American Hunter - April 2010 - 14

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president’s column
By Ronald L. Schmeits, President

Shoot In NRA Competitions—And Score A Win For Freedom!

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ith spring’s arrival, now is a great time to gather your family, get outside and engage in a sport that’s more closely tied to American history and constitutional freedom than any other—the fun, satisfying and freedom-a rming discipline of competitive shooting! Even if you’ve never formally competed in marksmanship before, I bet you’ve matched skills in some friendly shooting competition with your friends and family. Whether you break Necco Wafers with a BB gun in your backyard, or bust clay birds in anticipation of hunting season, or shoot soda cans o a fence on a summer afternoon, recreational shooting is all-American fun. And friendly competition can make it all the more enjoyable. So why not take advantage of the improving springtime weather to get involved in some of the many competitive shooting disciplines the NRA o ers? Whatever your age or level of expertise, the NRA has competitions that cater to your interest and situation, from BB gun matches for youngsters, to tournaments for disabled competitors, to the worldrenowned NRA National Ri e and Pistol Championships—America’s World Series of the Shooting Sports—at Camp Perry, Ohio. As an o cial governing body for shooting sports in the U.S., the NRA sanctions 10,000 shooting tournaments every year, nationwide, with more than 125,000 men, women and juniors competing. Our major programs include Air Gun, Black Powder, Muzzle Loading, Collegiate Shooting, Disabled Shooting Services, Action Pistol, Pistol Programs, Postal Matches, Ri e Programs, Silhouette Programs and more. The NRA also o ers a Competitive Shooting Sponsorship Program, and programs for Tournament Operations, Tournament Reporting and NRA Volunteers.

If you have children in high school, they might be interested to learn that many high schools host airgun competitions as part of their JROTC programs. We’re seeing a resurgence of interest in shooting competitions at colleges, too, with more than 300 collegiate ri e, pistol and shotgun shooting programs now active. In fact, April 8-11, Purdue University will host the rst NRA Intercollegiate Ri e Club Championship, with smallbore and air ri e competitions open to all levels of collegiate shooters. To nd out if a college you are interested in o ers such competitions, or to learn more, just visit www.nrahq.org/ compete/coldir.asp for the online NRA Collegiate Shooting Sports Directory. Or if you’d like to introduce marksmanship competitions to your school, just call Tori Croft, national manager of the NRA Competitive Shooting Collegiate and Schools Department, at (703) 267-1473 to get a copy of the book, “Developing a Scholastic Shooting Program.” A fairly new competitive shooting discipline that might interest you is so-called “F-Class” shooting, which allows older and vision-impaired ri e shooters to compete at long range. Instead of using iron sights and a sling, F-Class shooters may use a telescopic sight and a bi-pod or a rest—but their targets are half the size as those for shooters using iron sights and slings. Targets begin at 300 yards and range out to 1,000—so F-Class competitions are a real showcase for long-range wind-doping and marksmanship skills. Not surprisingly, after bursting onto the American scene from Canada less than a decade ago, F-Class shooting has taken o in the U.S. in the same way that siluetas metalicas (metallic silhouettes) exploded after it was introduced from Mexico more than 30 years ago.

Speaking of silhouette shooting, another big hit for NRA competitive shooters has been our Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette competitions, which combine the fun of Cowboy Lever Action shooting with the hit-or-miss “clang” and satisfaction of falling metallic targets. Eight years ago we held our rst NRA Nationals in this exciting sport and interest has been increasing ever since. But the biggest, most consistent favorite of all are our High Power Ri e competitions, from 200 right out to 1,000 yards, that culminate each summer at the NRA National Matches. If you want to see or shoot against the nest military and civilian marksmen and women in the world, there’s no ner place to do so than at Camp Perry each summer. Shooting competitions are a great way to make new friends. They’re a wholesome and character-building way to teach your family about sportsmanship, discipline and athletic achievement. Shooting may not require the muscle mass of a defensive tackle, the strength of a wrestler or the stamina of a triathlete, but the fact is, marksmanship competition requires just as much discipline, muscle control, eye-hand coordination and cool-headed concentration as any other sport. Indeed, in some ways, marksmanship excellence relies upon those attributes even more because in shooting, your greatest competition is you. So take advantage of this season’s ne weather to get out and enjoy the only competitive sport that pays dividends in a safer, freer and more globally secure America—NRA marksmanship competition.

