Journal Gazette from Mattoon, Illinois on March 20, 2004 · Page 9
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Journal Gazette from Mattoon, Illinois · Page 9

Mattoon, Illinois
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Saturday, March 20, 2004
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LEE PUBLICATIONS, INC. STATE SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2004 A9 Firm's special edition rifle pays tribute to Lincoln, Charleston BY ROB STROUD Staff Writer CHARLESTON - A Fort Collins, Colo., firearm manufacturer has issued a special edition rifle that pays tribute to Charleston and its Lincoln heritage. . Jnvestment Arms Inc. has produced 26 Ruger 1022 rifles that are engraved with a portrait of Lincoln. They also bear the engraved phrases "American by Birth ... Patriot by Choice" and "Home of Lincoln Log Cabin State Park." Justin Daley, city project director for Investment Arms, said the manufacturer researches the history, culture and demographics of communities throughout the United States as part of its program of producing limited edition firearms. "If we are able to put something together that the town would be proud of, we try to do so," Daley said. Daley said he discovered Charleston's Lincoln heritage while doing research on the Internet. He said he was interested to find out that Charleston hosted one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates and that Lincoln's father and stepmother lived nearby. That history is now commemorated by the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum in Charleston and Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, southeast of Lerna. Daley said it took about six s ri weeks to get the special edition rifles designed, produced and ready for sale. He said the firearms were made in Fort Collins and engraved in Laramie, Wyo. Each one is individually numbered. "We already have had some interest in it," Daley said. Site Superintendent Matthew Mittelstaedt of Lincoln Log Cabin said the special edition firearms are not affiliated with the historic site or the? Illinois1 Historic Preservation Agency. B.F. McClerren ' 1 of Charleston said he has collected Lincoln memorabilia for many years and been part of the National Rifle Association, but had never before encountered a firearm bearing Lincoln's likeness. However, he said others might exist. McClerren, who portrays Lincoln for historical re-enactments and school programs, said although the 16th president seldom hunted, he was reportedly a good shot. He said Lincoln tested numerous Civil War arms, including the Sharps rifle. "About everything that was introduced was ran by Lincoln. He either approved or disapproved," McClerren said. Contact Rob Stroud at or 348-5734. Receive immediate medical attention for a minor illness or injury. Carle Clinic-Mattcx)n &. Charleston offers Saturday morning appointments to better serve you. Saturdays 9 a.m. ' Noon (217) 258-5900 Carle Clinic - Mattoon & Charleston 200 Lerna Road South Mattoon, IL 61938 Journal GazetteTimes-Courier readers.. AreVOU lowest. rate Sign up for EZPay, receive our lowest rate and save time and effort too! IIP No more Checks. No more postage. 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