THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018
The Daisy Champion 499B is built for extreme BB accuracy.

What could be more American than fireworks, kids, and Daisy BB rifles?

That’s exactly what’s in store over the next several days because it’s time for the Daisy 2018 National BB Gun Championships. Starting June 30 and continuing through July 3, 2018, youth teams from across the country will gather in Rogers, Arkansas to compete for top honors while having some serious fun. I'll give you 2:1 odds that they’ll be eating some apple pie in the process.

You can read more about the Championships in this week’s issue below, but here’s the short skinny. Teams compete using muzzle-loaded, single-shot Daisy Champion Model 499B BB guns from a distance of five meters. Shooting scores aren’t the only determining factor: competitors must also take written safety and procedure tests, and that makes up 25% of their final scores. 

In the spirit of the coming games, we decided it was high time to take a closer look at the world’s most accurate BB gun – the Daisy 499B. Ready?

The aperture peep sights are high-tech. The large dials adjust for windage and elevation.

First, you’ll notice some high-fallutin’ accouterments like professional aperture sights. The front is a hooded aperture, just like those used on Olympic air rifles. In English, instead of a simple post for the front sight, you’ll see a hollow circle which surrounds the bullseye of the target. When using the official NRA 5 Meter BB Gun Target at 5 meters, that front ring appears a little larger than the black bullseye, so you center the aim point in your view. The rear sight has large dials to adjust the point of impact for windage and elevation - that's side to side and up and down. 

I love the placement and operation of the safety. It's clearly designed to encourage and develop excellent safety and trigger discipline habits.

The 499B Champion has a wood buttstock and fore-end. The buttstock has a Monte Carlo shape, so the comb is raised to provide a perfect cheek rest that lines up with the peep sights. While we’re talking about the stock, the fore-end has a hollow section that can be filled with lead shot or even molten lead to provide some extra weight and stability. The serious shooters and coaches will also drill out areas in the buttstock to add some weight there too. As an additional stability aid, Daisy includes a competition sling with the 499B Champion for use in the prone, sitting, and kneeling stages of competitions. 

Of course I had to use the official NRA 5-Meter BB Rifle targets and Daisy Match Grade BBs in my testing.

Lawrence Taylor of Daisy describes the bottom line of the 499B this way, "It's the gun used in the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match, so it had better be the right gun for top-level, national competition. The 499B is a real competition gun. If you're shooting 5-meter events, this is the gun you will shoot.

FROM THE INDUSTRY

Daisy Outdoor Products, America's oldest and leading maker of BB guns and other youth outdoor equipment, is excited to commence the 2018 Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match (Daisy Nationals) this weekend, June 30-July 3 in Rogers, Ark. This event brings together youth teams ages 8-15 for the 5-Meter National Championship, shooting in four positions (standing, kneeling, sitting and prone) and championships are awarded to teams and individuals.

Teams competing in the 2018 Daisy Nationals have qualified in the top three spots at its state NRA-sanctioned match. At the Daisy Nationals, in addition to marksmanship scores, each competitor will complete a written test that covers gun safety and knowledge of the shooting event, and each competitor’s score on the safety test makes up 25 percent of his or her final score. 

To America’s Shooting Team athletes, very little is as important to them as the gun they use in competition to chase their Olympic and Paralympic dreams. It is with this in mind that USA Shooting introduces SKB Cases as the Official Gun Case and Gun Protector through 2020.

Starting with the upcoming International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships later this summer in Changwon, South Korea, USA Shooting Team athletes will place their trust and confidence in SKB Cases while transporting their pistols, rifles and shotguns to ranges throughout the country and all around the globe.

Seventeen Junior USA Shooting Rifle and Pistol athletes have made their way to Suhl, Germany to compete in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup. The event begins tomorrow with action concluding on June 29.

The American athletes attending this Junior World Cup are also part of the team that will compete at the ISSF World Championship in Changwon, South Korea later this summer. These athletes earned their slots to the World Championship with their performances at this year’s National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) in April.

On a rainy day, the two German shooters climbed atop the podium in Suhl (GER), where the ISSF World Tour Target Sprint kicked off with the German Open.

Competing under a light, constant rain, Germany’s Jana Landwehr and Madlen Guggenmos ruled the women’s and junior women’s finals at the German Open, the first stage of the ISSF World Tour Target Sprint, which took place in Suhl (GER).

The two athletes took gold at the opening competition of the ISSF World Tour Target Sprint: Hermle ruled the men’s event, while Pezzi won the junior men’s one.

