Winchester® Continues Strong Support of NSSF First Shots Program

Winchester® Continues Strong Support of NSSF First Shots Program

Winchester has donated more than 120,000 rounds of rimfire ammunition to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s First Shots program, a commitment to the mission of introducing more people to the shooting sports.

“This is an extraordinary show of support by Winchester for NSSF’s First Shots program,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Member Development. “Through its ammunition donations, Winchester has made it possible for thousands of first-time and novice target shooters to receive an introduction to target shooting and learning how to handle and shoot firearms safely.”

NSSF’s First Shots is an introductory and refresher program made available through host target-shooting ranges across the country. By providing educational experiences that are safe, fun and memorable, host ranges are having great success in attracting first timers, further engaging new gun owners and in reactivating lapsed participants. Surveys show that more than 43-percent of First Shots participants are converted to target-shooting enthusiasts who individually spend on average more than $600 annually on their shooting sports endeavors.

“Winchester continues its industry leadership in helping people learn and have positive experiences at shooting ranges throughout the country. The commitment to the NSSF First Shots Program and its mission is strong,” said Jason Gilbertson, director of marketing for Winchester Ammunition.

The NSSF First Shots program provides host ranges with all the program materials and promotional resources to help offset overall event expenses. Shooting ranges and firearm instructors can learn how to become a First Shots host here.

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Winchester: Committed to Safe, Legal and Responsible Firearm Use
As a global leader in the shooting sports and hunting industry, and a brand of 158 years, Winchester is committed to safe, legal and responsible firearm use. Winchester works with key groups like the National Shooting Sports Foundation on a variety of topics important to our industry including training and education, and on specific programs such as Gun Owners Care and Project ChildSafe. Winchester will continue to support programs, organizations and individuals that promote hunting and shooting sports activities in a positive and responsible environment.  Any use of firearms by youth participants should be done under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult.

About Gun Owners Care
Gun owners care. You care about safety. You care about preventing unauthorized access to firearms. You care about bettering your community, helping those in need and conserving wildlife and wild places for generations to come. It’s time for gun owners to tell their stories, to show how they’re making a difference. NSSF®, the trade association for the firearms industry, has established the Gun Owners Care campaign to unite gun owners and the firearms industry in this common cause. Visit for more information.