Tanner Brownlee’s father, Sam, was a Weld County, Colorado, deputy when he was killed in the line of duty during a shootout in 2010.
Sam’s patrol car, a Dodge Charger, went up for auction this week, and Tanner showed up at the auction, his own cash in hand, hoping to get the vehicle once driven daily by his father. And while the bidding started out low, it quickly surpassed the amount of money Tanner had. In fact, the car, which had a Kelley Blue Book value of around $12,500, sold for $60,000.
The car was purchased by rancher Steve Wells, but when he walked over to collect the keys, something unexpected happened.
“Tanner, here’s your car,” Wells said as he handed the keys over to Tanner.
The auction ended with an emotional hug between the two men and not a dry eye in the room.
Proceeds from the auction went to COPS, an organization which offers support to families of fallen officers.
We got in two of our best-selling Turkish imports from Landor Arms – the AR-style LND-117 shotgun and the bullpup BPX 902 – to give them a whirl on the range and see if the reliability could be paired with the affordable price.
Marlin once claimed their Model 39 as the eldest continually produced, shoulder-fired rifle of all time. Though that record ended when the Marlin brand was parted-off to Ruger, the rimfire world is anticipating a return of this classic.