When the word sport is mentioned it’s not incorrect for the image of a firearm to cross an individual’s mind. In
addition to using firearms to protect oneself or to hunt, people also use firearms to compete in shooting sports. According to The Washington Post, competitive shooting with a firearm dates back to the 13th century.
During the 13th and 14th century, membership to the first shooting clubs were limited to men only. Eight centuries later, people of all ages and gender have taken part in competitive shooting. Competitive shooting falls under 3 shooting sports (handgun sports, rifle sports, and shotgun sports) and has 15 shooting disciplines.
Shooting sports have programs and clubs for the novice to the world class-competitor. Gun organizations like the National Rifle Association (NRA) have programs to cater to a variety of individuals such as children, women, the handicapped, college students, and others. Opportunities such as receiving scholarships, competing in tournaments for cash prizes, competing at the intercollegiate level, and competing in the Olympics & Paralympics are examples of what is available to competitive shooters. Also, recreational shooting is available to individuals at all ages and levels.
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