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NRA: Early Foundation And Development 1871-1907

What started as a tiny organization transformed into a truly national Association.

A Page From History: World’s First Recorded Pistol Match

Even four centuries ago, people wanted to know who the best pistol shot was.

How Much Is A Minute?

What is the exact size of a minute of angle at 100 yards? Here is...

A Page From History: First Autoloading Sporter?

When it debuted in 1899, the Mannlicher Automatic Repeating Rifle was way ahead of its...

Wright Brothers At Kitty Hawk: Hunters And Marksmen

You’ll never guess which Wright brother was the best shot! With their .22-cal. Marlin rifle,...

The Roaring Twenties: National Smallbore Outdoor Rifle Championship History

Part 2 of our series on the history of .22 LR competition in the U.S....

Father Of Camp Perry: Ammon Critchfield

Gen. Critchfield's determination resulted in the development of Camp Perry into the premier rifle range...

The First Targets At Creedmoor Were Giant Iron Slabs

In the 1870s, the first riflemen at NRA’s Creedmoor Range on Long Island in New...

History Lesson: 1906 ‘Plinky’ Topperwein

Elizabeth “Plinky” Topperwein became the first woman ever to compete at an NRA match in...

NRA Annual Matches Move To Sea Girt In 1892

Built in 1889, the 148-acre Sea Girt Range was located in New Jersey, along the...

Walter R. Walsh: FBI Agent and National Matches Legend

Over a shooting career that spanned eight decades, Walter Walsh mastered all of the disciplines:...

Meteorology And The National Matches

Did early 20th century rifle shooters use weather stations at the National Championships? Are modern...

50 Great Competitive Shooters of the 20th Century, Part 3

Featuring legendary shooters such as Carlos Hathcock, Lanny Bassham, Margaret Murdock, Carl Bernosky, Phillip Hemphill,...

50 Great Competitive Shooters of the 20th Century, Part 2

Included are several individuals who contributed to U.S. marksmanship excellence, as well as the first...

50 Great Competitive Shooters of the 20th Century, Part 1

You’ll never guess who was responsible for making optics fashionable for pistol shooting! Read Part...

Where Did The National Matches Originate?

The first annual match was in 1873, and NRA-backed legislation established the first National Matches...

Hallmarks Of Heritage, Part 2

In the late 1870s, when competitive shooting expanded beyond its origins, NRA began its quest...

Bucket List: Bruce Piatt Makes First Trip to Camp Perry

The five-time Bianchi Cup Champion made the pilgrimage to Camp Perry, OH, for the 2016...

A Historical Look at National Match Ranges

Shortly after its founding in 1871, the NRA began work on the Creedmoor Range.