The Gun Writer TV episode 22: Mike throws down a charity challenge to other gun dealers


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This is a very special episode of The Gun Writer TV.

Mike Young and I are joined by Pete Skokos and Dave Pfeiffer, co-founders of Operation Patriot Support — a wounded veterans charity.

Pete and Dave’s group grew out of the very successful Sarasota chapter of the Maryland-based charity Operation Second Chance, which is still going strong.

They created Operation Patriot Support, or OP’S, for financial reasons, and to give them a bit more flexibility regarding local charities.

Whatever the name, the guys discuss their upcoming sporting clay event the Third Annual Florida Fun Shoot, which benefits wounded vets.

It will be held February 19 at the Ancient Oak Gun Club in Lakewood Ranch.

The first two Florida Fun Shoots raised more than $75,000 for wounded vets.

Of all the sporting clay charity events, for me, this one is special.

If offers you a chance to meet and shoot with wounded veterans.

I’m proud my newspaper is one of the corporate sponsors.

And this year, Dave and Pete said, there will be some very, very special guests — perhaps the most special people this country has ever produced.

Not only will there be several Gold Star Mothers at the shoot — moms who have lost a child in a war — at least two Medal of Honor Recipients have pledged to attend.

The guys have already arranged some great prizes for the shoot, raffles and charity auction, but they need more — especially guns.

In past years, when a veteran wins a AR, a pistol or shotgun, it’s pretty special. They’re all shooters.

Mike Young is donating one of his build-an-AR classes and rifles. The lucky winner will assemble and take home a Black Rain AR.

And Mike challenged other dealers in the region to donate guns for the shoot.

To sign up or for information on sponsorship opportunities click here or contact:

Operation Patriot Support c/o The PHM Group, Inc. 

540 48th Street Court East, Bradenton, Fl 34208  

Ph. 941-750-9333

In addition to Operation Second Chance, proceeds from the shoot will also benefit two other local charities, Black Dagger Military Hunt Club and Paws for Patriots.

Mike and I will be shooting in the event.

We really hope all of you can join us.


Mike and Lee


About Author

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.

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