Hundreds In Fort Smith For Shooting Competition

FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The United States Practical Shooting Association championship began Thursday (Aug. 28) at the Old Fort Gun Club.

Father and son Heath and Ayden Parsons came from Bastrop, Texas, near Austin, to compete. The two have been shooting together in competitions for one year.

“It’s a thrill. The excitement that I get from going to a match myself for all these years certainly hasn’t left, but it’s nothing in comparison to getting up there and seeing him shoot,” Heath said.

Ayden has been shooting for four years and at 12 years old, he’s already won a world speed shooting championship.

“I wanted him to just go and have fun — but he went and won a junior world title as well. He’s just been on a roll,” his father said.

More than 300 people are competing this weekend from all over the country, and a few competitors are from Canada.

“It’s really great as far as bringing in a lot of people from the surrounding states. And it does bring a lot of revenue to the area,” said marketing director of Walther Arms Inc., Everett Deger.

Even though Ayden is a world champion, he said his goal is to continue to compete as best he can.

There are 13 different stations the competitors shoot at, with varying levels of difficulty. Prizes including guns and accessories will be distributed on Sunday (Aug. 31), the final day of the competition.

3 comments

  • Bad gun practices

    Wonder if Darwinism is going to take hold at this competition? Nothing is more stupid than providing non-hunting weapons, like an Uzi, to a 9 year old. When you mix youth, gasoline, and matches, there WILL be a fire.

    • Goodgunpractices

      If a youth wishes to compete and has won a world championship, they obviously know how to handle a firearm. The uzi (submachine gun) incident has nothing to do with shooting a pistol competitively. Thank you for you input though.

  • Richard Troy McManus

    USPSA has an outstanding safety record, and all stages are supervised by at least 3 Range Officers. Our Junior shooters are well trained and mentored by their parents and their “extended family”, i.e., the squad they are shooting in. We don’t use Uzi’s, and firearms ownership (and use) is not restricted to hunting only. 320 people, including at least 8 competitors under the age of 18 participated, and nobody got hurt, much less shot.

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