So… When did this come to an end? It ended when American gun owners in general, and NRA members in particular, stopped caring about such things.
“A match in Glendale Park, N.Y., in the 1880’s attracted more than 600 shooters and 30,000 spectators in one day alone. An 1898 shooting festival at that same location offered $25,000 in cash prizes.”
Adjusting for inflation, those cash prizes would be over $600,000 today.
Something to consider when a gun owner that has never attended a formal shooting event or competition whines about the “anti-gun media.”