Fear & Loading: Daisy National BB Gun Championship—53 and Counting

by
posted on July 12, 2018
daisy.jpg

For the past 53 years, some of the nation’s best 5-meter BB gun shooters—from the ages of 8 to 15—have gathered for a chance to earn national titles during the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match. This year’s prestigious event was held June 30 to July 3 in Rogers, Ark., home of the famed airgun manufacturer.

The Wyandotte County 4-H (Kansas) team took top honors, although the victory was close. A single point separated it from the Pierre Junior Shooters (Pierre, S.D.), which was trying for a threepeat after claiming gold on 2017 and 2016.Erica Berger won the individual shooter National Championship, followed by Allee Smith, only a tenth of a point behind.

Fifty-five teams and roughly 2,000 shooters, coaches, families and fans attended the event. “This is the most prestigious 5-meter BB gun championship in the nation,” Daisy Public Relations Coordinator Tom Taylor told 5 News, one of the local TV stations covering the event. 

Teams traveled from as far away as Georgia, Oregon, Wisconsin and Virginia, and each were required to qualify by coming in first, second or third in a state NRA-sanctioned match. Any community or educational organization can form a team, but for a chance to attend the national championship, it must follow the curriculum outlined by Daisy, which features hours of classroom gun-safety and education prior to ever touching a gun. At the championship, those lessons are reinforced when competitors take a test covering gun safety and match rules, with the result making up 20 percent of their final score.

As always, the 53rd annual event featured a variety of fun activities, including a swimming party, barter bar and more, but Daisy also inducts a longtime leader in the BB gun shooting sports into its Hall of Fame. This year, Jim Eberwein, who has been a coach in Kansas for more than 30 years, joined the exclusive club. Denise Johnson, a Daisy employee who has planned, organized and administered the event for the past 15 years, was also inducted.

Youth shooters, coaches and parents interested in qualifying in 2019 can visit Championship’s website for full details.

Latest

True Velocity
True Velocity

True Velocity Highlights 'Switch Barrel' Capability Of Its Composite Cartridges

True Velocity, an entrant in the U.S. Army's Next Generation Squad Weapons system trials, highlighted that its composite-cased 6.8 mm cartridge can be employed in current firearms by simply switching out barrels.

Preview: Tasmanian Tiger Modular Trooper Pack

Adjustable, modular and feature-rich by design, the Tasmanian Tiger Modular Trooper Pack is a 55-liter-capacity backpack that features the company’s V2-Carrying System, and more.

New for 2021: EAA MC312 Goose Gun

European American Armory Corp. introduced a model of its MC312 semi-automatic shotgun designed specifically for goose hunting.

The Armed Citizen® June 21, 2021

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

NRA 150th: Marksmanship Training Saving Lives in Vietnam

What does a 50-foot NRA range for .22 rifles in Oklahoma have to do with the combat effectiveness and survival of a Marine in Vietnam? In the young life of R.S. Hildreth, almost everything.

New For 2021: M&P Spec Series Kit

Smith & Wesson is set to offer brand loyalists with a limited edition kit that includes its well-regarded M&P9 M2.0 Optic-Ready pistol.

Interests



Subscribe to the NRA American Rifleman newsletter