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March 23rd, 2012

Friends of NRA Tours Winchester Factory and John M. Olin’s Farm

The season finale of the Friends of the NRA TV show airs Sunday Night (March 25th) on the Outdoor Channel at 10:30 pm EST. In this episode, hosts Matt and Jessie head to Alton, Illinois, home of Winchester Ammunition. Matt and Jessie tour the Winchester plant, and learn how shotgun shells are made. Matt and Jessie then test shotshells on Winchester’s outdoor skeet and pistol range.

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The show’s real highlight is a visit to the farm house of John M. Olin. Franklin Olin, John’s father, founded Western Cartridge Company. After Western Cartridge acquired the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, the merged Winchester-Western enterprise became Olin Industries, which now produces Winchester-brand ammo (and many other products). If you’re interested in the history of America’s firearms industry, you should watch this episode just to learn more about John M. Olin, a talented inventor who secured numerous patents in the fields of arms and ammunition. John M. Olin, who held a college degree in chemistry, was also responsible for many advancements in propellants and ballistics. In the episode’s final scenes, Matt and Jessie visit Winchester’s historic hunting preserve, Nilo Farms. There, the two go hunting for chukar and pheasant.

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This report based on article in The NRA Blog.

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March 23rd, 2012

Shoot for FREE at CMP Marksmanship Centers (North or South)

CMP Marksmanship CenterNow through May 31, 2012, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is offering Free Shooting at the CMP Anniston, Alabama or Port Clinton, Ohio indoor Marksmanship Centers. To qualify, print out the coupon below, and bring a friend to the range with you. You get in free (with coupon) while your friend pays the normal charge. This Free Shoot offer applies only to the Open Public Shooting sessions. Open Public Shooting in Anniston is on Tuesday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. In Port Clinton, the Open Shooting sessions are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:30PM – 8:00PM, through the end of May. Both 80-point, 10-meter air gun ranges are fully equipped with electronic targets that accommodate air rifle, air pistol or National Match Air Rifle shooting. Rental equipment is available for a small fee.

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March 23rd, 2012

Nightforce Optics Launches Upgraded, Redesigned Website

Nightforce opticsNightforce Optics, Inc. (Nightforce), has completely redesigned and updated its website. Visit to check out the new look and new features. The new site includes easier navigation, extensive product information, and a number of helpful tutorial features. also includes photo galleries, product specs, and a global dealer locator.

New Site Offers Video Tutorials, Plus Interactive Reticle Calculator
The redesigned site includes detailed information on the products, reticles and technology. For example, the online Velocity™ Reticle Calculator allows the shooter to interactively explore the application and performance of the unique Nightforce Velocity™ 1000 and Velocity™ 600 reticles, relative to their own rifle’s ballistic profile. Visitors will find several tutorial videos, such as the one explaining the Nightforce ZeroStop™ system on the elevation turret. This allows the shooter to instantly return to his chosen zero point, no matter how many adjustments in elevation have been made. The site also conveys a wide range of general riflescope knowledge and information to help shooters hone their long-range skills.

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“Delivering as much information to our customers as possible, within a visually appealing and useful environment, was our goal for the new website,” said Terry L. Eby, marketing project manager for Nightforce. “We will continue to add new information to the site that will help Nightforce customers[.]”

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