Medical bills and other needs call for drastic measures . . . so I'm going to take a leave out of Kim du Toit's book. I'm offering to my readers a chance to win an AR-15 pistol, in either 5.56x45mm or 7.62x39mm (winner's choice). I'll accept just 100 entries at $25 apiece, so the chances of success are rather better than winning the Powerball! (Any entries above that figure will be returned to sender.) You can send more than one entry, if you so wish - that's up to you.
The weapon is an AR-15 pistol I've owned for some time. It'll be completely rebuilt for this purpose. The only used component will be the lower receiver. I'll put in a new lower parts kit, and everything else will also be brand-new and unfired - the upper receiver, barrel, gas block and tube, hand guard, you name it; they'll all be new components. Those of you who've read my articles about personal defense rifles will know the standards to which I work. I think the winner will be happy with the prize. I'll publish a photo of the firearm here as soon as I finish the build, probably next week. It'll initially be completed in 5.56mm; if the winner prefers 7.62x39mm, I'll change the necessary components before delivery.
For those who haven't considered an AR-15 pistol before, think of it as a short-barreled rifle (SBR) without it legally being a rifle. Here's a video clip explaining the difference.
The AR-15 pistol is lighter and handier than a full-length carbine, just as accurate over typical fighting distances (from halitosis range out to 150 yards or thereabouts), and easier to maneuver in confined spaces such as a typical home or even a vehicle. That's why my primary defensive weapon for everyday use is an AR-15 pistol. Sure, I have a full-size carbine if and when needed: but if I've got to stumble around my living-room at zero-dark-thirty to investigate a noise, or drive into a difficult area where I might need more than moral support, I want something that's short, handy, and unlikely to bang into things (as opposed to at things).
Needless to say, all laws, rules and regulations will be followed. If you live in Texas and are within easy driving distance of the Wichita Falls area (my nearest big city), we can do a face-to-face transfer; otherwise, the firearm will be shipped to your Federal Firearms License dealer and transferred there, complete with background check. Please don't ask me to break the law, because I won't. I've been a prison chaplain, so I already know how unpleasant life behind bars can be - and you don't want to find out.
I can't use PayPal for this raffle, because the company has a rule against using their services for firearms-related transactions. Therefore, please send cash or a US Post Office money order (no private checks, please - they take too long to clear) to:
P O Box 897
Iowa Park, TX 76367
Make sure you include your own name, address, phone number and e-mail, please.
Entries must be received by or on April 30th, 2021. Even if all 100 entries haven't been taken up, the winner will be drawn on May 1st, 2021 (or an earlier date, if all tickets are sold sooner than that). I'll notify the winner at once by e-mail and telephone. I won't publish his/her name here unless they'll allow that, due to privacy concerns.
Thanks in advance for your interest.