I think most of us can identify with this young shooter that I have just read about via a press release from Warne. Young Paxton Spencer, of Columbia, MO was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. This condition basically means that young Paxton was born with a severely underdeveloped heart and only one functioning lung and the survivability of this condition is extremely low. Paxton, however, is fortunate enough to live on the property where he can shoot as much as he wants, and his desire to continue this hobby has only grown. Warne Scope Mounts got together with some of the finest companies within the gun industry to help Paxton’s dad give him a gift rifle that he could truly appreciate from the comfort of his own home.
Warne Rallys Firearms Industry to Gift Rifle to Young Hunter
Paxton has endured 17 surgeries and has a very compromised immune system, making it impossible to leave his house during the winter when viruses are more common. Covid-19 brought a whole new set of challenges for Paxton, further limiting his ability to leave their property since the fall of 2019.Paxton’s dad, Freddy, is a close friend of Ken Flood, Vice President of Sales for Warne Scope Mounts and asked Ken for some advice.
Ken Flood recalls, “Paxton is stuck at home and fortunately, the family lives in the country allowing Paxton to be able shoot on their property. When Freddy asked me about what type of rifle Paxton could use to shoot long range and also hunt whitetails, I had an idea. I believed that we could get our industry partners together to provide not only a rifle, but all of the accessories needed for Paxton to be successful shooting long range. The response was amazing.”
The gift rifle built was put together using donations from the following companies:
- Masterpiece Arms: PMR Pro Rifle in 6mm Creedmoor
- Swarovski: Kahles K624i scope
- Warne: Skyline Mount, accessories and Skyline bipod
- Kestrel: 5700 Elite Ballistic Computer with HUD
- Midway USA: a combo rifle case
- Armageddon Gear: shooting bags and rifle case
- Hornady: 2 cases of match ammo
- MK Machine: steel targets and a scope lever.
When we surprised Paxton with these items he was blown away. I can’t thank the shooting industry enough for this amazing gift for my son. He will enjoy this rifle and gear for many years to come,” said Paxton’s father, Freddy Spencer.
I know this is a small departure from our normal daily news but I felt that it was worth mentioning especially considering the harsh financial times many companies are facing. With as much tension that is in the air, it warms my heart that the gun community can still come together to provide a gift to a deserving child who shares the same passion that all of us do. Congrats to Warne and the donating companies for doing something truly special for Paxton.