Sarah Palin honored by NRA with special Alaska-themed assault rifle
- The National Rifle Association Foundation will present Sen. John McCain's ill-fated running mate with a military-style assault weapon next week. The all-white "Alaskan Hunter" - fashionable until Labor Day - is the civilian version of a modified M-4 rifle carried by U.S. troops overseas.
Alaska's feisty Republican governor, who is weighing a potential 2012 presidential bid, will receive the rifle made by Templar Consulting at a May 14 NRA banquet. It's engraved with Palin's name and adorned with a map of the state on the collapsible stock - made legal after the expiration of the assault weapons ban in 2004.