Happy 10.9 Day From the USA Shooting Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 8, 2015)

In this country, we take pride in making up days to celebrate anything – donuts, pirates and even our bosses.  At USA Shooting, we know a good celebration when we see one and traditionally that’s been as a result of medal-worthy performances set down by our athletes.  

But tomorrow, 10.9, we’re claiming that day as our very own for the third straight year. A 10.9 in our sport is the mark of perfection, proof positive that excellence has been achieved. That’s the goal if you’re shooting over a half a football field away and aiming at a target measuring no more than the width of a dime or whether you’re standing 33 feet away trying to punch pellets into a bulls eye no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. Excellence is a virtue of your USA Shooting Team and on this day, 10.9 (October 9), we’d like to encourage our community to aim for excellence in all the shots you take in life. 

In the course of human events, excellence and the pursuit thereof, has always been rewarded whether it was landing on the moon, winning an Olympic medal, or overcoming personal hurdles and obstacles. This day is in recognition of that pursuit, both for those that achieved excellence and for those continuing to strive for it. Every day on the calendar is a silent monument to those epic hours in humanity and remarkable feats of strength and heroism.  Today is the day we’re recognizing those moments in time when the ordinary became extraordinary and when jaws were dropped. On this day, and everyday thereafter, strive for excellence in all that you do and may every shot you take in life be in pursuit of the highest mark, your 10.9.   

Help us spread the word about 10.9 Day!

To celebrate the excellence in our sport, we are asking our community to stand beside us on this day and make people in your social circles aware of this day honoring the USA Shooting Team.  We know not everyone has shot that elusive 10.9, what’s important is encouraging and celebrating people who help us on that path toward excellence. We hope you’ll share your experiences of your first 10.9, what a 10.9 means to you, stories of great shooting, hard training or the people in your life who help you be a better shooter.

Here’s a great video produced by the National Training Center (NTC) Junior Rifle Program in Colorado Springs that helps put into motion what 10.9 Day means to us.

Here are some ways you can help too:

  • Use hashtag #ten9day on ALL of your social media posts on Friday. If you post anything about great shooting, please add the #ten9day hashtag. 
  • Make your own 10.9 Day video message and tag us on your social media wishing folks a Happy 10.9 Day! Think of it like a holiday greeting you might do for Christmas or New Year’s Day. 
  • Need some ideas of what to post? Here are a few ideas but we WELCOME your own take on what a 10.9 means to you this day (Above all – have fun with it!)
    • You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky  #ten9day
    • Aim for excellence in all the shots you take in life! #ten9day
    • Wishing you Good Shooting this 10.9 Day! #ten9day
    • Practice makes perfect. #ten9day
    • I’m not just a 10, I’m a 10.9 #ten9day 

Check out our 10.9 webpage at

Join us on Periscope

New this year, at 10am MT Friday, we’ll be doing a live Periscope event with members of the USA Shooting Team as they discuss their sport, training and tips.  Be sure to tune in that day by following us on Periscope (@usashooting). 

Get 10.9 Percent OFF USA Shooting Merchandise

Get your USA Shooting merchandise at a discounted rate on 10.9 Day.  Go to our store ( and enter the promo code ten9day to get your 10.9 percent off discount on Friday. 

Participate to Win USA Shooting Prizes

What would a celebration be without giveaways? Our sponsors and partners including ELEY, Winchester, McKenna  Shooting Sports, Podium Pellets and Pyramyd Air are all joining in on the spirit of the day and will give away some great prizes and we have some USA Shooting items to giveaway as well. 

Grand Prize – Monard Junior Shooting Suit provided by McKenna Shooting Sports

For Junior-Level Rifle Competitors -- In 300 words or less, tell us about your 10.9 journey – What are you doing to become better at our sport? Who has helped you? Who do you look up to in our sport? Winners will be picked by USA Shooting staff and select USA Shooting Team members.  Winners will receive a Monard Junior Shooting Suit from McKenna Shooting Sports and the winning entry will be put in the Year in Review issue of USA Shooting News. Essay due by 10am MT Friday, October 16. Submit essays by e-mail to 

Prizes from ELEY, Winchester Ammunition and Podium Pellets

Show us in words, pictures (with caption) or video why shooting is your Olympic sport. We’ll put the top 5 up on our social media channels by 5pm Friday so our shooting community can vote for a winner throughout the weekend. 

More prizes and contests will be announced throughout the day, so be sure you’re checking out USA Shooting’s social media channels.