I recently came across a post on social media, in which an unenlightened individual was trashing a female shooter because on her Facebook profile, it read ‘Competitive Shooter’.
She was called a Gun Bunny plus a few other choice words and I thought, why would another competitor go so far out of his way to trash another shooter?
The term ‘Gun Bunny’, it appears, comes from some folks being offended by females posing with firearms, although why a man would be offended by a gorgeous woman posing with a gun is beyond me.
Women, on the other hand, seem to be offended because they have this idea that it puts them in a bad light in the shooting industry.
I disagree, of course. In my opinion that’s just one small aspect of the sport, and at some point we’ve all posed with a gun. Posing with a gun doesn’t mean we do not know how to use it.
Where do Competition Shooters Come From?
I did a little research into the background of a few shooters, and got their input into what makes a Competition Shooter.
I discovered that most Competition Shooters have similar backgrounds.
Some were formerly military or law enforcement, and some teach some type of shooting discipline. Others simply asked another shooter about it, and thought competition shooting might be fun!
In my experiences, I have found everyone in the competition shooting world to be very open and inviting.
Many will even go so far as to let another competitor use their equipment. This is all part of being a good steward of the sport.
It really doesn’t matter whether a competition shooter is male or female—we should all be willing to accept each other, and cheer each other on, in the name of sportsmanship.
The Best Attribute of a Competition Shooter
Throughout my research and during my conversations, I also found out what it takes to be a good competition shooter.
A competition shooter is driven by the desire to improve—to test himself (or herself) against fellow shooters. It’s the desire to see personal improvement, applied to the use of a firearm in a competitive environment.
You have to put the work in—such as practicing and actually shooting matches.
Winning Isn’t Everything
At the end of the day, every time you show up at a match and strap on your gear, the moment that the buzzer goes off, you are competing. You become a Competition Shooter.
There are hundreds of men and women who participate in a wide variety of individual events, from small-bore pistol, shotgun trap and skeet, to 1000-meter rifle shooting. Some have never won a match, but that doesn’t make them any less of competitors.
Growing the Sport
We all want the shooting sports to grow, and the easiest way we can make that happen is by welcoming all who wish to compete, no matter what their sex, or their background. We have to lend them support, until they become familiar and comfortable with the process of competition.
Labeling a person or calling them names just because they pose with a gun or have ‘Competitive Shooter’ by their name, does nothing more than create hard feelings, and can ultimately drive them away.
Instead of doing that, let’s help attract and keep new Competition Shooters in the sport!