Do you enjoy shooting firearms?
Approximately 7 billion people would enjoy shooting firearms but don’t have the financial resources, do not live near a range or are from a part of the world that is not “firearms friendly.” Meanwhile, you and I accumulate guns, scopes and other “toys” so that we may enjoy them and share the them with our children and with others.
Often, the children of firearms enthusiasts have different passions, and many gun owners have learned that offspring are not as passionate about shooting as are Shepard, Lynn and their team at the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience. Too often, a shooting enthusiast’s beneficiary sells an inherited gun for a tiny fraction of its value or leaves it locked away in a safe forever. This is not a fitting use for your gun!
Good guns, like good cars, are designed and built to be used, not stored away in a closet. Most firearms fire fewer than 500 shots in their entire lives, and we find this to be very unfortunate! We discovered a vehicle by which you can create a legacy with your firearms. We invented the Firearms Legacy Program to help you get the most fulfilling use out of your guns, optics and shooting related gear.
Having introduced thousands of women, children and men to the joys of shooting, and after speaking with successful firearms owners, many of whom owned more firearms than they were regularly using, Shepard and his partner Lynn realized that true shooting enthusiasts want nothing more than to share their passion with new shooters.
Our system is simple, streamlined and effective in ensuring our benefactors’ demands are met.
Different firearms should be enjoyed in different ways.
- A collector’s shotgun used by a king in the 19th century should not be used by youth on a busy Trap range, but should be handled and examined by many. Perhaps it would be more at home in a museum.
- A mass-produced rimfire rifle might not be museum-worthy, but can bring smiles to hundreds of young faces as it shoots tens of thousands of shots until it collapses in contentment, all the while helping them learn gun safety.
- A handgun might be used by women learning to empower themselves as they study personal protection.
- An old hunting rifle can have parts replaced and have its life extended and enjoyed by many.
Comments from our donors:
“I am retired from the corporate world, and have enjoyed shooting for over 56 years. I have a closet full of guns, and while I intend for my sons to have several of them, I am excited that the remainder of them will be used more than I found time (and more than my sons will find time) to use them. It brings me great pride as I contemplate the number of fingers that will pull my gun’s triggers and the resulting smiles! Having lost a family member to breast cancer, I appreciate that each time a student uses the guns I donated, the instructor makes a gentle suggestion that the shooter supports finding a cure.” –Donor R.W. SLC, Utah
“My late husband Henry absolutely loved shooting, but I find guns to be distasteful. I appreciate that they can be used safely, responsibly and non-violently, but I do not want to handle or be associated with them. Henry would not have wanted them crushed, so having Shepard come to my home and safely remove them was a perfect solution. Having Firearms Legacy handle the details of having an inscription engraved honoring Henry was well worth the limited expense. I trust they will not end up in the wrong hands. RIP Henry.” –Donor
“I could have sold the Dragunov and made some money, but I would rather give it to your school for a fraction of that amount because I know it is going to a good place and people will learn from and enjoy it. I know it won’t end up ever killing anyone.” -Donor G.B-o. Jackson, Wyoming
“I purchased a pistol that I decided isn’t right for me. I don’t have a desire to collect a bunch of guns that I don’t use, so I was happy to gift this gun to your organization. I was pleased to later learn that you are buying a higher-end spotting scope as I suggested, and I like to think that my donation might have helped with that in a round-about way.” -Donor Bill Jackson, Wyoming
“I have collected guns for 60 years and have many more than I can use for shooting clays. I appreciate what you are doing and would love to loan you a Berreta Over Under for your shotgun clays program. Use it until you wear it out or shut your business down, then give it back to my son.” -Donor Bill W. South Carolina
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