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Navy SEAL and LA artist team up for Toast To The Heroes event

Mike Piccione Editor, Guns & Gear
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Retired Navy SEAL Dave Hall steadied his custom built Remington 700 sniper rifle and fired the first shot at 8:45:30 AM on September 11, 2012. He would fire the rifle 78 more times at a target that stood 911 yards from his muzzle.

That first shot was for fellow SEAL Neil Roberts. Roberts was the first Naval Special Warfare operator killed after the World Trade Center was taken down. The remaining 78 shots were to recognize and commemorate the 79 NSW deaths from September 11, 2001, until September 11, 2012. Next to the hole, where each round struck the target, the name of a fallen SEAL was written.

The target then went to artist Ellwood T. Risk. Risk is a Los Angeles, California,  based artist best known for his  The Pistol Target series of art which he began in December, 2002.

Risk took the target and gave it the respect it deserves by creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art titled Until it Hurts.

According to Risk, “We are, all of us, targets in one way or another.”

Risk Studio is donating this epic piece for an auction to benefit the Navy SEAL community.

Wounded Wear, an organization dedicated to providing clothing to combat injured troops, will auction Until it Hurts at their annual Toast to the Heroes event. Until it Hurts is valued at $20,000.

Toast to the Heroes, a wine tasting and silent auction, will be held at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk located at 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk VA 23510 on February 9th, 2013. Bidding for the event has opened and will close at 10:30 PM EST, Feb 9th.

You do not have to addend the event to place a bid.

To view Until it Hurts, and see the other auction items including a signed copy of Chris Kyle’s book American Sniper, –click here.

To find out more about the Toast to the Heroes event –click here.

All proceeds of the auction benefit our military wounded.






Mike Piccione