“To be chosen to be commemorated by a company that has created guns for Elvis, John Wayne, Conway Twitty and George Jones is a huge honor. America Remembers has always done beautiful firearm pieces. I’m so proud to be included in this group.”
Aaron Tippin wears many hats: singer, songwriter, entertainer, licensed pilot, firearms enthusiast, and, most of all, proud American. He’s won the admiration of millions of fans around the world, has racked up an impressive list of awards and honors throughout his career, and through it all he’s remained down to earth and true to his principles, garnering the reputation of “The Hardest Working Man in Country Music.” The principles and strong family values for which he stands for are just as strong today as when he started his career, and he continues to stand up for what he believes as a sincere man of integrity who loves his country.
Aaron Tippin’s fame was launched in 1990 with the release of his uncompromising single, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something”. He followed with other major hits including “Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly”, “There Ain’t Nothing Wrong with the Radio” and “Kiss This.” His music caters primarily to down-to-earth, hardworking Americans. He is also a staunch supporter of our United States military, and has performed countless shows for American servicemen and women overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, he is a strong advocate for 2nd Amendment rights, and he maintains a firearms collection himself, which has even been featured on The History Channel.
This Tribute is handsomely decorated by craftsmen commissioned specifically for this project with artwork honoring Aaron’s career as an entertainer, a firearms enthusiast, and a proud American citizen. Each Tribute is polished and decorated in 24-karat gold and nickel with blackened patinaed highlights to elegantly accent and capture the detail of the symbolic images depicting Aaron Tippin’s patriotic music career, and highlights songs like “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” and “Where the Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Fly”—which speak to Aaron’s unwavering principles and American pride.
Aaron Tippin: The Hardest Working Man in Country Music
Aaron Tippin was raised on a farm in South Carolina. In the 1970s, he made a living as a singer, performing in various local clubs. Aaron Tippin knows what it means to work. By the time Aaron was 20, he was a commercial pilot. In 1986, he moved to Nashville, and became a songwriter. He wrote songs for The Kingsmen, David Ball, Mark Collie, and Charley Pride. However, he also was a struggling artist—he wanted to be a singer himself.
It was with his hit song, “You’ve Got to Stand For Something”, which he co-wrote and recorded himself, that he finally achieved the recognition and following he deserved. The song hit the Billboard Country Singles chart, eventually peaking at #6. When Bob Hope’s daughter called to ask if he’d be interested in going overseas and entertaining the troops, he didn’t think twice. Since then, he’s been all over the world to support our troops. He’s been to Iraq and Afghanistan countless times in the past several years to entertain U.S. military forces.
His sound is unmistakably country, and his songs remain true to the values he holds dear. He said, “I think several times we tried to change and follow trends and stuff. But, it never seemed to work for me. The most success I had in the business was with songs that I crafted. I’m very proud of that.” Soon after the new millennium, Tippin returned to the top of the charts with “Where the Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly”— a song that became part of the American soundtrack during the aftermath of 9/11. Of the song, he said, “I wanted to talk to Americans about who we are at heart, and the fact that when the going gets tough, that’s when we really stand up. We may have a lot of differences when everything is calm and fine, but when it hits the fan, I think we’re the best in the world at sticking together, and rallying around the cause. That song served that purpose very well. I wanted us to be proud as Americans, and get back on with living free.”
All proceeds from the single “Where the Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Fly” went to the Red Cross and its relief efforts for the families of the September 11 attacks. According to then-label president, Randy Goodman, the single raised approximately $250,000.
Recently, Tippin has recorded several musically diverse projects—including a well received 2009 truck driving album, In Overdrive. In 2015, Aaron Tippin released Aaron Tippin: 25, which celebrates twenty-five years in the music industry. He still delights in performing on the stage—and is very thankful for the devoted fans who still come out to see him. “They have been so great to me over the years, and they’re still coming out to the shows. That’s why I still sign autographs every night. I just want to get out there and shake their hand and give them a big hug—just to say thank you. They’re not strangers anymore—they’ve been coming for twenty-five years.”
