We noted in an earlier post that nostalgia is creating a new type of shooting sport.
In years past, Cowboy Action Shooting became very popular and was actually the largest form of shooting sports outside of the traditional games like trap and skeet. The Baby Boomer generation grew up on westerns starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, Gary Cooper, Roy Rogers and Audie Murphy. That drove a desire for all things cowboy.
Well, Gen X-ers and Millennials are starting to influence the market, too. As someone on the border between being between GenX-er and a Millennial (early ’80s brat), I can honestly say that right now, there is a rising interest in my age group of shooters who that want to emulate and re-create a lot of what they experienced in their youth.
The trend has progressed enough now that Retro Wave Shooting now has a location and date for its first match (click here to see match rules).
What exactly is Retro Wave Shooting? It is a new shooting league set in the era of fast cars, colorful threads, and jamming synthwave music. It is a way to pay homage to the action movies, TV shows and real life events of years past.
The idea is to relive the 70s/80s/90s in a fun, safe, and inclusive way. Unlike Cowboy Action Shooting, costumes aren’t required. All that’s needed is the right mindset, safe firearms handling, and a smile on your face.
Personally, I’m going to compete in the Poly-Blend Division to honor my father who was a cop back in 1980s Miami.
Except I’ll use my Smith & Wesson Model 64 .38 Special 4″ service revolver and my Ruger Mini-14 GB stainless rifle instead of the Beretta and Remington 870 he carried back then.
There are other divisions that let you shoot just about anything you want. The Ballistic Nylon Division is a catch-all for folks who just really want to have a blast. The rules for that division state the following;
Rimfire ammunition not allowed
Any safe, functional period-correct weapons and accessories are allowed, including select-fire, autoloading shotguns, and period-correct magazines, sights, optics, and bi-pods.
BN competitors must retain a fixed-blade knife with at least a 6” blade during all courses of fire or face continual stinging ridicule.
A location and have have been selected. Where? Talon Range in Midway, Florida on September 28 & 29, 2019.
Talon is a fantastic outdoor shooting range with seven individual handgun ranges, 12 ranges for pistols or rifles, 6 competition ranges, 100-yard rifle range, 400-yard rifle range, three steel reactive ranges, archery, a 10-station sporting clays course, and trap/skeet/5-stand ranges. In fact, you can check out some of the range and do a virtual tour of the shooting bays on Google Maps.
They currently host Cowboy Action Shooting, IDPA, USPSA, GSSF, 3-gun, rimfire/centerfire steel matches, and bowling pin matches, so Retro Wave will be right at home. The owners and staff are very supportive of the Second Amendment and personally speak in support of pro gun issues at the Florida Capitol and North Florida area Town Halls.
So grab your white linen suit, chromed-out S&W 586, and Ray-Bans because it looks like the big shooting event will be held in the Sunshine State.
They even have a Facebook Event sign up page.