Some years ago, a colleague on the NRA Publications technical staff engaged me in a conversation about the fundamental nature of firearms, specifically challenging me to define “gun” in the simplest terms. And while my hastily offered answer was not particularly well-crafted, he didn’t dismiss it entirely.
In June 1923, the Official Journal of the National Rifle Association became The American Rifleman, a bi-monthly publication with a staff that included Maj. Julian S. Hatcher, Lt. Col. Townsend Whelen, Capt. Charles Askins, Sr. and a host of others whose names read like a who’s who of legendary gun writers and experts.
Charles Cotton was elected president at the NRA's 150th members' meeting in Charlotte, N.C. NRA's CEO and EVP, Wayne LaPierre, was also re-elected.
This year marks the 150th celebration of your National Rifle Association. In celebration, and to learn more about your NRA, take a look back at the cover of the October 1943 American Rifleman featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning staff artist Jim Berryman and a 1945 letter from the White House.
The Friends of NRA program, a grassroots support network, reached a significant milestone of $1 billion raised for the NRA Foundation.