Mercury One heads to the gun range with Glenn and his new gun

Being from a liberal part of the East Coast, where guns are often portrayed as evil, I did not know what to expect when the volunteers were invited to go to the shooting range with Black Rain Ordnance, a top-tier gun manufacturer based out of Missouri.

I was nervous and a bit worried, especially since I have not had a lot of experience with guns. All of my concerns, however, were unfounded; the team members of Black Rain Ordnance showed me that guns are not something to be feared, but are tools that can (and should) be safely used for protection and sporting interests.

After Black Rain Ordnance presented Glenn with a beautiful gun, the Mercury One team headed to the Elm Fork shooting range to participate in a fun and educational afternoon of shooting activities. Black Rain Ordnance brought a variety of guns for us to try, including some incredible fully automatic weapons. In addition to firing the Black Rain Ordnance guns, which were nothing short of awe-inspiring, we competed against each other in a shooting contest. Although I was the only girl on my team, I held my own and was surprisingly accurate at the AR-15 station. Previously, I had regarded the AR-15 rifle as a weapon made and meant for the military, but Black Rain Ordnance President/CEO Justin Harvel made the comparison, “Yes, that’s where it was designed, but so was the Jeep.” I realized that this is true; many things that originate in the military can be refined and safely used by civilians. I did struggle when it came to shooting a handgun for the first time, but I believe that with practice, my aim would improve. (Not to mention I learned that I have a dominant eye…absolutely fascinating!) Luckily, Troy from Black Rain Ordnance was on my team, and along with the instructors at Elm Fork, was able to provide me with important tips on safety and technique. Since Mercury One will be hosting a sporting clays shooting event at Elm Fork in November, it is probably a good thing that I am learning more about guns now!

What impressed me most about Black Rain Ordnance was neither the power nor design of their guns, but the company itself. They embody many of the same principles as Mercury One, including entrepreneurship, education, and charity. As Justin stated, they began with a, “…small business plan that took off with hard work and dedication,” although they had, “hundreds of people tell [them] it couldn’t be done.” Black Rain Ordnance emphasizes the importance of teaching youth gun safety and revealing the misconceptions about guns that circle through our media and society today like wildfire. This company is also not afraid to stand up for freedom, shown by when they offered Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham, a veteran arrested for displaying his rifle while on a hike with his son, any one of their AR-15s for free. The Black Rain Ordnance team members I met Friday were humble, kind, hard-working individuals who believe in the philosophy, “You have to assume there will be a storm around every corner.” By making the best possible quality guns, they are preparing Americans for those storms.

-Lauren

If you have any questions for Lauren or would like to learn more about Mercury One, make a donation or find out more about our upcoming clay pigeon event please email questions@mercuryone.org.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dean.barkes Dean Barkes

    Very Cool, For I am from Idaho and born with a fishing pole in one hand, and a Gun in the other! Black Rain Co. is very knowledgeable, and great teachers of Sport Shooting. I love their guns, love their company.

  • Vadna Bush

    I have nothing against guns in the right hands. I have used a rifle and if I had to could use one to defend myself and mine. I might not be able to hit the side of a barn, but I bet I could hit that barn somewhere.

  • Anonymous

     “I might not be able to hit the side of a barn”. This would mean its in the wrong hands!

  • Randall Sisk

    Weapons are a big part of life in Texas and are absolutely tools. Glad you all had a great time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fan17 Michael Adams

    Exactly if you cant hit any side of a barn you need get some instruction instead of just waiting till needed. Cause I guarantee when you need it and miss they wont

  • http://shop.ebay.com/gulfcoasttreasurechest/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686 RAY HERNANDEZ

    [LOCK & LOAD] I got myself a home defense tool legally and at a reasonable price.  However when the intruder HEARS the SOUND of me engaging the shell he has a few seconds to runs away or jumps out a window.  “I don’t do warning shots”
    I’ve never had to use this tool, but the day I “HAVE TO” defend my home from an intruder who believes in redistribution of wealth, I’ll need a cleaning service to pic what’s left of him with a tweezers.

