On Wednesday, America’s 1st Freedom presented a custom .308 bolt-action rifle to J.R. Salzman, wounded warrior and frequent NRA American Warrior and America’s 1st Freedom contributor.
Salzman, who as a U.S. Army infantryman lost an arm below the elbow and sustained serious wounds to his other hand in combat in Iraq, is a shining example of an American warrior who deserves our recognition and thanks. He is also a champion lumberjack, having won 10 world log-rolling championships—four after sustaining the wounds in combat. He covered the 2014 Warrior Games for the NRA American Warrior and America’s 1st Freedom magazines while competing and medaling in them.
An avid deer hunter, Salzman’s wounds have made it difficult to adequately use his current deer rifle. His search for left-handed rifle options that would be easier for him to shoot prompted the idea of having a custom rifle made for him.
Boasting a Manners Composite stock, a Bartlein barrel and Burris optics, the rifle, created for America’s 1st Freedom and NRA American Warrior contributor J.R. Salzman, is a thing of both beauty and precision.
Salzman, with NRA-ILA’s Chris W. Cox and representatives from the companies that made the build possible, shoulders the rifle for the first time and takes an initial look through the scope. He was not aware the rifle was being built for him and was caught by surprise at the presentation.
Salzman proudly displays his new custom rifle, surrounded by those who made the build possible. Special thanks to the following individuals and companies for helping provide inspiration, parts, etc.: Hoser Freeman, NRA American Warrior contributor; Glenn Harrison, Defiance Machine; Thomas Manners, Manners Composite Stocks; Frank Green, Bartlein Barrels; George Gardner, GAP Precision; Sky Leighton (not pictured), Burris Optics; and Jay Duncan, Gorilla Ammunition.