Events across the West featuring products, services and destinations of 300 to 600 exhibiting companies. Hands-on activities, Youth Fairs, hundreds of seminars at multiple theaters, contests for beginner to expert. These events are the ideal opportunity to discover your life outdoors.
Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis," according to a magazine editorial written by Church.
After being granted a charter by the state of New York on November 17, 1871, the NRA was founded. Civil War Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who was also the former governor of Rhode Island and a U.S. senator, became the fledgling NRA's first president.
An important facet of the NRA's creation was the development of a practice ground. In 1872, with financial help from New York State, a site on Long Island, the Creed Farm, was purchased for the purpose of building a rifle range. Named Creedmoor, the range opened a year later, and it was there that the first annual matches were held.
Political opposition to the promotion of marksmanship in New York forced the NRA to find a new home for its range. In 1892, Creedmoor was deeded back to the state and NRA's matches moved to Sea Girt, New Jersey.
The NRA's interest in promoting the shooting sports among America's youth began in 1903 when NRA Secretary Albert S. Jones urged the establishment of rifle clubs at all major colleges, universities and military academies. By 1906, NRA's youth program was in full swing with more than 200 boys competing in matches at Sea Girt that summer. Today, youth programs are still a cornerstone of the NRA, with more than one million youth participating in NRA shooting sports events and affiliated programs with groups such as 4-H, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Legion, Royal Rangers, National High School Rodeo Association and others.
Due to the overwhelming growth of NRA's shooting programs, a new range was needed. Gen. Ammon B. Crichfield, adjutant general of Ohio, had begun construction of a new shooting facility on the shores of Lake Erie, 45 miles east of Toledo, Ohio. Camp Perry became the home of the annual National Matches, which have been the benchmark for excellence in marksmanship ever since. With nearly 6,000 people competing annually in pistol, smallbore and high-power events, the National Matches are one of the biggest sporting events held in the country today.
Through the association's magazine, The American Rifleman, members were kept abreast of new firearms bills, although the lag time in publishing often prevented the necessary information from going out quickly. In response to repeated attacks on the Second Amendment rights, NRA formed the Legislative Affairs Division in 1934. While NRA did not lobby directly at this time, it did mail out legislative facts and analyses to members, whereby they could take action on their own. In 1975, recognizing the critical need for political defense of the Second Amendment, NRA formed the Institute for Legislative Action, or ILA.
Meanwhile, the NRA continued its commitment to training, education and marksmanship. During World War II, the association offered its ranges to the government, developed training materials, encouraged members to serve as plant and home guard members, and developed training materials for industrial security. NRA members even reloaded ammunition for those guarding war plants. Incidentally, the NRA's call to help arm Britain in 1940 resulted in the collection of more than 7,000 firearms for Britain's defense against potential invasion by Germany (Britain had virtually disarmed itself with a series of gun-control laws enacted between World War I and World War II).
After the war, the NRA concentrated its efforts on another much-needed arena for education and training: the hunting community. In 1949, the NRA, in conjunction with the state of New York, established the first hunter education program. Hunter Education courses are now taught by state fish and game departments across the country and Canada and have helped make hunting one of the safest sports in existence. Due to increasing interest in hunting, NRA launched a new magazine in 1973, The American Hunter, dedicated solely to hunting issues year-round. NRA continues its leadership role in hunting today with the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a program that allows youngsters to build on the skills they learned in basic hunter education courses. YHECs are now held in 43 states and three Canadian provinces, involving an estimated 40,000 young hunters.
The American Hunter and The American Rifleman were the mainstays of NRA publications until the debut of The American Guardian in 1997. The Guardian was created to cater to a more mainstream audience, with less emphasis on the technicalities of firearms and a more general focus on self-defense and recreational use of firearms. The Guardian was renamed America's 1st Freedom in June of 2000.
Law enforcement training was next on the priority list for program development. Although a special police school had been reinstated at Camp Perry in 1956, NRA became the only national trainer of law enforcement officers with the introduction of its NRA Police Firearms Instructor certification program in 1960. Today, there are more than 13,000 NRA-certified police and security firearms instructors. Additionally, top law enforcement shooters compete each year in eight different pistol and shotgun matches at the National Police Shooting Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In civilian training, the NRA continues to be the leader in firearms education. Over 125,000 certified instructors now train about 1,000,000 gun owners a year. Courses are available in basic rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading firearms, personal protection, even ammunition reloading. Additionally, nearly 7,000 certified coaches are specially trained to work with young competitive shooters. Since the establishment of the lifesaving Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program in 1988, more than 28 million pre-kindergarten to fourth grade children have learned that if they see a firearm in an unsupervised situation, they should "STOP. DON'T TOUCH. RUN AWAY. TELL A GROWNUP." Over the past seven years, Refuse To Be A Victim® seminars have helped more than 100,000 men and women develop their own personal safety plan using common sense strategies.
