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American Snipers Raffle at Shot Show 2015

SHOT Show is often the focus of what is new and the latest and greatest. Many times a lot of important things are happening at SHOT that get lost in the noise.

For those who may not be aware, held a weeklong raffle in which they raised $90,350 by way of raffle tickets.

The main raffle item, a 338 Lapua rifle, was a “clone” rifle built by the same guys who built one of Chris Kyle’s actual rifles with which he deployed. It was donated by the Mcmillan family. Over $60,000 raised from the Kyle rifle raffle went to the Kyle Foundation; the winner was picked by Taya Kyle, Chris’ widow.

The remaining money raised went to fulfill American Snipers’ mission to buy gear for deploying snipers on orders to deploy.


“We are all unpaid volunteers raising money through donations and selling SWAG to accomplish our mission,” says Mark Hartwell of Storm Tactical. “That is to supply deploying US Military Snipers gear they cannot get issued via regular channels in a timely manner.”

Hartwell is one of many industry people who donate their time continually by volunteering. In addition to volunteering, much of the proceeds from Mark’s sales go back to Mark is one of many who give so willingly of their time and money to help those in need.

Debbie Lee, the Gold Star mother of Marc Lee, the first Navy Seal killed in IRAQ, was also present during the raffle drawing. She too was there to offer support for and the Kyle Foundation.

“Chris was like a son to me,” said Lee, who is founder of America’s Mighty Warriors. AMW is a foundation with the tough and unenviable chore of supporting Gold Star families, wounded warriors and families of fallen warriors.

To see first hand the community and family that came together to support the past and present members of our armed forces is truly an amazing sight and it would not be possible without generous donors like the McMillan family (who donated that 338 Lapua “Kyle” clone), George Garner from GA Precision (who built a custom MK13 300 Win Mag), Mark Larue (who donated OBR rifles in 7.62
and 5.56 to Sig Sauer) and all the others who donated time, labor, love, service or gear to the cause. They are too many to name.

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