a grant request that netted $5,000 (just over 25 percent of the total amount needed) from The NRA Foundation. "We knew we were providing a welcome environment," remembered Ross Hadfield, "when one of the families whose aid we solicited sent in what amounted to a month's salary. `Our son,' the family reported, `was on the verge of dropping out until he became involved with the rifle club. He was irresponsible, uninterested, and a poor student. Your program turned him around. In a year or two, he will graduate from college with an engineering degree. And he's a dean's list student.' "And I can go you a couple better than that," Hadfield continues. "To begin with, my wife's doctor is a former club member--I can still pull his records and show you how he did. And he will tell you without hesitation that learning to shoot and being in the club helped him while he was growing up. It taught him how to stay focused, how to pay attention to what's going on, how to set and reach goals, how to take responsibility for what he does, and how to think about the consequences of his actions before he starts out. "More than that, this club is now on its third generation of membership. Ben and I have members now who are the grandchildren of some of our original kids. So I guess we've been pretty successful." Hadfield and Barham, and their cadre of instructor-coaches, have had to correct errors along the way. They began operating on a weekly basis with dues set at 50 cents per meeting. That price didn't promote regular attendance. Members would find something else to spend half-a-buck on. So they


For more information on how your club can benefit from­­or help to support­­The NRA Foundation, call 800423-6894, or visit their Web site at

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NRA Offers Training Counselor Workshops

Perfect for training club officers and instructors

Training Counselor (TC) workshops are designed to provide experienced instructors and current training counselors with the skills necessary to train NRA Certified Instructors how to teach people to shoot according to NRA's nationally recognized training standards. Following is a listing for the date and location of scheduled workshops. Contact the person named for details. Applications to attend a TC workshop must be submitted to the Training Department for approval prior to attending. For more information call (703)267-1422 or e-mail [email protected] February 7-10, 2002 VIRGINIA (Centreville) Contact: Charles Sills [email protected] phone: 703.393.9694 / 703.830.0458 February 8-10, 2002 OHIO (Dayton) Contact: Roy Mullins phone: 513.738.9914 February 9-11, 2002 OREGON (Portland) Contact: Wendell Joost [email protected] phone: 425.836.3902 February 22-24, 2002 NEW YORK (Brooklyn) Contact: Joseph Pacheco [email protected] phone: 973.662.1177 / 718.836.7233 February 22-24, 2002 NEVADA (Las Vegas) Contact: Robert Olague [email protected] phone: 520.444.5131 March 1-3, 2002 NEW YORK (Poughkeepsie) Contact: Kenneth Wilkinson [email protected] phone: 845.297.7709 March 12-14, 2002 VIRGINIA (Virginia Beach) Contact: Harry Morter [email protected] phone: 757.463.4042 March 15-17, 2002 TENNESSEE (Gallatin) Contact: Ben Bush [email protected] phone: 615.824.8234 March 22-24, 2002 MARYLAND (Frederick) Contact: Ira M. Click [email protected] phone: 301.695.9582 April 5-7, 2002 NEW YORK (Utica) Contact: Lawrence A. Joseph [email protected] phone: 315.797.2184 / 315.735.2126 April 12-14, 2002 FLORIDA (Fort Walton Beach) Contact: Chuck Kuzma [email protected] phone: 850.678.8761 April 19-21, 2002 CALIFORNIA (Orange) Contact: T.J. Johnston [email protected] phone: 714.744.4485 April 26-28, 2002 NEW YORK (Brooklyn) Contact: Joseph Pacheco [email protected] phone: 973.662.1177 / 718.836.7233 April 26-28, 2002 NEVADA (Las Vegas) Contact: Robert Olague [email protected] phone: 520.444.5131 May 3-5, 2002 MINNESOTA (Grand Rapids) Contact: John Kvasnicka [email protected] phone: 507.635.5600 May 24-26, 2002 NEW YORK (Brooklyn) Contact: Joseph Pacheco [email protected] phone: 973.662.1177 / 718.836.7233 June 7-9, 2002 MISSOURI (Columbia) Contact: Steve McGhee [email protected] phone: 573.886.1129 June 21-23, 2002 NEVADA (Las Vegas) Contact: Robert Olague [email protected] phone: 520.444.5131 August 23-25, 2002 NEVADA (Las Vegas) Contact: Robert Olague [email protected] phone: 520.444.5131 October 25-27, 2002 NEVADA (Las Vegas) Contact: Robert Olague [email protected] phone: 520.444.5131 November 8-10, 2002 PENNSYLVANIA (Lanse) Contact: David Gemperle [email protected] phone: 724.453.2987

Help your community stay GunSafe® with NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program is a gun accident prevention program that teaches children four important steps to take should they find a gun in an unsupervised situation. Eddie Eagle, the program's mascot, teaches children in Pre-K through six grade that if they see a gun to: STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult. Teaching the Eddie Eagle® Program is fun and rewarding and could very well save a life. Eddie's lifesaving message empowers children with the knowledge they need to avoid firearm related accidents.

