I have a question for the members here, since there are a LOT of members here, most, hard-core hunters, who have a vast base of knowlwdge, know lot`s ot other hunters, and have bought lots of gear.........
Does anyone know of any of the major crossbow makers who might offer some kind of discount on a crossbow in order to help someone? Here is the story:
The company I work for has begun bringing in short-term contractors in order to cut costs, as they don`t give these folks any benefits, no pension, nothing....they simply pay the company who brings in the contractors, and they pay the contractors. It`s a raw deal, since we work side by side with folks doing the same work we`re doing, and not only are they paid less, but, they`re typically only with us for 24 months, which is terrible, because we learn about them and their families, and get to care about them...then they`re gone.....
As I`ve talked to one lady who is a contractor, and I sometimes work closely with, she`s shared with me a bit about her family and home life, which doesn`t sound good, but the thing that has really struck me, is the situation with her husband. Her husband is disabled, and so is home all day, and due to his disability, (it`s back problems), he`s very limited in what he can do around the house. She`s told me, that he`s so despondent, that he most times just lays in bed, and that he`s basically given up, and is basically just waiting to die. This has just been eating at me, as I feel really badly for her and her husband due to his defeated attitude.
As we`ve talked, I`ve learned that he is a hunter, or was a hunter before his back problems. He goes out a couple times a year during firearms season here in Indiana, but doesn`t hunt hard, because it`s difficult for him to sit very long, and, the recoil from the firearm is painful.
Indiana has made crossbows legal for anyone to use during the late archery season, and it`s expected that when the 2012 archery season begins, that everyone will be allowed to use crossbows during all archery seasons. When I mentioned this to her, she said that, they just cannot afford to buy a crossbow, that they`re too expensive. I asked her which price range she had been looking at, and she said $400.00 crossbows, and that they`re just too expensive.
I know that Horton makes a crossbow right at the $399.00 mark, and Barnett as well. My plan is to sell a shotgun sitting in my safe that I never use, and it`s a good shotgun, it`s a Beretta AL391 Urika in 12 gauge 3". Problem is, I don`t have all the chokes that came with it, and guns don`t ever bring what they`re really worth anyway, but I`m going to sell it, and use whatever I get for it to get this lady`s husband a crossbow. I`m hoping this might lift his spirits enough that he would go hunting this late archery season, and for sure, look forward to next October.
Does anyone here know how I could maybe approach Horton or Barnett about some sort of discounted price, so that I can get this guy a crossbow? If I can`t get one of them to work with me, then I`ll try selling a second gun. I have a brand new S&W 686 in 4" that I will sell after the shotgun if I need to, in order to make this happen. I hope to not end up needing to sell the relvolver though.
As an aside, Edith is a Christian lady, her husband is not saved, and she`s been praying for something to make her husband want to enjoy life again, and eventually, accept his salvation too. I only know that my life would be miserable too, if I couldn`t deer hunt, for any reason.
If anyone has some sort of "in" with Horton or Barnett, I`d love to see what they might consider doing to help me make this possible for this guy. I`m not asking for charity, and am selling my firearm to make this happen, but would hope the sale of the shotgun would cover the crossbow with some sort of discount.....maybe I`m not even thinking clearly about this. Maybe there`s no chance of them offering any cut in price.....any thoughts?
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