National Rifle Association to honour Palin with special Alaska-themed assault rifle

May 5th, 2009 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI  

Sarah Palin Washington, May 5 (ANI): The National Rifle Association Foundation will presentAlaska Governor and Senator John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin with a military-style assault weapon next week.The all-white “Alaskan Hunter” is the civilian version of a modified M-4 rifle carried by U.S. troops overseas.Palin will receive the rifle made by Templar Consulting at a May 14 NRA banquet, the New York Daily News reports.It will be engraved with Palin’s name and adorned with a map of the state on the collapsible stock - made legal after the expiration of the assault weapons ban in 2004. The Big Dipper from the state flag is etched on the magazine well behind a vented barrel guard.

The rifle is chambered in .50-caliber “Beowulf.” It’s the same caliber used by heavy machine guns, which can take down big game, and in war zones “can disable both motor vehicles and assailants with body armor,” according to ammo manufacturer Alexander Arms’ Web site.

Templar gun designer Bob Reynolds told the NRA’s magazine that Palin had stood up for Second Amendment gun rights and “I just wanted to do something to give back.” (ANI)

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