In this episode of Gun Stock Reviews, The year 2021, marks the 150th anniversary of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. To celebrate this, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is partnering up with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Advisory Council in releasing a custom engraved, commemorative, lever action Henry Repeating rifle chambered in .45 Long Colt. Each rifle will be individually numbered, and there will be a limited quantity available for this one-time production. The artwork on the right side stock of the rifle represents the historical past, the proud present day, and the progressive future of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
From the 1870’s to present day, sheriffs and their deputies utilized horses for transportation and patrol. The deputy and his horse are seen in the foreground of the Four Peaks Wilderness. Wearing the timeless Stetson cowboy hat and holding his trusty Henry rifle, the rider looks up to the modern future…the Bell 429 twin engine rescue helicopter. With the most advanced avionics and rescue capabilities, it represents the forward thinking of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. This helicopter will be put into service in 2021.
Engraved on the right side of the rifle’s receiver is the current badge of the office. The individual number of each rifle will also be engraved on this side. The right side of the foregrip proudly displays the years of service with “1871-MCSO-2021” in bold lettering. The artwork on each side of the receiver is outlined by a chain. This represents the largest portion of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office staff: the men and women that work as Detention Officers in the Maricopa County Detention Facilities. On the left side of the rifle, the stock shows the current office patch with banners overlayed showing the years of dedication and service to the community.
The Arizona flag is in the background, and a rose, which is the insignia of the MCSO Memorial Fund, which honors fallen officers within the state and raises funds for their families, is displayed at the front of the stock. Engraved on the left side of the receiver is the original badge design, along with a heart bearing a “911” banner. The 911 banner represents the true first responders…the dispatchers and call takers in the Communications Division who answer the tens of thousands of calls for assistance each year from the citizens of Maricopa County.
The heart design recognizes the “heart” of the office, the many civilians who work in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Recognizing the civilian employees working as Administrative Assistants at a district or division, or in the volunteer Posse, in the Records and AFIS Division, Human Resources Bureau, Property Management, SIMS, Scientific Analysis, Criminal Intel, Personnel, Legal Liaison, Backgrounds and Polygraph, Technology Management Bureau, and many more. On the left foregrip we see what each of us has signed up to do every day and every night: “To Protect and Serve”. Proceeds from this limited production rifle will support the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Fund.
If you would like to learn more about the rifle or place an order, please go to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Advisory Council website at WWW.MCSOMEMORIALFUND.COM