Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

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I received an all expense paid trip to cover the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match in Arkansas.  All opinions are mine and mine alone.

You may remember that last fall, I wrote about my son’s love for his new Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun.  He’s been getting pretty good at hitting the target.  I’ve even had a chance to shoot a few times with him myself. Of course, I’m nowhere near as good as he is but I tried. I love that it is something we can bond over which is not easy to do with a 15 year old boy. It’s not like I can wrestle with him or play soccer and I don’t really enjoy the same music or movies that he likes.

Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

The Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun is intended for kids that are ages 8 to 15 so it is the perfect BB gun for all the kids in the family no matter how athletic they are or how much experience they have.   When my son was younger, he loved playing baseball and other sports at school. He was enthusiastic and friendly… but honestly he wasn’t very coordinated. It used to break my heart to see him try so hard and never catch the ball or make the goal.  You don’t have to be an athlete to use a BB Gun. No need to be the strongest or the fastest to enjoy it and even win.

Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

I was very excited to be asked to cover the Daisy’s 48th National BB Gun Championship match in Arkansas June 27th to 30th.  The Daisy Nationals is the largest national 5-meter BB gun match in the nation. Fifty-four teams from all over the United States registered to compete this year.   These teams earned the privilege to compete by placing first, second or third in a state match. Daisy presents a $1,000 award to each team who qualifies for, attends and competes in this match.

Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

The teams began to arrive on Thursday to practice.  You could hear the buzz of excitement as the children had their equipment checked and registered that morning.  As a mom of two teenagers, I’m used to large groups of kids. I have to say that I was very impressed with the level of professionalism and respect the boys and girls competing in the match had.  It’s not an easy task to remain calm and focused among that many different kids especially at such an exciting time.  There were two days total of practice – Thursday and Friday.  During that time, the kids also had a chance to visit the Pro Shop and the Daisy Museum if they chose. Friday ended with Opening Ceremonies that were conducted like a mini Olympic opening event.  The teams all marched into the ballroom wearing their team colors and carrying their state flags.  You could see how proud they were to be there. There were over 1500 people attending including the athletes, coaches and families.

Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

Saturday and Sunday were the official 5-meter Daisy National BB Gun Championship Matches.  The matches took place in the morning and there was a written test that was administered in the afternoon.  These written tests were a significant part of the overall team score. After two days of matches, closing ceremonies and award presentations happened on Sunday. The championship matches weren’t all work though. In between the matches, the kids had a painted gun competition and attended a barter bar where they traded items from their state. Some even went to a water park!

Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

Attending the Daisy National BB Gun Championship matches was truly an eyeopening experience. At most sports competitions, you see the biggest and strongest and most physically fit children attending.  I loved seeing boys and girls of all shapes and sizes competing and getting along together. If you are looking for a family activity that everyone can enjoy, BB guns are definitely something I recommend.

Medals were awarded in each of the four shooting positions (standing, prone, kneeling and sitting) to both individual competitors and alternate team members.  Team medals were presented to the two three teams:

The bronze team medals were presented to members of the MarshallCounty 4-H Sharpshooters from Britton, South Dakota, coached by Mike Draft and Harlan Hilleson.  Their teams score was 2335.02.

The silver team medals were handed out to the team members of the Highmore Jr. Shooters team from Highmore, South Dakota, coached by Larry Kerr, Matt Kutz and Colleen Harris, with a team score of 2373.05

Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

Earning the gold medals and a prestigious traveling trophy at the 2013, 48th annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match, with a score of 2374.08 was the Palmyra BB Gun Team from Palmyra, Pennsylvania, coached by Frank Pulli and Doug Hetrick.

Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match

Give it a try. If I can do it, you can too!

I received an all expense paid trip to cover the Daisy National BB Gun Championship in Arkansas.  All opinions are mine and mine alone.


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  1. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says
    ok, I haven't thought of this before, but that would be a FUN event to take in!!
  2. Soberjulie says
    My husband and 1 daughter would LOVE this! I love that it's an organized activity which many children can participate in
  3. That looks like a lot of fun. Can you believe, I don't think I have ever fired a BB gun in my life? 
  4. This is interesting, I didn't know they had an event! Love the photo of you checking out the BB gun!
  5. Tiffany C. says
    Jasmine has the pink BB gun. She loves practicing with it. I never knew there was an event for Daisy BB Guns. Very cool.
  6. Jody @ Mommy Moment says
    My husband has quite a few guns and wants to teach our daughters how to go target shooting soon. This looks like a neat event our family would have enjoyed.
  7. As much as I am against guns, I have a son who's hobby is weaponry design, and he is only 10. This is a tough subject for this New Yorker, but I do wish I knew how to shoot. Mitch
  8. Jenna Wood says
    I always wanted a BB gun growing up, but our hometown was too Suburban. This looks like such a fun event- I know Sabrina (10) would love to get into a hobby like this! I'll have to keep an eye out for some classes near me.
  9. Paula Schuck says
    I never knew there was such a thing! My concept of BB guns is entirely from the movie A Christmas Story. That is a whole other culture I know nothing about. Great pictures.
  10. It's so important to learn the proper handling of any kind of gun and this is a wonderful way for younger ones to get education and experience.
  11. Maryann D. says
    This looks like a fun and interesting day and I think it is great to do things with your son that interest him.  If it makes him feel good about himself and have confidence that is wonderful.  
  12. I don't really believe in guns, but it looks like you really enjoyed yourself!
  13. Jenn @comebackmomma says
    Very cool. My son would love this. He starts cub scout camp this week and one of his favorite things is getting to use a BB Gun. 
  14. We used to do family camping with the boy scouts and both my son and daughter have both shot BB guns a few times. It is important that kids learn to do it safely if they are going to handle one.
  15. My husband mentioned just yesterday that he wants to get my daughter a BB gun.  Since kids have relatively easy access to guns in this country, I think it's so important to teach them gun safety. Thanks for sharing your experience! 
  16. SHELLEY R ZUREK says
    Truly, this looks like great fun.  I love to shoot, we used to do it in our backyard all the time.  I love how you point out that any child can do it, they don't have to be the biggest of the tallest. Great shots of you too!
  17. Looks like it was pretty cool
  18. I am thirteen years old and I am competing in this match in July of 2014 from the state of Montana. I know exactly how her son feels not being coordinated to do busy activities because I'm not good at them either. Although when I was eight I picked up a bb gun for the first time and everything came naturally. Still to this day I am in love with the shooting sports and I have now been training for the National BB Gun match in Arkansas for about three months. The team I am training with is much more than a team now we are a family, but being together for so long what can you expect? We are leaving this Wednesday for the match and we need as much good luck as we can get!

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