Competition Shooting Cost

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“I’d love to try competitive shooting, but I don’t have the money it takes”

Is this actually a valid reason to avoid competition? It might be for a person that doesn’t already own a firearm and isn’t already going shooting on a semi-regular basis. Otherwise, probably not.

For a person that already possesses a firearm, dry practice is free. The cost to attend a local match will be about the same as plinking the same number of rounds.

While attending an event at a range new to me, the Match Director gave me a tour of their facility. Mid conversation we heard someone in a different bay rip off an extended blast while bump firing probably two dozen rounds.

“Oh, that’s just one of the locals that never attends our matches because he says he can’t afford to shoot competition,” the MD said with a laugh.

At a different event, Bill Wilson informed our group that his company’s “Texas Barbeque Special” outsells their competition-specific models even though the BBQ gun is more expensive.

If a gun owner wants to become more skillful and test skills in a competitive environment, they’ll likely be able to find a way.

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New Shooting Organizations

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“A good example is the best sermon.”

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Running and Shooting Demographics

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2016 State of the Sport – U.S. Road Race Trends
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Gun Shop Sponsorship Denied

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Gabe Wren, owner of the Northside Gun Shop in Columbia, Tennessee wanted to sponsor his kids’ Little League baseball team but was turned away because of his business’s logo which displays a stylized image of the sort of thing Mr. Wren’s shop sells.

http://www.range365.com/gun-shops-little-league-sponsorship-denied

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Earl Nightingale and Robert A. Heinlein on Promoting Shooting Programs

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Robert A. Heinlein summed it up well: “Does history record any case in which the majority was right?”

That sums up how the Firearm User Network came into being.

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