It’s Time The NRA Stopped Acting Its Age
While this was a great interview on RecoilWeb‘s site, they made a misstatement.
While there are 76 board members, it’s safe to say the majority are older, well-established white guys. This explains why the NRA pumps the membership’s dollars into traditional, one-handed, timed-fire pistol matches while it’s slower to adopt more modern competition formats, such as three-gun and other practical shooting disciplines.
No, it does not explain this. In fact, it reveals the Recoil Staff is as ignorant of these events as the NRA board members.
There still are more classified NRA Pistol (bullseye) competitors than USPSA members. The National Matches at Camp Perry continues to draw more participants than national events for practical and 3 Gun competition. “More modern competition formats” are great events with highly-skilled competitors and worthy of attention and support, but conventional bullseye-type competition still has more total participants.
Regardless, it’s more important to support whatever events can get people to actually show up. No single event type will attract everyone, so find and support those events that do appeal to people.
The real reason the NRA board is “slower to adopt” is because the NRA board as a whole is ignorant or disinterested in such events. Yes, there are board members with solid competitive shooting experience and impressive marksmanship credentials, but they are the minority. Promoting organized marksmanship events is simply not a priority or interest for the NRA board and the NRA as a whole.
>> Adam Kraut: I think the biggest threat will be the complacency amongst gun owners.
Excellent observation. Shooting is outpaced by golfing because golf club owners are much more active:
Complacency and inactivity is much worse than any other threat. Just look at the numbers: