“No matter how one approaches the figures, one is forced to the rather startling conclusion that the use of firearms in crime was very much less when there were no controls of any sort and when anyone, convicted criminal or lunatic, could buy any type of firearm without restriction. Half a century of strict controls on pistols has ended, perversely, with a far greater use of this weapon in crime than ever before.”
by Colin Greenwood




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soldiers’ angels fundraiser and giveaway


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[1900 10JAN12 Update: Changes/updates to this page since 2100 03JAN12 have been italicized.]

I knew announcing the Soldiers’ Angels Fundraiser and Giveaway the week before Thanksgiving was kind of a bad idea, but I wanted to get it out there and get the ball rolling, and now we are going to go back, go over the details, and pimp it a little more.

Current Total Donation Amount:


The Rules:

How to Earn a Ticket:

1.  Every five dollars you donate directly to Soldiers’ Angels nets you one numbered ticket.
2.  Every five dollars you spend in their Dollar Days or Amazon shops (where the products are shipped directly to them) gets you one ticket.
3.  Every five dollars you spend in the Angels’ Store for any product that is shipped to "ANY Hero", "ANY Wounded Soldier", or "A SPECIFIC Soldier" earns you one ticket.
4.  DO NOT SEND ME MONEY.  All money and goods should go directly to Soldiers’ Angels
5.  DO SEND ME THE RECEIPT.  Anonymize it however you like, and use the actual receipt or a screencap, but email from an address I can reach you back at.  Send the receipt/proof to “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net”. 
6.  Specify how many of your tickets you want in the "holster", "belt", and "general" pools. 
7.  Within 24 hours, you should receive an email from me indicating your ticket numbers.  If you do not, feel free to email me again or comment here.

How We Will Do the Drawing:

1.  The drawing will occur in decreasing fair market value (in other words, most-expensive item first, according to MSRP). 
2.  You can only win once. 
3.  When you send me your receipt, please indicate how many tickets you want put in each pool. 
4.  A single drawing will take place for each prize (currently 29), not each pool. 
5.  At 1800 EST on 12JAN12, with Better Half watching over my shoulder, I will hit up Random.org and generate however many numbers I need.  I will email the winners that day.  

The Prizes:

Current number of prizes:  29

(In the order they will be drawn.)

The Dragon Leatherworks Holster Pool:


1x Wyvern Pocket Holster for a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380, as made and donated by Dragon Leatherworks.  So it does not have a name yet; that is ok – maybe if you win it, Dennis will let you name it.  What cannot be questioned, though, is this is a holster from a fabricator with a history of producing quality products, dressed up in some pretty shiny-looking snakeskin, and designed for one of the more-popular up-and-coming pocket pistols.




The Best Belt Pool: 


1x The Best Belt, courtesy of Michael’s Custom Holsters.  Whether or not this belt lives up to its name is up to you, its eventual winner, to decide, but with two layers of top-grain leather, a sandwiched layer of nylon webbing, stainless steel hardware, and a lifetime warranty, I am not really seeing how it could not.  Want a way to carry your holsters in comfort and security?  This is a darned good start.



The General Pool: 


2x Crimson Trace Corporation Glock Generation 4 LaserGrip, courtesy of CTC.  Want something that is not even on the market yet?  Donate to Soldiers’ Angels, and you could win it at the beginning of next year.  This LaserGrip is just like all of its kin, except that it is designed specifically to be mounted on the newest Generation of Glock handguns, of all various sizes.  And, yes, there are two of them up for grabs now!






1x Crimson Trace Corporation Glock Lightguard, courtesy of CTC.  Imagine a flashlight that is mounted underneath your sidearm that comes on when you squeeze the grip a little more tightly – that is the prize you could win, from a company who made its name applying similar technology and concepts to laser sights, and who know what they are doing when it comes to “light” and “firearms”.




1x Crimson Trace Corporation S&W M&P Lightguard, courtesy of CTC.  Yes, the awesome folks at Crimson Trace donated another Lightguard to this fundraiser.