Some ways to keep your community GunSafe®:

· Present The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to children at your local elementary school, church group, or civic organization. (Our self-explanatory instructor's guides offer step-by-step instruction that requires minimal advance preparation.) · Help raise funds to distribute materials at local community safety fairs · Purchase an Eddie Eagle mascot costume for your local police or sheriff 's department Curriculum materials include: age-appropriate student workbooks, instructor's guides, animated video, CD-ROM, brochures, classroom poster, and student reward stickers. To learn more about the program and how your association or club can help, please call (800) 231-0752 or visit us on the Web at Take part in spreading Eddie's lifesaving message. Help keep more children safe.

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A Bullseye Basic: the .45 ACP

BRUCE ANDERSON MARKETING MANAGER, CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS FROM MY PREVIOUS ARTICLES on Bullseye shooting, you should now have a basic understanding of the sport and the pistols used by most shooters to compete. I first gave you an overview on this challenging discipline, then introduced you to the first pistol caliber that bullseye shooters fire in a match (the .22 caliber), and in our last issue I discussed the middle stage--centerfire-- where a number of different centerfire calibers can be found at any large match. This issue, we're going to talk about the last stage of the game--the .45 match. You may recall that the 10ring of the standard 50yard slow-fire target is a tad over 3-1/2" across. That's 50 yards mind you, not 25. The inner, tie-breaking X-ring circle is just 11/2" across! How in the world could you compete with the G.I. service pistol whose physical capabilities wouldn't allow it even to group 10 shots inside the 8" eight-ring at that distance? Your chances of hitting the 10-ring would be nil at best once you added some human error to the picture! PART IV between the two. Next, he'd really look at how the barrel is coming into battery, or firing position. As the slide returns home and readies the pistol for firing, is there much movement? Probably so, in many areas. Here some spotwelding might be in order--putting extra metal onto various places on the barrel itself and then re-fitting it by judiciously filing off the excess weld until a smooth and consistent lock-up is achieved. Same goes for the front bushing area. From there, on to that creepy 8-lb. trigger pull. No target shooter worth a hoot can shoot a pistol accurately, onehanded, with a trigger release like that. Just how well can we expect the old .45 auto to shoot after being accurized? Well, as hard as it might be to believe, the top pistolsmiths can turn out reliable pistols that drop all 10 shots inside 2" at 50 yards when fired from a machine rest! In fact, the nowretired master pistolsmith John Giles guaranteed X-ring accuracy at 50 yards! Each pistol came with its own test targets and ammo specifications that proved the results of his accurizing. Now we're talking! When you decide to acquire a target .45, you'll be faced with another question or two. Are you going to shoot a scope or iron sights? Is this a hardball gun or a wadcutter gun? Well, let's tackle the scope question first. What are you shooting on your .22? Chances are, if you're like 95% of the shooters enjoying the game today, you'll want to shoot a battery-powered red-dot type scope that provides you with a simple red dot as an aiming device. No more striving for the close alignment of front and rear sights. Now you simply concentrate on putting the red dot where you would like the bullets to end up. Sounds simple enough, but is it? The fact is that the highest scores ever fired in registered competition and at the National Championships have been fired with the old iron sights. Assuming you're shooting a dot on your .22, I'd recommend you do the same with your .45. Remember, consistency is key in this game. Regarding your choice of a hardball versus a wadcutter pistol, let's first explain the difference. Most all bullseye matches are fired with target-type ammunition and with pistols that are constructed to maximize their accuracy potential. The pistol may have custom target grips that help support the hand and assist with your hold. It may have a


red-dot scope installed. It must, however, have a trigger pull of not less than 3-1/2 lbs The hardball gun is the term given to the pistol used for a pistol tournament known as the Service Pistol or National Trophy Individual (NTI) Match -- more commonly referred to as Leg Matches. In an effort to more closely simulate the accuracy challenge of shooting the U.S. military service pistol, a much tighter set of criteria is applied to the gun used for this event. The courses of fire are still the same. This tournament was designed to test the soldier's pistol shooting ability using as close to an as-issued government service pistol as possible. The gun could be tightened and accurized; however, it could not have a trigger pull of less than 4 lbs., nor could it have grips that were other than stock-type panels. It cannot have any outside modifications that might add weight, and even the magazines must be simple and straightforward with no bumper pads on the bottom. If you had to pick just one .45 to do it all, the logical choice would be the hardball gun. For the main 2700, you would simply shoot iron sights and target-type ammunition. You may have to replace the recoil spring with one tuned for the lighter target load, but this is a simple task and of no consequence to the shooter. Would your score suffer? Perhaps a bit, but recall the astonishing scores fired with traditional iron sights in the past. And learning to use a four lb. trigger pull would surely assist you when it's time to change springs and enter a true hardball tournament. Okay, now that you've got your fancy new .45 back from the pistolsmith, or perhaps you purchased a brand-new pistol in competition-ready trim from the Les Baer Company or Rock River Arms--two companies known for producing out-of-the-box ready bullseye pistols--what are you going to feed it? Having an accurized pistol is one thing, but feeding it top-notch ammunition capable of exposing its true photo courtesy of Rock River Arms accuracy potential is another story. Hence we enter into the fascinating world of reloading or handloading your own ammunition. Shooting reloads is the norm for the bullseye shooter, so face it--if you're going to jump into this game, you might as well ask Santa for a nice reloading press! Chances are that the pistolsmith who accurized your gun will have suggested loads that performed well in your pistol. You can spend hours at the range developing loads which might outperform even your own expectations. But that's a whole other story. Good shooting!