In 1990, NRA made a dramatic move to ensure that the financial support for firearms-related activities would be available now and for future generations. Establishing the NRA Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, provided a means to raise millions of dollars to fund gun safety and educational projects of benefit to the general public. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible and benefit a variety of American constituencies including youth, women, hunters, competitive shooters, gun collectors, law enforcement agents and persons with physical disabilities.
While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service our nearly five million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs. As former Clinton spokesman George Stephanopoulos said, "Let me make one small vote for the NRA. They're good citizens. They call their congressmen. They write. They vote. They contribute. And they get what they want over time."
Welcome to Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), the leader in youth development shooting sports programs. Using a combination of education and athletics, we work to enhance the growth and personal development of student athletes throughout the nation.
Through a variety of fun, team-based shooting tournaments in both our Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP), we provide student athletes aged elementary through college with a supportive environment where shooting sports serve as catalysts for teaching life lessons and skills that emphasize positive character traits and citizenship values. Throughout all training, practice and competitions, we continue to instill in our participants a commitment to safe firearm handling, teamwork and leadership.
AimCam has developed the world’s most advanced sports action camera glasses that allows you to accurately capture your line of sight as you see it.
The TCS Manufacturingtm AR Style bore guide properly aligns the cleaning jag and patch or brush with the bore. This tool prevents the rod from hitting the sides of the bore. It also prevents dirt, oil and solvent from falling into the action. This speeds up cleaning and prevents damage to the chamber and barrel.
Geissele Automatics was established in 2004 as a manufacturer of trigger mechanisms for the AR15 rifle. Our first trigger, the Hi-Speed National Match, was designed by our Founder, Bill Geissele, for CMP and NRA Hi-Power Rifle competition. Although designed for target shooting, the Geissele Hi-Speed trigger was found by the U.S. Military to have applications in semi-automatic sniper weapons. In 2005 Geissele Automatics received a request from the Department of Defense: "Can you build us a select-fire trigger that is as good as your Hi-Speed?" In response, Bill designed the Geissele Super Select-Fire trigger (SSF). After rigorous testing the SSF was adopted by entities in the U.S. Special Operations community and has become their trigger of choice for M4 carbine based weapons. A derivative of the SSF trigger was developed to meet the needs of law enforcement and civilians who do not need select-fire capability. This trigger, the Super Semi-Automatic (SSA,) combines stellar performance with the safety, reliability and forgiveness for which 2 stage triggers are known.
At NiteSite™ we design and manufacture patented night vision products for hunting, security, and zero light observation. We utilize infrared in a unique way to make our products more affordable, reliable and user friendly than traditional light amplification technologies. Our products deliver crisp, ultra-clear night vision, regardless of ambient light conditions.
Red River Guns in Tennessee. Best prices on anything AR15 from uppers, lowers, barrels, rails, parts kits, custom builds, you name it!! Some handguns too!
We manufacture and distribute self-securing concealment holsters for all types of handguns, for in-the-waistband or in-pocket carry.
We bring you the classic firearms that made cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws famous – but with a modern twist. All our firearms are made using precision machinery and high-quality materials with one goal in mind – to create faithful reproductions of Civil War, Old West, hunting, and tactical guns from the 19th century.
For the professional, the cool dad or the lady who loves to get outdoors and hunt to record the adventure.
Achieving Perfection Through Invention, the Original HIP STICK TM. Hunters Shooting Rest represents a patented and proprietary gun steadying concept, destined to change the way you hunt. HIP STICK TM offers today's hunter the ultimate solution to the Age Old Problem of steadying the firearm while attempting to aim and shoot during actual in the field conditions.
The Annihilator was engineered to be the most lethal, strongest, true flying broadhead ever produced. A new shape defining an evolution in broadhead efficiency.
Find Your Bow helps archery enthusiasts learn more about skills and gear to help them hit the target. From compound crossbows to standard recurve bows, we cover all the bases and answer all the questions people have about modern archery.
Blue Horizon Costa Rica is offering fishing in Quepos, Costa Rica at a very affordable price. Call us and book your amazing fishing trip today.
