Henry Repeating Arms came together with the National Rifle Association in a record-breaking display of Second Amendment support in Phoenix, Arizona with what they termed a 1,000 Man Shoot (though plenty of women participated).
According to a press release from Henry, 1,000 shooters from 16 states stood side-by-side in a line that stretched for a mile and a half and simultaneously fired two shots from commemorative Henry Golden Boy Silver 1000 Man Edition .22 LR rifles.
Henry donated the custom engraved rifles and said $1 million is expected to be raised from the event (participants paid a fee for one of the 1,000 slots, which sold out in less than a week) and subsequent rifle sales. All proceeds will go toward supporting various NRA initiatives, including those promoting Firearms Safety, Youth Shooting Sports, Disabled Shooters, and the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Child Safety programs, as well as the NRA’s “unwavering efforts to protect our country’s Second Amendment rights.”
“The Henry 1000 Man Shoot was all that I had hoped it would be and more,” said Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms. “Looking out at a sea of 1,000 participants, their families, and 400 volunteers was very emotional. There was a tremendous sense of patriotism and I’ll never forget it.”
The event came less than a week after Donald Trump, a candidate who has promised to support American gun owners, won the 2016 presidential election.
“Whether we have a President that supports the Second Amendment or not, we should never be asleep at the wheel and we must always continue to fight for our freedoms and traditions,” Imperato said during his welcome speech at the event. “So let’s send a loud message to whatever powers that be, that we will never give up the fight. Let freedom ring!”
However, this story from USA Today says the idea of getting 1,000 people shooting rifles side-by-side took root before the heated election season even began, and that Imperato envisioned a big event with a patriotic theme more than a year ago.
Even though gun owners are expecting an unprecedented era of loosened federal restrictions on firearms, the NRA said the folks at the Guinness World Records committee weren’t interested in the 1,000 Man Shoot.
According to this Fox News story, NRA spokesperson Jason Brown said Guinness World Records emailed him to say the organization did not have such a record—and had no plans to create it. But, Brown told USA Today that it’s not a big deal and that the NRA is the ultimate authority on gun-related records anyway.
“There’s something that just seems right about making history today,” said Pet Brownell, NRA board member and president of Brownell’s, the giant gun parts supplier.
“To fire for our Second Amendment rights, you can’t explain a better feeling,” said Melissa Howe, who traveled to the shoot from West Virginia, in the Fox story.
Jack MacDougall, a retired Naval officer and police officer, told USA Today he drove from Florida to meet up with his daughter, Julie Ann Gould, who drove from San Diego with her 13-year-old son at the event. They were among many father-daughter and father-son combinations at the event, the story says.