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What guns would you go for in a raffle?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Monkeyleg, Mar 6, 2012.

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  1. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Decatur, AL
    I may be helping a friend conduct a raffle. I'm trying to research which guns would be the most desirable.

    If you were at a raffle, which gun would you buy a lot of tickets for? It can be a handgun, rifle or shotgun. Figure on a gun that cost under $1500, just to keep it realistic.

    Multiple votes for the same gun are welcome, as such votes show the popularity of that gun.

    Thanks for any replies.
  2. ThorinNNY

    ThorinNNY Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    3 hours North of Syracuse, 2 hours west of Lake Ch
    When I buy a raffle ticket(s) I consider it a donation to the organization that`s holding the raffle.My liking the organization has far more to do with my buying tickets than the prize they`re offering.
    Having said that, the prize that would really ring the bell for me would be any quality lever action rifle in .45-70 govt. A Winchester model 95 in 30-06 Springfield would also be welcomed.
  3. Rat Robb

    Rat Robb Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    A nice 1911 (STI Trojan or Colt Gold Cup) or an AR (Smith and Wesson M&P15 or Stag Model 8) would get my attention but it depends on your demographic.

  4. Dnaltrop

    Dnaltrop Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Portland, Oregon

    Sequential SN Ruger 1911's? ( or brand of choice, just first one that came to mind)

    Matched Revolvers?

    Single guns with a Gift Certificate for one of the nicer rigs at the local holster shop? (or the holster itself if you want to play the Belt size/leftie-rightie Lottery.)
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2012
  5. JWF III

    JWF III Member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Mansfield, Georgia
    What organization will the raffle be benefitting? That would have a lot of say in what guns would be most appropriate. (Appropriate may be the wrong word to use there but I can seem to think of one that would be more appropriate.:neener:)

    IOW, an AR or AK wouldn't be the best choice (not that a lot of people wouldn't like them), but they wouldn't be the best choice for a NWTF or DU banquet. Hunting firearms, especially (but not limited to) shotguns would be more typical firearms for that crowd.

    Other than wanting to pick up a new "beater" deer rifle, there are probably no new guns that really tickle my fancy. So I wouldn't be the best to judge by. I like older Smiths (revos and 3rd gen. autos), mil-surps of all ages and old original Winchesters/Trapdoors/etc.


    OARNGESI Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    how about splitting the money maybe a lower end ak like a century arms ak74=400 a glock=500 a s&w j frame 38=400 and a maverick 88 12 gaug=175 that way a little something for everyone and you can get people to enter 4 times rather than just once.
  7. rm23

    rm23 Member

    Oct 17, 2008
    I hate NY... so I moved to Texas!
    I'd look for quality. Not sure I'd part with a dollar for some gun I don't want.
  8. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Decatur, AL
    The top end of $1500 is for each gun, not for all of the guns.

    The raffle would be for a pro-gun group, so there's a real cross-section of gun owner types. I'd say that there's not as many hunters or trap shooters in attendance as other types of shooters, but they'll still be there.

    RM23, there's no requirement for people to buy tickets. I'm just trying to figure out what would sell the most tickets.
  9. jim243

    jim243 Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Be careful, unless you friend is a 501 C 3, 4 or 5 organization. It is a felony called gambling not a raffle.

  10. HankB

    HankB Member

    Mar 29, 2003
    Central Texas
    New guns, under $1500 each?

    S&W M&P 15-22
    Browning P-35
    S&W 1911Sc two-tone with round butt

    Are used guns in the mix?

    A nice Luger
    A "Special Grade" CMP M1 Garand
    almost any pre-lock, pre-MIM S&W K, L, or N frame revolver
  11. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Decatur, AL
    jim243, it's for a political action committee, which is legal. I went round and round with the gaming commission in WI when we had fund-raisers for CCW. That's why my friend tapped me. ;)
  12. Spaceman Spiff

    Spaceman Spiff Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    howdy kids, first post @ THR, i apologize in advance for my lack of caps and abuse of the ellipse (...)

