Illinois 200th Anniversary Henry Golden Boy Rifle

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  • Only 200 numbered rifles will be engraved!

  • 24 Karat Gold-Plated on the receiver cover and buttplate with a satin finish

  • Engraved on a fully-functional Henry Golden Boy chambered in .22LR

  • Can be personalized

  • Layaway Available

  • Made and Engraved in the USA!

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Illinois 200th Anniversary – 1818-2018 – The place you call home.

This is the place where people, like you and your Family, came to find a new life filled with Freedom and Prosperity. They gave up everything they knew and loved to come here. The first Europeans to visit Illinois were French explorers Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette in 1673. During this early exploration, giant mounds were discovered. They were reported to be burial mounds from previous peoples. The largest was called Monks Mound by Frenchman, Nicholas Jarrot, who donated the land to some Trappist monks. Located near Cahokia, the base is as large as that of the Great Pyramid of Giza and larger than the base of the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuan.

During the early years, southern Illinois was the main focus of the migration, especially along the Mississippi River valley and the Wabash and Ohio rivers. The region was ceded to the British in 1763 after the French and Indian War. Following the Revolutionary War, Illinois became a territory of the United States and achieved statehood in 1818. The name Illinois comes from the French, meaning Illini or Land of Illini. The Illini people were friendly to the French and traded furs with them.

The Black Hawk War was from April to August 1832 between the United States and Native Americans who wanted to reclaim lands that had been surrendered in 1804. This spurred fear and anger among the settlers, who mobilized against them with a force of about 7,000. By 1837, all surrounding tribes had fled west. Among those who participated in the war were future president Abraham Lincoln, Zachary Taylor, Winfield Scott and Jefferson Davis, who later became president of the Confederate States of America.

The first capital was Kaskaskia, later followed by Vandalia for 20 years. After pressure from Abraham Lincoln, the capital was moved to Springfield in 1837. By 1839 the population had grown to over 500,000. In 1861, Lincoln became president. The Civil War caused mixed loyalties among Illinoisans many of whom were Southerners. However, there were many who took pride that the Union was now led by a native son, Lincoln.  Several presidents were from Illinois including Lincoln, Grant and Ronald Reagan.

These brave people, trappers and settlers, who traveled here by foot or horse, by wagon or train, came here and created farms and towns. They carved out a new life for themselves and for the generations that came after them, making Illinois what it has become today – a great place to raise a Family!

Heroes and Patriots is proud to celebrate the Illinois 200th Anniversary with this beautifully engraved Limited-Edition Henry Golden Boy .22LR rifle with 24 Kt. Gold plating on the receiver cover and buttplate. Only 200 numbered guns will be made for your state. This rifle will become a treasured heirloom worthy of passing down for many generations! Makes a great present for Birthdays, Christmas, Holidays, Retirements, Executive and Employee incentives and bonuses, Fundraisers and much more!

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