This is a discussion on Shooting Sponsorship within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; Good afternoon fellas,
I would like to tell you about an exciting day that I had today! About a week ago, I shot in my ...
I would like to tell you about an exciting day that I had today! About a week ago, I shot in my first NRA Service Rifle match. After shooting in the match, I realized how much money is involved in becoming a serious match/competition shooter. WAAAAY more money than I make being a LEO. So, I immediately knew I would need some help. I began reaching out to some good friends and family members. My barber gave me a brand new leather sling and offered to be my shooting coach. He is a competition shooter and retired USMC scout sniper (GUNNY). He has shot at Camp Perry and other prestigeous matches...so hell yea, I would love for you to be my coach! My mother bought me a (EPL) lifetime membership to the NRA, which will be my christmas gift for the next 8 years!! LOL.
But I still did not have any gear that alot of you on this forum have suggested I purchase to assist in my shooting endevours. So, I did quite a bit of research and began looking at all the essential gear and how to get it. I stumbled on a small segment (somewhere online) about shooters who sometimes get a "sponsorship". It seems that most sponser shooters are TOP competitors and on top of provided gear also get paid to shoot. But this is not what I was after. I just needed a little push to get started, so I reached out to the longest standing firearms store in Daytona Beach, Florida (My old job) and talked to my old boss.
I explained to him what I was trying to do and how I would help advertise for him in the process. So, he set up an interview today that I just got back from. He told me to bring my rifle that I planned to use and a list of needed items. So, I made him a list of gear I needed, or was suggested by several of you on this forum. I also gave him a list of local matches and ranges within a 100 mile radius of my location. I put on my Sunday's best and headed down for the interview. Boy was I nervous!
We talked for about an hour and he asked several very tough questions....but I stuck it out and showed him how serious I was about the whole thing. At the end of the interview, he said that he would be willing to provide practice and match ammo for next to nothing and would buy me a Creedmoor jacket and a good quality 80mm spotting scope!!! I did have other items listed that he said he would consider after speaking with his brother (co-owner), but all in all I got a sponsor!
Am I a professional?....NO. Am I a top shooter?......Not yet! lol Do I have a long way to go?....Oh God yes! But what is wrong with getting a local business owner to help you get to where you need to be? NOTHING!!!! I feel that obviously with time and lots of experience, I could become a tough competitor and one day reach my goal.....Distinguished Marksman. Some of you may say that I am moving to fast or trying to do too much at once, but I learn by doing and experiencing....not by watching and standing on the sidelines. Why am I posting this thread? To share with some of my fellow forum members about a good damn day! How I loved walking in to my interview with my tie and my M14!! Don't laugh to hard!
I"m proud of and for you. Be aware that you may lose your 'amateur' status, but that only applies to the Olympics. NRA/CMP does not care whether you are 'pro' or 'am'. See if Florida or Georgia has a state HPR team, and see about getting on it. To become Distinguished, you have to enter EIC (Excellence In Competition) matches, aka 'Leg Matches'. You may enter up to four per year, and 'points' are awarded for top shooter, and a percentage of shooters above a certain point (cut off man). Your first points entitle you to a bronze medal, 20 points entitle you to a silver medal, and 30 entitles you to the gold "Distinguished' badge.
Shooting in competition is not cheap. These days travel cost takes a good chunk out of your budget. Do you plan to roll your own ammo shortly? If you are look into the Nosler professional pricing. Well worth the effort to get a group order with other club members in your area
Cool beans, Sappy! Being sponsored is pretty rare. LEG matches are held at Port Malabar 2-3 times in the season, which is starting soon. Across-the-course matches to 600 yards every month. Also, look at Gateway in JAX - they may hold them.
I should be able to get you in touch with a Brevard deputy that shoots HP at Malabar, if that would help in any way.
I have to congratulate you on not waiting for life to come to you and grant you your dreams. It is wonderful in this day and age to see someone with the initiative to go out and make things happen. Well done, sir.
Sapp Very Well Done My Friend , I have Faith in you and your Endeavors . You will go far
Now for the Down Side Please Put your Work or Street Dudes On.
You Look Proud in the Picture But It Just isnt Quite You