    1,500 clams seems to be plenty of room for a quality basic AR (as rightly suggested by many above)...you could also go with one of the newer entry-level 1911s (remington, ruger, etc.)...a wheelgun (or two) might not be a bad option, like a gp-100 or smith 686...or if you really want to get ridiculous you could offer a trio of glocks @ $500 each...

    i would personally buy a few tickets to a glock 17/19/26 raffle for sure ;) it's not clear if the guns you offer need to be made in america, though, due to the political nature of the raffle...
  13. Hunterdad

    Hunterdad Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Definitely need a shotgun in there. Maybe a nice Wingmaster?
  14. Tim the student

    Tim the student Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    A dang lot of folks either want a nice M1, or want another nice M1.

    Maybe a nice M1 carbine as a partner. I bet you can get both for 1500, if you shop judiciously.
  15. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Member

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southeast Texas
    Maybe a Dan Wesson 1911?
  16. TxSteve713

    TxSteve713 member

    Feb 12, 2012
    The guy with multiple guns for that much sounds much more fun for everyone.
  17. metalart

    metalart Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    I would certainly participate for a nice 1911. Perhaps a nice lever gun? However you may get more participation if you put up something more "tactical" Like a midrange AR.
  18. 50 cal

    50 cal Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    AR lower recievers:)
  19. ms6852

    ms6852 Member

    Oct 19, 2009
    I have to agree with ThorinNNY it is about the organization. On the other hand it has to be a firearm in a practical caliber. I doubt I would donate for a 338, 375, or a 50BMG. If my 30-06 can not handle it I do not want to shoot it.
  20. iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns

    iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns Member

    Oct 11, 2011
    I'd have to buy at least one ticket, maybe more, if there were any of these:

    -nice 1911: Colt, Smith, Ruger, Dan W, Sig, even a .38 super or 10mm, but those calibers might no appeal to most.
    -one of the newer Smith Schofields! I'd then proceed to get the moon-clip 'TK' conversion for it seen on gunblast :)
    -semi-auto Tommy gun
    -AR in .308
    -Browning Hi-power
    -I really liked the sound of the 3 glock package, and I'm not a 'glock-guy,' I don't own one ...yet
    -Smith .460 (shoots .454 and .45lc too...)
    -rem 870 wingmaster, with short and long barrels
    -Henry Goldenboy! such a fun rifle
    -classy lookin' S&W j-frame, shiny blued with sweet grips?
    -Browning Buckmark
    -CZ-97b, or CZ75
    -S&W 1006, it'd probably be used, but those are so sweet
    -Kriss Vector! That thing looks awesome!
    -GP-100, I already own one, but two would be nice!
    -I'd be more likely to buy a raffle ticket for a Desert Eagle, than to ever actually buy a Desert Eagle... and I'd be very happy if I won one!

    I'm not very experienced in the realm of suppressors, but could a suppressor with tax stamp be legally raffled??

    maybe consider a $1000 gun with a $500 engraving job? :)

    I'll probably think of 5 more I'd rather have than a few of the ones I mentioned, right after I click submit reply...

    keep us posted on what you decide to go with please! :) and let us know if tickets are available to THR users :D
  21. valnar

    valnar Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    A nice 1911. I agree with Dan Wesson as a solid choice.

    Since it's a raffle, depending on the organization, you might be able to get Les Baer or Ed Brown to come down on one of their models and 'donate' the difference to put it within $1500.
  22. Isaac-1

    Isaac-1 Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    SW Louisiana, not near N.O.
    Ok, here are my thoughts (again depends on the group, if tickets will be sold to the general public, etc.), I would pick a long gun of some type, that way you open up sales to the 18-21 crowd. Second pick something nice with a broad appeal for use, for example one that has some appeal to the tacticool crowd, but can still be a practical shooter, my first thought here is a Mini-14 in stainless with a wood stock. The key here is something nice, don't try to do what so many people do and raffle off the cheapest gun you can find at the local Wal-Mart. Something with limited production would be nice too, just don't get too far away from the mainstream.
  23. jbkebert

    jbkebert Member

    Jan 30, 2009
    I currently serve as the president of the hunter education instructor association for Shawnee county Kansas. (Topeka area) We have been doing gun raffles for the past four years as a means of raising monies for various projects.

