The Rifleman Report: mentor of the NRA

Senior Editor-in-Chief Kelly Young’s story about the compatibility of various sights and red dot guns (“Navigating The Optics-Ready Market”) elicited many responses from readers, underscoring the hunger for information from readers. base on weapons and equipment from new shooters.

Along with the continued pressure on the country’s ammunition supply, such surveys confirm that the dramatic rise in gun purchases last year was no joke. The fact that 8.4 million people bought a firearm for the first time in 2020, accounting for 40% of all firearm purchases, today represents an ideal opportunity for you, a member of the NRA, to share your enthusiasm for gun ownership and your love of freedom with newcomers. by becoming a mentor. NRA Publications can help you with its “Guide for New Shooters”, available at, as well as stories such as “How Mentoring a New Shooter Makes You Better” at and “The Basics of the AR-15” at

I recently had the pleasure of going to the booth with my wife, our youngest son and his girlfriend – a beautiful young lady with remarkable athletic and academic achievements in high school behind her and college athletic programs and ROTC to come – and I was delighted to watch her confidence grow with each pull of the trigger on my loan AR. During that brief session, she became one of millions of new shooters in the United States who began to personally claim our nation’s unique Second Amendment heritage.

According to data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the month of July was the second highest July on record for the number of background checks performed on the sale of a firearm. This month, nearly 1.3 million checks performed through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) system are eclipsed only by the record number of 1.8 million conducted in July of last year. More than 11 million firearm purchase background checks were completed in 2021, and last July marks 16 straight months of high gun sales nationwide.

In this issue, we are reminded that approximately one in ten new shooters are left-handed. The same is true of several authorities with experience in firearms, shooting and hunting. One of them is longtime contributor Craig Boddington, also our newest field editor, who talks about his lifelong struggle to find and equip loved ones with rifles, shotguns and weapons. correctly configured handguns in “Choose Sides: Gun Actions for Mixed Families.” “With 45 years of African safari experience under his belt and a career as a senior naval officer, Boddington knows a thing or two about what it is like to be a left-hander who has to use a gun. right hand fire in a hurry.

Another leftist firearms authority, Senior Editor-in-Chief Kelly Young, rates the new Ruger 10/22 competition, a left-wing version of the country’s most popular semi-automatic rimfire rifle, in the article for this month’s cover, “Left Out No More: Ruger’s Southpaw Competition 10/22.” With 8 million units sold to date since the pistol was introduced in 1964, the left-handed versions of the 10/22 have the potential to represent the largest number of left-handed rifles ever sold.

The gun community is large and inclusive spanning America. Record gun sales last year indicate 40% of buyers were women and black Americans accounted for the biggest increase of any demographic, buying guns at a rate 58% higher than that of any demographic. of 2019. All of these buyers undoubtedly share a desire to provide for their safety and that of their families. And at the heart of that desire is a latent appreciation for one of our country’s most fundamental concepts: individual freedom.

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