A Colorado-based collectible firearms company is producing a limited-run rifle honoring Beaufort's long history, according to a company spokeswoman.
Fort Collins, Colo., manufacturer American Legacy Firearms will produce 100 of the aptly titled Beaufort Heritage Rifles, a gold-plated Mossberg repeating rifle, similar to the Winchester 1894, that features ornate engravings detailing parts of the city's history, saidAnastasia Berumen, art manager for American Legacy Firearms.
Those engravings highlight historical moments, such as the city's role in rice and indigo trading, cotton and shipbuilding industries, and the area's occupation by Union troops during the Civil War.
Berumen said American Legacy picked Beaufort for a heritage rifle after researching the city and its history.
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"There were certain things about Beaufort that appealed to us," she said. "It had practically everything we wanted. The demographics of the city were good, and there was a richness to the history of the city."
The company, founded in 2004, has other heritage rifles for cities like Raleigh and Boise, Idaho, and handguns honoring America's founding fathers and George Armstrong Custer.
So far, American Legacy has sold about 10 of the rifles, which cost $2,195 each and come with a Transportation Security Agency-approved carrying case. Berumen said early sales of the rifle indicate a "really good sign it's doing well."
Each rifle takes about four months to produce, as the rifles have to be sent to Arkansas for the tedious engraving.
For more information about the rifles, go to americanlegacyfirearms.com or call 1-877-887-4867.
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