Apr 6, 2017
I remember showing up to my first USPSA match and being kind of intimidated by all of the folks that were there with their fancy shooting shirts, covered in sponsor logos.
Patrick in Detroit sent in a question for the Q&A podcast way back in about July of 2016. At the time I promised him that I'd do an episode about his question, and I set out looking for someone to interview who knows more about it than I do. What I found was a little surprising: most people don't really want to talk about the details.
So, I've spent the last 9 months or so looking into the different sponsorships by talking to folks at matches, reading things on the internet, and observing.
What I've ascertained is that there are 3 basic types of sponsorships in the shooting sports:
There's a 4th type of sponsorship that people think exists, but it doesn't really, and that's the "paid professional shooter". Companies have paid spokesman who shoot, but I'm not aware of anyone who just get's paid to shoot matches and practice all the time. I don't think it exists.