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OFFICIAL JOURNAL INSIDE NRA programs & services NRA Board Spotlight - John L. Cushman T hough the media often portrays New Yorkers as antigun, John Cushman has spent the last 35 years ghting that stereotype through rearm education and training. He holds a popular Second Amendment rally and rearm civil rights conference annually in the heart of New York. Cushman is also a familiar face to many in the New York legislature because he has worked tirelessly against anti-gun legislation there. His interest in rearms began on a farm. Born and raised in Flushing, N.Y., Cushman spent many summers in upstate New York working on dairy farms. While the farm hands introduced him to hunting, his rearm education was greatly enhanced when, at 17, he joined the Marines at Parris Island, S.C., and his new-found friends began including him on hunts. Cushman then married, and he and wife Carol had two children. He earned a degree in industrial labor relations/labor law from Cornell University and embarked on a 39-year career in the trucking industry, working with its powerful unions. Cushman soon discovered that while union leaders may be anti-gun, the members are not. “Some of the leadership may have problems with gun laws, but the rank-and- le clearly understand the importance of the Second Amendment,” he notes. Cushman also became involved in conservation and wildlife management. This work led him to form the non-pro t organization SAFE (Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education, Inc.) in 1993. Through SAFE, Cushman and his instructors teach rearm safety and gun handling. “We have conducted NRA Women On Target clinics for the last six years and have trained more than 500 women to handle rearms safely,” Cushman says. An NRA Benefactor member, Cushman has served on the NRA Board for 16 years and on the NRA Whittington Center Board for 15 years. One of his proudest moments was being inducted into the New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame in 1998 for his volunteer work. Cushman strongly believes that all gun owners should belong to the NRA. “The cheapest insurance you’ll ever buy is your membership in the NRA, to ensure your civil rights,” he advises. “We will keep our rights only as long as we are willing to ght for them.” Gunsite Celebrates NRA’s 138th Birthday T he Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) of Prescott, Ariz., will operate a special event station November 17, 2009, in celebration of the NRA’s 138th birthday. The amateur radio station will operate from the Gunsite Academy’s 2,000-acre campus north of Prescott, Ariz. The special event call sign will be K7NRA, an FCClicensed amateur radio station. It will conduct operations on the following amateur frequencies from 0800 MST to 1600 MST: 7.250, 14.250 and 21.335 MHz. A unique NRA/Gunsite QSL Card (acknowledgement of communications) will be forwarded to those stations contacted during the event. All amateur stations, especially those operated by NRA members and Gunsite alumni, are urged to participate. More information can be found at YARC’s Web site: http://www.w7yrc.org/ by Davi Illustration d Labrozzi 102 N OVEMBER 2009 WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG http://www.w7yrc.org/ http://WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - November 2009

American Rifleman - November 2009

Contents
From The Editor
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Fighting The Good Fight
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
Loading Bench
A Perfectly Delightful Cartridge: 7x57 mm Mauser
A Step Apart: The Browning Maxus
Triggernometry 101
A “Clean” Barrel
Hunting With Modern Semi-Automatic Rifles: The AR Afield
Remington’s Model 10: “The Other Trench Gun”
Exploded View: ArmaLite M-15 A2 Carbine
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
NRA-ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
Programs & Services
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - November 2009

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