Gonna give a brief description of what each company has contributed. But I'm going to start with Matt Burkett. Reviewing my posts I see that in all my posting I gave him rather short shrift as far as credit for his contribution.... yes, he contributed the complete set of his DVD's, a $300 value, but the biggie is a day of one-on-one training with him. The value on that is $1200.... nominally. But a guy like Matt, you're lucky to get a day with him at any price, really.....let's just say demand is high. Matt has a new 1800-acre shooting facility in Texas (glad I don't have the mowing contract on that one....), that has several ranges, one of which is a one-mile, yeah that's one mile
, range. If you go to his site you can listen to his program, "Practical Shooting Radio" (try this one: http://mattburkett.com/podcast/radio_show31.mp3
). Good guy, good stuff.
Springfield Armory-- donated the pistol. SA has always been supportive of the shooting sports and community, thanks for a great base gun!
Dakota Ammo-- Contributed a case of ammo for test firing. So now we know that 4TC1s works well with all kinds of hollow point ammo including the excellent DPX. And there's some left over for the winner.
VZ Grips-- just take a look-- they're a perfect compliment to this paroject gun.
Tripp Research-- Three of their excellent magazines.
Centermass Inc.-- A police-oriented company that does training and has a line of shooting products, most of which are sniper or patrol carbine oriented. They also have some products they produce such as a remotely operated moving target system, and rifle rests for sniper applications. These rests have been a much-requested item at americnsnipers.org, so-- Centermass is contributing one to the package.
Safariland-- is contributing one of the 6004 holsters and other duty gear-- pretty much the standard these days.
EGW-- contributed several of the internal components for this build, including an extractor, trigger, and firing pin stops (two fitted).
Black Hills-- A case of .45 goes with the package. I'm told that americansnipers.org is one of their favorite causes.
Starlight cases-- I've had one of these since '99 and it's really knock-proof. Heavy duty, O-ring sealed, just the thing to keep all the winnings in (although nobody makes a case that
Wilson Combat-- contributed several of the internal and external components-- two firing pins, two firing pin springs, sear spring, ambi safety, grip safety, two of their Bullet Proof extractors.
Nossar Gunleather-- contributing a custom sharkskin concealment rig-- beautiful stuff!
BarSto Barrels-- Thanks for making 4TC1s a tack-driver!
Strike Tactical Solutions-- Contributing the full spectrum of their CQB handgun classes, level one through level six. This training is intense
, it is not easy but it is soooo worth it. Unfrotuntately due to certain arrangements, these classes can only be available if the winner is police or military.
Brownells-- what to say? The most reputable, square-shooting company I ever dealt with. They contributed a lot of odds and ends such as recoil springs (several spares), some cleaning and maintenance gear, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Every serious shooter needs their catalog and again I can only say, when you're dealing with them you're getting great service and products.
Chris Reeve Knives-- the Green Beret knife they contributed came as a result of me consulting americansnipers.com to determine what kind/brand of knife would appeal most to the sniper community and this was the immediate answer. Chris Reeve did not hesitate to help us out on this.
Leupold helped out with a set of their 10-X50 Tactical binocs, which came to us through FNH USA.... stupendous glass!
Dawson Precision-- kicked in the rail and adapter for the Surefire light... these are a great option for light attachment to a non-railed gun and really better in some ways since the rail itself is so compact. Standard on Marine Corps Force Recon 1911's last I knew.
NRA, USPSA, IDPA-- all have contributed one-year memberships.
Safe Direction-- gave us one of their soft cases that are actually armored, so that loading and unloading can be done in a "Safe Direction".
Trijicon-- put the tritium inserts into the modified Yost-Bonitz (now Heirloom Precision ) sights.
Yost-Bonitz (Heirloom Precision now)-- contributed the hammer-sear-disconnector set, plus the front and rear sights.
SWAT Magazine-- a one year subscrition. One of my favorite mags these days, not related to me writing for them once in a while
Metaloy-- kicked in the hard chrome plating that went on everything but the stainless BarSto barrel. As good as this finish is, of course a white gun is maybe not idela for a sniper-themed gun, so the Metaloy became the "base coat", which in a way was a waste of the beauty of a nice chrome job, but-- it makes for a great anti-corrosion layer under the W-DLC.
Ion Bond-- provided the Tungsten Diamond-Like Carbon final finish over the Metaloy. This finish offers a ton of benefits-- it is super, super hard, and even done over chrome it imparts a beautiful dark charcoal-colored finish. The one area it does not excel in is rust resistance, hence the Metaloy "undercoat".
Thanks so much for all the industry support-- if I have left anyone out, let me know!
And thanks to all you ticket buyers-- without you nuthin' happens.