Top 10 Reasons to Consider Competition Shooting


Why competitive shooting sports? – This is probably the most common question I get from relatives, friends, coworkers, etc. Here are my top 10 reasons. What are yours?

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Me at our local USPSA match last weekend. Photo credit: Ralph Horne

  1. Adrenaline – Sorry folks, call me shallow but this is my number one reason. I have always been a thrill junkie – rock climbing, flying, hunting, fast cars, guns…. I like it all. Maybe less so after I had a child, but that mixed wave of fear, excitement & pleasure gets me going like nothing else. If an elevated heart-rate is your idea of nirvana – shooting sports are definitely for you!
  2. Fun – Have you ever watched a video on YouTube and thought “Jeez, that looks like fun”? Well, it’s because it is! Just think about it – you can shoot Zombies, sniper something 1000 yards away, practice self-defense, or pretend to be a navy seal. Whatever it is that gets your chest muscle pumping – there is a shooting discipline for it. (watch for my next article outlining some of the disciplines I’ve dabbled in)
  3. Friends – Really, I should call them a Shooting Family. Because that’s what it really is. Contrary to common (media) portrayal, “gun people” are usually the nicest, kindest, most helpful and caring individuals you’d ever meet. We are working professionals, parents, patriots, hobbyists, and generally have a very strong sense of community – one you’d really want to be a part of when the Zombies come. ;)
  4. Skills – This is one of the original reasons I first started competing. As a woman I sometimes feel particularly vulnerable to an attack (and I have been attacked & robbed as a teenager). Yes, target practice and maybe a Conceal & Carry class are (marginally) better than nothing but I firmly believe consistent muscle-memory learning under stress (this is really important) is the best way to train your body to react to a threat. I hope I never need to use these skills but I’d rather be prepared.
  5. Travel – Based on budget & time constrains, you might choose to travel for some bigger matches. My husband & I are hobbyists so we selectively pick which matches to attend based on cost, location, and level of fun. It is an added bonus that we get to see new places, meet new people and make a mini family vacation out of each trip.
  6. Gun Collection – Let’s face it, if you are into guns you are probably constantly looking for a reason to buy new weaponry & gear. Shooting sports are a perfect excuse as to why you NEED that customized rifle, a high-powered scope or a red ELS rig. I don’t have that particular problem but the vast majority of my friends need to report to their significant other with regard to gear spendings. What better way to justify your obscene overspending with “But honey, I could win…”?
  7. Trophies – Since we are one the subject of winning: some people really do! It has happened to me (on occasion) but mostly I am satisfied with just improving myself. While most smaller matches distribute trophies only (if that), many of the larger regional & national championships also have a significant prize tables primarily due to sponsors. Contrary to popular belief, a vast majority of the goods are distributed not only to division winners, but also to any competitor through a raffle or drawing. Prizes or no prizes – it is very rewarding to bring a trophy home!
  8. Politics – If this is not something you consider important but you enjoy competitive or even recreational shooting, maybe you need to reconsider. Protecting our Second Amendment rights is a big issue for the Shooting Community. While I have no polar political preference, I believe that participating in competitive shooting sports supports the cause through both publicity and economic growth. Because let’s face it – it is a lot harder to outlaw an industry that generates billions in revenue!
  9. Street Cred – I don’t care if you’re 110 lbs. or 300 – knowing how to shoot a gun well qualifies you as an instant badass. Period.
  10. Parties – People that shoot are fun. Whether you are drinking beer around the bonfire after your local shoot, gathering for the margarita ritual after a match, or dressing in your fancy digs for a formal awards banquet – shooting parties are always a blast (no pun intended). Why? Well, for one there’s always someone you know who won & needs help celebrating. Two – you deserve a reward for your hard work. And three – shooting folks are just a blast to be around and you really don’t need a specific reason to hang out with them!

These are just some of my top reasons for shooting competition. What are yours?

XOXO

Your friendly neighborhood gun lady,

Diana

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About Diana Hufstedler

Mother. Wife. Business Professional. Shooter. Blogger. I enjoy my family, my friends & the outdoors. I love nature, guns, shoes, good wine and pin up art, but most of all I love my daughter Sophia.
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10 Responses to Top 10 Reasons to Consider Competition Shooting

  1. KestrelBike says:

    Awesome article! Agreed on all points.

  2. Red Thomas says:

    You missed several points. 1) Competitive shooting is an entry level sport. You only compete in your ability group, or, against other shooters with similar skill sets. 2) The guys with all that expensive gear have either spent years acquiring it. As their hit probability/speed improved their need for specialty shooting gear increased (yes some people try to buy competence but it doesn’t work). 3) If you show up and say you want to learn to shoot better people will stand in line to help you until you ask them to stop. If you show up claiming to be the “Pro from Dover” they will expect you to stand and deliver. Competitive shooting isn’t for the experts, it’s where people go to become experts.

  3. alfredo milad says:

    the Camaraderie.. :D

    when you’re at a fun shoot, it doesn’t matter who you are, you’re all equal.. You also get to meet great people, and they’d let you try their guns!

    • Diana Hufstedler says:

      Exactly! I don’t know any other sport that places more emphasis on friendship & comradeship than on competition. Thank you for your comment!

  4. Nic Taylor says:

    Having fun shooting on the move! Most public ranges do not allow you to shoot fast, move or shoot at multiple targets. Shooting these types of sports allows you to do so in a safe environment.

  5. Mitchell Maxberry says:

    And winning national championships and representing your sport and country .

  6. Joe says:

    One of my reasons is that I find it very relaxing. I also play bassoon in an orchestra, and I find both disciplines require essentially complete concentration at least when playing/shooting, getting everything else out of your thought processes.

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