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Everyman's V
SPECIAL REPORT

By J. Scott Olmsted, Editor in Chief, American Hunter

Pete Brownell, grandson of Brownell Industries founder Bob Brownell
and son of NRA Golden Bullseye Pioneer Frank Brownell, is now NRA
President, an office he will use as a pulpit to "grow the NRA base," same
as he's done for his company since 1996.

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Photo by NRA Staff

n America's heartland lies a business
launched amid the Great Depression
that thrives today because those
at its helm have never forgotten their
small-town roots while striving to reach
further than the previous generation.
The story of Brownells of Montezuma,
Iowa, is the stuff of the American dream:
It's a company built on love of liberty to
become a premier seller of high-quality
gunsmithing tools and firearm supplies
that today does business worldwide.
Indeed the Brownell name has been
familiar with NRA membership since
1943, probably longer. And for the next
two years, at least, it will be a household name-if it is not already-as
Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells, was
elected NRA President May 1, 2017.

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His plans include focus on growth
and sustainability of membership
through training and education-"the
big objectives." Viewed as a solid,
forward-looking leader during his seven
years of service on the NRA Board, he
is excited to help our organization in
its outreach to young people-indeed,
folks of all stripes.
"The Second Amendment and the
NRA are for everyone," says Brownell.
"We must spread our wings and make
the NRA more appealing for all who hold
the Second Amendment near and dear."

Small Town, Big Shoes

Pete Brownell grew up in
Montezuma. The Midwestern hamlet
was-still is-small enough so "everyone in town knows who you are," he
says, "so they can catch you if you slip
up ... and they can catch you if you fall."
He is one of three sons born to
Frank and Nancy Brownell. Now 48 and
a husband and father of three, he is the
third generation to run the business his
grandfather, Bob, founded in 1939. But
he never expected to run the company.
"It was a small company; it was
about 5 percent of its size today
when I was 15," he says. "So it was a
regional, small, small business."
High school life was full of familiar
activities: sports (football, wrestling),
music (trombone) and some school
leadership. A small school (K-12 under
one roof) in a small town allowed students to dabble. "I played JV football,"
Pete says, "dressed for varsity. But I
also played in the marching band. So
I changed at halftime of the varsity
games to perform in the marching band
then redressed for the second half.
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"We traveled a lot," he says, "...
camping, fishing with granddad-but
we didn't hunt as much as one would
think."
As a teenager, Pete was a rock
climber and mountaineer, a pastime
that in part fueled his love of extreme
hunts. Last year he completed a sheep
grand slam, a feat many hunters
dream of but few complete.
"The sheep slam started with
a desire to replace the company
logo," he says. But a hunt for a Dall
in Alaska's Chugach Range in 2012
spun into a hunt for stone sheep then
a desert sheep then finally a Rocky
Mountain bighorn.
As a youth, he was a junior competitor at Camp Perry a handful
of times. Today, he also enjoys elk
hunting, 3-gun competition, "zombie"
shoots and recreational trap leagues,
and training at Gunsite and other
locations. This year he is headed to
Newfoundland-Labrador for caribou.
"I love any multi-day hunt, anything
that involves tracking, spotting-andstalking," he says. "You test yourself
and your gear, your campmates.
Those are always good areas to seek
improvement. If you're going to call
yourself adventurous, these are the
things to do to test yourself."
From the University of Iowa,
Brownell earned a B.A. in business
administration in 1991 (and in 2000
an MBA with a focus on data-driven
marketing). After undergrad studies, he pursued a career in construction. Someday, after that played out,
he thought maybe he'd become a
mountain guide. But fate weaves an
interesting web.



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