A multi-gun shooting event benefiting Glenn Beck's Mercury One charity took place in Texas over the weekend, featuring a three-gun shoot, aerial gunnery, and open shooting with a wide variety of firearms and "as much ammunition you can shoot."
Spectators were able to get into the event for free, or individuals could purchase passes to participate in the activities.
TheBlaze Radio's Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe couldn't resist trying out the aerial gunnery:
TheBlaze Radio's Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe prepare to shoot targets from a Heligunner helicopter at the New Dawn charity multi-gun event to benefit Mercury One in Cresson, Texas. (Photo: Mercury One)
Heligunner, the company with which Thompson and LaCombe went shooting, usually does hog hunting out of the helicopter, but the radio hosts shot targets instead.
Here is video of Thompson's experience shooting targets out of a helicopter:
Mercury One president Joe Kerry attended the event and participated in a number of the activities. The image below shows Kerry shooting an M-79 grenade launcher at targets in a field:
All proceeds from both Saturday and Sunday were donated to Mercury One.
"Mercury One would especially like to thank Black Rain Ordnance and AR15.com for their continued support of Mercury One and the Second Amendment," Kerry said.
The weekend before the multi-gun event in Texas, Mercury One made its debut at the NASCAR History 300 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Its name and logo were featured on car number 7 thanks to Fire Alarm Services, which donated the space.
“Usually I do summer events to pay for all of the infrastructure [of Mercury One] … so I never have to ask you for money to pay for the light bills,” Glenn Beck said on his radio program radio May 23, speaking about why the charity events are so important.
“But this year, because of some weird stuff that happened, we’re not going to do a summer event. And so I’m having to ask you if you would help us keep the doors open of Mercury One, so we can always say, ‘When you make a donation, 100 percent of those dollars go to help,’" Beck said.
Mercury One was founded three years ago with the guiding principle of “malice toward none and charity for all,” serving to help natural disaster victims and others in need since opening its doors.
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Mercury One was one of the first to reach the Coney Island community to offer help. When tornadoes devastated Oklahoma back in May, more than $1 million was raised for the relief effort. And when dozens of tornadoes tore through the Midwest back in November, Mercury One flew into action to help the victims.