The amazing Uncle Jock reader appreciation free gun contest

Monday, February 14, 2011

This fine air rifle could be yours if you win the Amazing Uncle Jock Reader Appreciation Free Gun Contest

I think ingratitude is close to a national disease in the United State. Many folks, it seems to me, hold the belief that they are possessed of a God-given right to have things go absolutely perfectly in their lives, and they get mightily hacked off if anything messes up a completely smooth and wonderful trip down the highway of life.

Me, I tend to take the opposite point of view. I think life is a messy, dangerous, unpredictable business, and we ought to be darned grateful when things go right.

One of the things that I am thankful for are the readers of this blog, and I am doubly thankful for the folks who are kind enough to submit their comments.

So, since this is Valentine’s Day and by way of showing my thanks, I hereby announce the Amazing Uncle Jock Reader Appreciation Free Gun Contest. The winner of the contest will be given an air rifle from my personal collection – a Benjamin Trail NP XL 725 (otherwise known as a Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston .25 caliber). This is an air rifle that I reviewed previously: The gun is lightly used, but not abused.

To enter the contest, you must submit your thoughts in writing on one of three topics:

  • What I like best about airguns


  • My favorite airgunning experience


  • Why I am thankful for airguns

Your entry must be at least 250 words long, but no more than 1,000 words. It must be your original work and not have been used anywhere else. Send your entry to my email address: DO NOT submit your entry to the comments section of the blog. Instead, email them directly to me. Be sure to include your UPS-able address and phone number in case I need to contact you.

All entries become my property and I may (or may not) use them in this blog.

I will be the sole judge of the entries and will pick the winner based on the entry I like best.

The winner is responsible for complying with all applicable laws pertaining to receiving, possessing and shooting this air rifle at his or her location.

The deadline for entries is midnight, Feb. 28, 2011.

So get busy and start writing. Somebody is going to win this rifle, and it might be you! Besides, you’ll probably have fun writing the entry.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

–          Jock Elliott


  1. Conor says:

    Mr. Elliott,

    I just wrote up an article, and was wondering, if it would be okay to submit an article about my first squirrel?

    Also, if I write about each topic in three separate articles, if there is more of a chance that I could win the gun? Is the contest limited to one story per entry or multiple entries per person?


    1. Jock Elliott says:


      If your first squirrel relates to what you like best about airguns or your favorite airgunning experience or why you are thankful for airguns, by all means submit it.

      I would prefer one entry per participant and if you want to write about all three topics in the same story, that’s okay.

  2. Marc says:

    Well Alright Uncle Jock, I’ll play your silly game, naturally I’d be tickled with a Trail NP XL ! So Fair Enough.

    Honestly what I’d really like is to here you wax poetic on a newgratitude in America. More Specifically I’d like to hear about or backtrack the Air Gun Industries Recent Accomplishments, and feel that you as a writer may have better connections than most to put these accomplishments in the light of those people who make it All Possible. ;^)

    You’re a writer, how about a roundup of the usual suspects in the context of who we airgunners honestly owe this debt to. If we’re going to be gracious, better to come out and recognize the sweat and brilliance, and even Production Groups & Communities !
    IE: Centerpoint Pptics /Group or East Bloomfield, New York/Community.

    We’d like to see Uncle Jock put the stem back on that Apple of Gratitude with Names Faces and 8X10 glossies ! Take the airgun Genies out of the bottle & Let Em Strut !!! =^D
    Could ya do that ? Sure you can ! ;^)

  3. Mike says:

    Good show Jock, I won’t be entering the contest but you have the right idea, been doing something like this for the past few years from my shop…..

  4. nyhunter says:

    uncle jock,
    i will take a stab at this one.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      NYhunter, I look forward to your entry.

      1. Conor says:

        Mr. Elliott,

        Could you tell us how many entries there are total?


      2. Jock Elliott says:


        I think about 2 dozen right now.

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