Some notes on promoting organized shooting events.

Mostly it’s just a question of getting the word out. Organized shooting sports needs more publicity.
This can be word-of-mouth, a competition notice stuck to the bulletin board at your local Sportsman Warehouse store, a simple tri-fold brochure to hand out to shooters at the nearby public range, a call to the local newspaper to get coverage of an upcoming competition — yeah, I know, but it *might* get covered by *some* newspapers — and so forth.

 

Talk it up. Drop a comment to acquaintances that “I’m excited about a big shooting competition I’ll be shooting in next week.” Ask a friend, “Hey, I’m going to the range next Tuesday evening. Would you like to give it a try?” Don’t be shy!

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All very true!

>> yeah, I know, but it *might* get covered by *some* newspaper

You’d be surprised how often this works. Most people in the press are NOT anti-gun. The real reason more stories don’t make the news is because few press releases for organized events are ever written and submitted.

Your suggestions are all good. The problem is why aren’t groups like the NRA helping more?

Let’s look at a registered NRA club hosting 12 sanctioned NRA events a year. We’ll assume they average 15 participants per match.

The club spends $30 per year to stay registered, each member spends $35 a year on membership and is charged $4.25 to $6 per sanctioned event.

The club would have sent over $795.00 in fees to the NRA for the events and the members sent an additional $525 in membership fees. That’s $1320.00 dollars per year for one small, but well run, shooting club hosting one type of NRA event. If the club hosts other NRA events, or events from other organizations, they generate even more fees.

What are these fees used for? If the individual club wants publicity or administrative help or a web site or any other support they have to spend their own time and money to get it. The national “host” organizations are doing little to nothing for them.

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