Murray grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where his love for shotgun sports began at the early age of 9. Murray’s career included tenure at NSSA, Krieghoff, Beretta, Kolar, and White Flyer. Murray joined White Flyer in 1995 and has played a crucial role in White Flyer becoming the #1 manufacturer of clay targets in the world. Murray was inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in 1995 for his shooting accomplishments, and on October 3, 2019, he received the prestigious NSSA Hall of Fame “Ray Boller Service Award” for over 50 years of service to the clay target community.
“Phil Murray has left an indelible mark on the shooting community in the United States, and for that we are grateful,” said Brian Skeuse, White Flyer Senior Vice President.
Robert Crow, Northeast Region Sales Manager, has been promoted to National Sales Manager upon Murray’s retirement. Robert will continue to reside in Chestertown, Maryland.
Nick Arnold of Lumberton, Texas, will be joining White Flyer to assume the role as Central Region Sales Manager. Arnold brings 17 years of shotgun sports experience which includes shooting range manager, event organizer, target setter for major championships, and being a competitive shooter. “Nick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. We are thrilled to have him part of White Flyer,” said Robert Crow.
For the first time at the World Skeet Championships, the National Shooting Complex has two new hospitality suites that are being made available for rent to World Shoot participants and vendors. Located in the newly constructed third vendor building, the new units are each 20 feet x 30 feet (600 square feet), with a glass store-front view to the north and easy access with numeric keypad lock.
Shooters may rent the suites by the day for use by a squad or friends before and after shooting, for parties, or just a place to relax. Each includes two couches, coffee table, a high-top table and chairs, TV with cable channels, refrigerator, and heat/air conditioning. It also includes two reserved parking spaces on the day the unit is rented.
The suites are available starting September 23 through October 4. For the World Shoot, the suites are being offered at an inaugural rate of $175 per day. To reserve one, contact Olivia Gracia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-688-3371 ext. 244.
The Officers of the National Skeet Shooting Association wish to address and update the NSSA-NSCA membership on a matter under discussion:
To our membership,
Members, sponsors and others have, from time to time, given gifts to the NSSA-NSCA. Sometimes the donor has specified their intent for these donations, such as ‘Youth Shooting.’
Because we have determined that there is substantial interest among our members and friends in supporting the work of the Association, we are exploring the potential benefits of soliciting gifts and donations to the Association in a more formal and ongoing way.
The officers have had numerous discussions with respect to forming an endowment program to assist in this task. Since the NSSA-NSCA is organized as a 501(c)(3), there can be significant tax benefits to the donor.
We have targeted the fall of 2020 to have completely reviewed this topic and will be able to make a recommendation to the Executive Committee at that time.
We will continue to keep you informed of our progress in this important initiative.
Officers of the NSSA
National Shooting Sports Month® in August provides the perfect opportunity for experienced target shooters and newcomers alike to head to a shooting range in your area and experience what millions of Americans have long appreciated — that a day at the range is a day of fun!
This 31-day celebration of the shooting sports, developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) in 2017, reminds people that everyone can enjoy these safe, fun and social activities. It’s also the perfect time for an experienced shooter to mentor a newcomer in a sport that can provide a lifetime of enjoyment at every skill level.
National Shooting Sports Month has been growing steadily since its inception three years ago. This year’s celebration includes more than 2,000 events at ranges and retailers across the country — a new record! — and all-new Gearbox Giveaway drawings for some stellar prize packs. Experienced shooters will also discover how they can give the shooting sports a boost when they mentor someone new as part of NSSF’s nationwide +ONESM Movement.
“When you take someone to the shooting range, whether a newcomer or an experienced shooter, youth or adult, you’re going to have a good time,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail & Range Business Development. “Whether it’s breaking clay targets, knocking down steel plates or shooting long distance, the shooting sports are exciting, safe and social. A day at the range is a day making memories.”
The information hub for National Shooting Sports Month and its numerous Gearbox Giveaways is LetsGoShooting.org. There you can learn information about dozens of target-shooting sports involving rifle, shotgun and handgun either in a recreational or competitive format. You’ll also find the shooting ranges and firearms retailers near you, learn about National Shooting Sports Month events in your state, enter the Gearbox Giveaways, print targets, watch instructional videos and learn how to safely handle and store firearms.
For those taking the +ONE Pledge and mentoring someone new, NSSF’s Range Safety and Etiquette video is a great way to kick off that first visit to a range for both. “Extend that invitation,” encouraged Snow. “You’ll be glad you did.”
Snow suggests the use of the hashtag #LetsGoShooting on social media, saying, “Sharing your experience reminds others of what they’re missing and encourages them to spend a day at the range,” said Snow. “It’s going to be a great month, and we want to know how everyone is celebrating.”