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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO Competitors finish the prone position shooting during the Daisy Championship at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.

ROGERS -- Some people view guns as instruments designed to kill, but Chad Livingston, a parent and shooting coach from Tifton, Ga., considers guns as sporting equipment when used properly, he said.

"Everybody is not shooting just to kill, whether it's an animal or using it improperly," Chad Livingston said.

Tuesday schedule

8 a.m.-3 p.m. Pro Shop Open, John Q. Hammons Convention Center

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Athletes’ Lounge, Ambassador A-B North Rotunda Hallway

8 a.m.-noon Matches 3 and 4 – Firing Points 1A-52A. Range, Grand Ballroom 6-

10, John Q. Hammons Center.

1-5 p.m. Matches 3 and 4 – Firing Points 1B-52B. Range, Grand Ballroom 6-10,

John Q. Hammons Center. Champion’s Match – Competitors

will shoot on assigned firing points and will be sharing the range with

team competitors.

7-8 p.m. Awards Ceremony, Grand Ballroom 1-5, John Q. Hammons

Center. Top 10 teams to line up at 6:45 p.m.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daisy Museum open

8-10 p.m. Daisy Night at the Rogers Aquatic Center – all teams, coaches and

family members are invited.

Source: Staff report

He wants his son, Chandler Livingston, to learn to use guns for the purpose of target shooting, he said. He helped him train with a Tift County 4-H shooting team and then traveled with him to Rogers for the 2018 Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match.

This year's competition, which ends today, has united more than 300 kids from across the country to celebrate accomplishments in their sport, said Lawrence Taylor, public relations director for Daisy. Teams, individuals and returning champions gathered to compete for medals indicating excellent marksmanship in four shooting positions -- prone, standing, sitting and kneeling -- and exceptional knowledge of gun safety.

Teams must place in the top three spots of a state championship match sanctioned by the National Rifle Association to qualify for nationals, Taylor said. Some of the kids, who range between ages 8-15, might also compete in other shooting sports back home, but many participate in the Daisy BB gun curriculum and competition as an introduction to shooting sports.

"This (competition) is really the front door," he said.

Chad Livingston appreciates the Tift County 4-H coaches and Daisy curriculum for emphasizing gun safety and proper handling, he said. The sport allows an opportunity for kids to learn about guns, improve their shooting technique and enjoy the activity.

"It's like any sport," Chad Livingston said. "There's excitement in shooting well. There's excitement in basketball, making a basket. If you know how to properly use a gun and use it safely, it can be very enjoyable."

This is the Livingstons' second year at the national competition, and they hope to return as champions for Chandler's final year, said Christie Livingston, Chandler's mother.

Will McCranie, also a member of the Tift County 4-H shooting team, qualified for this year's national competition for the first time at age 13. McCranie had made a hobby out of shooting glass bottles in his backyard, but he never had formal training until he joined a shooting team, he said. He learned how to shoot in various positions and focus on smaller targets.

Chad Livingston has noticed kids at the competition handle their guns responsibly, he said.

The Daisy BB gun curriculum requires 10 hours of classroom training, which prioritizes safety precautions and proper gun handling, Taylor said. Competitors take a safety exam at the beginning of the national competition worth 20 percent of their overall score. Each competitor uses the Daisy Model 499B gun, which is designed as the most accurate BB gun for the competition.

"Daisy is responsible for introducing more people to the pleasures of competition shooting and, you know, fun backyard plinking," Taylor said. "As everyone's first gun -- a Daisy BB gun -- it's in our best interest and it's in the world's best interest that we also make gun safety a major priority within the company."

NW News on 07/03/2018

Print Headline: Shooting competition emphasizes gun safety

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