Editorial National Guard Birthday Recoil Staff December 13, 2012 3 Comments, Join the Conversation Today marks the 376th anniversary of the military branch now known as the National Guard. It traces its origins to Dec. 13, 1636, when the Massachusetts General Court passed a law establishing formal militia companies to protect its colony. Those armed forces have evolved into the National Guard, which today serves the country in many ways — from providing natural disaster relief and bolstering homeland security to fighting wars overseas and launching international humanitarian missions. Happy birthday, National Guard. We appreciate your dedication and service to our nation! For more information, go to www.nationalguard.mil. Explore RECOILweb:San Diego County Gun Owners: Fighting For 2AAimpoint’s 2 MOA Micro T-1 Red Dot OpticDefending Yourself Against Dog Attacks: Man Bites DogsGoing Hot – Emily Chen NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.