We asked our loyal Ruger customers to submit a photo and essay explaining why they chose to purchase a Ruger firearm during the One Million Gun Challenge.

The stories have been submitted and we are narrowing them down to the top eight entries. All eight Finalists will win their choice of a Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle or Ruger SR1911™. The grand prize winner will win a trip to the 141st NRA Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri April 13-15, 2012 for the opportunity to make history and present the final 1 Million Gun Challenge check, along with Ruger, to NRA Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre.

Which finalist will travel to St. Louis? You can help decide! Voting will begin at noon ET on March 16 and will run through March 23. Be sure to check this page each day during the voting period to cast your vote.