An American Firearm, an American Legend
We feel the perfect firearm to pay tribute to Aaron Tippin is the incomparable Colt .45— the official military sidearm from 1911 to 1985, longer than any other military sidearm in the world. The long tradition of this firearm’s link to the military makes this Tribute to Aaron Tippin very fitting. Aaron Tippin has traveled to U.S. military bases all over the world to entertain our troops, and he does everything he can to stand behind our military and our country. He works tirelessly to promote morale and instill support. Starting in 1992, Aaron gave up his Thanksgiving holiday at home to entertain troops overseas. He even hosts “Fun Days” on his land a few times a year for veterans and those currently serving in the military.
The Colt .45 has often been called the greatest handgun ever made. The model has hardly changed since its inception over a hundred years ago, and it continues to be used in the military today, occupying a position of respect unparalleled in the world of firearms. Craftsmen chosen specifically for this project by America Remembers polish and decorate each Aaron Tippin Tribute .45 Pistol in sparkling 24-karat gold and nickel artwork with blackened patinaed highlights to create an overall stunning effect. In every phase of its conception, design and execution, and in every detail of its finish, we have held fast to the goal of creating a proper and long-lasting Tribute to celebrate the career of Aaron Tippin and the country he loves.
The Aaron Tippin Tribute Colt .45 Pistol highlights Aaron Tippin’s spectacular career as a singer/songwriter, country music star, American patriot, and dedicated entertainer to fans around the world. Aaron is especially passionate about entertaining those serving in the United States military overseas, and paying tribute to our United States veterans.
The left side of the slide features two images of Aaron Tippin, expertly detailed by our artisans, and set against a patriotic background of stars and stripes, all elegantly accented with blackened patinaed highlights. In the first image, Aaron is smiling with his ear-set microphone attached—the kind of microphone he uses when he entertains troops overseas. The other image is a classic portrait of Aaron.
Between these images of Aaron on the left side of the pistol, an American bald eagle is featured, with the American flag spread all the way across its wingspan. The American eagle is one of the most important and recognizable symbols of freedom in America, and is a central aspect of one Aaron Tippin’s most meaningful and patriotic songs: “Where the Stars And The Stripes And The Eagle Fly.”
The breech of the slide features a palmetto and half-moon, which represents Aaron Tippin’s pride in his home state of South Carolina, where he grew up on a farm.
Also featured on the slide are elegant banners that read, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something” and “Where the Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Fly”—containing two of Aaron Tippin’s most heartfelt lyrics, and two of his greatest hits and most loved songs.
The center image on the right side of the slide features Aaron singing and entertaining for a group of American servicemen and women. They are cheering him on, and he is smiling as he performs for them. Also featured is a depiction of the iconic guitar that Aaron entertains and performs with. The guitar is red, white and blue, with a waving flag painted across it. Aaron Tippin’s name is proudly scrolled inside a banner next to it. At the muzzle end, scrolled inside the banner reads: “You’ve Got to Stand For Something”—Aaron’s first hit song, the song that launched his career. Both sides feature American stars and stripes on an overall nickel-decorated background. The hammer, slide stop, magazine release, and barrel bushing are all decorated in 24-karat gold.
Aaron Tippin is synonymous with hard work, healthy living, and patriotism. He is the “Hardest Working Man in Country Music”, and he stands up for what he believes. Entertainers like Aaron Tippin don’t come along very often, and neither do offers like this one. Aaron has been presented with No.1 of this edition, and he was thrilled with the Tribute. The remaining owners of this fine firearm will make up a very exclusive group.
Since the “Aaron Tippin Tribute Colt .45 Pistol” is a working Colt® .45 pistol, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. (Not available in California or Massachusetts.)
I wish to reserve the “Aaron Tippin Tribute Colt .45 Pistol”, a working Colt .45 pistol, at the current issue price of $1,995.* Each Tribute is numbered within the edition limit of 300, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty-day return privilege.
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