Hush Covers and Hush & Go Boot Wraps are your solutions for SILENCE. Hush Covers for hang-on tree stands are available in five patterns and two sizes. Hush Covers for ladder tree stands are available in three sizes and three pattern options. Easy to install and lightweight, Hush Covers allow you freedom of movement while in even old, creaky stands, without making a sound. You will be warmer with our wool top side. Warmer stand = longer hunts! Pivot silently to get the perfect shot! They will never know you are there. They also work in box blinds and ground blinds.
Hush & Go Boot Wraps are perfect for silent spot and stalk or just to keep your feet warmer in your blind or stand. Three sizes and five patterns, they weigh about 6 ounces and you can put them on both feet in about 10 seconds. No need to stop, sit down, take your boots off, ruin your socks. Hush & Go Boot Wraps turn your boots into socks so you can lose no time in stalking your prey and you will never forget where you left your boots!
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With over 35 years of hunting experience U2H offers hunters a variety of top quality guided hunting adventures in the U.S. and worldwide. We target trophy hunts on private property (landowner tags) with the highest opportunity for success. We arrange quality hunts with trusted hunting outfitters so you enjoy every aspect of your hunt!
Lockwood Hunting Services is a professional hunting guide service owned and operated by Tim Lockwood. We specialize in guided hunts for blacktail deer and wild pigs on thousands of acres of private land in Mendocino County near Hopland, CA. We are fully licensed, bonded and insured. We have a professional and knowledgable team of guides waiting to assist you.
When you book a hunt with Lockwood Hunting Services you can be assured that it is in an area with record class animals of the species you are hunting. We are committed to providing our clients a quality guided hunt.
Your success is our success. You have our personal guarantee that a 100% effort will be put forth by us to help you obtain the trophy that you desire.
"You will be hunting in some of the most beautiful country that I have ever seen. Hunting is a part of my life that I take very seriously with some of my fondest memories coming from these experiences. I am committed to making your hunt an experience second to none." -Tim Lockwood
Situated in the heart of the rugged Limpopo Province, in the Northern part of South Africa, close to a small town named Marken, Zander Bierman Safaris is the perfect place to fulfil your African Dreams!
With Zander Bierman, Professional Hunter & Outfitter as well as founder & owner, as your personal guide, this promises to be an unforgettable experience!
Our aim is simple - to make sure you have the time of your life!! To ensure that your hunt on “the Dark Continent” is an unforgettable one! To give you an experience to which you will return time after time.
With concessions in Limpopo, North-West, Free State & Eastern-Cape Provinces, we can offer excellent quality trophy animals. So whether you’re a rifle, bow, handgun or muzzle-loader hunter, looking for a Limpopo plains game hunt, a more exotic sable & roan antelope hunt, a more dangerous hippo & croc hunt, or the ultimate Big 5 hunt .. we have it all!!
Here at Zander Bierman Safaris our goal is not only to get the animals you want, we want to make it a once in a lifetime experience. We want you to explore all the fantastic wonders & pleasures that Africa offers, therefore our aim is to make the hunt exciting as well as ethical, to teach you about the animals as well as their habitat, to show you our different cultures & traditions & to give you a time you will NEVER forget.
We are the most passionate, driven waterfowl outfitter in Alberta, Canada, with the highest quality waterfowl hunting and the most competitive rates! Our outfit is located in the heart of Peace Country of Northwest Alberta, Canada. At Dry Creek Outfitters, you cannot only expect the waterfowl hunt of your dreams, but memories that will last a lifetime. While you are here, you will be treated as more than just a client. It is our intent to build lasting relationships with every individual we meet and fuel their passion for waterfowl hunting and life in general.
Comfort, quality and success are our goal! We hunt over Avian X decoys and put you in the best possible situation on every hunt to be successful. We have blinds for all types of hunters. We have a great young lab Nelly, that had an outstanding 2015. Clients are encouraged to bring their own dog as long as they are obedient. They help out a lot and are fun to watch work. With a group of 5 hunters, you’re group will have the Dry Creek Lodge to yourselves, however if you have a larger party, our lodge can accommodate up to 8 and we suggest booking two 3 day hunts.
Alberta’s liberal limits include up to 8 geese and 8 ducks per day with a 3 day possession limit to take home. We are a family operation with an excellent staff. The guides, spotters and cooks are here to serve you. Premier waterfowl hunting and lasting relationships are what we are all about. We invite you to look at our photo and video galleries to see a small part of what we offer to our guests. We also suggest you read through some of our reviews and contact references.
Lodgepole Outfitters License #1222 has been providing quality hunts since 1992 and has 40 years of experience guiding and hunting to offer you. Come hunt with us and see why so many people keep coming back.
