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One Year On – Remembering Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

One year ago today I had to report on the kind of an incident that no one ever wants to. It was the death of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. The authorities soon apprehended fellow Veteran Eddie Ray Routh for the murders and he is set to stand trial this May. But I’m not here to rehash what happened that day.


The loss of both Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefiled is a tragedy. They were family men; Fathers, Sons, Husbands, Providers and Veterans.

Rest In Peace, Men…

Over the course of the past year I’ve learned that many knew Chris Kyle and many more have pretended to, in some twisted means to capitalize on the man’s death for their own agenda. Either way, he touched the lives of many, through his direct presence or his books.

Although not as well known, Kyle’s companion on the range that day, Chad Littlefield was also a family man and fellow Veteran. His loss is as much a tragedy as Kyle’s and I ask that when you think of Chris Kyle today, you remember his friend as well.

There remains a memorial trust for both men if you feel the wish to donate: www.chriskylememorialtrust.org

As for this post, I hope that those who’s lives were touched by Chris Kyle or Chad Littlefield will take a moment to share.

The Freedom Rock

Saturday, May 25th, 2013


The Freedom Rock is a large (approx. 60+ ton) boulder located in rural Iowa that is repainted every year with a different Thank You for our nations Veterans to honor their service to our country.


The artist, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II, was inspired by the movie Saving Private Ryan, as well as, wanting to give Veterans a unique recognition on Memorial Day. Photos from my hometown’s KCCI television.



Thanks to the numerous readers and relatives who sent this to me.

Chris Kyle Memorial Bracelet from Kryptek

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


Not only are these commemorative bracelets cool, but 100% of the proceeds go to Taya Kyle. Manufactured by Montana Silversmith these are naturally, made from Silver.


Chris Kyle Memorial Raffle

Thursday, March 28th, 2013


A group of partners of patronage led by Yamaha and Kryptek and are contributing elite outdoor gear and an adventure getaway for the ultimate raffle prize pack to benefit Chris Kyle’s family. Chris Kyle was killed on February 2nd, 2013 while attempting to help a fellow veteran. Chris was a former Navy SEAL sniper and a member of the Kryptek family and, he was a devoted father and husband.


The winner will be announced at the Brimstone SXS & ATV Roundup in Huntsville, Tennessee at 8:00 PM EST on August 31, 2013. If not present, the winner will be notified by phone on stage and live. Each entry is $5 with no minimum on the number of entries per raffle entrant.


You do not have to be present to win.

‘American Gun’ – A New Book by Chris Kyle Coming in May 2013

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Pre-order your copy of “American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms” by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who was tragically killed earlier this month. In this book co-authored with William Doyle, the book makes the argument that America has been shaped by the gun as the authors use various firearms as a backdrop to discuss our Nation’s history.

American Gun

The 10 Guns that shaped America – The American long Rifle (aka the Kentucky Rifle): used to open the American frontier and by soldiers in the American Revolution; The Spencer Repeater: designed during the Civil War, this first repeating rifle cut reload time by 80%; The Colt Single Action Army (aka Colt .4 5): the handgun that defined the Old West, used by Buffalo Bill, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday, and other iconic gunslingers; The Winchester 1873 Rifle: the Gun that Won the West was a staple in the late nineteenth-century Indian Wars and a favorite a prop in countless Westerns; The 1903 Springfield: designed at the request of Teddy Roosevelt, this superior rifle gave U.S. forces an edge during WWI; The M1911 Army Pistol: the official U.S. Army sidearm from 1911 to 1985, the King of Combat Pistols is still used by today’s elite Special Forces units. The American Machine Gun: including the Browning Automatic Rifle and the Thompson Sub-machine Gun, the Gun that Made the ’20s Roar, was the weapon of choice for lawmen and gangsters during the Prohibition era, including Machine-Gun Kelly, Elliot Ness, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger, and others; The M1 Garand Semi-Automatic Rifle: the Gun that Saved the World, used by U.S. forces again Nazis and the Japanese during WW II; The American Police Handgun: from the .3 8 Special revolver to the Glock pistol, this chapter is a tour through police firearms history; The M16 Assault Rifle: made famous during Vietnam, this platform is still the standard used by U.S. military weapons including the H&K M4, the firearm that killed Osama bin Laden.