Dominik Hermle of Germany and Giovanni Pezzi of Italy pocketed the gold medal in the men’s and junior men’s event at the first stage of the ISSF World Tour Target Sprint — the German Open — which is currently underway in Suhl (GER).

Anita Flack and Thomas Haslinger won gold, besting their teammates Kerstin Schmidt and Michael Herr, who finished 11.2 second behind the gold medalists. Italy’s Manuela Alberigi and Davide Riccio completed the podium in 3rd place.

The first stage of the ISSF World Tour Target Sprint closed today in Suhl (GER), where the German Open saw the participation of 39 athletes from four nations.

After taking gold in three of yesterday’s four events, Germany ruled the Target Sprint Mixed Team final as well, taking gold with Anita Flack and Thomas Haslinger, and silver with Kerstin Schmidt and Michael Herr.

Elavenil Valarivan and Hriday Hazarika of India climbed atop the Junior World Cup podium in the two Air Rifle events, while Italy’s Gaia Ragazzini and Spain’s Adria Martinez Torres ruled the two Trap finals.

Medals were awarded today at the Schießsportzentrum in Suhl (GER), where the second ISSF Junior World Cup of the season is currently underway.

10m Air Rifle Women Junior

In the opening event of the day, India’s 18-year-old shooter Elavenil Valarivan triumphed at the end of a tight duel with People’s Republic of China’s 18-year-old Wang Zeru, securing her second consecutive Junior World Cup gold medal.

Another action-packed day went down at the Shooting Sport Centre in Suhl — where India and the People’s Republic of China keep battling atop the medal table — and four more events took place: 25m Pistol Women Junior, 10m Air Pistol Men Junior, 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women Junior and Trap Mixed Team Junior.

In the 10m Air Pistol Men Junior final, India’s Chaudahary Saurabh signed a fantastic gold medal-World Record combination at the end of an exciting final, where he duelled with and prevailed over Republic of Korea’s Lim Hojin and People’s Republic of China’s Wang Zhehao, who respectively took silver and bronze.

Manu Bhaker ruled the 10m Air Pistol Women Junior final, while her teammates Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar climbed atop the podium in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Junior event. In both matches, India also set a new Junior World Record. Mataj Rampula of the Czech Republic won gold in the opening event of the day: the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Junior.

In the second-to-last competition day in Suhl, three more events were contested: India pocketed two gold medals, while the Czech Republic climbed on the 1st step of the podium for the second time in the Junior World Cup.

CALENDAR
June 4 - August 3
3-P Summer Camp 2018

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Port Clinton, OH

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June 4 - August 4
2018 SD Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

Humboldt Sharpshooters Junior Club
Pierre, SD

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Stranahan New Shooter Match 2018

Stranahan High School
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Info: wayne.labeau@browardschools.com

2018 May Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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2018 CMP May Monthly Match - Anniston

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Anniston, AL

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2018 CA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship (2 of 2)

Selma High School MJROTC
Selma, CA

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DuBois Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.
DuBois, PA

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3-P Summer Clinics 2018

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Port Clinton, OH

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American Legion, Dept of Virginia, North Region Championship

Warrenton Rifles
Centreville, VA

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2018 CMP May Monthly Match Camp Perry

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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Oxford High School Shoulder-to-Shoulder Rifle Match

Oxford High School Marine Corps JROTC
Oxford, MS

Info: bahampton@oxfordsd.org

2018 Net Competitor Spring Kick-Off League - Postal Match

2018 NC Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship 2 of 3

Dalton L McMichael HS AFJROTC
Mayodan, NC

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Standing Camps Summer 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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American Legion Virginia Eastern Regional Championship

King George High School NJROTC
King George, VA

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2018 FL State 3PAR JO (2 of 2) / General Frank Laudano Memorial

Sarasota Military Academy
Sarasota, FL

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2018 June Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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June 30
Midwest Airgun Show

June 30 - July 3
2018 Daisy National BB Gun Championships

Rogers, AR

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July 6-8
National Three Position Air Rifle Championships - Sporter Class

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, OH

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July 20-22
2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship

Rochester Brooks Gun Club
962 Honeoye Falls 6 Road
Rush, NY 14543

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August 8-14
Rifle/Pistol Fall Selection

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

August 19
The 26th Annual Kalamazoo Michigan Airgun Show

Kalamazoo, Michigan
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September 21-23
Pyramyd Air Cup

Tusco Rifle Club
New Philadelphia, Ohio

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