  • Eagle2758

     Better get some instruction first.

  • Anonymous

    Young lady I have taught people to shoot for nearly 40 years. What you have stated is so true when you have a patient instructor, who is willing to teach!  I hope you continue to have fun shooting, I have competed in many shooting activities and have greatly enjoyed myself and have helped hundreds of others learn to enjoy my sport.  Above all else HAVE FUN !  When I pinned on a badge in the early 70′s I found I had a lot to learn. I still don’t have all the answers. But I am a little better than the average duck.  :) 

  • Anonymous

    Guns help impotent men forget about their flaccid penis

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerry.sutton.140 Jerry Sutton

     Obviously you are an authority of limp dks.

  • Anonymous

    I won’t mention the name of the organization that teaches thousands upon thousands of young kids how to make shooting safe and fun every year.  Even in California, the kids and especially their Moms, love to shoot BB guns in a controlled and safe manner.  At minimum, when they encounter a real firearm they will know what (not) to do.

  • Anonymous

    Like most liberal(i.e. gay or semi-gay) men, you know an amazing amount of things about penises.

  • Anonymous

    Mike: I think you’re making the assumption that all bad guys are good shots. Many are terrible.

  • smokehill

     He’s a Democrat.  They are real experts on flaccid penises.

    I always find it interesting that most Democrat men seem to have a rather unhealthy obsession with the male organ.

    Just sayin ….

  • Jack Almost

     Maybe that’s why its so flaccid now.

  • Jack Almost

    Yep.  Guns are an American tradition.  And God help any “government” that tries to take them away.

  • Anonymous

    like Doris implied I am shocked that anybody can earn $5004 in one month on the internet. you can try these out w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m 

  • Santiago Amavisca

     scam

  • HP McLovincraft

    Small Penis Fail.

  • HP McLovincraft

    what kind of pole?

  • HP McLovincraft

    You are thinking about his penis. Gay.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Yet here you are, talking about penis. Circle jerk fail.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Trying too hard Fail.
    Freudian Slip Fail.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Like Teabaggers are terrible at English and Knowing Stuff.

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    Troll.

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    No, failing comes quite naturally to trolls like you. You own the fail.

  • http://TheConservativePush.webs.com/ SoThere

    He does, doesn’t he?

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    So are you trying to say you are a teabagger? If that is your only criteria, we can judge by your posts that you are highly qualified as a teabagger. 

    That does not mean you are a member of the Tea Party, loser. You fail again troll!

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    Big fat troll loser fail – you own all the fail, stop trying to give it away. You deserve it more than anyone else, troll.

  • Guest

    He apparently knows what a small penis fail is as he has experience many in his life.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Maybe you should Follow Me on disqus.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Another Pretend Tough Guy Waiting For the Imaginary Revolution.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Texans are tools, you are correct!

  • HP McLovincraft

    Lord, no I’m not a member of the limp dicked piTea Party!

    But thanks for Following Me on disqus.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Follow Me on disqus…oh wait…you already do!

  • HP McLovincraft

    You want to gobble my Troll-pole? Hop in the Glory Hole. Your turn will be right after Sam Fishtard, Tattletail Joe and Dirty Sanchez.

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    You are not only vulgar and stupid, but inaccurate as well. You have no real purpose but to troll.

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    You are stubbornly stupid aren’t you, troll boy?

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    You have no real value to add here, so quit wasting your time and leave. People here do not need your insipid ignorance.

    Follow is not a positive thing in your case, consider it keeping you in the sight picture.

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    There is nothing else you can do about it but scream little pig, scream!

  • VindicatorX

    He is a little squealing piglet and is incapable of cogent thought. His mouth is an ill wind that blows no good.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Your chin has a purpose: a resting place for my nutsack.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Sez my fanboy. Wompitty Womp Womp.

  • HP McLovincraft

    No, it’s totally f’reals. You should check it out.

  • HP McLovincraft

    No, you have no real value to add here, so quit wasting your time and kill yourself.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Are you having rape fantasies about me again?

