I've had various brushes with competition shooting over the years, and every single time I am struck by how much drama there is surrounding the action shooting world. I guess that's a good way to get people interested in things - drama, that is - but it doesn't appeal to me at all. Take, for example, the recent controversy surrounding Michelle Viscusi's accession to "Team Glock." Those familiar with my blog will probably have already read my article about why Michelle is a force to be reckoned with.
Many people seem to be upset that she was hired by Glock. Or is part of Team Glock, or whatever. After a careful analysis of some of the criticism, I am pretty confident in saying that the root cause of all of this drama is jealousy.
Michelle is getting a lot of attention. There's only so much attention to go around in a small industry and Michelle was already getting plenty of it. Now that she's part of Team Glock? She's basically the Felix Baumgartner of the gun world. Everyone's talking about her just because she fell to the earth from the heavens (That's why she's so short). And because everyone else that either wanted the job or wanted their friends to get the job didn't see their dreams realized, they're angry with Michelle. They might sugarcoat it in public, to be sure. But in private? Well...
The attempts to justify this anger have to do with Michelle supposedly not being good enough for such fame. I don't know much about action pistol shooting, so I can't tell you whether that's true or not. What I can tell you is that Michelle picking up this gig isn't going to stop the best competitors from winning matches. Dave Sevigny won big things before he shot for Glock and he continues to do so after leaving Glock. Other top shooters without sponsors still manage to win things. If Michelle wins, good for her and the team. If she doesn't, those who beat her will have their sweet revenge, I guess.
If competition shooting is about winning, then it should be pretty easy for people to acknowledge this and move on. But if it's about industry recognition and attention whoring, then some people will be upset about this for a long time to come.