LtCop Posted January 18, 2012 Share Posted January 18, 2012 (edited) Let me start off by saying I'm new at this sport. 2011 was my first year to shoot it, even though I only live 90 miles from Columbia and have thought about doing this for years. It seems to me that media coverage needs to be better addressed. ESPN used to cover the Bianchi Cup and from some of the old clips I've seen did a good job of it too. I don't know why they pulled out, but getting them back onboard to cover the event would be a good thing. Yes, I know Shooting USA does a segment each year (only one?) and Michael Bane was there for Shooting Gallery (although I haven't seen his segment air yet, maybe I missed it). As it has been mentioned, coverage in magazines is pretty limited too. This will probably get me in hot water for saying it, but when the coverage is of the same people all the time maybe that gets old, maybe that intimidates potential new shooters from getting in? Having said that let me say I have the greatest respect for the class winners and think they should recieve their kudos, they have earned it, I'm not saying not to cover their accomplishment. Why not show some new shooters out there shooting and having fun, interview them and find out why they got interested and let them tell how much fun they are having shooting the sport. Focus on the new and young shooters that are out there too. I remember watching Shooting USA in 2010, they did coverage of the Bianchi Cup and had a short interview with a man from Va. (he was a professor if I recall correctly) he was new to the sport and said that shooting AP was better than any round of golf he had ever played. Things like that are positive and show that a "regular Joe" can get out there and give this sport a try. That was the push I needed to get involved and shoot AP at 49 years old. The NRA's coverage of AP is very limited in their magazines, that I would think could be an easy fix if they wanted to address the issue themselves. As others have said, this is a tough and challenging shooting sport, not to mention expensive. Look at how much you spend on a match. Ammo alone has become an issue. The prolonged war overseas raised the cost of ammo over the last 10 years, thats just a fact. When you factor in practice prior to the match, the cost of travel (gas prices are projected to soar this spring), lodging, food, equipment (ie ammo, gun, holster, belt), etc..... All this can deter many would be shooters from this sport. I can travel 90 miles and be in either Columbia or Kansas City to shoot, relatively close, but still fuel costs add up when you only get 15 miles per gallon. Lets face it, the economy is in the tank right now and that in itself is going to keep many potential new shooters away, thats just a fact. As a way to cut ammo costs I just purchased a Kimber .22 conversion for my 1911. It cost me $250 and I'll still have to pick up a few more mags to make a match, but it's cheaper than banging away 200 rounds of centerfire ammo every time I go out. I plan on shooting in the Metalic class (or according to Jeromy would it still be Production?) with it some this year. Maybe not at a major match, but at least I'll get out and keep on shooting. My 12 year old son is going to shoot some matches with it too. Why can't the NRA make a smallbore AP event at the Bianchi Cup? Steel challenge has a lot of shooters in their .22 classes. From what I've heard last years Cup brought in an impressive number of shooters. We need to realize that we are all ambassadors of the sport and try and bring in new members when we can. If you know of someone that might be interested take them to a weekend club match and let them get their feet wet. They may never do it on their own. My first trip to Columbia to shoot a weekend match was a bit nerve wracking not knowing what to do when I got there, let alone the shooting aspect. I've tried to get a couple of guys to go with me, they are to intimidated by the event. The short time limits can be daunting for some. I think I've got one convinced to give it a try though. It is what it is, AP is a challenging sport for a reason. Edited January 18, 2012 by LtCop Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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