Special To: Outdoor & Trade Media May 17, 2008
For Immediate Release
For additional information, contact: Bob Delfay, 860-417-6197
Field & Stream and Hunting Heritage Trust
Partner to Gather and Auction "50 Best Guns"
Field & Stream magazine and the Hunting Heritage Trust have announced an intriguing project to gather and auction examples of "The 50 Best Guns Ever Made" in support of the nation's hunting and shooting sports heritage.
In early 2005, Field & Stream ran a cover story featuring their selection of the "The 50 Best Guns Ever Made". Recently, the Hunting Heritage Trust launched its "Treasures & Traditions" program, which features the on-line auction of donated firearms and shooting sports equipment to raise funds for the Trust and other pro-hunting and shooting organizations. The two groups will now partner in a nationwide effort to gather quality examples of Field & Stream's listed 50 best guns in the "Field & Stream 50 Best Quest", culminating in a major charity auction in support of our hunting and shooting sports heritage.
"It is an understatement to say that we are excited to announce this partnership with Field & Stream," commented Bob Delfay, President of the Hunting Heritage Trust. "When we launched the "Treasures & Traditions" program just a few months ago, we never envisioned that such an exciting partnership or such a fun project would develop so quickly."
David Petzal, Deputy Editor of Field & Stream and author of the "The 50 Best Guns Ever Made" article, expressed his own brand of enthusiasm for the project. ""This is one of those concepts of transcendent genius that alters and illuminates the time in which we live, and I am proud to have thought of it. Aside from that, it's worth doing. We all get far more from the shooting sports than we put back, so now is your chance to even things up. Don't think. Act."
"We expect that some of the "50 Best" guns will be donated by firearms manufacturers," Delfay said. "Roughly half of the guns are still in current manufacture and many manufacturers have already shown exemplary support for the "Treasures & Traditions" program. However, there is little doubt that the ultimate success of the project will depend on the generosity and commitment of individual hunters and shooters who will be motivated to part with a valued firearm in support of our hunting and shooting sports heritage."
An interesting aspect of the promotion is that interested supporters are being asked either to donate a firearm on the list or to volunteer to find one on behalf of the Trust. Those with an interest in donating a firearm or assisting with the search should contact Bob Delfay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hunting Heritage Trust and Field & Stream will conduct their search for representative examples throughout the second half of 2008 with the special auction scheduled for early 2009. Details of the auction format will be announced.
A listing of the Field & Stream "50 Best" and an update on the "50 Best Quest" is available at www.huntingheritagetrust.org.