Column: Local gun dealers support breast cancer awareness with a unique AR

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Chas Sizemore, of Sarasota's Fully Loaded Guns and Ammo, assembled an AR from components that were donated by five local gun dealers in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The weapon will be raffled October 31. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will be given to In the Pink Boutique Inc., a Sarasota nonprofit dedicated to "helping women heal, cope and survive the effects of cancer...physically and emotionally." STAFF PHOTO/ LEE WILLIAMS

Chas Sizemore, of Sarasota’s Fully Loaded Guns and Ammo, assembled an AR from components that were donated by five local gun dealers in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The weapon will be raffled October 31. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will be given to In the Pink Boutique Inc., a Sarasota nonprofit dedicated to “helping women heal, cope and survive the effects of cancer…physically and emotionally.” STAFF PHOTO/ LEE WILLIAMS

Breast cancer has touched too many lives, including my own.

There’s only one weapon that’s proven effective in the fight against it — cold hard cash.

Money can fund more cancer research, raise more awareness and aid cancer survivors and their families.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, five local gun dealers and a couple private donors have donated components to build a very special rifle — an AR that supports finding a cancer cure.

The unique weapon will be raffled off Oct. 31.

Tickets are only $10, and each of these dealers has a stock of them ready to sell:

All of the proceeds — 100 percent — will be donated to In the Pink Boutique Inc., a Sarasota nonprofit dedicated to “helping women heal, cope and survive the effects of cancer…physically and emotionally.”

In the Pink provides wigs, prosthetics, post-surgery clothes and a host of other products for cancer survivors.PAR receiver

The rifle the guys put together is truly unique — definitely a one-of.

The most striking feature is the weapon’s Cerakote paint job created by Ian, the “artist in residence” at Whisky Tango Firearms.

Ian went all out on this gun.

He chose a battle-worn concept, but he incorporated pink accents and ribbons into the design rather than traditional hues.

The result is a stunning tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness month, which still retains enough tactical moxie so that anyone would feel privileged to run this gun. It’s certainly wasn’t built to be a wall hanger or a safe queen.

The rifle features Anderson upper and lower receivers, a Ballistic Advantage 16-inch barrel, a 15-inch light key-mod rail system and a Mission First Tactical Minimalist stock. Sarasota’s Veritas Training Academy has donated six steel magazines to go with the weapon.

The package is made to shoot.

If you want to see the weapon, it’s currently on display at Young Guns and Safety.

Every dealer involved in the project deserves kudos, as it will likely raise thousands of dollars for a very worthy local charity.

This level of cooperation among competing FFLs isn’t unusual for Sarasota.

It’s one of the reasons why the gun business here is thriving — good folks helping each other, which benefits their customers.

— If we don’t run into each other at the range, you can reach me at (941) 284-8553, by email at lee.williams@heraldtribune.com or by regular mail, 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You also can follow me on social media atfacebook.com/TheGunWriter or Twitter.com/ht_gunwriter

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.