Top pistolsmiths can turn out reliable pistols that drop all 10 shots inside 2" at 50 yards.


Well, lo and behold, it didn't take competitive shooters long to learn that the ol' warhorse, John M. Browning-designed, .45 automatic could be made more competitive. And besides, even if you didn't like the .45 automatic you had other choices, namely Smith & Wesson's Model 1955 Target Revolver. With its heavy 6" barrel, the Smith .45 revolver shot well within the needs of the bullseye competitor with handloaded ammunition. So there you have it--two choices for your final 90-shot stage: an accurized .45 automatic, or the large-frame Smith & Wesson target revolver. The disadvantage to shooting the revolver, however, is having to rush and thumb the hammer back to the singleaction mode during the timed- and rapidfire events. Shooting double action is almost unheard of because the long, 12-plus pound trigger pull makes proper sight alignment very difficult to achieve and maintain. Consequently, if you shoot a revolver, you need to have a quick thumb. And although you will still find a few shooters who simply like the balance, pointability, or whatever about the revolver, the undisputed king of the .45s on the target line today is the 1911style automatic pistol. Now how do you take a G.I. .45 which, in its as-issued configuration might barely put all 10 shots within an 8" group at 50 yards, and get it to shoot a 3" competitive-necessary group? For starters, a pistolsmith of years ago might first take some of that horrible slop out of the fit between the upper half of the gun (slide assembly) and the lower half (frame). He'd do that by gently squeezing the sides of the slide in a vise, and perhaps peening down and expanding the rails on the frame. Then, a lapping compound would be used to work these now tight-fitting parts together and eventually come up with a nice and even, but solid, fit

A "hardball" gun like this Rock River Arms national match model, would be good choice for a `do-itall' competitive centerfire pistol says the author.

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Your Club's New Year's Resolution­­ Become an NRA Recruiter!


NRA RECRUITING PROGRAMS Knight's Landing Sportsmen's Club, in Sacramento, California, uses the commission earned to help their local community. Knight's Landing donated their commission to local schools, churches, and even purchased the `Jaws of Life' for the local fire department. With their commitment to the community, it has enabled them to develop a strong relationship with area landowners and as a consequence, they have access to more than 50,000 acres for pheasant and quail hunting. Another club, Benton Gun Club of Benton, Arkansas, turned around and donated the commission back to the NRA/ILA to help defend our 2nd Amendment rights. Not only are they doing their part by increasing NRA membership, they are playing an important role in supporting the political activities of our association. Contact the Recruiting Program department today at (800) 672-0004 to request an enrollment application. Send the application back to us promptly so we can get your club started. With your club's involvement, you and your club members will help preserve the integrity of the rights and freedoms on which this country was founded.

THE NRA RECRUITING PROGRAM is designed so that clubs like yours can recruit and renew current NRA members while increasing your club's treasury. Once your club becomes a recruiter, NRA will pay up to $10 for every new membership sold. A renewal will pay the club $5­multiply this by the number of members in your club and it adds up fast! With nothing invested on the club's part, this is pure profit! How you spend your commission, is entirely up to you. Commission you will receive from signing up or renewing your club members can help you purchase new clay throwers, expand rifle or skeet fields, fix up a trap house, or just improve the landscaping around your clubhouse. The commission you earn will help to provide for such projects. Don't limit your recruiting to just club members. Sign up friends and family as well. The more people you sign up, the more commission you will earn.

NRA Members, NRA Receive Benefits with New H&R Block Program

AS YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW, some of the most sweeping tax law changes were passed in 2001. And while news coverage indicates that the changes will benefit most taxpayers, the amount of changes is bound to cause confusion. Trying to understand the new laws may be difficult and take time. The NRA is offering a valuable new benefit to members that will help relieve some of your stress at tax time. The NRA has joined forces with H&R Block, the nation's leading tax services firm, to bring you the expertise and professional assistance that you need for your tax services, and to ensure that you take advantage of every money-saving deduction and credit for which you are eligible.

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In 2002, when you have your tax return prepared at H&R Block, you'll receive expert tax advice with the added convenience of more than 9,000 offices nationwide. And if you haven't used H&R Block in 2000 or 2001, NRA will automatically receive a generous contribution on your behalf to help support our programs. H&R Block prepares more tax returns than any other tax or accounting firm. The company has tax professionals available to prepare all types of personal and business tax returns, from simple filings to the most complex.

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The Range Development and Operations Conference is NRA's forum to bring you some of the nation's experts in the field of range design, construction, operations, and management. Plus, at the same time you can plan to attend the NRA Business Plan Seminar­designed to help you develop your business plan. Call (703) 267-1023 for more information.

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