St. Louis, Missouri – Ken Yahl of Pacific, Missouri bought a single ticket for today's twelfth round of the NRA Foundation's Wall of Guns. His son bought one too. With a drawing done for each 100 tickets sold, there was a 1 in 50 chance someone from their family would win.
They wished they had better odds, but it was good enough.
With the hundredth ticket sold and the barrel given a few good turns, a young boy from the crowd pulled out Ken's ticket to a round of applause. Ken's grandchildren were ecstatic, his son and daughter-in-law couldn't believe it, and Ken had a wry smile on his face befitting someone who had just won a great prize.
Brought back by popular demand, the Wall of Guns was introduced last year in Pittsburgh and was a huge success. After a few tweaks, this year's iteration is even better and features some of the newest guns on the market. With the purchase of a $20 ticket, you're entered into the drawing and when 100 tickets are sold a winner is drawn and the raffle begins anew.
Ken and his son combed over the guns on the wall. On one side you had the option of picking any gun mounted up there, on the other you could pick any two!
After thoroughly inspecting his choices, Ken picked his prizes: a Remington R1 1911 and a Taurus Rio Grande - all for the cost of $20.
The Wall of Guns runs until 5:00 PM on Sunday and is located just outside the main hall entrance. You don't want to miss this great opportunity to leave St. Louis with a new gun or two.
Even if you don't win, you can feel good about purchasing a ticket as all proceeds benefit The NRA Foundation, Inc. in their support of the future of the shooting sports in America, including youth education, firearm training and safety, range development, and conservation efforts.
You don't even need to be there to win. NRA will call the phone number provided on the ticket if you're not there, but you'll want to stick around for the fun and to make sure you get the prize you want before stock runs out - not to mention getting in on the next raffle!