Hundreds of the nation’s top-ranked BB gun shooters came to the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers with one goal in mind, first prize.
The 47th Annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match wrapped up Tuesday evening with a medal ceremony.
Ray Hobbs, Daisy President and CEO, said BB gun shooting is a great sport for kids of all ages.
“These kids are the best of the best,” Hobbs said. “They have to qualify in their state to get here and you’ll see some scores, there are 10 bulls’ eyes on a target, in some positions, you will see perfect 100 scores, I mean they hit every one of them.”
The competition’s shooters ranged in age from 8-15 years old.
Macy Hannah picked up her first BB gun when she was only four.
“It was kind of scary, a little bit, because the kids were so much older than me and I didn’t know what to do,” Hannah said.
That is until her dad, Sam, stepped in as shooting coach.
“It’s much better to have your dad as a coach instead of just one of your dad’s friends or something because you actually get to spend family time with him,” said Hannah.
A transition his daughters have been pleased with.
“Sometimes it puts pressure on you like oh yeah my dad is here, I have to do good and it just helps me,” said Avery, Sam’s other daughter.
A sport like this has no limit when it comes to gender or age.
“Girls have one goal, they want to do better and if you tell them something they can do, they will do it, where the boy thinks, this is easier for me so I’m just going to do it this way, no matter what,” said Sam.
In fact, this rapidly growing sport appears to be attracting just as many women as men.
“It’s one of those sports where the females will eventually dominate if the males don’t watch out,” Sam said.
The 2012 Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match got under way Saturday and ended Tuesday.
An air rifle match will begin on Wednesday, July 4 and end on Friday, July 6 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center.