Shriners Tribute Rifle

Shriners Tribute Rifle, Fear and Loading, Guy J. Sagi

Bad news drives traffic to websites, sells papers and spreads across our social media feeds faster than a tropical plague. It’s a shame, too, because it literally drowns out the good work being done by so many people and organizations.

Shriners are one of the groups swept under by the anger-mongering riptide, but its charitable efforts haven’t escaped the notice of Henry Repeating Arms. The company has just rolled out a tribute edition of its Golden Boy lever action with a portion of each sale going to help its philanthropic endeavors.

The Shriners Tribute Edition is chambered in .22 LR, but also digests longs or shorts. The tubular magazine holds between 16 and 21 rounds and comes with a fully adjustable rear sight and octagonal barrel.

The American walnut stock is laser etched and hand painted with the Shriners red Fez and sports a gold-pained scroll with the words “Shriners International.” The nickel-plated receiver has an engraved Shriner shield in 24-karat gold plating and banner that reads “Fun, Fellowship and Philanthropy”—the organization’s core values. MSRP for the collectible is $1,154.95.

Shriners have been making the world a better place since 1872, although its efforts rarely attract the headlines they deserve. The Shriners Hospitals for Children is a good example. The organization’s 200,000 members do a lot more, too, with many of the efforts detailed on its website.

“Shriners are a beacon of light in their communities,” Anthony Imperato, president of Henry Repeating Arms said. “They give so much in the pursuit of bettering themselves and helping families in need, and we are honored to offer this rifle as a salute to all of their hard work and charitable contributions.”

In the interest of impartiality, I must report I’m not a Shriner, never have been, not aware of any family members who’ve joined and my wife won’t let me wear any fez in public. That, of course, doesn’t preclude me from being a fan of the organization’s work, and trying to spread some good news, far and wide, especially this time of year.