Wednesday, December 14, 2011

No Class Warfare In Shooting Sports

Here's an nice video featuring the top women USPSA shooters at the 2011 National Championship match. While watching the clip, it wasn't the skill of these ladies that struck me, although those skills are indeed impressive. No, it was a feature of the practical shooting sports that may be unique in the sporting world. As I watched, it occurred to me that I've competed on the same fields, on the same day as some of these top shooters. I've even shot on the same squad at local matches with some of them.

That realization is certainly not a reflection on any great ability I have, but it is a reflection on the sport itself. And this is not unique to the women shooters. I've been lucky enough to shoot with some of the top men too. That's one of the things that has always impressed me about the shooting sports, and shooters in general. They are friendly and always willing to share advice, with anyone. We all put our pants on one leg at a time, so to speak. I'm a middle of the pack "C" class shooter, and I get to test my skills on the same course, on the same day, at the same time as Master and Grand Master shooters.

How many weekend duffers will get to golf with Tiger Woods? How many school yard football players will get to scrimmage with the Washington Redskins? (Well, given the Skins' recent record, maybe that's not such a bad idea.)

Enjoy the video.

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