ORA’s Articles

Read more about Oklahoma’s unique contributions to the firearm community in addition to other thoughts from the ORA board and members.

The Pursuit of Happiness in our Firearm Communities

The Pursuit of Happiness in our Firearm Communities

The following is an Op-Ed from Director of Outreach, Amber Parrow   When thinking about the Second Amendment, we often lump it into the category of a Constitutionally guaranteed human right and do not think about it any further. But why is it a basic human right...

How are you Paddling the Second Amendment Canoe?

How are you Paddling the Second Amendment Canoe?

Todd Ellis is an ORA member, President of the Keystone Rifle & Pistol Association in Pennsylvania, and NRA Board member. Todd can be reached at president@keystone2a.org   Several years ago I was on a Scouting trip in North Carolina to a unique place called...

Accuracy, Barrel Life & Boat-Tailed Bullets

Accuracy, Barrel Life & Boat-Tailed Bullets

James White is a WWII Marine Veteran, NRA Instructor, Former ORA President, and Distinguished Marksman. He served the ORA for many years and began the Sharpshooter. This is from the Sharpshooter Archives, December 2002.   Ammunition used in NRA High Power Rifle...

A Day on the Campus of Murray State College

A Day on the Campus of Murray State College

After the historic groundbreaking of the new gunsmithing facilities at Murray State, the ORA leadership wanted to learn more and discover ways to connect and support this vital work. What they did not realize is the extent of the passion of Murray State and how they...

Bear Safes: Meet an Oklahoma Manufacturer

Bear Safes: Meet an Oklahoma Manufacturer

ORA President Mark Vaughan met with Beau Gastineau, part owner and manager of Bear Safes in Oklahoma City. Being in operation for over 50 years, they are the only manufacturer of firearm safes in the state.   One question gun owners face at some point is, where...

Proactive Gun Safety

Proactive Gun Safety

The following is an Op-Ed from Director of Outreach, Amber Parrow The intent of the Second Amendment is protection and protection that pertains to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This we all understand and cherish. It is the protection of life that is...

The Path to a NCAA Scholarship

The Path to a NCAA Scholarship

Brandon Boozer, father to Elisa, shared with the ORA his insight on how to navigate the NCAA Rifle Scholarship path, when to start, and the time and budget commitment necessary for a youth interested in the shooting sports to earn a college scholarship.  ...

The Story of Our Young Lady Hero

The Story of Our Young Lady Hero

At the recent ORA State Convention, Elisa Boozer was granted an honorary life membership to the Oklahoma Rifle Association for her outstanding achievements as a competitive shooter and in representing Oklahoma. This is adapted from the presentation of ORA Treasurer...

How Does ORA Membership Work?

How Does ORA Membership Work?

The following is a helpful guide from ORA Vice President and Interim Secretary, David Gaskill. For questions and comments, you can reach out to him at vicepresident at oklahomarifle.org As part of our restarting of the ORA this past year, we sought to understand our...

The President’s Hundred

The President’s Hundred

James White is a WWII Marine Veteran, NRA Instructor, Former ORA President, and Distinguished Marksman. He served the ORA for many years and began the Sharpshooter. This is from his personal archives as writer for the Sharpshooter and various other publications. In...