Fully guided Hunts in Colorado, Iowa, and Texas. We provide Free range Mule Deer, and late season Cow elk in Colorado. Then a Variety of High Fence Preserve animals in all three states.
One of the best weapons to have in your arsenal when big game hunting in the back country is a good map.
Pre-planning your hunt is so important and we can provide the invaluable tool that will help increase your chances of success. Big Game Hunting Maps, in business since 1990, sells maps based on National Forest and Bureau of Land Management maps for twelve Western states. We add important information for each hunting area based on data obtained from state and federal biologists working in the field. These professionals accumulate information by observing wildlife and talking to hunters. Some of our information has also come as feedback from return customers.
All hunts are controlled guided harvest. Available game we offer is: trophy axis deer, black buck, Polynesian wild boar, mouflon and game birds. We offer bow and rifle hunts- spot and stalk, fair chase, ground blinds, and tree stands/ towers.
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Elk and Deer hunts, as well as combo hunts, are 8 days long. One day riding in, 6 hunting days, and a day riding out. We will meet in Cody the day prior to the ride in.
Trophy hunting in Alberta, Canada is what we are all about. When you book a black bear hunt, whitetail deer hunt, Canada moose hunt, free range bison hunt and wolf hunt with Boss Outfitting, you will hunt untouched remote wilderness areas where trophy class big game live. Boss Outfitting offers you the hunting adventure of a lifetime.
Being an outdoorsman is my passion and my way of life. I am committed to providing you a hunting experience you’ll always remember. Call Terance Boss 780-717-2825 to book a hunt
Each Year Only 114 People In The World Get To Participate In This Remote All Inclusvie Fly-In Fishing Adventure Of A Lifetime...Where The Pristine Water Teems With 100's of Thousands Of Wild, Native Silver & Sockeye Salmon...
Our goal here at Absolute Alaska Adventures is to show you the real Alaskan experience.
We not only offer accommodations for your next adventure but excursions and charters with some of the best groups here on the Kenai Peninsula. We can build all-inclusive package deals or simply be a place to rest your head after a long day on the river.
Located in Kasilof, Soldotna and Sterling customer options are never ending. Each of our properties are isolated with an off the grid feeling yet all within 15 minutes of the local town/city and amenities. We have provided the best of both worlds that way you can choose your perfect ‘vacation’
Since 1973 Igloo Lake Lodge has been offering all-inclusive speckled brook trout fly-fishing in the unspoiled wilds of beautiful remote Labrador, Canada. Rest assured, we know how to offer a great fishing experience.
Wolff Industries, Inc. first began as a family run business in 1983 and has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of industrial and professional scissors sharpeners. Specializing in developing cutting solutions, equipping the mobile and professional sharpener, and providing proper tools for industrial applications, Wolff Industries, Inc. continues to push the scissors and sharpening industry forward.
In 2012 Wolff Industries, Inc. purchased Vogel Brothers Corporation, a family run cutlery business, with a history dating back to 1690. This lead us to the creation of Wolff Indiana, LLC. We continue this long heritage of scissors manufacturing with our Wolff® Ergonomix® industrial shears, making us the last American made manufacturer of plastic handle, stamped scissors.
The simple, secure, and compact KOALA smartphone leash keeps your phone safe from drops and falls during your biggest adventures.
We think the EZ Tie is the world's simplest and most innovative way to tie bloodknots and barrel knots "on the fly." We believe you will find it amazing, too!
Design the Adventure of a Lifetime: Guided Trout Fishing and Custom Getaway Excursions.
Adventure your way, in the stunning beauty of the Bighorn Mountains near Buffalo, Wyoming, with Guided Trout Fishing Excursions, and Relaxing Getaways.
Westcoast Fishing Adventures operates in a World Class fishing destination, with 25+ years of guiding experience on the Skeena, Nass & Kitimat Rivers and nearly all the remote Salmon & Steelhead systems of beautiful Northwest BC. Extending our boundaries as far as the head waters of the Nass river, Bell Irving river, Cranberry river, Meziadin river and Kitlope conservancy to name a few.
At Flyvines, we hand braid recycled fly line to create lanyards, bracelets, eyewear retainers and other one-of-a-kind fly fishing accessories. Flyvines has quickly become the go-to lanyard among fishing guides and hard-core anglers not only because each Flyvines lanyard is stylish and environmentally friendly, but also because each is finished with a break-away washer, which keeps all gear at the ready, but safely splits apart in an emergency. Buy Flyvines products — you’ll be accessorizing with style while upcycling a product that would otherwise negatively impact the environment.
