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Old 09-26-2020, 12:00 PM   #1
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Hey guys, this is uncomfortable for me, so bare with me, I'm not good asking for help. I always feel like a beggar.

Many of you have read about the organization I've been supporting the last couple of years, Headwaters for Heroes. My neighbor Shawn, a Purple Heart recipient himself, turned me onto them and I've just been blown away. This group is dedicated to helping our combat wounded vets, but their real passion is working with Gold Star kiddos, taking them hunting and fishing, but more than anything, mentoring them. There've all lost a parent, mostly dads, and many just don't have a stable father figure. Nobody to take them hunting, or teach them those skills we all attribute to our pops (both outdoor skills, and just life skills in general).

Shawn came to me this week with a request for one of the boys and I'm trying to help. Apparently, the boy has been invited on a blackbuck hunt by the organization, but he doesn't have a rifle. Mom has been out of work since Covid started so times are tough for them right now. I don't know if they have other needs, this is what was brought to me, so it's what I'm helping with. I met the boy and his mom last weekend and they're great people. Mom said last weekend around other Gold Star families was the first time she'd seen the boy really happy in a very long time. He lost his dad at the age of 7, in 2014. He's now a sweet but shy 13 year old.

Of course, the ranch would surely loan him a rifle, but we'd like to get him into his own rifle since he has many more years of eligibility with the organization. I started looking through the shop and I had almost all the parts needed to put him together a nice rifle so that's what we're doing. I'm not trying to make any money at all on the deal, but a little help with parts would go a long way. I've donated a Remington action, custom barrel and bottom metal as well as all my labor. We're lacking a good stock (m5 inlet to match the bottom metal I have) , trigger, optics and mounts though, as well as a sling, case etc.

We're going to make it happen one way or another, but I'm coming to the brotherhood here to humbly ask for assistance. I know a lot of you are probably struggling too, but for those who aren't, if you can spare anything, I'd appreciate it. I've seen the outpouring of love from this group in the past, so I'll just say thank you in advance.

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Old 09-26-2020, 12:10 PM   #2
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Awesome gesture Sir.

Don't know too much about rifles so not sure how much $ it takes to put a quality one together. I don't currently do the electronic money transfer apps but if you will PM me your address I can help out with $100 if cashing a check is not too much to ask. Thanks again for what you are doing.
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Old 09-26-2020, 12:13 PM   #3
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No shame in asking for $ for a good cause.

Put up a PayPal or GFM so it's easy for us to donate.


I'm in for 50.

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Old 09-26-2020, 12:15 PM   #4
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I will PM anyone who needs my address, and if you'd rather pm me than posting in'n this thread, that's perfectly fine too.

I just heard from my neighbor that he's been getting donations as well, so being that we have two people soliciting, IF we go over the needed funds, we want to give any extra money to mom to help out with living expenses and what not or get him clothes, whatever is needed.

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Old 09-26-2020, 12:17 PM   #5
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No shame in asking for $ for a good cause.

Put up a PayPal or GFM so it's easy for us to donate.


I'm in for 50.

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Great idea, I didn't even consider how to get funds sent in.

My PayPal is txfireguy2003@gmail.com, but please don't mention anything to do with a gun. If you include a note, call it "Gold Star". Thanks.

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Old 09-26-2020, 12:19 PM   #6
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Old 09-26-2020, 12:33 PM   #7
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Great idea, I didn't even consider how to get funds sent in.

My PayPal is txfireguy2003@gmail.com, but please don't mention anything to do with a gun. If you include a note, call it "Gold Star". Thanks.

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Make sure your PayPal account is verified. Funds sent but got message it might be delayed.


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Old 09-26-2020, 12:51 PM   #8
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Make sure your PayPal account is verified. Funds sent but got message it might be delayed.


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Funds recieved, PayPal account is good, it just had a couple expired credit cards on it still. I seldom ever use it.

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Old 09-26-2020, 12:51 PM   #9
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Old 09-26-2020, 04:01 PM   #10
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Bump to the top for a good cause

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Old 09-26-2020, 05:31 PM   #11
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Old 09-26-2020, 06:05 PM   #12
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Thanks to everyone! We're getting there!

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Old 09-26-2020, 07:56 PM   #13
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May I ask where the rifle will be kept after the hunt? Thinking along safety lines.


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Old 09-26-2020, 08:31 PM   #14
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That's a good question, and one I can't answer specifically. I would say that storage will be handled by Mom until he is old enough to manage that himself. We are planning a safety day at the range for these kiddos as well, where they'll get safety training as well some trigger time to hone their shooting skills.

