Bureau County Commemorative Rifle Drawing:
Each year we have a drawing for a custom engraved firearm.
Don't miss your chance at owning these one-of-a-kind collectable firearms. Each one features a different Bureau County related historic event or landmark.
Tickets for 2013 were $25.00 each with a maximum of 300 being offered. Ticket sales were on a first come first serve basis. (Please note that a valid FOID card must be presented at the time the gun is picked up.)
This year we offered a unique pair of custom engraved firearms. The first is a Henry Big Boy, Lever Action, 357 Magnum rifle. The second is a Ruger Vaquero, Stainless Steele with Ivory Grips, 357 Magnum revolver. Each has been custom engraved making them a one of a kind set. This years dedication was to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument located at the courthouse in Princeton, IL.
The winner received both guns.
A Little History About The Bureau County Rifles:
Back in the lawless days of the 1800's the Bureau County Sheriff's department issued the original rifles to banks and merchants in small towns around the area. The rifles were to be used as a means of protection to the townspeople when proper law enforcement was not available. A few of the original rifles still are around today and are valued as collector items.
The replicas that we commission are a tribute to the those days of long ago and to the brave people who defended their homes, families, and communities with them. Each is custom engraved by master craftsman Michael Gouse from Montana.
The first model we reproduced in 2008 was engraved with the Red Covered Bridge landmark. It was a replica 1866 Yellowboy, Caliber 45 Long Colt. The 2009 model was again a replica 1866 Yellowboy, in a 38/40 Caliber, depicting the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Mine Disaster. The 2010 model is the same replica 1866 Yellowboy, in a 40/44 Caliber, depicting the Hennepin Canal Lift Bridge and Barge. Below are some pictures of the rifles and the lucky winners.
This year we offered a unique pair of custom engraved firearms. The first is a Henry Big Boy, Lever Action, 357 Magnum rifle. The second is a Ruger Vaquero, Stainless Steele with Ivory Grips, 357 Magnum revolver. Each has been custom engraved making them a one of a kind set. This years dedication was to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument located at the courthouse in Princeton, IL. The winner received both guns.
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1866 Winchester Yellow Boy Replica Rifle
1866 Winchester Yellow Boy Replica Rifle & Certificate of Authenticity
BCMSAR Engraved Logo & Motto (each year this side if the gun will be very similiar)
Engraving On The Top of Gun (each year the top of the gun will be very similiar)
Certificate of Authenticity for 2009 Rifle (each rifle will come with its own certificate)
2012 Bureau County Commemorative Rifle Dedicated To The US Armed Forces
Congratulations to the 2012 Winner: Tom Vandermore
Larry Dalton (on left), Bureau County Mounted Search and Rescue president shown at ticket drawing.
2011 Bureau County Commemorative Rifle Drawing
Left Image: Larry Dalton (on left), Bureau County Mounted Search and Rescue president, presented the rifle to Travis Rossler. Travis is fire chief at the Malden Fire Department. Congratulations!
Right Image: The 2011 drawing was held on December 1st at the Pizza Cellar in Princeton. The winning ticket was drawn by Tracy Brenneman (on left) from the Bureau County Fair.
2010 Bureau County Commemorative Rifle Drawing
Larry Dalton (from left), Bureau County Mounted Search and Rescue president, holds the rifle that was raffled off by the group this year. Also pictured are Jessica Klimek, daughter of Main Street BBQ owners, and Bruce Hand, mayor of Wyanet, who drew the lucky ticket. The drawing was held at the Main Street BBQ in Wyanet and the winner was Michael Matyasec of Chicago.
2010 Rifle Dedicated to the historic Liftbridge in Wyanet along the Hennepin Canal Parkway.
For even greater detail click here to see a very large picture (864kg)
2009 Rifle Dedicated to the 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster Victims
2008 Rifle Dedicated to the Covered Bridge located near Princeton
Photos by Hal Adkins Photo, LaMoille, Illinois
Engraving by Michael Gouse, Montana