Sharp shooters converge on the Alamo City

NSSA World Skeet Cham­pionships held in SA

SAN ANTONIO - Thousands of sharp shooters from around the world have targeted San Antonio as the place to be this week.

Home to the National Shooting Complex, the Alamo City hosts the NSSA World Skeet Championships every year.

"If you want to win anything, this is the place to win it -- at the world championships,” said Shane O’Brien, who traveled from Australia to compete.

"We have Aussies here, we have Brits, we have quite often Italians, Argentineans, and Mexicans,” Jim Gast, who serves as president of the National Skeet Shooting Association.

The nine-day competition consists of five events and includes more than 1,000 competitors, according to Gast.

For the competitors, San Antonio’s weather and accessibility makes it an ideal destination for the event.

"You'll find our shooters on the River Walk, at the Alamo, in the shops," he said.

In turn, the competition brings millions into the economy. However, much of the shooter’s time is spent on the range.

"The countryside here is beautiful, so I am thoroughly enjoying it. All the trouble is that all we see is skeet ranges,” said a laughing David Patterson, who traveled from Scotland for the event.

No matter what age, nationality, or gender, skill at the World Skeet Championships is at a premium.

"The best skeet shooters in the world are here," added Gast.

The competition wraps up on Friday.



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