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Old 09-26-2020, 10:20 PM   #15
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I have several Remington rails and bases. Shoot me a PM with your number and Iíll send some pictures of what I have.


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Old 09-26-2020, 10:41 PM   #16
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I have a nikon scope not in use at the moment but cant remember what the specs are. I think it is a monark 3 x 9 but I am on vacation for a week and can't check until i get home. If you can use it pm me and when I get back I will send it your way.

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Old 09-26-2020, 11:10 PM   #17
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I have a set of Leupold bases for Remington and rings, but they’re 30mm.
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Old 09-26-2020, 11:30 PM   #18
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PM me what’s needed. I’m not far. Ammo. Parts. Etc. I’d love to help the boy out.
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Old 09-27-2020, 10:04 AM   #19
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In. Be nice if the kid could shoot something a little highr up the flavor chain than a blackie. (I didnt care for mine).
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Old 09-27-2020, 10:15 AM   #20
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I’d be happy to have the kiddo out to our ranch to shoot a doe and as many pigs as his heart desires of that helps in any way...
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Old 09-27-2020, 10:31 AM   #21
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Old 09-27-2020, 10:52 AM   #22
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Wow, you guys never cease to amaze me with your generosity. The offers of help have been overwhelming and I still don't know what my neighbor has recieved. I think I've pm'ed everyone who asked, but if I missed you, PM me. We have an action, barrel, bottom metal and enough money to buy a stock and trigger now. That's a complete rifle. I've had an offer for a scope rail and some rings, and many scope offers. I'll just have to sort through the offers to find what is compatible and the best match for this build. By the time this is all said and done, he's going to have a first class setup with a great rifle and scope. If we have extra, I'll get him a nice case for it, sling and cleaning kit.

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Old 09-28-2020, 11:43 AM   #23
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Update:

You guys are amazing. With your help, and that of some local folks here in the Temple area, we have met the goal and then some I think. Once we get it all put together, I'll get some pictures of it and the delivery if his mom is okay with his picture being taken.

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Old 09-28-2020, 11:53 AM   #24
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You guys are amazing. With your help, and that of some local folks here in the Temple area, we have met the goal and then some I think. Once we get it all put together, I'll get some pictures of it and the delivery if his mom is okay with his picture being taken.

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Thatís great news, thank you for stepping up and helping him.
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Old 09-29-2020, 03:50 AM   #25
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You guys are amazing. With your help, and that of some local folks here in the Temple area, we have met the goal and then some I think. Once we get it all put together, I'll get some pictures of it and the delivery if his mom is okay with his picture being taken.

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Awesome!!
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:03 PM   #26
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Whew! What a whirlwind! We got this rifle knocked out just in the nick of time! Thanks so much to all who contributed. We ended up building him a custom Remington 700 with a Hart barrel in 6.5 Creedmoor, in a Grayboe stock with Seekins bottom metal. The War Machine sling was donated as well as the Vortex scope. After all was said and done, we ended up with enough money left over to get him a backpack, binos, cleaning gear, knives, a gun lock, 140 rounds of ammo and a few other items. I'll have more pictures once they all get downloaded and edited and whatnot, but here are some teasers. We gifted the rifle to him this morning and then spent a few hours on the range with him and several other kiddos, zeroing, adjusting, and just practicing. They're all ready for their hunts this season.

After seeing the rifle, the organization is trying to figure out how to build a custom for each kid they help. We figure, with the engraving, they'll never hunt alone as long as they take that rifle. They're looking to figure out some other fundraiser ideas. I suggested a reverse raffle, maybe a PRS type match, clay shoot, concert..... anything that will draw a crowd. The big money maker though, has been the charity auction they do each year.

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Old 10-17-2020, 05:29 PM   #27
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Very nice rifle
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:31 PM   #28
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That turned out awesome.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:35 PM   #29
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Awesome. Glad to be a part of it and look forward to him killing stuff with it!
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:51 PM   #30
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Whew! What a whirlwind!
Thanks for taking the lead on this and following up with pics.

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Old 10-17-2020, 07:48 PM   #31
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Amazing deal all around and I hate that I missed this in the beginning!
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:56 PM   #32
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Happy to help next time. Nice rifle..............
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:06 AM   #33
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Awesome!
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:11 AM   #34
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This flat awesome.


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Old 10-18-2020, 08:17 AM   #35
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Dude that's so cool
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:25 AM   #36
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Old 10-18-2020, 09:34 AM   #37
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More photos of the rifle as promised. Hopefully my wife will get me some more pictures of yesterday's range trip so I can share those. I was too busy to take pictures yesterday.

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Old 10-18-2020, 09:39 AM   #38
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