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    Never cared about you, never will, and I don’t have your dreams. You are a stupid troll with absolutely no redeeming attributes. Keep on with this stupidity, maybe you will be barred from this site if you keep it up.

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    You first, worthless troll.

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    Are you trying to say something or is this the best you can manage with only a pair of neurons?

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    Your vulgar words have no effect. Continuing to post this stuff is proof you lack the intellect to discuss the subject without making yourself into a babbling moron.

  • Michael Ellis

    your crudity and ignorance are stunning.  

  • HP McLovincraft

    You mean other than the ‘following’ and the responding, et al.

    Ain’t No Future in Yo Frontin’.

    P.S. I won’t be banned because Glenn Blech couldn’t give 2 shits and a fuck about his followers.

  • HP McLovincraft

    I can’t. I am immortal.

  • HP McLovincraft

    I am saying you are a poor excuse for a fanboy.

  • HP McLovincraft

    What gave you the impression that I desire to discuss (or disqus, if you will) anything with you? Dumb-ass Dwanky Bastard.

  • HP McLovincraft

    And you are a big pussy. A fat girl’s pussy. All pudgy and gross and shit. Maybe you could cry to Glenn Beck and he’d spend some of his millions to pay someone to keep the trolls out. J/K he has no respect for you. He just wants your money and your consciousness.

  • donl

    Today I believe more gun owners FEAR GOVERNMENT TYRANNY more so than home invasions and personal  protection. So go ahead and start shooting, the more we shoot the less likely obama and his are of taking that FREEDOM from us.

  • donl

    Today I believe more gun owners FEAR GOVERNMENT TYRANNY more so than home invasions and personal  protection. So go ahead and start shooting, the more we shoot the less likely obama and his are of taking that FREEDOM from us.

  • Anonymous

    I really want to try the 1886 Winchester in 44cal. & extended barrel with a hoop-ed lever action. [you know - John Wayne Style ;-) ]I saw on at a gun store a few months back for $599 used. I wish they had a shooting range there – that would have sealed the deal!
    When I was a kid I shot my father’s 300 Winchester. We couldn’t get the site to stay on. I think I shot that 10 times in one visit and that’s about all I could take – shoulder really took a pounding.
    I loved the 44 AutoMag my Dada had…. that was a fun shoot!
    Does the AR15 have a lot of kick I wonder?
    Anyway – looks like fun!!

  • Pabodie

    I’m just curious, because god knows I have no problem with gun owners, but I have been trying to find out more about this concern that the government is going to take away guns. It is obviously not going to happen, but if it did, why do think they’d do it? Why does the government want your guns? They have far, far more than enough of their own. I’d submit to you that they don’t want yours. I mean, look at it. Sandy Hook and nothing out of congress. Gun and ammo sales at historic highs. Wayne LaPierre wants you to have more guns and Sam Walton wants you have more ammo. So you will if you choose. Enjoy them, but please take everything in moderation. The paranoia is OK, and the guns are OK, but the two together are not OK. Don’t be that guy.

  • Pabodie

    You are so right. The NSA is listening, man. Start shooting! Start with your cable modem. Then your cellphone. Then the telephone wire out by your driveway. Safety first! Make sure no one is around to witness your patriotism, or take a stray bullet.

  • Jerry White

    Scam

  • Jerry White

    ObamaCare Was Designed to make Millions of Poor US citizens a felon to be able to take away your rights Think about How many Felons are legally allowed to own Guns
    and Why they keep making Laws Against the Felons when Felons aren’t doing the shootings . just Idiots and Cops( which have killed more then Terrorism Have to date.)

  • http://aliasbarackobama.blogspot.com/ Dr. Ron Polland

    a President providing aid and comfort to the enemy is in the Constitution as an impeachable offense. Obama cannot waive that off.

  • Anonymous

    Including some in high places; VERY high places.

  • Anonymous

    Stop feeding the troll, we all know what he is.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Retard. These fools can’t help themselves.

  • HP McLovincraft

    If Glenn Blech gave a shit about you….(reason it out…logic is not your enemy)