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The Potterfield family, from right here in Central Missouri, has been very instrumental in helping promote shooting sports. They're responsible for getting the "Friends of the NRA" started, and there are now chapters all over the country that raise millions for the NRA. Now, once again, the Potterfields are reinvesting in the shooting sports to benefit us all.

Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA Establishes New NRA Gunsmithing Endowment

Larry Potterfield, President of MidwayUSA, Inc., has pledged to The NRA Foundation a personal gift of $500,000 on behalf of himself and his wife, Brenda, to establish a new NRA Gunsmith/Gunmaking Education Endowment.
"Before there were companies mass producing firearms in America, it was the local gunsmith who, by his hand and skill, manufactured, repaired and maintained the firearms people depended on for their livelihood and security," said Potterfield. "Gunsmiths today continue that tradition with the guns Americans use every day for target shooting, hunting, personal protection and in law enforcement," he added.

"I believe that it is essential to the Second Amendment and preserving our firearms heritage that we encourage more people to get involved in the firearms industry. It is the gun shop owner, the gunsmith, and the manufacturer that you often find most active in the fight to preserve our rights. It is vitally important to support the efforts of colleges and universities that offer gunsmithing programs to expand and improve their course offerings and facilities in order to be able to attract and accommodate more students. That is exactly what this endowment is meant to do," Potterfield added.

There are currently nine gunsmithing programs offered by colleges and universities in the United States. Two of those are private and four of the remainder offer short term gunsmithing classes in the summer months. Mr. Potterfield's endowment will directly benefit both the home gunsmith as well as the full-time professional, and those enrolled in long-term programs as well as those taking short-term classes.

"Larry Potterfield is a visionary," said Bill Poole, Director of NRA’s Education and Training Division. "And he takes steps to support those visions and turn them into reality." The gunsmithing gift is actually the third NRA educational endowment established by the Potterfields, and all three are based on Mr. Potterfield's progressive, forward-thinking philosophy. The Potterfields' first endowment, the Keystone Endowment, encourages business schools to establish curricula in shooting sports management in order to help increase the supply of professional business managers into the firearms industry. Their second endowment, the First Shot Fund, helps local shooting clubs offset their costs of providing instruction to first-time shooters.

For more information about MidwayUSA, a world leader in shooting and reloading supplies, visit www.midwayusa.com.

Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearms and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shooting sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological and artistic context. More information about The NRA Foundation can be found online at www.nrafoundation.org.
 

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Hat's off to the Potterfields and Midway USA!!!!! I believe my next purchase from Midway will be a Caldwell LeadSled...will be a good tool at the shootin range!!!
 

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Originally posted by GoGop

...don't they also do the "NRA Roundup", where they round all sales up to the nearest dollar and give the proceeds to the NRA?
Potterfield founded the NRA Round-up, and it's just an option to round-up to the nearest dollar ~ not automatic. I think the last check he presented to the NRA brought the total given, since the inception of NRA Round-Up, somewhere in the neighborhood of a cool $3 million?!
 
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