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Joe
10-21-2008, 12:20 PM
With the fall ‘08 run of front rests nearing completion and shipment, it has become apparent to me that the April ’09 run is sold out. We have begun taking reservations for Nov of 2009. Wow! To me and my students, this is almost unbelievable, as we are now taking reservations for over a year away.
When we started this project we were taking a “bold” approach by building 12 rests, and we were concerned that we would not be able to sell them all. Now we are building and selling nearly 100 each year and can’t build enough to meet the demand.
We owe this extreme success story to you, the shooting community.
There are two main comments that I receive when an order is placed: (1) you like the quality and value of the rests. (2) You like the idea that they are made by students and the students receive all of the proceeds.
Keep in mind that all of the money goes to the students and it is used to rent uniforms, pay for class parties, field trips, class dues, purchase tools etc. When a student leaves my program he/she has their own machinist chest that is well stocked with tools to take with them and call their own.
I am most proud of my students’ generosity within the school and community. Unfortunately, each year a few students and their families are stricken with personal tragedy. My students think nothing of donating $1K (yes, one thousand dollars) to the cause. Last year we sponsored a drive and collected over 10,000 items and sent them to our troops in Iraq. 4 years ago one of my students passed away on Christmas day. His classmates gave the family $2,000.00 to buy the headstone.
The selflessness that my students demonstrate is something that is often missing in today’s’ youth and cannot be taught from a textbook or a lesson plan. The benchrest project gives these kids a perfect platform to learn how to give to others.
This all got started by the thoughtfulness of two people:
Dan Conzo had the idea, and convinced me to try it out. Dan, I still don’t know what a corn-back rattler is, but I know they scare the heck out of you.
Gary Finch, AKA UNC on the rimfire forum, had the foresight of buying the first one and showing it off around the rimfire community. I hope you are resting in peace Gary, God love ya.
We now have rests in all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii and 5 foreign countries.
Thanks everyone, Benchresters are “Good People”.
Joe Cowan

rick_687
10-21-2008, 01:24 PM
I've shot over a Cowan rest since last fall. Simply stated: It's the best value on the market today and would be a great investment even if the proceeds weren't for such a good cause. They are precise, durable and solid. It pleases me that they are in such demand. That's a recommendation that can't be overlooked. Congratulations Joe! :D

daletheman_3
10-21-2008, 03:07 PM
I've shot over a Cowan rest since last fall. Simply stated: It's the best value on the market today and would be a great investment even if the proceeds weren't for such a good cause. They are precise, durable and solid. It pleases me that they are in such demand. That's a recommendation that can't be overlooked. Congratulations Joe! :D

X2!!!!

I have had mine a little longer and got it used. Would not get rid of it for nothing...:)

Pops
10-21-2008, 05:45 PM
I have heard nothing but great things about these rests and the program they come from . I know we are a year out on delivery but would like to see a picture and find out how to order !!

rick_687
10-21-2008, 08:00 PM
Try this link Pops. It has my JSR on a Cowan rest. I reached Joe Cowan at: jcowan1@gactc.com



http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=198394&page=3

tiny68
05-06-2009, 08:26 AM
Just wanted to give a plug for the Cowan Rest. I got mine yesterday. Very tight and smooth. Excellent craftsmanship. Big thanks to Joe and his kids that make these. I wish all of them success in the future. tiny

Bulls-Eye
05-08-2009, 11:15 PM
I just wanted to add my .02˘ in here. I have one of Joe's rest and I absolutely love it. In fact, I use it for both centerfire and rimfire BR matches I like it so well and even though I could shoot a 1-piece in rimfire...Joe's is SO AMAZING I use it for rimfire too! And, I would not feel right if I did not also mention this...yes, Joe's rest are amazing and yes, the proceeds go to an amazing cause but I can also tell you that Joe himself is one upstanding guy and one of the most amazing people I have EVER had the pleasure of dealing with not only for what he does with this sport and the proceeds from the rest but also because of the kind of person he is in general. He definitely go WAY BEYOND the call of duty both as a businessman and as an amazing person and after my one transaction with him I very much consider him to be a friend of mine. Thanks again for everything Joe...YOU ROCK MAN!!!

Bryant