BENTON, Ark., June 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As keynote speaker of The Republican Party of Arkansas’ (RPA) Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) was presented with a custom engraved Henry Big Boy lever-action rifle on June 4, 2021. The presentation makes Noem the most recent recipient of the rifle built by American firearms manufacturer Henry Repeating Arms specifically for the RPA with their logo engraved in the right side of the walnut buttstock.
Speculation is rising that Noem could run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, and she would not be the first RPA Henry rifle recipient with sights set on the presidency.
For over a decade, the RPA has honored their headline speakers with the Henry .44 Magnum rifle. Past recipients include former president Donald Trump, a candidate at the time in 2015, Senator Rand Paul, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former New York State Judge Jeanine Pirro, and 44th Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. These gifts of modern-day Henry rifles draw inspiration from a gold-mounted Henry rifle presented to Abraham Lincoln in 1862.
Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin unveiled the rifle from under a red velvet curtain, and the crowd of over 500 attendees cheered on their feet as Noem eyed the firearm for the first time and picked it up.
«Governor Kristi Noem is an avid outdoorswoman and a hunter through and through,» says Patrick Rhodes, RPA event volunteer and liaison to Henry Repeating Arms. «Once she saw that rifle, there was no holding her back from getting her hands on it as quickly as possible. The excitement was real.»
Henry firearms are purchasable only through a licensed firearms dealer. For more information about Henry Repeating Arms and its products, visit henryusa.com or call 866-200-2354.
About Henry Repeating Arms:
Henry Repeating Arms is one of the leading rifle and shotgun manufacturers in the United States and a world leader in the lever action category. The company motto is «Made in America, or not made at all» and its firearms come with a lifetime guarantee backed by award-winning customer service. The company is also known for its charitable endeavors under its Guns For Great Causes program, which focuses on sick children, both individual cases and children’s hospitals, veteran and wounded veteran organizations, Second Amendment and wildlife conservation organizations. The company currently employs 535 people and has 250,000 square-feet of manufacturing space in its Rice Lake, Wisconsin and Bayonne, New Jersey facilities. The company is named in honor of Benjamin Tyler Henry who invented and patented the Henry rifle in 1860 – the first repeating rifle, the lever action rifle, which is America’s unique contribution to international firearms design and is one of the most legendary, respected and sought-after rifles in the history of firearms. Visit Henry Repeating Arms online at www.HenryUSA.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/HenryRepeating, and on Instagram @Henry_Rifles.
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