My favorite Christmas movie in the whole world is A Christmas Story, where Ralphie wanted a Daisy Red Ryder air rifle more than anything. Did you know that the company who manufactures that famous air rifle is right here in Rogers, Arkansas? Furthermore, did you know they host an annual national BB gun championship for kids from all over the country that your family can go watch?
Daisy is the most recognized air rifle brand since 1886. The Daisy Museum in downtown Rogers is filled with memorabilia from the company’s rich history of providing quality air rifles, safety education and shooting competitions.
Coming this week (July 3‑5), Daisy hosts the 50th Annual National BB Gun Championship Match, otherwise known as the Daisy Nationals. It’s the largest national 5-meter BB gun match in the United States and will be at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center. You can find the schedule online and choose which practice or competition sessions that best fit your family’s schedule.
It’s the perfect family activity for the holiday weekend, especially considering that it’s supposed to rain most of the time. Just remember not to use flash photography! No one wants to be blinded when they are trying to compete.
A Few Details About The Daisy Nationals
The shooting athletes are ages 8 to 15 and have earned their spots at nationals by earning first, second, or third place at their state match. This event is pretty huge, as 68 teams are registered. I’m always impressed with the skill it takes to shoot a BB gun and have it actually hit what you want. This isn’t shooting cans off a fence post, ya’ll. This takes practice, training and a lot of patience. Kids can even earn college scholarships, which gives them an excellent path to an education, by participating in this sport.
Daisy announced that in honor of the 50th anniversary, they created a special Model 499 commemorative BB gun with a 50th Annual Match medallion inset into the stock. Each team will receive its own commemorative gun and all attending athletes will get the chance to build their own Daisy Model 1938 BB gun. All gifts from the company will be laser-engraved with the 50th Annual match logo.
Another cool part of this event is that the athletes will participate in the Pack Shack’s “Feed the Funnel” event, which means they will pack 20,000 meals to go towards hunger relief in local communities.
Each team will have the opportunity to visit the Daisy Museum and I hope those of you visiting Rogers for the championship will do the same. It’s so interesting to see how this company and its products have been woven through the nation’s history. Visiting the museum is a great way to reminisce and teach kids about history, including that favorite movie from the 1980s.
I hope you head over to Rogers this weekend and check out these amazing athletes from all over the country and be entertained by the Daisy Museum. You won’t regret it!
Check out what else is happening Rogers this summer.