NRA President Bob Barr To Speak At 2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals Opening Ceremony

NRA President Bob Barr will be a special guest speaker at the opening ceremony of the 2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals in Rogers, Ark., Jun. 30-Jul. 3.

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posted on June 20, 2024
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The excitement level for the 2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals is at an all-time high with NRA President Bob Barr to speak at the opening ceremony, along with competitors receiving a chance to win continuing education money for the first time in the 57-year history of the event.
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NRA President and former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr will speak at the opening ceremony of the 2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals, which will be held in Rogers, Arkansas, June 30 to July 3.

The Daisy BB Gun Nationals brings teams of youth ages eight to 15 from around the country to the Rogers Convention Center to compete for the national championship of BB gun shooting.

More special guests will be at the 2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals. Scott Stuhr, national program coordinator for the 4H Shooting Sports program will be on hand to speak with competitors. Many teams competing at the match originate from this program, which teaches the safe and responsible use of firearms, shooting competition, the principles of hunting and archery and more.

Teams at the Daisy BB Gun Nationals consist of five shooters and two alternates. These teams have practiced and competed all year for the chance to qualify and must place in the top three positions in a state match to get an invitation. At the match, competitors shoot at an official target placed at five meters. They fire 10 shots each in four positions—Standing, Sitting, Kneeling and Prone. All competitors at the match will shoot a Daisy Model 499B five-meter BB gun.

Each shot is worth up to 10 points, for a total of 400 possible, but each competitor must also take a test that covers gun safety and general gun and match knowledge. The test is worth 100 points, so each competitor is shooting for 500 points. And these kids can shoot—the Daisy BB Gun Nationals record score was set two years ago by South Dakota’s Zoe Dissing, who shot an incredible 494.

Additionally, competitors at the match this year will be shooting for a chance to win funds intended to defray higher education costs with the new Top-Gun Shoot-Off. At the end of the regular Daisy BB Gun Nationals, the top 10 individual scorers will fire a 10-shot standing position match for a chance to win up to $3,000 in continuing education money. Each competitor in the Top-Gun Shoot-Off will take home at least $500. The top three Individual Aggregate scorers in the regular Daisy BB Gun Nationals match will also secure funds in addition to advancing on to the Top-Gun Shoot-Off—the top scorer will receive $1,500, second nets $1,000 and third will receive $500. 

The top three teams at the 2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals will also benefit. The 2024 national champion team will win $3,000 in Daisy credit, while the silver medal team will receive $2,000 in credit and the bronze medal team gets $1,000. These funds will allow these top-performing teams to get the equipment they need to compete or expand their clubs at no cost.

It’s not just the competition and special guests that make the Daisy BB Gun Nationals a hit with these young shooters. Events and fun make these three days all about the kids. There are costume, car decorating and other contests sponsored by Academy Sports and Outdoors and Bass Pro Shops, plus a Barter Bar and a night at the Rogers Aquatic Center.

Teams are traveling from as far away as Oregon to compete, with South Dakota, Virginia and Georgia also among the 15 states represented. Many of these teams have been competing at the Daisy BB Gun Nationals each summer for the past decade.

“Some coaches bring their teams every year,” Daisy Public Relations Director Lawrence Taylor said. “I’m not sure the exact count, but I know that Coach Howard Baker has brought his Oregon Timber Beasts to the Nationals for 18 or 19, maybe 20 years in a row.”

Registration for the 2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals will begin June 30, then competitors will have practice time at the line and take the Safety Test on July 1. The competition commences for the next two days with the closing ceremonies on July 3—just in time to head to the Rogers Aquatics Center for the end-of-competition party.

Learn more about the 2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals at daisynationals.com.

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