For news about legislation and your NRA, visit: www.nraila.org, www.nranews.com and www.nra.org.
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American Hunter - April 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Hunter - April 2010

American Hunter - April 2010
Contents
Says You
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Bloomberg to Obama: Take “Federal Action”
First Light
Know-How
Gundogs
Gobblers in Paradise
New Guns and Gear Preview
Members’ 2009 Photo Album
Reflections on Turkey Madness
Hornady Superformance
Federal Premium HW 20-Ga.
Gear
Political Report
ILA Report
Member Info & Benefits
Regional Report
NRA Board Spotlight
NRA Woman’s Voice
Member’s Hunt
American Hunter - April 2010 - American Hunter - April 2010
American Hunter - April 2010 - Cover2
American Hunter - April 2010 - 1
American Hunter - April 2010 - Contents
American Hunter - April 2010 - 3
American Hunter - April 2010 - 4
American Hunter - April 2010 - 5
American Hunter - April 2010 - 6
American Hunter - April 2010 - 7
American Hunter - April 2010 - Says You
American Hunter - April 2010 - 9
American Hunter - April 2010 - Armed Citizen
American Hunter - April 2010 - 11
American Hunter - April 2010 - Standing Guard
American Hunter - April 2010 - 13
American Hunter - April 2010 - President’s Column
American Hunter - April 2010 - 15
American Hunter - April 2010 - Bloomberg to Obama: Take “Federal Action”
American Hunter - April 2010 - 17
American Hunter - April 2010 - 18
American Hunter - April 2010 - 19
American Hunter - April 2010 - 20
American Hunter - April 2010 - 21
American Hunter - April 2010 - First Light
American Hunter - April 2010 - 23
American Hunter - April 2010 - 24
American Hunter - April 2010 - 25
American Hunter - April 2010 - 26
American Hunter - April 2010 - 27
American Hunter - April 2010 - Know-How
American Hunter - April 2010 - 29
American Hunter - April 2010 - Gundogs
American Hunter - April 2010 - 31
American Hunter - April 2010 - Gobblers in Paradise
American Hunter - April 2010 - 33
American Hunter - April 2010 - 34
American Hunter - April 2010 - 35
American Hunter - April 2010 - New Guns and Gear Preview
American Hunter - April 2010 - 37
American Hunter - April 2010 - 38
American Hunter - April 2010 - 39
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American Hunter - April 2010 - 41
American Hunter - April 2010 - 42
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American Hunter - April 2010 - 47
American Hunter - April 2010 - Members’ 2009 Photo Album
American Hunter - April 2010 - 49
American Hunter - April 2010 - 50
American Hunter - April 2010 - 51
American Hunter - April 2010 - 52
American Hunter - April 2010 - 53
American Hunter - April 2010 - Reflections on Turkey Madness
American Hunter - April 2010 - 55
American Hunter - April 2010 - Hornady Superformance
American Hunter - April 2010 - 57
American Hunter - April 2010 - Federal Premium HW 20-Ga.
American Hunter - April 2010 - 59
American Hunter - April 2010 - Gear
American Hunter - April 2010 - 61
American Hunter - April 2010 - Political Report
American Hunter - April 2010 - 63
American Hunter - April 2010 - ILA Report
American Hunter - April 2010 - 65
American Hunter - April 2010 - Regional Report
American Hunter - April 2010 - NRA Board Spotlight
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American Hunter - April 2010 - 67a
American Hunter - April 2010 - 66b
American Hunter - April 2010 - 67b
American Hunter - April 2010 - 66c
American Hunter - April 2010 - 67c
American Hunter - April 2010 - 66d
American Hunter - April 2010 - 67d
American Hunter - April 2010 - NRA Woman’s Voice
American Hunter - April 2010 - 69
American Hunter - April 2010 - 70
American Hunter - April 2010 - 71
American Hunter - April 2010 - Member’s Hunt
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