NRA Life Membership - Jacket?


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BenW
March 25, 2005, 09:59 PM
My annual NRA membership is up for renewal again, and I'm thinking of taking the plunge and going to Life membership. I'm planning to just pay the lump sum and get it over with.

Anyone here do that and get the leather jacket they advertise? What's the quality of the jacket? Reason I'm asking is that if it's "giveaway quality" I might just skip getting it and let the NRA get more bang for the buck on my membership. If it's the bomb though, I'll probably ask for it. :)

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mbs357
March 25, 2005, 10:04 PM
I want an NRA jacket. =o

P95Carry
March 25, 2005, 10:54 PM
I took a deal year or two back to get life membership - no jacket! I don't remember one - may be a new offer.

I am gettin' on and felt this was way to go - regardless of any ''goodies''. On balance I don't want ''goodies'' - prefer they spend money on what matters.

CentralTexas
March 25, 2005, 11:18 PM
I pay year by year so I have something to say "Here is why I'm not renewing" with. Life members endorse all future actions by the NRA.
CT

P95Carry
March 25, 2005, 11:20 PM
Life members endorse all future actions by the NRA. CT - as even a life member - I have a voice. NO automatic endorsement - at all.

Maybe I cannot withold a subscription but sure as heck - I am (and have) gonna have my voice heard! :)

Lone_Gunman
March 25, 2005, 11:54 PM
George Bush the First was a Life Member until the NRA made him mad with the "jack booted thugs" comment, and he resigned.

I'd say you always have a voice, and can stop supporting them anytime you want.

Tory
March 26, 2005, 08:38 AM
and it is excellent quality. Costs about $225 or so if you buy it separately.

I particularly enjoy wearing it to court when I file firearms appeals and then serve the town/city clerk with the summons and complaint...... ;)

Classified00
March 26, 2005, 12:04 PM
LOL

This reminds me of the "mystery hat" that I never received from the NRA :scrutiny:

I first joined the NRA a few years ago. At the time, they were running a promotion that offered a free hat with annual membership. I joined, but no hat. I had forgotten about it for about 3-4 months, then I called the NRA and a nice woman assured me that the hat would be on it's way. Well, I'm not holding my breath :eek:

I'll continue to be an annual member of the NRA, simply because it upsets the antis and forces left leaning politicians to consider the consequences of voting for anti-2A legislation. However, whenever I receive a mailer from them that says, "donate $32, the sky is falling ...... and we'll give you this great book", I just toss them into the trash. I hope they get their act together.

Brent...
:cool:

grampster
March 26, 2005, 12:13 PM
Classifed:

I got two hats when I became a Life Member. Musta got yers :neener:

BenW
April 1, 2005, 05:26 PM
Well, I bit the bullet and switched to Life Member today. :)

Went ahead and got the leather jacket. I usually give a couple of extra contributions to NRA/ILA every year, so I'm not feeling too bad about part of my dues being "rebated" via the jacket.

If nothing else, wearing it to work will likely give at least a couple of anti-gunners heart attacks on the spot. I'll be doing my part by eliminating the opposition. :D

Sir Aardvark
April 1, 2005, 08:33 PM
I use the NRA's extra insurance options which you can only qualify for if you're a member (such as extra firearms coverage and excess personal liability), so I like to think that I'm getting much more out of my membership that just pi$$ing off a bunch of anti-gun, PETA loving, tree hugging, acid-freak, ex-hippies.....or whoever it is who happens to dislike the NRA.

Oh....that magazine I get once a month is really cool, too!.

GLOCKME
April 1, 2005, 09:07 PM
I think that if your looking for "freebies" your looking at the "small" picture.. :uhoh:

BenW
April 1, 2005, 09:16 PM
Not looking for freebies. Been paying annual dues long enough to have probably paid for a life membership by now. You could say I just paid for a second one. :)

Hawk
April 2, 2005, 08:13 AM
I called and bumped to "life" 5 minutes after the AWB renewal poison pill went down.

The nice lady that took my info asked what size jacket I wanted - nice surprise. I guess it's a promo that runs off and on.

Nice jacket.

yorec
April 2, 2005, 11:27 AM
Well, I bit the bullet and switched to Life Member today.
Congrats!

I've been a life member many years... the jacket wasn't invented yet when I joined... My hat's are all worn out and gone... Even the windshield stickers are all faded and gone.

Guess I'll have to do some buying if I want any of their promo stuff, but I ain't worried about it!

answerguy
April 2, 2005, 12:24 PM
What's the life membership go for these days?
I paid $300 several, nay, many years ago.

EghtySx
April 2, 2005, 12:34 PM
$750 now

RangerHAAF
April 2, 2005, 12:51 PM
I became a Life member back in 90-91, just before Clinton and his congressional buddies passed the Brady Bill, it was about $500.00 back then. About 5 years ago I upped my membership to Benefactor. It was expensive but IMO worth it.

I go to the conventions when I can and as you may guess there aren't too many Benefactors who stand when called on to be counted but often there are too many Life members who stand that they can't be counted, which is great!

I hope to see a lot of you in Houston this month!!

