We're getting closer to Election Day 2022, and NRA-ILA Executive Director Jason Ouimet writes, "I want to make sure you have every opportunity to help ensure success come Election Day on Nov. 8. Now, let’s talk about some of the key races. Starting with the U.S. Senate, where anti-gun Vice President Kamala Harris (D) has the power to break all ties with her vote as President of the Senate, we must wrest control from those opposed to the freedoms guaranteed by the Second Amendment in the 2022 midterms." Read more about the battleground races for the Second Amendment here.
Boo! Our October Spooky Series has arisen from its grave once more, and the first installment is Gevaudan's Reign of the Wolf, the strange tale of a maneating beast and the woman who triumphed when all the king's horses and all the king's men failed. Wrap your cloak closer around you and venture into an 18th-century French forest with us to face The Gevaudan Beast. Want more spine-chilling tales of the outdoors? Click here for our previous nightmares!
Heart still pounding? That doesn't mean you couldn't be accurate with a gun, but there are tricks to it. As columnist Jo Deering writes, "All my illusions of being a good rifle shot got blown away in an instant the first time I went on a spot-and-stalk hunt for pronghorn. After a long hike and a scramble up a mountainside, I was so out of breath that the crosshairs were bouncing all over the place." Check out our tips for shooting while you're winded.
If you're like the millions of American women who went out and bought a gun for the first time in the last two years, then chances are rather good that you didn't grow up shooting. If you're an urban or suburban dweller, you may not know anyone who shoots (or who admits to it). Finally, if you're like many new gun owners, you may find the prospect of training on a range alone just a little intimidating. You may feel alone. Fact is, you aren't! Find your gun training tribe here.
NRA Instructors are considered the “Gold Standard” when it comes to firearms instruction. But whether you are looking for an NRA Certified Instructor or just any instructor at the local range, there are things that you can do to ensure you get quality instruction. It’s also important to understand that every instructor has his or her own style and flare, so you want to find one that is compatible with yours. Here's how to find the right trainer ... for you.
Speaking of training, whether you're an instructor or a student, Heidi Lyn Rao has some advice on the matter. "Firearm training classes are filled with students from all walks of life. More often than not, they arrive to class with an attitude of excitement and anticipation," she writes. "Every so often, however, a student brings a poor attitude, a big ego or another trait that has the potential to disrupt the rest of the class and their ability to concentrate." What to do with a problem child?
It's a banner year for birthdays! Six months ago, Federal Ammunition (in partnership with your friends here at the NRA) announced a groundbreaking sweepstakes to celebrate its 100th anniversary. As we reported at the time, this was to be one of the largest sweepstakes in company history, with over 54,000 rounds of ammunition reserved for the winner. The sweepstakes are over and the winner has been announced!
Speaking of birthdays ... In 1526, Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta (1490-1565/68) of Gardone Val Trompia, Brescia, Italy, received 296 ducats as payment for 185 arquebus barrels sold to the Arsenal of Venice, marking the first documented sale of Beretta products in the known world. It is from this foundational point that our company began its commanding presence in the firearms manufacturing industry. Happy 496th, Beretta!