    In the past since we are hunting orientated the guns have been a centerfire hunting rifle and a shotgun. Last year we had a .270 winchester cz 550 american and a cz o/u 20ga shotgun. Both great guns and could be used by youth hunters our primary focus.

    Tickets were sold at the price of $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. The drawing was held at our final hunter education class for the year. The first name drawn received the rifle and the second name drawn received the shotgun. The previous year it was one ticket received both guns. Tickets were $10 each or 3 tickets for $20.

    Since this has been my baby from the start 4 years ago. I might share some things that I have learned.

    1. Ticket price- Keep it low as possible you will sell more tickets and the money raised will be higher in the end.

    2. Chances to win- We made a pretty fair amount of money off the raffle two years ago when the winner received both guns. However last year giving everyone two chances to win increased the number of willing ticket buyers. At $5 each or 5 for $20 with the same initial cost of guns. We ended up not quite double the monies from the previous year.

    3. Help- Several folks will be all about the raffle idea and even offer to help. Figure the number of helpers that offer maybe a 1/3 will.

    4. Records- Keep records of the number of tickets given to any member of you organization to sell. Expect the money, tickets and unused tickets returned in a timely manner. I wasn't so much worried about theft as forgetfulness. I assure you keeping records of actual ticket sales and profit is a pain. The more folks involved the more of pain it becomes.

    5. Look to gun manufactures- Several gun companies offer generous discounts to a organization for a fundraiser. CZ gave us a very good price. The first year remington gave us extreamly good pricing. Call the companies and ask. This year we are going through Henry.

    We decided to change it up this year. We will sell chances at hunter education classes only. A local pro-shop donated a bow set-up and we have purchased so far three henry H001 rifles. Every class we will draw a winner right before cards are handed out. The student gets their choice of either a new bow or .22 rifle. Will be selling the tickets for $2 each. Not alot of money but we do not have tons of money invested either.

    6. Tickets- You can run extreams with this. Circus tickets are cheap but hard to write on and even harder to read. Professional tickets can get costly. We bought a pack of tickets at office depot I think its 440 tickets for $23. You go to their website and use the template and design your own. The are numbered but we didn't use the numbers. You can print yourself or have them print for $0.15 per page. So the 440 cost you $32 printed up not bad.

    7. Check into legalities of transfering a gun won in a raffle. Every state is different.

    8. Set your rules in advance- Does ticket holder have to present to win at time of drawning. (I assure you that will severly limit ticket sales) What will you do if winner doesn't return calls. (had this happen. I called at least 12-15 times and left messages before getting through 3 weeks later).

    9. Who will order and accept responsibilty for the guns. Someone has to fill out the paperwork. It cannot in my understanding be sold to a organization without a ton of paperwork. So a individual has their name on the gun or guns until the raffle. At that time how will a transfer be done to also transfer the name of ownership of the firearm. Its easy in Kansas but lord knows in other states.

    10. Receiving the gun- If you ask a gun company for a reduced price. That is great. Typically you order the firearm directly from the manufacture and they will send to the FFL or your choice. However I assure you that gun company if full-filling it orders to wholesalers first. I waited two and half months for one gun. Yes I got it for a discount but the wait really messed with plans. Make sure lead times are clear. Saving a couple hundred bucks on the gun might of cost us 2-3 times that savings in the end. (my fault for not addressing this just didn't think it would be an issue)

    Just some things to think about if you have not already.
  24. panhead58ak

    panhead58ak Member

    Feb 5, 2011
    high end guns deffinatly attract attention however I have done very well at a couple of rural area benifits with henry leveraction 22 rifles thay can be bought new for less than 250 and they are irresitible every one can use an extra 22 for a truck gun ,kids,grandkids etc. you sell tickets $5 for 1 or 5 for $20 it doesnt take long to start making profit
  25. exospex

    exospex Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Western NY
    Our club does not actually raffle the gun. but a gift certicicate to Gander Mountain for the cost of the gun including taxes. Gander handles all the transfer paperwork. It works pretty good (even though I havent won yet)
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