In India, shooting is generally regarded as an expensive sport, which only the affluent, powerful and the talented with institutional support can pursue as a serious career. This is the reason why the sport remains as the secondary choice of the sports enthusiasts in India. Nonetheless, with the good work of Indian shooters coming into limelight, more and more youngsters are opting for shooting sport as their profession. Today, shooting has proved to be a stiff competitor of games including cricket and badminton, which score more in popularity.
The recent achievements of veteran shooters like Abhinav Bindra (who won the first individual Olympic gold medalist for India) and Major Rajyavardhan Rathore (who won the silver medal in Men's Double Trap at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens) have become the role models for the young Indian shooters. Now, more and more shooters are working hard to prove their dexterity in shooting at the international level and bring laurels to the country. The National Rifle Association has played its part in uplifting the standard of shooting as a sport in India. The organization has helped the Indian shooters a great deal in getting international exposure and concentrate on their honing skills.