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NRA New Energy with Elizabeth Lanier

Shelley Giddings - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Elizabeth Lanier has made major strides in the shooting world. She has been instructing for eight years and in 2012 became the 4th woman to achieve National Sporting Clays Association Level III Shooting Instructor status - a certification that required a minimum of 1,500 teaching hours. Adding to the list, Elizabeth recently became a Coordinated Shooting Method associate, as well. But the fun really got started when she founded GRITS (Girls Really Into Shooting). If you’re not having as much fun shooting as this group of gals, you’re not doing it right.

Love at First Shot Episode 4: Ammo Part II: How & What to Buy

Shelley Giddings - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

With the help of ammunition manufacturer Hornady, Natalie Foster goes through the motions from the birth of a bullet to the shipping warehouse where we find out what to look for when buying ammo. With the many types of ammo and their variations, Natalie takes to Cabela’s to demonstrate simple ways to select the ammo to best fit your needs.

Tips & Tactics: Jane Keller Brown: Fitting Your Shotgun

Shelley Giddings - Friday, October 17, 2014

Jane Brown Keller is a champion competitive clay shooter and Founding Member of the Annie Oakley Shooters. Jane gives advice on different ways you can have your shotgun fit specifically to you to better your shooting performance.

Colt Launches Loyal Customer Rebate Program

Shelley Giddings - Friday, October 17, 2014

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 16, 2014) – Colt’s Manufacturing Company, one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms, is now offering a Loyal Customer Rebate Program for qualifying Colt handgun purchases. The program offers a $100 pre-paid rebate card for the purchase of a Colt O1991 Government Model pistol, and a $75 pre-paid rebate card with the purchase of an O6790 Mustang XSP or O6891 Mustang Pocketlite.


“The rebate program is a way for Colt to thank both new and loyal customers for their purchase of our products,” said Colt’s Manufacturing Company Vice President of Marketing Joyce Rubino. “We are excited to launch this program to wrap up 2014 with our customers.”


Qualifying purchases must be made during the rebate period of Oct. 15 – Dec. 31, 2014. To redeem the rebate, customers will need to visit and provide proof of purchase within the rebate period, as well as retailer sales paperwork. Official rules can also be found on rebate redemption webpage.


About Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC       

Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC is one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms. The company has supplied civilian, military and law enforcement customers in the United States and throughout the world for more than 175 years. Our subsidiary, Colt Canada Corporation, is the Canadian government’s Center of Excellence for small arms and is the Canadian military’s sole supplier of the C7 rifle and C8 carbine. Colt operates its manufacturing facilities in West Hartford, Connecticut and Kitchener, Ontario. For more information on Colt and its subsidiaries, please visit

Love at First Shot Episode 4: Ammo Part I: Anatomy 101

Shelley Giddings - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It seems like there’s a different round of ammo for every day of the year, but there are easy ways to know which type fits your needs the best. Join host Natalie Foster to learn about the science and application of these rounds at ammunition manufacturer Hornady in part one of our three-part episode. 

3-Gun Bicep Series: Plank N Row

Anette Wachter - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

As you know, plank exercises are my favorite to include in any routine. The plank covers so many muscles you can do these exercises in each of your workout routines. To add to this month’s plank I want to add something for the back muscles. All shooting sports require upper body strength, 3-Gun in particular. No excuses for running out of steam half way through a match. A popular exercise is the dumbbell row and it is for good reason. This move isolates the lats and lower back. The weight you choose should be moderate, not too heavy so you can do more sets of reps.

First is the plank exercise called the Rolling Plank. Start in a normal plank position then roll on to left side and hold for 10 seconds. Roll back to center and then roll to the right side and hold for 10 seconds. Do 10 sets.

Second is the Dumbbell Row. Grab a moderate weight, I use about a 20 pound dumbbell. Rest your left knee on a bench and support yourself with your left hand. The dumbbell starts at the “low ready”  (get it? 3-Gun humor) in your right hand. Pull the right hand up to where dumbbell is level to your side. Pause at the top and then down to start position. Pause there and then repeat for 8 to 12 reps. Do the same for the right side. Do about 3 to 4 sets each.

5 things you can do TODAY to protect yourself from the TOP KILLERS

Shelley Giddings - Friday, October 10, 2014

According to the World Health Organization, in 2012 the top causes of death in high-income countries included ischaemic heart disease, stroke, lung cancers, Alzheimer’s, lower respiratory infections, colon cancers, and diabetes. If we look at the list of top ten causes of death in upper-middle income countries, road injury is added to the list.

So what can we, who carry our guns every day, plan for the worst case scenario, do to start protecting ourselves right now? There are five easy and affordable steps we should all enact TODAY to ensure that we are keeping ourselves safe from the top killers in the world:

  1. Put Down the McDonalds and Coke

No one expects you to eat salads and chicken for every meal, but being aware of what you’re eating is a powerful thing. Something as simple and quitting fast food and soda can go a long way to preserving your future health.

  1. Wear Your Seat Belt

That seems pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? Cars are flying metal monsters traveling at 30 to 90 miles an hour, and you’re not going to bother to strap yourself in?

  1. Don’t Smoke

It’s bad for you. There are sciences behind this.

  1. Exercise

Running sucks. So join a group, take a class, get a gym membership, or buy some dumbbells. There are thousands of ways to get your workout on, find one that works for you and don’t stop.

  1. Regular Doctor Visits

No one LIKES to go to the doctor, but they are actually paid lots of money to keep your healthy, so going is a good idea. Physicals are a good idea. Having that chronic cough looked at is a good idea.

