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Priceless commemorative gun honors memory of Eagle Scout

Thursday, February 9, 2012

(Photo by Diane Stangl) The commemorative Eagle Scout gun honoring the memory of Hunter Heidesch, son of John and Judy Heidesch, of Marcus, features an engraved image of a majestic bald eagle and has a serial number taken from Hunter's initials and birthdate.
"No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way." - Lord Baden-Powell

Hunter Jack Heidesch was a member of the few Boy Scouts who followed the trail to the end and became an Eagle Scout with Troop 113 of Marcus in 2009, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who was an Eagle and his great-grandfather who earned the Silver Beaver award.

Hunter, the son of Judy and John Heidesch, of Marcus, died in a motorcycle accident in Nebraska on Aug. 2, 2011.

Today, a special rifle honors the memory of the tracks the young Eagle Scout left behind.

Among the many things John Heidesch shared with his son, Hunter, was his love of hunting.

He had wanted a commemorative Eagle Scout gun but had never purchased one.

Hunter's uncle, Wayne Heidesch, who sells guns in the business he shares with John -- J & W Variety, of Remsen -- contacted the Henry Rifle company and inquired about purchasing a gun for John following Hunter's death.

Wayne said, "after talking to the owner of the company, he said he'd take care of it."

And take care of it he did.

The Henry Rifle company donated the American-made Henry Golden Boy Eagle Scout Tribute Edition rifle to the Heidesch family as a tribute to Hunter, who had earned scouting's highest honor.

All Eagle Scout rifles are priceless to their owners, but what makes this one even more special is that the serial number, which is required on all firearms, was taken from Hunter's initials and his birthdate - 1HJH52991.

The beautiful 22 long rifle features a gleaming engraved image of a majestic bald eagle and a banner proclaiming the proud sentiment of all Eagle Scouts, "Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle."

The left side bears the image of the famous Eagle Scout medal and banners reading Eagle Scout and Boy Scouts of America.

A tri-colored medallion replicating the Eagle Scout badge is inserted into the stock and the six badges of advancement which mark a scout's advancement to the Eagle Scout rank and the text "Trail to Eagle" are inscribed on the right side of the firearm.

The Boy Scouts Eagle Scout rank was introduced in 1911, and since then the rank of Eagle Scout has represented the pinnacle of scouting, being awarded to a select few young men who have demonstrated the highest levels of leadership and commitment to duty.

Achieving Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. In 2010, around 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.

Scouting is still an important part of the Heidesch family.

Judy Heidesch, who helped guide both her sons, Hunter and Sawyer, to their goal of becoming Eagle Scouts, still works with the scouting program, focusing now on the Cub Scouts.

The Eagle Scout rifle is a tribute to Hunter and his family's involvement in scouting.

The Heideschs' commemorative gun rests in a cabinet built by Rob Schorg, of Remsen, and donated to the Heideschs.

The cabinet also contains a memorial plaque and Hunter's Eagle scout award and medals.

John Heidesch has displayed the gun in the J & W Variety store and is sharing it for display at other locations, so more people can have the chance to see it.

The rifle is now on display at American Bank, in Remsen.

Proudly displayed, the gun serves as a memorial for Eagle Scout Hunter's life and the tracks he left behind.

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Sounds like Henry Rifles is a standup company and so is J and W Variety. It is good to see a story about guns in the media where the media isn't making all guns sound evil, remember guns are a tool and they cant't kill anything without someone pulling the trigger

-- Posted by Hootsy on Thu, Feb 9, 2012, at 12:28 PM

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