The American Legion's Centennial Celebration pistol for departments.

Pistol celebrates Legion's centennial

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In 2019, The American Legion will celebrate 100 years of service to veterans, military personnel, families and communities. To honor its centennial, two limited edition pistols have been designed for departments and Legionnaires to purchase. The pistols can be kept as keepsakes, raffled to support centennial celebration efforts or used to support the department commander’s fundraising project.

The American Legion Centennial Celebration department pistol (pictured above) is finished with 24kt gold, antique gold, high polished nickel and black chrome. The Legion emblem is engraved in the custom metal grip while one side of the pistol is engraved with a World War I doughboy, the "For God and Country" banner, the Legion’s 100th Anniversary logo, and a 1919 48-star U.S. flag. The other side of the pistol is also engraved with the 100th Anniversary logo, "For God and Country" banner, as well as a 50 star U.S. flag and an active-duty military servicemember.

Departments are limited to the purchase of two pistols and only department leadership has authorization to make the purchase. Cost: $2,895

The American Legion Centennial Celebration pistol for Legionnaires to personally purchase is similar in design to the department pistol except it has a standard grip and the Legion emblem is inlaid. Cost: $2,695

Purchase price of both pistols from A&A Engravings – an approved licensee with The American Legion – includes personalized engraving, a certificate of authenticity and a solid oak display case. It does not include sales tax or shipping and handling.

Both pistols go on sale Aug. 22 at 8 a.m. – a $1,000 deposit is required. A&A Engraving will be taking orders Aug. 22-26 during the Legion’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., at the Charlotte Convention Center Exhibit Hall in Booth #134. Examples of the pistols will be on display at the booth.

For department leadership and Legionnaires not attending national convention, the pistols can be ordered by calling Mark Smith with A&A Engraving at (605) 430-4238. You can also visit Production time for the pistols is three months.

Attendees at National Convention will have an opportunity to win a customized Centennial Celebration National Convention 2014 pistol. Proceeds from the pistol will go toward the National Emergency Fund – National Commander Dan Dellinger’s fundraising program. For more information, visit the Legion’s Centennial Celebration Booth #300 in the exhibit hall where the pistol will be on display.

There are 100 pistols each for purchase. If after three months there is still inventory available with the department pistol, purchasing will be open to districts, posts and departments who wish to purchase more than two.