If we’re going to prepare for unlikely scenarios, we should probably prepare for more likely ones as well.

TIPS & TACTICS: Jane Brown Keller: Shotgun Stance and Movement

Shelley Giddings - Thursday, October 09, 2014

NRA Women introduces their newest Tips & Tactics instructor: Jane Brown Keller! Jane is a competitive clay shooter and Founding Member of the Annie Oakley Shooters. In her first Tips & Tactics episode, Jane explains how to position yourself and the best way to follow your target so you’ll get a direct hit.

Washington State Initiatives I-594 and I-591

Anette Wachter - Thursday, October 09, 2014

Editor's Note: We don't talk about politics often, but GunUp the Magazine is unapologetically pro-Second Amendment; we are NRA supporters and we believe in the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. Having said that, the initiatives looming in Washington that Anette is discussing here are incredibly important. Whether or not you are from Washington, it's time to pay attention to I-594, ultimately it could affect us all.

Washington State is coming upon a very serious voting issue in early November. Two Initiatives are looming, I-594 and I-591. I-594 is asking voters to add universal background checks on all sales and transfers of firearms. Transfers would be just sharing or even handling a firearm temporarily. I-591 is a grassroots campaign asking voters to keep the background laws as is and make it illegal to confiscate firearms from gun owners without due process. Knowing that Seattle voters carry the weight of the entire state and that Seattle votes liberal, I fear that I-594 will pass. 2nd Amendment issues should not be a liberal or conservative biased issue, but the reality is that most Democrats vote against guns. There are two simple statements for I-591. The first is it is unlawful for any government agency to confiscate guns or other firearms from citizens without due process. The second is it is unlawful for any government agency to require background checks on the recipient of a firearm unless a uniform national standard is required. That is it. A one page Measure. (written below) Not 18 pages of fine print like I-594 that could make all gun owners criminals.

Part two is important in that it protects us from I-594 if it were to pass. Keeping the laws as they are. Keeping them the same as current federal laws. It will not undo any laws we have in place. My personal hope is that the passing of I-591 will stall 594 from being enacted. Bring it to the courts. The courts should find 594 unconstitutional and make it dead in the water. We need to focus on enforcing the laws we have. Too many convicted criminals that used guns are being let go with a slap on the wrist.

The first part of the 591 statement refers to confiscation of guns. Many people are confused and say that should not be an issue anyway. Well it is. Look at New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Local authorities went door to door and confiscated guns from law abiding citizens. Why? Because. That is it. They had an irrational fear that gun owners would take to the streets. Now these law abiding gun owners were left defenseless to the looters and criminals on the loose. Most still have not had their firearms returned. Forever lost in red tape and bureaucracy. But how would the police know which homes had firearms? They passed laws of registration earlier. Similar to what 594 would do if passed. This is why 2nd Amendment supporters fear registration. Seattle is predicted to have the Big Earthquake. Could you imagine in a panic the local police being told to collect your guns “just in case”? They could come in to your home and take away your firearms no questions asked. That is an invasion of our liberties no matter the item. Sound dramatic? It is. It has already happened. Don’t let it happen in our state. If you are from Washington or know someone who is, Please vote YES on I-591 and Vote NO on I-594.

Initiative Measure No. 591 (I-591)


AN ACT Relating to protecting gun and other firearm rights; adding new sections to chapter 9.41 RCW; and creating new sections.


NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 9.41 RCW to read as follows:

It is unlawful for any government agency to confiscate guns or other firearms from citizens without due process.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 9.41 RCW to read as follows:

It is unlawful for any government agency to require background checks on the recipient of a firearm unless a uniform national standard is required.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. The provisions of this act are to be liberally construed to effectuate the intent, policies, and purposes of this act.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. This act is known and may be cited as the “Protect Our Gun Rights Act.”

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MG Industries Introduces the Hydra MARCK-15 5.45x39 AK-74 Rifle

Shelley Giddings - Monday, September 29, 2014

Old Town, Maine (September 2014) MG Industries, manufacturer of the modular MARCK-15 AR "Hydra" platform, is proud to introduce the AK-74 model in 5.45x39.

The 5.45x39 configuration of the Hydra by MGI comes stock with a low profile gas block on a high-quality Nitrite coated, 16-inch 5.45x39 barrel. MGI has made stock on this version, a 5.45x39 bolt with zero fail coating. This configuration of the Hydra uses a standard AR magazine well and comes with one black stainless steel 30-round magazine from ACS. Like most configurations of the Hydra, this weapon ships to you in a standard, hard-sided, lockable pistol case.


The MGI Hydra AK-74 5.45x39 pistol has a suggested retail price of $1299.00


For more information, visit or your local retailer. Retailers, contact MGI at to find out more about carrying the most modular pistol system in the world.


MGI Hydra AK-74 Pistol Specifications:

Caliber:                                     5.45x39

Overall Length:                          36 inches

Overall Height:                           7 inches

Overall Width:                            2.5 inches

Barrel Length:                            16 Inches

Weight:                                      7.6 lbs

Magazine Type/Cap:                   ACS 30 Round


About MGI:

As a Maine based company, MGI is committed to providing the United States military and the American law enforcement community a weapons platform of endurance and reliability to face the mission and tactical challenges of a post 9/11 World. MGI products are MADE IN THE U.S.A. and available through Camfour (413-564-2300), Acusport (937-593-7010), Big Rock (800-334-2661) and Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. (800-223-0702) or visit Contact MG Industries at 207-817-3280 or for more information. 

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