ROGERS, AR (July2019) – Daisy Outdoor Products – Each year the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match features teams of youth from across the nation competing in this 5-meter, 4-position National Championship match, and this year the Pierre Junior Shooters from Pierre, S.D., edged the team out of Walton County, Ga., to take home the Gold Medal and traveling trophy. The event wrapped Saturday night, July 6, with a festive medal ceremony that named not only the Team National Championship, but also Championships in Individual, Alternate and Champion Divisions.
Sixty-four teams converged on Rogers, Ark., for the 54th
year of the “Daisy Nationals,” from as far away as Oregon, Montana, Georgia and
Houston, Texas. Teams consist of five shooters and two alternates ages 8-15,
who have completed the Daisy Curriculum and other training provided by
organizations such as the 4H Shooting Sports, Royal Rangers, the American
Legion and other community and youth based clubs. Teams must also place first,
second or third in their state’s NRA-sanctioned contest to get an invite.
“The Daisy Nationals is a celebration of youth competitive
shooting,” said Daisy Public Relations Director Lawrence Taylor. “Competitive
BB gun shooting is your gateway to the shooting sports. We’ve had youth compete
in the Daisy Nationals who went on to compete – and win – in Olympic shooting
Youth competitors shoot 10 shots from each of four positions
– Standing, Kneeling, Sitting and Prone – at the target placed at 5 meters, and
these kids are good. They shoot Daisy Model 499B Champion BB guns, billed as
the most-accurate BB gun in the world. Each year multiple shooters place all 10
shots in the bullseye.
There’s also a safety aspect to this match. On the first
day, every competitor takes a 50-question written test that covers gun safety,
match rules and shooting knowledge. The results of the test make up 20 percent
of each competitor’s final score, and that can be the difference between the
Gold and Silver medals.
An award is given to the team that scores highest on the
test, and this year for the first time, three teams from South Dakota tied to
win this award: the Humboldt Sharpshooters, Marshall County and the Pierre
Eric Bird from Wyandotte County, Kan., shot a 488 with 21
bullseyes to win the Individual National Championship, and he had a perfect
score on the written test. Right at his heels was Anthony Stacy from Walton
County, Ga., who shot a 485 with 21 bullseyes. The tightest race in the
Individual Division was between Stacy and bronze medal winner Irene VanDyke of
Carvelius, Ore. (Go Timber Beasts!), who also scored 485 but had two less
In the Team Division, winning the Silver Medal was Walton
County 4H out of Georgia. Walton County scored 2382 with 87 bullseyes – two
more than the Pierre Junior Shooters, who won the event with 2385. The Marshall
County 4H Sharp Shooters took the Bronze Medal with a score of 2363 with 70 bullseyes.
Rounding out the top five was the Humboldt Sharpshooters from Hartford, S.D.,
followed by the Permian Basin Young Guns from Midland, Texas.
“Competitive shooting teaches mental focus, patience,
coordination and the bigger lessons of practicing to improve a skill. That’s
very easy to see in shooting because when you first start, your groups are big,
but as you practice those groups shrink and get tighter – it’s the perfect
illustration of how you improve through practice.
“We’ve also seen how this program improves the
lives of those with attention disorders or issues. Competitive shooting
requires disciplined breathing and muscle memory, and tack-sharp focus. Coaches
have repeatedly told us how kids who were struggling with school or discipline
issues have improved in those areas after getting into competitive shooting.”
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