Auction of "50 Best Guns Ever Made" Launched
Special To: The Outdoor Wire June 10, 2010
The Shooting Wire For Immediate Release
For additional information, contact: Bob Delfay, 803-641-1030
Hunting Heritage Trust Launches Auction
of "50 Best Guns Ever Made" on GunBroker.com
The Hunting Heritage Trust has launched a GunBroker.com auction of "The 50 Best Guns Ever Made" to raise funds in support of the nation's hunting and shooting sports heritage.
After Field & Stream magazine published a cover story featuring David Petzal's selection of the "The 50 Best Guns Ever Made", the Hunting Heritage Trust, in cooperation with Field & Stream, launched a "50 Best Quest" to gather quality examples of the 50 best guns for auction on GunBroker.com. The special auction launched on June 13 and will continue through the summer with the auction of two guns per week.
"This has been a great project to work on," commented Bob Delfay, President of the Trust. "It has been rewarding working with manufacturers and individuals who have donated special examples of these guns.
"We are extremely appreciative of the donations we have received and impressed by the energy and creativity many of our sponsors have invested in the effort," Delfay said. "There are still about 10 of the 50 Best that we have not acquired but we are hopeful that the excitement and exposure surrounding the launch of the auction on GunBroker.com will generate additional donations."
The guns featured in the first auction include a Winchester Model 12 Pigeon Grade Trap gun donated by Steve Hornady, President of Hornady Manufacturing and a vintage Remington Nylon 66, donated by Steve Comus, well-known gun writer and Director of Publications for Safari Club International.
Many of the guns on the 50 Best list are still in current production and, in many cases, have been donated by the manufacturers. Companies that have so far donated or pledged guns include Merkel, Savage Arms, Remington, Marlin, Ruger, Beretta, Smith & Wesson, Mitchell's Mausers and Weatherby.
Several guns have been donated by individuals, including a Parker that was donated by a firearms industry executive who asked to remain anonymous. That gun was totally refurbished courtesy of Doug Turnbull Restorations.
An auction schedule and a list of guns still being sought by the Hunting Heritage Trusts may be viewed at http://www.huntingheritagetrust.org/.