In an impressive display of dedication and skill, seven talented 4-H members from the Central Kansas District Shooting Sports Team are preparing to represent the state of Kansas at the 2023 Daisy Nationals BB Gun Championship Match (Daisy Nationals).
The accomplished individuals who have secured their spots at Nationals are Alta Noon, Coy Malmberg, Cole Casper, Charlie Klein, Andrew Knopf, Jaelyn Gates, and Landon Wisbey. Having devoted countless hours to practice and competing throughout the year, these aspiring marksmen earned their coveted invitations by either placing in the top three positions at a state match or excelling in a Nationals qualifying match. The culmination of their efforts was recognized at the state match held in Alma, KS in April, where they were granted their well-deserved invitations.
During the intense competition, each participant will face a series of challenges, testing their accuracy and precision. The competitors will fire 10 shots in each of the four shooting positions: prone, standing, sitting, and kneeling. Armed with a 499B Daisy model BB gun, they will aim at targets positioned five meters away. Every successful shot carries a weight of 10 points, allowing for a maximum possible score of 400. However, the Daisy Nationals goes beyond marksmanship alone. As part of the competition, contestants must also undergo a comprehensive test evaluating their knowledge of gun safety and general firearms information. This additional component holds a weight of 100 points, raising the total attainable score to an impressive 500.