Smith & Wesson Sponsors 2011 Friends of NRA

Smith & Wesson Sponsors 2011 Friends of NRA

Friends of NRA
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FAIRFAX, Va. –-( The NRA Foundation is pleased to announce Smith & Wesson as a major sponsor for their Friends of NRA television show as well as their banquets for 2011.

The television show, airing Sunday nights at 10:30 Eastern Time on the Outdoor Channel, follows former MLB player Matt Duff and professional shooter Jessie Abbate as they explore Friends of NRA grassroots fund-raising programs across the United States.

Their journey encompasses the entire shooting world as Matt and Jessie travel to NRA events and meet the people who truly consider themselves friends of the NRA.

“The NRA Foundation gladly welcomes Smith & Wesson as a sponsor for the Friends of NRA,” said Kyle Weaver, Managing Director of NRA’s Field Operations Division. “Through their support, we will be able to allocate greater funds to shooting sports programs on the national and local levels.”

As a Sharpshooter Sponsor of the Friends of NRA television show, Smith & Wesson becomes the exclusive pistol sponsor for the show. And at the Friends of NRA banquets, Smith & Wesson’s Defender sponsorship level helps improve the grassroots support The NRA Foundation is able to provide shooting sports programs across the country.

“Smith & Wesson pistols are some of the most popular in the world and are frequently used for competition shooting, self defense and in service with both military and law enforcement,” said Paul Pluff, Director of Marketing at Smith & Wesson. “Through assisting in the sponsorship of Friends of NRA, we are proud to help Americans continue practicing their 2nd Amendment rights.”

Smith & Wesson Corporation, headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, is the largest manufacturer of handguns in the United States. Founded in 1852, Smith & Wesson produces some of the most popular firearms in the world that are applied for safety, security, protection and sporting purposes by organizations and individuals everywhere. For more about Smith & Wesson, visit their website at

Friends of NRA raises money and fosters community involvement for shooting programs across the country. One hundred percent of the net proceeds raised at Friends of NRA events go to qualified local, state, and national programs. Thousands of volunteers nationwide participate in the program by organizing committees and planning events in their communities. Since its creation, more than 12,000 events have been held, reaching over two million attendees. Learn about Friends of NRA on their website at and their television show at

For sponsorship inquiries contact Event Services Manager Jeremy Greene at (703) 267-1354 or [email protected]

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