The winner of the 2010 Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award is Ronnie Barrett, founder and president of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing., Inc. Since developing his original Model 82 semi-automatic .50 BMG rifle in a one-car garage nearly 30 years ago, Barrett’s name and big-bore, long-range rifles have become well-regarded by military, recreational and competitive shooters alike.
Adoption of his original design by the U.S. Army also gave Barrett the distinction of being one of only a handful of Americans whose small-arms designs have gone on to serve in an official capacity on battlefields around the world.
Barrett is not only a tireless supporter of the Second Amendment, he has not wavered from the mission of making uniquely American products that serve shooters with the distinction worthy of the Barrett name.
Official Selection Criteria
To qualify for consideration for a Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award, the individual must have been:
-Fundamentally responsible for the invention, development, marketing and/or promotion
of product(s) that gained widespread use and which fundamentally changed some aspect of
shooting sports equipment or related products for the better.
-Influence of the nominee’s work must demonstrably extend beyond the actual product(s)
themselves; have spawned imitators or offshoots.
-Through his work, nominee(s) must have contributed to the goals and mission of the
National Rifle Association and be a member(s) in good standing.
-Not intended as a posthumous award; individual nominee(s) or at least some member(s)
of the winning team or partnership must be alive in the year during which the nomination
is made (i.e., year prior to the award ceremony); however, deceased nominees meeting
this criteria will be eligible.