NSSF is the trade association for America's firearms industry.
Our mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
NSSF is the trade association for America's firearms industry.
It's mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
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April 2014

Jamie Gray, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist — From First Shots to Golden Shots


Competing as an Olympic athlete and earning an Olympic gold medal in London has provided rifle shooter Jamie Gray (Lebanon, Pa.) with unmatched perspective in terms of what the shooting sports has provided her. What began as a way to connect with her older brother, has now turned into a life-long love affair with a game that demands perfection, mental fortitude and the incessant need to educate the masses about a sport limited by its exposure but yet driven by a passionate following. We introduce you to one of the sport’s best in hopes it can help motivate the hesitant or drive the unwilling to learn more about the sport and fire the First Shots toward a lifetime of fun, opportunity and reward. Read More.

Buying Your First Handgun


Have you have made the decision to purchase your first handgun? As Barbara Baird writes, “Maybe you’ve just come from a First Shots pistol course or another class that introduced you to the shooting sports, or maybe this idea has been taking root for a long time? For whatever reason, you’re ready to purchase your first handgun. Even if you know which gun you want to buy, it’s helpful to go through this checklist to see if it truly fits your needs.”

Revolver or Semi-Auto: What’s Right For You?


For this inaugural issue of First Shots News, Tom McHale addresses one of the most persistent, and challenging, decisions for new shooters: revolver or semi-auto? As Tom notes, finding answers these days is easy on the Internet, but, “ask a simple question like ‘should I get a semi-automatic or a revolver’ and you’ll get 4,357 opinions and a few offers for diet plans of the stars.” Here is Tom’s take.

Video: Introduction to Range Safety and Etiquette


For many, that first trip to the shooting range can be intimidating. This short video is a great introduction to firearms safety rules and etiquette at an indoor shooting range — and, for experienced shooters, it’s a great reminder. Remember, firearms safety depends on you. Play Video

NSSF’s Website a Great Resource for Getting Started in the Shooting Sports


Welcome to First Shots News. This is a new monthly newsletter for those new to the shooting sports. You’ve already taken those all-important First Shots, and we commend you for that. For many, that can be an intimidating hurdle — and so can finding information on where to go next. This newsletter will offer interviews and advice from some of the best competitive shooters in the world as well as articles to help answer some of those questions everyone has when they’re starting out. In this first issue, I’d like to introduce you to all the resources you can find on the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s website, www.nssf.org. You’ll find links to safety information, printable targets and much more. Read more.

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