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Carl Rowan, Jr.

arl Rowan, Jr. grew up in Minnesota where, as a young boy, he was first
introduced to his abilities as a marksman with a .410 shotgun and a
.22 cal. rifle. By the time Rowan was a teenager, a family friend and fbi agent
took him to the range and allowed him to fire a number of handguns, including
a Ruger Blackhawk revolver. At that point, Rowan was hooked on shooting and
soon became a Life member of the National Rifle Association.
As a student at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., he shot competitively on
a local corporate bullseye team. During that time, Rowan also became an avid
bird hunter, both for relaxation and to develop his skills with a shotgun.
After graduating from college, he became a Deputy u.s. Marshal in
Washington, d.c., where he was also a range officer, helping other deputies
with their shooting skills. "Having a key to the range in the federal courthouse
basement was the greatest perk in Washington," said Rowan.
He later attended the Georgetown University Law Center and transferred to
the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent. He became a member of
the fbi's elite swat program where he helped train local police departments in
advanced techniques involving handguns, shotguns and select-fire weapons.
Since he retired from his work in government, Rowan has worked with the
nra on a wide range of criminal justice reform initiatives and has been a strong
proponent of national concealed carry for police officers (hr-218) as well as
for civilians. Rowan says, "As a law enforcement officer, I had no fear of honest
citizens with firearms. The right to self defense is a fundamental American right.

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As a strong believer in the Second
Amendment, I urge that people refuse
to be a victim of violent crime."
Rowan is now an executive in a
private security company, an nra
certified law enforcement firearms
instructor and enjoys teaching women
to shoot in his spare time. Rowan has
been an nra Board member for
15 years.

Introducing NRA Sports
3-Gun Shooting Events

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he nra recognizes the fact that 3-gun competitions are the fastest-growing
action shooting events in the world. 3-gun competitions are recreational
shooting events for new and intermediate shooters. It is safe, competitive and
enjoyable for shooters of all ages.
"What we created here isn't just for the day-to-day shooter," said Senior
Program Coordinator Samantha Olsen. "It's for everyone. Young and old,
experienced or not, nra Sports' 3-Gun Experience is a fun, safe way to enjoy the
fastest growing shooting sport around."
Participants all over the country compete in these action-packed multi-gun
events during which they can exhibit their skills with a modern sporting rifle
(msr), a pistol and a shotgun. AirSoft guns and .22s are becoming more popular
as well. Targets usually include clay pigeons, cardboard silhouettes or steel targets
of varying sizes and are usually at distances of anywhere from 1-500 yards.
The competitor who hits the most targets in the least amount of time is the
winner. It is a fun and safe way to target shoot while simulating a combat or
self-defense situation.
The nra is now taking the initiative by helping clubs and associations around
the country host their own 3-gun competitions in a safe and effective manner.
The program is designed to equip all attendees with the same firearms and
ammunition to create a level playing field, as well as to attract new members and
generate funding for local ranges.
For questions regarding hosting an nra Sports event, please contact nra Sports
Recreational Shooting at 1 (800) 672-3888 or email nrasports@nrahq.org.



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