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Replica Rifle Used by 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Auctioned Off to Benefit His Family [VIDEO]

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Taya Kyle, the widow of murdered Navy Seal Chris Kyle, will benefit from an auction held in her late husband's honor.

The Clint Eastwood-Bradley Cooper film "American Sniper," which portrays the true-to-life story of U.S. Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle, has been a box office smash, grossing over $90 million and counting.

While the film does reveal Kyle's tragic and untimely death, many moviegoers may forget that Chief Kyle's wife and children must still carry on.

Thanks to one non-profit, they don't have to go at it alone.


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According to a CNN report, the non-profit organization American Snipers will donate the proceeds from a rifle auction on its site directly to the Kyle family. One of the rifles, a replica of the .338 Lapua used by Kyle while on tour in Iraq, was signed by Taya Kyle.

American Snipers co-founder Brian Sain also told CNN, "I think America needs heroes like Chris. He was a diehard American."

The auction raised a total of $62,000 which was immediately presented to Taya Kyle.

Her response to this generosity was, "I don't know what to say. It's been a bittersweet journey, obviously, and I do feel that Chris is with me."

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American Snipers is an organization committed to providing snipers deployed overseas with the tools necessary to do their job as effectively as possible. What began as a few law enforcement snipers sending gear out of their personal gear bags to snipers deployed on active duty has blossomed, through the generosity of private donations, to a full-time effort supporting over 150 sniper platoons worldwide.

As the movie shows, Chris Kyle was killed on Feb 2, 2013 at a gun range in his home state of Texas. He left behind a wife and two children who, thankfully, haven't been forgotten.

In addition to accepting donations to further support our marksmen deployed overseas, American Snipers is also still accepting donations for the Kyle family.

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Replica Rifle Used by 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Auctioned Off to Benefit His Family [VIDEO]