The following PR Newswire item was posted by Fay at Sarah Palin Information Blog and reprinted with her permission. Expanded coverage follows.
Earlier this week, PR Newswire reported that Governor Palin was presented with a custom rifle at the Republican fundraiser in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Republican Party of Arkansas presented keynote Speaker Sarah Palin with an engraved Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy 44 Magnum rifle last night at their fundraising event at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock. The rifle was personalized with serial number PALIN-001, the brass receiver was inscribed with ‘Presented to Sarah Palin – February 16, 2010 -Republican Party of Arkansas’ and the Republican Party of Arkansas’ logo was carved into the buttstock.
Palin began her keynote speech in front of a cheering crowd of 5,000 by thanking the Republican Party of Arkansas for the beautiful rifle, noting that she even called her son Track to tell him about it, and stated, “It’s great to be in a state where it’s okay to cling to your guns and religion.”
President Lincoln was presented with a Henry rifle during his presidency. It hangs in The Smithsonian and has become a priceless national treasure.
Henry Repeating Arms is one of the country’s leading rifle manufacturers. Their legendary name dates back to 1860 when Benjamin Tyler Henry invented and patented the first practical repeating rifle during the Civil War. It became known as the “gun you could load on Sunday and shoot all week long.” Henry rifles went on to play a significant role in the frontier days of the American West and soon became one of the most legendary, respected and sought after rifles in the history of firearms. The company’s primary manufacturing facility is in Bayonne, New Jersey and they have a second facility in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
Henry Repeating Arms
As noted, the Henry Repeating Rifle is still made today, right in Bayonne across the river from the U4P Publisher’s Staten Island home and is an important piece of American history. The Henry was patented in 1860 and is considered the forerunner to today’s assault and battle rifles with its large (for the period) capacity and rapid rate of fire (Henry History, n.d., Â¶2). The original Henry fired a .44 caliber rimfire cartridge. The “Big Boy” which Gov. Palin was presented fires standard .44 Magnum ammo and a non-customized version retails for $899.95. The Big Boy is also available in .357 Magnum and .45 Colt, but the .44 Magnum is the most powerful of the three. Today, lever action rifles are mainly used in cowboy action shooting competitions (Big Boy, n.d.).
Governor Palin has been the Second Amendment’s guardian angel for her entire political career. She has received numerous awards and honors for defending our right to keep and bear arms. In April 2009, Bob Reynolds, President, Templar Consulting, LLC., custom-built an AR-15 with special handguards and white Duracoat paint, dubbed the Alaskan Hunter. Only two were ever built – one was auctioned at an NRA awards dinner, and the other awaits presentation to Governor Palin, who could not accept it at the time, because she was still serving as Governor. The Alaskan Hunter fires .50 Beowulf rounds, which have comparable ballistics to the .45-70 round.
Like the Alaskan Hunter to be presented to Gov. Palin at some point, her Henry is a treasure to be hung on a wall, not a shooter that will be in regular service.
In July 2009, Governor Palin received five awards for supporting and promoting the Second Amendment, including the $5,000 Benefactor add-on to her NRA Life membership.
Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award Nomination
In October 2009, U4P Editor and Publisher Ron Devito nominated Gov. Palin for the NRA’s 2010 Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award. The winner of that award will be announced in March 2010.
Gov Palin’s Shooting Background
Governor Palin is an accomplished moose, caribou, and ptarmigan hunter. She is proficient with high-powered rifles likely up to .375 H & H Magnum and 12-gauge shotguns. She is a disciplined shooter who never flinches, never misses and whose maximum effective range is minimally 300 yards — possibly very much more – up to a mile with today’s .338 Lapua rifles and two miles with .50 BMG. Governor Palin is also very familiar and comfortable with the M-16/M-4 with AimPoint sights. As documented in Going Rogue: An American Life, her baby shower for Piper Palin was held at the Grouse Ridge Shooting Grounds.
Big Boy. (n.d.). Henry Repeating Arms. Retrieved February 22, 2010 from: http://www.henryrepeating.com/h006_bigboy.cfm
Henry History (n.d.) Henry Repeating Arms. Retrieved February 22, 2010 from: http://www.henryrepeating.com/history.cfm