By Kerrin Brinkman | July 17 2010 12:45

As the sponsor of the NRA National Pistol Championships, Universal Coin & Bullion (UCB) has been at Camp Perry this week taking in the competition and hosting a hospitality tent outside the Stat Office. At tonight's Awards Ceremony, UCB will present the 2010 National Pistol Champion with a one-of-a-kind pistol. NRAblog caught with Director Rob Patton and Paul Stein, Vice President of Marketing, to learn more about this stunning firearm and the coins embedded in the grips. 

The 1911 Nighthawk Custom pistol features two antique 1911 $5 Indian gold coins embedded in the pistol grips, which are made of cocobolo wood. Designed in partnership with Craig Gholson, CEO of Nighthawk Custom, the firearm is also hand engraved and includes custom checkering and Trijicon sights. 

"Our work with Craig has created a masterpiece that the winner will cherish for generations to come," said Stein.

As a 1911-style pistol with two rare gold coins from the year 1911 embedded in the grips, this prize embodies a long-standing correlations between firearms and the precious metal.

"Our decision to put coins in the handguns symbolizes the legacy of gold and guns," said Patton.

As the Official Bullion & Rare Coin Dealer of the NRA, UCB has set a high standard with the creation of this unique pistol and their support of the National Matches. Stein hopes that this will encourage others will do the same. 

"We hope that the partnership to build this gun is a challenge to other companies to work together in whatever ways and means possible to support great causes and national events like Camp Perry has been for over 100 years," said Stein. 

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