Why bullseye is the most popular pistol shooting sport

If I asked you, dear reader, what you thought the most popular pistol-based shooting sport in America was based on participation, what would you say? IDPA? USPSA? GSSF? Well, if you picked any of those, you’d be dead wrong, because the answer is bullseye.

Yep, good old fashioned boring bullseye. Why is that? Is just because of tradition? Or is there something more to the fact that the Camp Perry Nationals had over 600 shooters last year?

There are actually two directions I kind of want to go with this post, the first thought I had for it would be a mild rebuke to action pistol shooters who seem to think that USPSA/IDPA is the center of the universe, when in reality no one really cares. The second, and what I’m going to focus on though is why bullseye continues to be successful, because when you look at their “secret” it’s actually quite ingenious.


Norman Anderson wins Investment Prize


Master Sergeant Norman Anderson’s final pitch at the Tennessee Veterans Business Association’s annual business expo earned a $5,000 grant for his company, Clear Image Solutions, from The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto. Anderson has designed and produced a rifle sight for the AR 15 rifle that is easy to use, easy to maintain, and affordable.

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USAR Service Rifle Palma Team

Congratulations to our team members MSG Norman Anderson (coach), MSG Rob Mango (reserve), SFC Russel Theurer (shooter), and SGT Eric Smith (shooter) for being named to the 2015 U.S. Palma Team. They will compete against the world’s best long range shooters at the World Palma Championships in Camp Perry, OH in August.

Shoot Like a Legend!

United States Long Range Rifle Team

Congratulations to the chosen 2015 US Palma Team for the World Championship to be held at Camp Perry next August.

Captain: D. Flaharty
Adjutant: B. Mead
Armorer: B. Gamboa
E. Praslick III HC
N. Anderson, R. Gross, S. Hardin, J. O’Connell, G. Rasmensen
K. Bachand, S. Barnhart, L. Buxton, T. Cooper
M. Delcotto, A. Elsenboss, T. Fay, M. Gallagher, B. Green
N. Houle, B. Litz, K. Nevius, K. Reeve, J. Skaret
E. Smith, R. Theurer, N. Tompkins, J. Whidden
2nd Reserves:
M. Altendorf, W. Budbill, M. Dietrich, N. Guernsey, R. Mango, A. Wachter

2015 US Veterans Team
Captain: Tom Whitaker
Adjutant: Leo Cebula
J. O’Connell, G. Rasmussen, S. Hardin, B. Mead
P. Church, D. Crandall, N. Crawford, M. Dunia, W. Forshee, C. Kemp,
M. Mayo, N. Mayo, B. Steketee, B. Solis, S. Tamulinas, J. Young
2nd Reserves:
J. Decosta, Steve McGee, R. Gregory, R. Sekellick

SPC Nick Mowrer is Awesome

Certainly a highlight of 2014 was 2012 Pistol Olympian Nick Mowrer earning a spot on the Prone Rifle for World Cup USA and then going out and capturing the bronze medal on top of it. No athlete ever has competed in two different disciplines in Olympic shooting until Mowrer did so in 2014.

Army Reserve Shooters Helping Outside The Team

From SFC Russel Theurer

This report is from the from the 395th and is because SGT Eric Smith of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program volunteered to help these Soldiers. Members of our program do a lot more than what is seen by the USARC staff. Here is an example.

Event: 7 December, The 395th Financial Management Support Unit (FMSU) Shooting Team prepared to compete in the All Army Shooting Competition.

Communications Objective: To increase the proficiency and confidence of the Soldiers to accurately engage the target and strike the target at the intended impact site.

Activities: The 395th FMSU coordinated with Mr. Will Smith, a Board Member of the Utah State Rifle and Pistol Association, to open the Centerville Small Arms Range, provide his professional instruction and allow the Soldiers to practice their marksmanship skills. With assistance from his son, SGT Eric Smith of the 872nd Maintenance Company, both Presidents Hundred recipients, coached and mentored the Soldiers to effectively manipulate their sights and engage targets at ranges from 100 to 500 yards. The training consisted of in-depth marksmanship instruction to successfully compensate for trajectory and wind. Soldiers were able to accurately engage their targets because of the training event.

Event Output: The Soldier now understand and know their weapons sight adjustments to intentionally place a ¼ inch round 500 yards down range at the intended point of impact. The Soldiers are one step closer to presenting a competitive advantage at the All Army Shooting Competition and uphold the “Deadeye” heritage.