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know when you see my name, you’re used to reading about political and legislative issues. But this month we are launching a new, non-political e ort I’m very enthusiastic about. So I wanted to be the one to tell you all about it. Hold onto your hats for NRACountry—a new partnership between the NRA and the brightest stars of country music! We’re going to bring a new presence for the NRA into one of the fastest-growing entertainment segments today. The NRA is slated to become country music’s rst brand of freedom. Growing up in west Tennessee, I’ve been a country music fan all my life. And I know many of you are fans, too. We’ve been fortunate to host top performers at the recent NRA Annual
Meetings—the Charlie Daniels Band, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, the Oak Ridge Boys and, of course, Hank Williams Jr. But NRACountry isn’t going to be just about concerts. We’ve already held our kicko event—a charity shoot in Nashville, where we were joined by some of the top rising talent in country music today. Chuck Wicks was there. Justin Moore was there, too—see the sidebar about the concert series we’re launching with him—as were many more. NRACountry is going to be about shared values: patriotism, freedom, pride in America. We plan to celebrate these values with concerts and other events that will bene t our causes— gun safety programs, training and education for youth, and nonpartisan voter registration, to name just a few.
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met Chuck Wicks for the rst time at our rst NRACountry event—a sporting clays shoot. We had a lot in common and I was impressed with his enthusiasm about our program. He’s an NRA Life member, longtime hunter and Second Amendment supporter. I caught up with him recently to discuss his contribution to the NRACountry program, his background, ©2009. All Rights Reser ved. Fuel 100 is a TRG company. This is the confidential intellectual property of Fuel 100. Any reproduction or unauthorized use is prohibited. and some of his career highlights.
One on One with Chuck Wicks
where we thought we might try to t it in—it was a highlight.
Cox: Growing up on the farm, is that where you started hunting and shooting? Wicks: My dad got me into hunting and shooting. When I was 8 or 9 I started to get curious and started asking my dad if I 7.31.09 could tag along when he went hunting. I NRA COUNTRY PROPOSAL tagged along for a couple years and then when I turned 12, we got permission from Mom and I was allowed to go hunting and carry my own gun. So I went through the safety course, and I just fell in love with hunting. I owe it to my dad and the passion he had for it. We’d go hunting and have competitions—who got the most deer in the year—and I kicked his butt every year. My rst buck was a six pointer, but it was better than any deer my Dad had shot in his thirty years of deer hunting. He was happy for me—but I could tell he was a little bitter, too. We kept track the rst four years or so but I kept winning so we stopped keeping count. Cox: Our members always like to talk guns. Do you have any favorites? Wicks: I’ve always loved my Browning short Mag. That gun has never ever missed, I’ve killed all my biggest deer with it. I’ve always been a Browning fan, it was the rst gun I ever saved up my own money for. I’ve got others now, but that rst gun is my favorite.
Cox: Chuck, it was a big honor to have you at our rst NRACountry event, the shoot at the CMA (Country Music Awards). As you know from that event, our NRACountry e ort will be a partnership with country artists and record labels, putting on events and bene ts to help fund important NRA Foundation programs like gun safety education, nonpartisan voter registration and more. We think it’s a natural t and we’re going to structure it to bene t our partners in the country music industry as well. Can our members hope that you will be an ongoing part of the NRACountry program? Wicks: Without a doubt—when I rst got invited to the shoot in Nashville I was excited, because that’s how I grew up. NRA and country music are a natural t. A lot of people in country music grew up on farms, and any time we have any excuse to pick up a gun and go shoot skeet or whatever, man, we’re on it. To do an event like you guys put together is awesome. It wasn’t one of those things
Photos courtesy of Chuck Wicks
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - October 2009
American Rifleman - October 2009
From The Editor
Welcome To NRACountry
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
The Mayor vs. The People
Ruger’s SR-556: Ready To Run, Right Out Of The Box
The Colt U.S. M4 Carbine
The Truth About Gun Shows
Lincoln’s Rifles: “They Might Have Stayed To See The Shooting”
What Is A Purpose-Built Shotgun?
The ABCs Of Handgun Marksmanship
Making The Right Turn
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Trigger The Vote
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
Programs & Services
I Have This Old Gun
American Rifleman - October 2009