December 31, 2015
1. The Challenge.
I have shot lots of different disciplines. From Olympic International style Pistol to NRA Action. I find that Bullseye, with the different guns and three stages of fire, and the distances, makes bullseye probably the toughest game out there. A one-day 2700 is mentally and physically draining. A three-day National Championship is just as bad. Having to perform at your best for three days in a row is tough. In most all shooting disciplines, it is not uncommon for one to shoot the possible score; a perfect score. A perfect 2700 has never been shot and dare I say probably never will be. The record stands at 2680, and only one guy has been able to accomplish that.
2. Not the most expensive game out there.
Two guns and ammo. So, whatever your budget allows, you can play; you can start without breaking the bank and get better gear as your skill level gets better.
You can almost master this sport simply by dry fire. Proper dry fire, and evaluation, that is. And, if you shoot another discipline, this is the only game that will help you get better at any shooting discipline. Pure, fundamental, marksmanship skills transfer to any discipline.
4. It's ageless.
There is no running around like a crazy person. Young and old alike can shoot this sport. You can shoot under covered firing positions so not a lot of matches get rained out. You can shoot indoors and year round.
5. The people.
Bullseye shooters are by far the friendliest and most helpful competitors I have met. If someone wants to get started or just try it, find a match, show up and introduce yourself. Someone will be more than happy to show you the ropes and more than likely will let you shoot their guns and give it a whirl. I have had gun trouble on the line and others have offered up their back-up gun for me to use.
About Brian Zins
Brian "Gunny" Zins is an advocate of Bullseye Pistol shooting. He is also a record-breaking, 12-time (as of this post), national pistol champion. Zins earned an unprecedented 12 national pistol champion titles, and starred in the History Channel's "TOP SHOT" show. Zins was runner up of the show's competition in 2011 and he appeared in the 2013 season. Zins is former national manager of the NRA Pistol Programs in the competitive shooting division, and former United States Marine Corps military police officer and Gunnery Sergeant. Zins visited Fairbanks in January, 2015, and conducted a sold-out Bullseye Pistol Shooting clinic sponsored by AIM-COMM and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Education Indoor Shooting Range. Zins was also the guest speaker at AIM-COMM's volunteer recognition banquet. Thank you, Brian, for providing this TOP FIVE list for AIM-COMM to help promote Bullseye Pistol! - AIM-COMM Webmaster