Daisy Nationals encourages marksmanship and education for youth

For the first time in the 57-year history of the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match (Daisy Nationals), the new Top Gun Shoot Off will see competitors attempt to win money intended to defray the costs of higher education. At the end of the regular Daisy Nationals competition, the top 10 individual scorers will shoot a 10-shot competition, standing only, for a chance to win up to $3,000. Each participant in the Top-Gun Shoot Off will take home at least $500. The top three individual total scorers in the regular Daisy Nationals competition will also win money and advance to the Top Gun Shoot Off. The top scorer gets $1,500, the second gets $1,000 and the third gets $500.

The top three teams at the 2024 Daisy Nationals will also benefit. The 2024 National Champion team will receive $3,000 in Daisy credits, the Silver Medal team will win $2,000 in credits and the Bronze team will receive $1,000. This money will allow these top-performing teams to get the equipment they need to compete for free.

The Daisy Nationals brings youth teams ages 8 to 15 from across the country to the Rogers Convention Center to compete in the BB Gun Shooting National Championship. This NRA-sanctioned 5-meter, 4-position competition is in its 57th yeare years and crowns individual and team national champions.

Teams consist of five shooters and two alternates. These teams have practiced and competed all year for a chance to qualify for the Daisy Nationals and must finish in the top three in a state meet to receive an invitation. During the competition, participants shoot at an official target placed five meters away. They shoot 10 shots in standing, 10 in sitting, 10 in kneeling and 10 in prone shooting positions. All participants shoot a Daisy Model 499B, touted as the most accurate five-meter BB gun in the world.

Each shot is worth a maximum of 10 points, with a total of 400 possible, but each participant must also take a test covering gun safety and general gun/competition knowledge. The test is worth 100 points, so each participant shoots for 500 points. The Daisy Nationals record score was set two years ago by Zoe Dissing of South Dakota, who shot an incredible 494.

But it’s not just the competition that makes the Daisy Nationals a hit with young people. Events and fun ensure that these three days are completely dedicated to the children. There will be costume, car decorating and other contests sponsored by Academy Sports & Outdoors and Bass Pro Shops, Barter Bar (an evening trading items from their area) and an evening at the Rogers Aquatic Center.

As usual, teams come from as far away as Oregon to compete, with South Dakota, Virginia and Georgia also among the total fifteen states represented. Many of these teams have competed in the Daisy Nationals every summer for the past decade. Any organization can start a BB Team, but most come from the 4-H Shooting Sports program. No matter where they come from, new teams must complete a 10-hour Daisy Shooting Sports Curriculum before they ever pick up a BB gun.

“Some coaches bring their teams every year,” said Lawrence Taylor, director of Daisy Public Relations. “I don’t know the exact number, but I do know that coach Howard Baker has taken his Oregon Timber Beasts to the Nationals 18 or 19 years in a row, maybe 20 years.”

Early registration begins on June 30th, after which participants will be assigned their practice time and take the safety test on July 1st. The competition kicks off for the next two days and the closing ceremonies end on July 3, just in time to head to the Rogers Aquatics Center for the end-of-competition party. For more information, visit

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