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Gun-maker celebrates governor's crack shot

in Gun Discussion Thu Dec 30, 2010 6:38 pm
by samD | 534 Posts

Ruger sells 'Coyote Special' Enlarge Photo This May 24, 2010, photo provided by Tim McCreary shows a Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. limited edition .380 caliber pistol that was inspired by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's deadly showdown with a varmint last February.

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"The Coyote Special." It's not a new Animal Planet documentary. It's also not tonight's chef's choice at Hudson's on the Bend.

Rather, it's a handgun. But not just any handgun. It's Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc.'s newest .380 the same model of the semi-automatic pistol that Gov. Rick Perry said he used to kill a coyote that threatened his daughter's Labrador during an early morning jog in February.

The Connecticut-based gun maker seemed to celebrate Perry's slaying of the varmint by creating the distinctive weapon, which is emblazoned with the words "Coyote Special" on one side of the slide and "A True Texan" on the other side.

On the top of the pistol resides an etching of a coyote howling at the moon and a Texas Star.

Even the packaging displays a stamp that says it is for sale to Texans only. (Likely not enforceable.)

Tina Hare of Amarillo telephoned McBride's Guns on Lamar Boulevard on Monday to see if she could buy one of the last Coyote Specials the store had in stock.

"Any gun that's good enough for the governor is good enough for me," she said. "If the governor uses it, it's got to be good."

Doris Tyler , who splits time between Austin and Phoenix, saw Ruger's newest addition on Monday when she went to McBride's to get a laser sight on her pink-gripped .38 Special.

"Well, I think it's pretty cute," said Tyler, who said she doesn't need another handgun. "I think it's a clever marketing idea."

Ruger representatives did not return phone calls for comment on the palm-sized pistol.

The Coyote Special sells for $339, which is $30 more than the same pistol without the fancy etching.

Katherine Cesinger, a spokeswoman for Perry, said the governor was given an engraved slide for his pistol.

"I'm just shooting from the hip here, but I'd say he thinks it's a pretty good little gun," Cesinger said.

Hare said she couldn't wait to carry around her new Coyote Special after if arrives at the gun shop near her house.

And if the governor makes it up her way, she said, she's going to try to get him to sign the box.

"That would be the berries," she said.

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