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he artisans at Louder Than Words have again collaborated on a magnificent pistol package you have a chance to win, while helping a very worthy cause. The LTW organization is composed of some of the country’s finest custom pistolsmiths and holster makers who each year donate their time and skills, collaborating on a custom pistol. The result of their efforts represents the best craftsmanship the industry has to offer. These collaborations represent a rare opportunity to win a distinctive and exclusive pistol from the collective LTW workbench — and do a good thing at the same time! This years beneficiary is the Naval Special Warfare Foundation (www. nswfoundation.org), a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity incorporated in 2000 and established to honor those who served in the sea commando services. The NSWF’s focus is to provide educational and motivational support, promote health and welfare programs for the Naval Special Warfare Community and perpetuate the history, values, traditions and heritage of the U.S. Naval Commandos. The fit between the LTW group and the NSWF was a natural, and the opportunity to work with the NSWF was a “no-brainer” for the LTW Board of Directors. Like previous LTW collaborations, this pistol is something extraordinary. This project’s pool of knowledge, skill and craftsmanship was provided by the following gunsmiths: Steve Bailey of Heirloom Precision, Stan Chen of Legacy Custom, Ned Christiansen of Michiguns LTD., CT Brian of CT Brian Custom and Don Williams of The Action Works. The frame and slide were donated to the foundation by Springfield Armory and serial numbered to denote the year of completion, LTW 2009. Most of the parts were donated by the foremost friend to the gunsmithing trade and staple of the firearms industry, Brownells. Both Brownells and Springfield Armory, along with other companies, have been steadfast supporters of LTW from the beginning. With the parts in hand and the project’s direction defined, Stan Chen began by machining the front strap and mainspring housing for his “Progressive Traction“ checkering, after which Don Williams fit the frame and slide, barrel and bushing, and installed the ejector and extractor along with performing the reliability work. Steve Bailey fit the beavertail and thumb safety followed by CT Brian who ball-cut and bordered the slide, performed a trigger job, crowned the barrel, flush-cut and countersunk the slide stop/slide stop pin hole and de-horned the gun. Finally Ned Christiansen installed a Dawson light rail, fit a dovetailed front sight, modified the slide to accept his “Shield Driver” rear sight as well as doing the final zeroing and detailing of the gun. A holster set was custom made by Josh Bulman of Bulman Gunleather. Josh’s work looks as much like fine art as it does functional leather and for this project Josh made his SDS holster, QDMP magazine carrier and QLC flashlight carrier all finished in an exquisite twotone honey and mahogany finish. With the work complete all that’s left to do is for one lucky person to win the raffle! To purchase tickets or for more info contact: Laura Ruland, C/O The Villages, 1020 Lake Sumter, The Villages, Fl. 32162, e-mail: Laura.ruland@ thevillages.com, (353) 753-6739 For more info: Louder Than Words, www.louderthanwords.us * WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM 101

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