Photo by jmac543 Every time I pick up my gun to go hunting with my sons I can't help but think what our forefathers had to go through to protect their families and put food on the table. God bless them!.

These photos are the top finalists from our 2012 Gun Nut Target Photo Contest. We asked you to shoot a page from our magazine and take the most creative photo you could, incorporating the target.

We will announce the winner of the grand prize, a brand new Smith & Wesson M&P15 Performance Center Rifle, in a post on our Field Notes blog soon! In the meantime, take a look at the finalists and let us know what you think in the comments section.