BenW
April 2, 2005, 01:01 PM
What's the life membership go for these days?
Yep, as EghtySx said, $750, but they have an easy pay option now as well -- thirty $25 payments, versus paying all at once.

Hawk
April 2, 2005, 01:02 PM
What's the life membership go for these days?

Another nice surprise when I bumped to life was that you credit for "paid ahead" annual membership.

I was always a sucker for the nice lady recruiting at the gun shows, so I was paid ahead about 4 years on annual. The cost for "life" was under 700.00 due to that little quirk.

El Rojo
April 2, 2005, 01:37 PM
Yeah I signed up for the easy pay life deal back in 1998 I believe when the Great Western Gun Show was still at the LA County Fairplex. I am well past half way and that total amount due keeps getting smaller and smaller! Then I had to go and sign my wife up for a life membership and now I have another large balance to work off! :D

HankL
April 2, 2005, 08:42 PM
Jacket? I got a cap and a decal. When I did the Endowment thing I got another cap and decal. :(

VARifleman
April 2, 2005, 08:58 PM
Sometimes they have little promos and the jacket would be one of them. The one I got though was for 500 instead of 750. :D :D :D Of course I still give yearly...so they'll here my voice.

Nathaniel Firethorn
April 2, 2005, 08:59 PM
They got me cheap. No cap even. 2 decals, a certificate, and a chance on a famous rifle. Didn't win the rifle. :(

- pdmoderator

Chut1st
April 3, 2005, 12:02 PM
About 5 years ago I upped my membership to Benefactor. It was expensive but IMO worth it.

Well, I plan to join you this year. Been a Patron for about 3 years now and it's time to upgrade again.

See y'all in Houston.

Dan Morris
April 3, 2005, 10:40 PM
LOL, I became a lifer in 64...didn't have any thing else to spend it on.......
never regretted it. o freebies then....
Dan

answerguy
April 4, 2005, 06:39 AM
What is the order? annual, life, benefactor?
Will the mailing label on my NRA magazine tell me what level I'm at?

JohnBT
April 4, 2005, 08:11 AM
I upgraded to Life on the NRA site last year. Later on someone asked me about the jacket. "Jacket, what jacket?"

I called member services one day while I was sitting around waiting on a client to show up and the first thing the rep said was "How did you pay, on the website?" The offer wasn't on the website. They sent me a jacket. It's okay, but I like my Coronado jacket more(yeah, yeah, I know, a $450 jacket should be nicer.)

John

mfree
April 4, 2005, 09:24 AM
I ELP'ed on the web a few days ago, i figure the jacket, if there is one, would come by when my membership is paid.

Matters not, they could send me a cheap paper ID card and a plastic decoder ring and I'd still be happy, 'cause they're helping to fight the good fight :)

Chut1st
April 4, 2005, 09:11 PM
What is the order?

Annual, Life, Endowment, Patron, Benefactor

Will the mailing label on my NRA magazine tell me what level I'm at?

Yes, in the line just above your name on the right side. I don't remember whether Annual member shows anything, but other levels read "Life", "ENLIFE" and "PTLIFE". Don't know the Benefactor abbreviation . . . yet!

answerguy
April 4, 2005, 09:30 PM
Thanks for the info, I guess I'm a Patron. Some how being an Endowed Member has a better ring to it, though.

GunGeek
April 4, 2005, 11:25 PM
I once paid at a range for membership that included a 1 year NRA membership... never heard anything about that again..

I wonder if I qualify for Distinguished Life Membership (age 65+ or Disabled Veteran) I don't collect any disability from the government but the DAV felt I deserved to be a member.

CZ-100
April 5, 2005, 08:34 PM
Just notice, that as a disabled veteran, a lifetime membership is only $375. :what:

I just might have to upgrade.

Stebalo
April 12, 2005, 04:59 PM
However, whenever I receive a mailer from them that says, "donate $32, the sky is falling ...... and we'll give you this great book", I just toss them into the trash.

Before I joined a couple of years back on the EPL, I exchanged some emails with some guy in membership at the NRA regarding the leather jacket. He was very helpful. I joined, and then sent him one more email, requesting that I NOT be contacted with fund raising efforts. In 2 years, I think I've recieved just 1 fund raising letter.

mfree
I ELP'ed on the web a few days ago, i figure the jacket, if there is one, would come by when my membership is paid.

If you want the jacket, you better contact them and confirm this. When I exchanged email with that guy before I joined, he told me that if I EPL'd, I could still get the jacket provided I paid a single lump of at least $500 to finish the balance of my my membership. So when I joined, it was $700 and I've paid $25 per quarter since. So I need to plop down $500 soon if I want the jacket.

Here is the relevant portion of the email I received:


FROM: Membership@nrahq.org
Thank you for your response.
I apologize for the bad link. I believe I made the mistake when I sent it to you. If a member is on the EPL Plan and has a remaining balance of $500+ they will qualify for the free leather jacket offer. You can contact Life member services at 1-800-672-3888 to pay off a balance and order the jacket.

Thank you very much for your support and please feel free to contact us
if you ever need anything else!
Best Regards,
Morgan
NRA Member Communications
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
www.nra.org
E-mail: membership@nrahq.org
Phone: 1(800)672-3888

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