So while they were out that day they stopped at a shop and bought some parts. It was going to be a project they could work on together. Because there was an AR upper that his dad already had. And a Ruger lower receiver The Mad Irishman had bought to give his dad for the Christmas he didn't get to.
They didn't get to build that rifle, either.
So what do you give a 10 year old boy that loses his Papa two weeks before Christmas?
There might be a lot of answers to that question. This time the answer starts with a Ruger lower receiver.
Add in the upper that Papa never had a chance to shoot, the parts kit they bought on their last range day, a scope, some backup irons, and it starts to look like a rifle.
It's not, though. What it is is a tangible reminder of a grandfather, a Christmas present that will always be remembered, and a statement of trust and responsibility as a boy takes steps toward manhood.
It's been put in his hands now and he's been told it's on him to earn the money to buy his own ammunition.