Would you like an AR-15 pistol?


Medical bills and other needs call for drastic measures . . . so I’m going to take a leave out of Kim du Toit’s book.  I’m offering to my readers a chance to win an AR-15 pistol, in either 5.56x45mm or 7.62x39mm (winner’s choice).  I’ll accept just 100 entries at $25 apiece, so the chances of success are rather better than winning the Powerball!  (Any entries above that figure will be returned to sender.)  You can send more than one entry, if you so wish – that’s up to you.

The weapon is an AR-15 pistol I’ve owned for some time.  It’ll be completely rebuilt for this purpose.  The only used component will be the lower receiver.  I’ll put in a new lower parts kit, and everything else will also be brand-new and unfired – the upper receiver, barrel, gas block and tube, hand guard, you name it;  they’ll all be new components.  Those of you who’ve read my articles about personal defense rifles will know the standards to which I work.  I think the winner will be happy with the prize.  I’ll publish a photo of the firearm here as soon as I finish the build, probably next week.  It’ll initially be completed in 5.56mm;  if the winner prefers 7.62x39mm, I’ll change the necessary components before delivery.

For those who haven’t considered an AR-15 pistol before, think of it as a short-barreled rifle (SBR) without it legally being a rifle.  Here’s a video clip explaining the difference.

The AR-15 pistol is lighter and handier than a full-length carbine, just as accurate over typical fighting distances (from halitosis range out to 150 yards or thereabouts), and easier to maneuver in confined spaces such as a typical home or even a vehicle.  That’s why my primary defensive weapon for everyday use is an AR-15 pistol.  Sure, I have a full-size carbine if and when needed:  but if I’ve got to stumble around my living-room at zero-dark-thirty to investigate a noise, or drive into a difficult area where I might need more than moral support, I want something that’s short, handy, and unlikely to bang into things (as opposed to at things).

Needless to say, all laws, rules and regulations will be followed.  If you live in Texas and are within easy driving distance of the Wichita Falls area (my nearest big city), we can do a face-to-face transfer;  otherwise, the firearm will be shipped to your Federal Firearms License dealer and transferred there, complete with background check.  Please don’t ask me to break the law, because I won’t.  I’ve been a prison chaplain, so I already know how unpleasant life behind bars can be – and you don’t want to find out.

I can’t use PayPal for this raffle, because the company has a rule against using their services for firearms-related transactions.  Therefore, please send cash or a US Post Office money order (no private checks, please – they take too long to clear) to:

Peter Grant
P O Box 897
Iowa Park, TX 76367

Make sure you include your own name, address, phone number and e-mail, please.

Entries must be received by or on April 30th, 2021.  Even if all 100 entries haven’t been taken up, the winner will be drawn on May 1st, 2021 (or an earlier date, if all tickets are sold sooner than that).  I’ll notify the winner at once by e-mail and telephone.  I won’t publish his/her name here unless they’ll allow that, due to privacy concerns.

Thanks in advance for your interest.



  1. Dammit, one more week aboard, and I can go home. Looking forward to that trip to the post office now!

  2. Are commercial money orders (like Western Union ones purchased at the grocery store) or bank money orders/certified checks acceptable, or only USPS money orders?

    Only reason I ask is: it is easier for me to get a money order from my bank or grocery store than it is to get down to my local post office when it is open…

    ==Dwight Brown

  3. @Unknown: I guess I could accept them, if the bank will honor them right away and not make me wait until they've been cleared by the originating bank. They'll do that with USPS money orders.

    The problem with private checks and/or other instruments is that I may still be waiting for them to clear when the deadline comes around. I can't put those entries into the drawing if I don't know that the funds are there – that would disadvantage the rest of the entrants. It's a question of fairness.

  4. I bought mine (Western Union money order) at the supermarket and it is basically a promise to pay to the recipient upon demand. I don't think there should be any issue.

    My question Peter is if you are flooded with 200 of these checks all "written" out to you – you will have to cash them. If you send mine back to me because I didn't make the cut, I can't cash it. I guess there was no question there.


  5. @AZshooterLSR: I don't think there's an issue with you returning a Western Union money order for a refund – I've done it myself, a few years ago. I don't think I'll be that swamped with entries, but if I am, I'll simply send back all of them over 100, and the senders can cash in their money orders at the place where they were issued.

    If that's a problem, yes, I'll have to cash them here, then take out another money order to refund them; but as I said, I don't think that will be necessary.

    (Of course, if I do get hundreds of entries, I can always have multiple contests for each hundred, each with a similar prize! I should be so lucky . . . )

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