Shooters Opinions of Private Range Membership

Shooters Opinions of Private Range Membership
Most shooters do not belong to a private shooting range or sporting clays club, according to a recent survey.

Southwick Associates – -( In a July 2009 survey from and, fewer than 23% of shooters reported membership in a shooting range or sporting clays club. Nearly 78% of respondents reported no membership.

Asked the reasons for their lack of membership (multiple answers were allowed), the largest number of nonmembers cited lack of interest or no need to join a club (35%); a nearby public range that is free or low-cost (32%); or feeling that clubs are too expensive (28%) or too far from home (26%). Fewer respondents reported that nearby ranges do not offer the types of shooting that interest them (6%); or not feeling welcome (4%).

The majority of respondents who do belong to a shooting or sporting clays club (78%) reported that they are satisfied with the range the way it is. Those members who would like changes at their range or club were asked to specify (multiple answers were allowed). The largest number (28%) said they would like to have more competitions at the club. Another 28% said they would like shooting benches and other equipment designed to fit women and young people. Other desired improvements included cleaner restrooms (19%); improved food and beverage options (18%); more expert advice (16%); and different types of rental or loaner firearms (16%).

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