1x Crimson Trace Corporation Springfield XD Lightguard, courtesy of CTC.  No, you are not seeing triplicate – Crimson Trace donated three separate Lightguards to help out Soldiers’ Angels.  How awesome is that?  I can put the winners of these three prizes in touch with one another if they need to swap around who won what, just for compatibility’s sake.




10x Militec-1 Bonus Pack AND Militec-1 Grease, courtesy of Militec.  Keep your firearms lubricated, preserved, and easily-cleanable with a substance that has operated as intended both at the North Pole and at supersonic velocities.  (Note: if you do not want or will not use the 14oz. of grease, let me know, and I will forward it to Soldiers’ Angels, who can find a home for it.)




Honestly, I have no idea what I am receiving from Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT), but something tells me it is going to be awesome!  Stay tuned for details, but be advised – the drawing will be postponed until I receive the shipment from them.  Keep those donations rolling in! 



1x Elzetta ZSM Tactical Shotgun Mount and Elzetta T-Shirt, courtesy of Elzetta.  Made right here in the good old United States of America, this flashlight mount is designed to clamp through the space between your shotgun’s magazine tube and barrel, giving you the ability to mount just about any flashlight to your home-defense long gun without having to muck around with any hand-shredding rails.




2x FlipSide Wallet, courtesy of FlipSide themselves.  I reviewed these outstanding wallets here and wrote a follow-up here, but suffice to say that if they are worth the price of admission, they are probably worth a donation to an outstanding cause to try to win.  The first one drawn will be the Mech Grey version, and the second will be Stealth (black) – appropriately “tactical” colors indeed.




1x 8 Gun Store, Secure, and Carry Rack, courtesy of Armory Racks.  Want a convenient way to store eight different handguns in a relatively small space without having them stacked on top of one another, marring each other’s frame and generally looking like a mess?  Yeah, this will do that.  With organizational accessories like these, even I have no excuse for abiding by the “gravitic filing method”.



2x Soft Target, by Stephen Hunter, courtesy of Simon and Schuster.  I have not read my copy yet, but the reviewers, including the folks over at Downrange.tv, are writing rave reviews.  In any case, this is a brand-spanking new hardback copy, straight from the publisher, and complete with its publicity insert.  The book does not even come out until the 6th of December!




1x Gift Pack, courtesy of and mixed by DIPSTIX.  With three different flavor combinations to choose from, you are bound to find something that will suit your palate.  And, let us face it – how can you go wrong with a seasoning mix labeled nothing more than “Bacon”?





3x Gunwalker T-Shirt, as designed by and courtesy of Sean Sorrentino.  The entire Gunwalker scandal is a disaster no matter how you look at it, but increasing public awareness of it and trying a little gallows humor will probably help everyone come to terms with it – suffice to say, this perfectly concise t-shirt accomplishes just that.




1x Monster Hunter International (Tombstone, Arizona branch) patch, as designed by and courtesy of Jason of Empty Mags.  Check out that monster-whacking awesomeness!  Something like that would look perfect on an IDPA vest, range bag, or just on a jacket to show off your gunny-geek cred.





2x 2 Monster Hunter International (Eastern Tennessee branch) patches, as designed by me.  Yup, you get two chances to win two patches, and, yes, they look as monster-hunting-cool in person as they do on your screen.



As additional prizes become available (and I am working on more), I will add them here and update things accordingly.  Likewise, if you are interested in donating a prize to this fundraiser and being featured here, please let me know at “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net”.

Again, the drawing will be held at 1800 EST on 12JAN12, which means your donations can keep coming in until 1700 EST on 12JAN 12.  So… how much do you think we can raise for Soldiers’ Angels?

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me.

(Obligatory FTC Notice:  All prizes were donated by their respective originators, without any agreed-upon compensation or other conditions.  Any advertising I give them is exclusively in thanks for their generosity.)

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