Daisy National BB Gun Championship to be Held in Rogers

Jill M. Rohrbach
Don’t say I didn’t give you a heads up on this one! Daisy’s National BB Gun Championship Match, the nation’s premier 5-meter BB gun match competition will be held in Rogers in July 2010. It will be the 45th anniversary of the Daisy National Match. It only makes sense to have it in Rogers, which has been home to Daisy Outdoor Products since 1958.

Believe it or not, the match has been held in several locations around the country, but never in the company’s hometown.

“Rogers is the home of Daisy, and has been for over 50 years. It makes sense to bring this nationally-recognized event home to Rogers”, stated Daisy President & CEO Ray Hobbs. “Until recently, there just hasn’t been a facility which could accommodate this match. The citizens of Rogers, the mayor and the Rogers Public School system have all recently invested in some tremendous facilities at two state-of-the-art high schools. The field house, gymnasium and commons area at Rogers High School certainly meet our needs for hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, meetings and the matches themselves.”

The Daisy National Match attracts 40 to 50, 5-meter teams, each of which has trained in shooting safety and marksmanship skills and become eligible to attend the IBBGCM by qualifying in their respective state matches. In 2009, 43 teams of young athletes, shooting the Daisy Model 499 BB gun at 5 meters in four positions (standing, sitting, kneeling and prone), competed for this prestigious national title.

Daisy provides a $1000 grant to each qualified team attending the championship. Team coaches use the grant money for equipment as well as travel expenses.

The Daisy National Match not only attracts participant athletes, but coaches, parents and siblings, many of whom make a vacation out of attending the match. Additionally, Daisy hosts a 10-meter, 3-position pellet rifle match in conjunction with this championship, attracting athletes up to 18 years of age.

For more information on the Daisy National Match contact Susan Johnston at 479-636-1200.

The Arkansas State BB Gun Championship match is scheduled for February 12-13 at the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Little Rock. For more information on the state match contact Gary Jobe at 479-925-7762. The Arkansas State BB Gun Championship match is sponsored by Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports, Civilian Marksmanship Program, Arkansas Rifle and Pistol Association and the Arkansas Gun and Cartridge Collectors Club.

And don’t forget about the Daisy Airgun Museum in downtown Rogers. On display there are more than 150 antique airguns. Daisy is the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of airguns, ammo and accessories. One gun, more than any other, played a major role in making Daisy the household name it is today. Introduced in 1939, the Daisy Red Ryder has sold over 9 million units, easily making it the most famous BB gun ever built.
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