Buying a chance at colt 1911

Texas Ranger Justin Cuellar, seated at left, chats with Nathan Casteñeda, at right, recently as Casteñeda’s wife, Sarah, buys a raffle ticket from Justice of the Peace Mike Showalter at Americana Arms. The two men were selling $20 raffle tickets for a chance to win a custom Colt 1911 pistol with a high-polish finish. The gun, pictured on the table, has been equipped with custom holly wood grips with an inlaid Texas Ranger badge. The winner of the pistol will be announced at the Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner on Jan. 16 at the Beeville Country Club. Tickets for the annual event are $50 each. The event is attended by lawmen and women from around the Coastal Bend and money raised from silent and live auctions goes to fund four scholarships awarded by the organization. Tickets will be available at Americana Arms or by calling Showalter at 361-597-0206.