COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – A Ruger Number 1 Rifle brought $25,000 at auction during the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo, February 9th in Salt Lake City, Utah, with proceeds benefitting the USA Shooting Team. Expo host and USA Shooting sponsor, the Wild Sheep Foundation, provided USAS with the fundraising opportunity to support the 2008 Olympic Shooting Team.
Industry partners TALO Distributors, Ruger, Baron Engraving, Hardigg Storm Case and Hornady Manufacturing contributed to the auction item which included a one-of-a-kind engraved Ruger Number 1 rifle, travel case and ammunition.
“This was an amazing display of collaboration and support from the industry partners that got involved and contributed to this project”, said Buddy DuVall Director of Marketing for USAS. “Bob Coyle with TALO came up with the idea of doing a big game caliber rifle for this auction and the Ruger Number 1 in a .375 Ruger caliber was a perfect fit.”
Since 2003, TALO has worked with the USA Shooting Team to produce two TALO Exclusive Ruger/US Shooting Team model rifles and a pistol which have generated over a quarter million dollars in royalties for the U.S. Shooting Team.