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Throwback Thursday: Marksmanship and National Defense

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from the October 1960 issue, Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer, the then-newly designated Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stresses the importance of marksmanship training for all American citizens who would be subject to service in the event of war.

December 04, 2014

Remembering the Men and Guns of the Battle of the Bulge

Seventy years ago this month, the “Battle of the Bulge”—Hitler’s last attempt to throw back the Allies—was being bitterly fought in the towns, forests and countryside of Belgium and Luxembourg, and, remarkably, many of the guns used in the battle still remain.

December 02, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Thanksgiving Day

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from the November 1961 issue, then-Editor-in-Chief Walter Howe extolls on why shooter-sportsmen and gun owners have a particular reason to be grateful for the basic freedom of the American way of life—values that still ring true today.

November 27, 2014

NRA All-Access Video: Origins of the NRA

November 17 is the National Rifle Association's birthday. Founded in 1871, the NRA has been the worldwide leader in firearm education and training. Get a quick glimpse of how the NRA came to life in this web clip from NRA All Access.

November 17, 2014

Veterans Day 1958

This editorial was originally published in the November 1958 issue of The American Rifleman. Fifty-six years later, Editor Walter Howe's admonishment for all U.S. citizens to be prepared to defend our American ideals, in peace or in war, ring as true today as they did then.

November 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Ruger Model 10/22 Carbine—Sept. 1964, The American Rifleman

Originally published in September 1964, this American Rifleman "Dope Bag" reviews the first generation of the now iconic 10/22 carbine. The original test gun used for the review, shown here, still exists in NRA's permanent collection.

October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Scout Rifle

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from September 1985, we revisit Jeff Cooper's original vision for this do-it-all utility gun.

October 02, 2014

The M1C Garand Sniper Rifle

When the U.S. Army sought a sniping rifle based on the M1 Garand at the end of World War II, the M1C, with its offset scope, was delivered in small numbers. Never the best solution, the M1C performed adequately in post-war service and remains one of the most highly prized American military rifles.

August 29, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Rifle Shooting in Denmark

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from the August 1949 issue, Philip Sharpe laments on the hardships imposed on shooters by German occupation forces and gun registration lists.

July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Lessons of the War

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the archives. From the August 20, 1914 edition of Arms & The Man, the editors caution on siding too strongly with any of the combatants, but rather with the one whose cause is most just. (Armor Plate Press image)

July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Domestic Struggle

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the archives. From the August 6, 1914 edition of Arms & The Man, the editors mull the outbreak of World War I and the imminent United States' involvement. (Armor Plate Press image)

July 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday: What of the War?

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the archives. From the August 1914 edition of Arms & The Man on the outbreak of World War I, our editors predicted total war and the need for Americans to be trained rifleman. (National Archives image)

June 19, 2014

The Forgotten Guns of D-Day

When it comes to the infantry arms of D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, guns such as the M1 Garand and Thompson come as no surprise, but what about whole American regiments armed with other guns—well-known or forgotten—of the “Great Crusade"?

June 06, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Letter From D-Day

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. This letter appeared in the August 1944 issue, which featured NRA Life Member Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on the cover.

June 05, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Samuel E. Tobias, Xenia Gunsmith

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from the March 1926 issue, W.W. McGowan introduces gun nut and gunsmithing expert Samuel E. Tobias.

May 22, 2014