The CLS (Carry Less Stuff) tool is the easiest knot tying tool available. See how the “Premier Tool” uses it to create a small, strong knot in less than a minute!
Cody Richardson is a Colorado native who grew up exploring the rivers and streams of the Rocky Mountains. He switched gears from a career in fire fighting to pursue a personal passion for fly fishing and unique artwork. Starting out by creating personal designs in his home shop for friends and family, these pieces caught on through local Colorado fly shops, and are now carried sold in shops around the world. The most rewarding aspects of this career for Cody are coming up with new and intricate designs, collaborating on custom art commissions, license place ‘hunts’, and commemorating the passions and life events of his customers.
The best fly rod case on the market doesn’t simply carry your rod like every other case on the market. A Quik-Cast XD series case keeps your fly rod rigged and ready to fish as soon as you take it out of the case. No more need to store or carry your multipiece rods fully assembled just to keep them rigged and risk damage during transport.
For the backpacking angler, the LT series portable rod carrier easily transports a rigged fishing rod more compactly in the field. These carriers weigh almost nothing and even fold up and fit in a pocket when not in use.
Both the XD and LT series are great for carrying a backup rod and keeping it rigged and ready for a different style of fishing. Carry an extra rod fully rigged and quickly swap between a sink-tip and a floating-line setup or between a lighter weight and a heavier weight rod. Spend more time fishing and less time rigging rods with Quik-Cast.
Get a Drift Outdoors is a couple of anglers dedicated to keeping your line wet and on the water. Our product Pro Bands is a true breakthrough for keeping your tippet organized, untangled, and shielded from the elements. Its conception was to simply solve issues we were having on the water with our tippet. After years of fishing, guiding, and floating, it was time to address the issues. Through dedication, hard work, and belief, we are able to deliver to the rest of the angling world a relief from the tangles and annoyances, keeping your line on the water longer.
At Ty-Rite we’ve changed the way people tie-in their flies for 52 years. Our Ty-Rite Senior & our Ty-Rite Junior make the task of tying in, quick & easy!
Surrounded by the Sierra Madre and Snowy Range mountains, the Silver Spur Ranches of Wyoming consist of 55,000 deeded acres in south-central Wyoming. As one of the largest cattle producing ranches in the country, the ranch is also home to a large population of both fish and wildlife. Elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, black bear and mountain lions reside on these properties, along with great populations of wild rainbow, brown and brook trout.
Trout Unlimited is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. That mission is accomplished on the local, state and national levels through an extensive and dedicated volunteer network.
Our main facility is in Laporte, Colorado, however, we work with outfitters and game processors in Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. You can drop off your taxidermy work at any of these locations. When the work is complete we will deliver it back to the same drop off location or ship it back to you. We ship worldwide. If you like the idea of having your taxidermy work completed in 3-5 months or 3-5 weeks, you can ship us your trophies from anywhere in the USA and we will pay up to $100 for the freight.
An innovation in Fly Fishing Knot Tying! 1 Fly Fishing Tool Can Tie 12+ Knots! Grab the tag end and sew your fly fishing knot – just like a sewing needle. Created by a fellow fly fisher who wanted to cut his knot tying time in HALF.
The Sea of Cortez is the same area that inspired greats like Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey and John Steinbeck. This part of Mexico was the playground for Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Desi Arnaz and so many other famous entertainers from Hollywood. Even today we have many young stars that come to Baja Sur to recharge their batteries and play.
The Villas at Rancho de Costa will calm your soul and strengthen your character. During these most hectic times it is so important to reconnect with loved ones and friends. When we go about our daily routines the days pass by so quickly that we lose touch with the ones we love. Take the time to share your life with family and friends. No one has ever said in their golden years that they wished they had spent more time at work.
One phone call and our staff will handle all the details. Whether it is a family vacation, wedding, honeymoon, corporate retreat or just a weekend get a way, let us worry about the details. We invite you to Rancho to enjoy the Mexican people and their way of life. Their culture is so rich in family tradition and caring for others. Enjoy the service and the carefree lifestyle while our staff takes care of your every need.
Your hosts Tom and BJ Gray grew up in the area you will fish in. Tom has fished the river system since the early 1970's. Starting a reindeer herd in the early 1980's put Tom in rural Alaska year around. In the mid 1990's the herd crashed (today we have 100+ reindeer) and we decided to put our efforts into fishing and hunting. This has kept us in the Alaskan country all of our lives.