Gun raffle

This customized, Colt, .45-caliber pistol with a high-polish finish probably will be the most coveted prize awarded when the winning card is drawn at the Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers annual law enforcement appreciation dinner on Jan. 16. The event has become a top attraction for supporters of law enforcement in recent years. A number of items will be auctioned off and given away during the event. Only 156 tickets for a chance to win this pistol are selling quickly at $20 each. The tickets are actually half of a playing card and only three 52-card decks are being used. Tickets can be purchased at Americana Arms, just south of Beeville on U.S. Highway 181, or by calling Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Coordinator Mike Showalter at 361-597-0206. Texas Ranger Justin Cuellar has been carrying the pistol on duty for several weeks now and the custom, holly wood grips have Texas Ranger badges inlaid in the wood. This is one gun that is too beautiful to be carried concealed. The event will be held at the Beeville Country Club that evening and tickets are $50 each.