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Potterfields Donate Bespoke Shotguns To Raise Funds For NRA

Photo courtesy MidwayUSA

Photo courtesy Morphy Auctions

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special auction later this month
to benefit NRA and the NRA
Whittington Center comes as
welcome news for all members and
everyone who values American freedoms, and this fundraiser will especially
interest fans and collectors of finely
crafted firearms. Going on the block on
April 27 at Morphy's Auctions will be 10
bespoke Westley Richards shotguns, all
of them 20- and 28-gauge side-by-sides
that were custom-built by the historic
British maker for an American collector
between 1985 and 1999.
Especially noteworthy is that
these valuable guns are a gift from
MidwayUSA founders Larry and Brenda
Potterfield, whose generosity to the
NRA and the Whittington Center,
and whose philanthropy to the shooting sports is unprecedented. The
Potterfields were instrumental in starting
the Friends of NRA program, hosting
the first event in their hometown of
Columbia, Mo., and the popular events
have since generated an amazing $800
million for The NRA Foundation. While
the family's continuing support for
numerous NRA causes is legendary, this
one is uniquely fitting because of Larry's
well-known love for firearms of all kinds
and especially for fine smoothbores.

A collection of engraved, best-quality Westley Richards shotguns-including a pair of 28-ga. sidelocks-
donated by Larry and Brenda Potterfield, will be auctioned April 27 by Morphy Auctions to benefit NRA.

According to Dave Kelner, NRA
Whittington Center director, this
marks the second consecutive year the
Potterfields have come through with
" challenge grants " that in turn motivate
other donors. " Last year Mr. and Mrs.
Potterfield put up a very significant
bequest on the basis that we would
need to match it-and I'm happy to
report we achieved that goal. This year's
auction proceeds also come with the
stipulation that we match that amount-
and we expect that to be a big number,
too. So we'll have some work to do, but
rest assured, we'll get there. "
Larry Potterfield said that his purpose
for acquiring the guns was to support
NRA. " We wouldn't be in business if
not for the NRA. I want my grandkids
to have the same right to keep and
bear arms that I have, and NRA is the
foremost guardian of those rights. The
NRA Whittington Center is the mecca
of the shooting sports, and it is our
intention to ensure it remains that way. "
The entire Westley Richards set
sports deluxe wood and is fully

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engraved. Many of the hand-finished
guns come with two barrel sets and
accessories, and most appear to have
been proof-fired only. Genuine works of
art, the shotguns bear unique sequential
serial numbers. To provide NRA the
greatest return possible, there will be
no seller's premium. For further details
on this landmark donation of prized
firearms, as well as directions on how to
register for the bidding, contact Morphy
Auctions at 877-968-8880 or go to
morphyauctions.com.
" The NRA is profoundly grateful
for the donation of these magnificent
firearms, " said NRA Executive Vice
President Wayne LaPierre. " There's no
way to overstate the critical role Larry
and Brenda Potterfield play in helping
the NRA safeguard freedom and
liberty and in assuring America has a
magnificent range complex like the NRA
Whittington Center. They are American
patriots, true friends to all gun owners,
and are among the most generous
benefactors in the 150-year history of
our Association. "

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