I've been shooting Bullseye competitions for about five years now. In that five years, I have noticed five things worth mentioning:
- The average age of the average bullseye shooter is over 50 years of age (I myself am 45).
- There are very few junior-level shooters joining local bullseye jr leagues (BUT...there are some, and this is important).
- There is NO RECRUITMENT advertising, promotion or chatter by the NRA about the sport.
- Bullseye for the shooter is challenging, exciting and fun. Bullseye for the observer is slow, repetitive and boring.
- The greater percentage of current bullseye shooters are overweight and generally out of shape (myself included), lending further to the unappealing nature from the point of view of an observer.
However, all is not lost. Especially with regard to my point #2. I have been appointed to the position of Jr. Pistol Shooter Coordinator for the New Jersey Pistol Teams going to Camp Perry this year and we have got some GREAT shooters in our juniors for 2015. More would be better--but it looks like we are setting up to have the largest team of juniors this year than ever before. That, my friends, is good for the sport. Really good.
I just read a really nice article about the topic of the sport by Caleb from "Gun Nuts Media" (see the article here) as well as some compelling commentary about it. It is a difficult climb we have ahead of us in terms of representation. You're not likely to see an Outdoor or Sportsmans channel show on Bullseye shooting--even I know that would be a snore-fest--but that does not mean we (all shooters) should give up on the sport. The practice has some amazing benefits to the shooter in terms of technique and trigger control alone--but also lends itself to be a great way to enter the world of shooting competitions.
I for one, will not take this lying down. Those kids going to Camp Perry this year deserve the full force of support from all shooters--bullseye competitors or not--and we can keep this sport alive and vibrant.
I have some ideas and will report back as they come to fruition. In the mean time please help us out by donating to our New Jersey Junior Leagues. It's expensive for a team to go to Camp Perry and we need all the help we can get! You can learn more at NJ Pistol.com or feel free to contact me here or donate using the Paypal donate button on the right side of this page. 100% of all donations between now and July go to our New Jersey Juniors.
This Jew Shoots Guns... despite being 45 years old and out of shape.