By Danielle Sturgis | October 4 2009 06:25

Thanks to NRA National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier for his third and final report from his weekend trip, the Colt Collectors Association event:

Founded in 1996 by the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Colt Collectors Association (CCA), the Elizabeth Colt Legacy Foundation (ECLF) supports and sponsors firearms organizations and museums that run youth oriented programs. Every year at the CCA annual show, a revolver donated by LT GEN. William M. Keys, a member of NRA's Military and Veterans Affairs Committee as well as CEO & President of Colt's Manufacturing Co, and former Colt Historian Kathleen Hoyt and Joseph Canali of the Colt Custom Shop, is raffled off to support the charitable works of this Foundation. This one-of-a-kind revolver is embellished and engraved in full coverage and is an instant piece of history for the collector. This year's revolver is gold plated with ivory grips scrimshawed with a likeness of Elizabeth Colt.

Named after the widow of Colt founder Samuel Colt, Elizabeth Jarvis Colt became one of the wealthiest women in the United States following the death of her husband in 1862 when she became sole owner of the largest revolver manufacturer in the country.

The ECLF charitably supports the efforts of numerous NRA programs including the Whittington Adventure Camp at the NRA's Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico and the NRA Youth Shooting Club in Northern California. Their work does not stop at NRA programs as they give generously to numerous museums and Olympic shooting teams across the country as well.

Information on the ECLF can be found by visiting www.coltcollectors.org; writing Jan Quick at P.O. Box 87, Cedaridge, CO 81413; or emailing ljquick@hughes.net. 

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