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.


2 comments on “Why bullseye is the most popular pistol shooting sport

  1. Kris says:

    The writer of this article says
    The military cares about Camp Perry

    If only he knew how wrong that is…

  2. Fair point. Compared to practical shooting disciplines, the military does support conventional shooting teams as we see and compete with at Perry.

    But overall support has dwindled greatly since the early 1960s.

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