So I just received a mailer yesterday from NRA stating that dues are going up in 2016. They are offering some reduced 1, 2, 3, 5 and life membership rates along with some gifts. Simply running the numbers, I should go ahead and spend the $500 for the life member. Assuming the new 2016 annual rate stays at $40 over my lifetime (which it won't) and I live to the ripe old age of 76 (current average), I would save $340. The buzz kill is that I want the ceramic hunting knife (3 year gift) vs. the NRA logo backpack that comes with the life option. Also, seems every years annual membership comes with an act now and receive a pocket knife, watch, etc. (I have both of those and a hat), so by opting for the life member, those perks go away. I'm already a Life Trout Unlimited member (now that came with a Winston BIIx fly rod and Lamson reel... serious bait for dropping the $1500). Curious what others are doing about their NRA memberships. Sure wish they offered some serious candy like TU did... maybe an NRA engraved S&W .357? Wouldn't that just send the anti-gunners into orbit .