Craft International Issues Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield Memorial Patch

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Memorial Patch

Craft International has issued a 4 inch Round Memorial Patch for Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield who were killed last weekend. Proceeds will benefit their memorial funds.

co-store.com/craftgear Go to Promo Gear and then select the patch. Craft says that they will accept orders even though it is out of stock and will sip on date specified.

Chris Kyle Memorial – What Can You Do?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Kryptek gave us a heads up that you can donate at www.americasmightywarriors.org and make a note ‘Chris Kyle Memorial.’ America’s mighty Warriors says that 100% of all donations will be sent to the family. Fallen SEAL Marc Lee’s mom, Debbie Lee is the President of this organization.

Celebrating the Life of Chris Kyle

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

As if the news from last night wasn’t enough, this morning we rise to stories swirling the Internet about those with wild stories about why Chris Kyle was killed. Others have used his untimely passing to justify agendas that I am certain Chris would not have supported. So I ask you all to come here and talk about Chris in a positive light. Some knew him well. Some served with him. Some met him at various events. Others trained with him at Craft International. Most of us only know Chris from his book. No matter how Chris Kyle touched your life. Use this space to share your experience with others and let’s celebrate his life.


‘American Sniper’ Author Chris Kyle Murdered – Suspect in Custody – Updated Sunday 2100 CST

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

I’m quite saddened to report that police have discovered two dead at Rough Creek Lodge in Texas. One victim has been identified as Chris Kyle, former US Navy SEAL and author of the best seller, “American Sniper.” As of Sunday morning, the second victim has been identified as close friend, 35 year old Chad Littlefield of Midlothian, Texas. Law Enforcement is treating the deaths as homicides.


Erath County, Texas Sheriff investigators stated that they have identified a suspect and that he should be treated as armed and dangerous, having military training. As head of Craft International, Chris often trained at Rock Creek Lodge, a well known resort offering Golf, Fishing, Hunting and Shooting Sports.


Whether training others to responsibly handle firearms, honing the skill of his fellow warriors or raising funds to help the wounded heal, Chris stood with his fellow Americans as a hero. Tragically, we understand that it was during a wounded warrior event that the fatalities occurred. Chris leaves behind his wife Taya and two children. We are diminished by his loss.

Local news outlets are reporting that the murders occurred between 3 and 4 PM and that just before 9 PM CST they apprehended suspect Eddie Ray Routh over 70 miles away in Lancaster, Texas. The suspect fled the scene in Kyle’s pickup. 25 year old Routh is a Texas native and authorities are seeking a capital murder warrant. Routh is said to be a USMC Veteran and a PTSD sufferer, although there has been not motive disclosed in the murders. He has been arraigned and is being held on a $3 Million bond.

UPDATE – Apparently, the three were at a range at about 3:15 on the property and were discovered by a hunting guide about two hours later. Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant has disclosed that Routh used a semiauto handgun in the slayings and shot both victims multiple times.

Further details have emerged. Apparently, Routh drove to his sister’s home in Midlothian and told his sister and brother-in-law about the crime and they contacted authorities after he had left.

www.yourstephenvilletx.com reports that jailers had to tase an unruly Routh when the prisoner refused to turn in his tray after dinner. He is reportedly restrained to a chair in his cell.

We will continue to update this story as we receive additional information.


Rough Creek Shoot Out

Friday, September 28th, 2012


Presented by Craft International, the Rough Creek Shoot Out is touted as a civilian training event. Limited to just 45 guests, it offers 3 days of training with Chris Kyle and the crew from Craft.

There are 3 blocks of training – Pistol and Carbine, Precision Rifle and Hand to Hand along with an optional 4th block with full auto weapons that is limited to just 25 participants and will set you back an extra $1000 on top of the $2000 the base program runs.

The event will be held at Rough Creek a 4500 acre, 5 star resort.

For full info visit www.thecraft.com/training_civilian_roughCreekEvents