Originally Posted by Lead Waster
Are they "Professionals?" Sure, why not? Just like professional hockey players, baseball players, basketball players and football players. Or more like professional tennis and golf players really (since they are not paid by a team, but are paid by sponsors).
You don't have to kill someone to be a "professional" in a SPORT. And let's not let the anti's forget that shooting is a SPORT for most of us.
None of them are paid by their sponsors. Sponsorship is limited to supplying rifles, ammo, optics, etc. Maybe occasionally entry fees. And that is only for a small percentage of the competitors.