The recent threads complaining about shooting clubs, fees, references, voting, work, etc., made me wonder how many members there are in "your" gun clubs.
So, how many members do you have in your club, what facilities do they offer and where is it?
Facilities (http://orsaonline.org/facilities.htm) 1,000 yard rifle, clays (trap, skeet), outdoor "plinking", action pistol (IDPA, IPSC, SASS), indoor pistol and small bore, bench rest, archery, clubhouse, etc.
$120 a year annual fee, paid up front. No additional membership fees, but there are lower tier clubs within the overall club and they will have nominal feels (where else you gonna get to shoot in a monthly 3 gun or IDPA or IPSC or cowboy for just a couple dollars a match?).
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March 12, 2010, 10:44 PM
300 members. The number is set in the by laws. One member has to drop before another new one can come in.
Facilities are pretty sparse and it's out in the middle of nowhere. I go during the week and rarely see anyone else there. Maybe the week or 2 before deer season I'll run into a few folks sighting in but for the most part it's empty.
It's on about 50 acres but the actual active shooting area is much less than that.
March 12, 2010, 10:48 PM
Just over 1,000 households. That's the number I keep track of because that's the number that matters for revenue.
About 40% are Family memberships. 2.5 people per household . . . . All in all, about 1600 people have the right to use the facilities.
Primarily focused on practical pistol shooting. We have 200 yards on the rifle range, a trap range, an archery range, an indoor range, and 8 outdoor pistol pits of one type or another. Two of them have shoothouses in them.
March 12, 2010, 10:54 PM
The club I belong to here is the same as TR's setup. Except that we're inching the membership up to 350 because the ranges really are underutilized.
March 12, 2010, 11:05 PM
Two different shotgun clubs have about 350 each. One pistil club I used to belong to is limited to 99 because they don't want to have increased insurance liability
March 12, 2010, 11:12 PM
not sure...couple hundred people
semi -private outdoor range, 15 minutes from my front door
me pretty much a "charter" member)
100 yards, nothing fancy, 8 shooting covered stations, real good high back and side berms, house trailer with electricity & plumbing, free targets, stands, county folks mow the grass every now and then, annual dues $25/year, covers you and you spouse, lets you invite a guest whenever you want, but asks you to not abuse the privilege
I send double fees (for me and milady) every year, just because, no matter the free spouse rule
average range day once-a-week, anywhere from "just me to 3" on the firing line, typical 2 hour session
pick up, sweep up after yourself or some damn old fool will grumble about it and sweep up for you shortly thereafter
if you don't hand load, leave your factory brass in the provided cans for the next guy
got my son-in-law (and daughter), and two of three grandsons (and their wives, by default) already signed on
(have to wait until they have 4 or 5 folks ready, to do the safety course, before you can member-on, takes awhile sometimes)
wife, daughter, son, 3 grandsons (two of 3 of their ladies), and 1 of 4 great-grand children have learned to shoot there (taught how by an old fool), and a pair of Chipmunks (black & pink) are in the gun safe for someday-soon-next to grow a little more
what's not to love about this ?
March 12, 2010, 11:28 PM
Our club at the present time has over 2300 members. 4/100 yd rifle 1/200 yd lighted rifle 1/300 yd rifle 2/25 yd pistol lighted 1/ bullseye all ranges are covered and have shooting benches. 3 pistol bays. Archery range. Lighted shotgun facilities Restrooms.picnic tables electric hook ups.Approx. 400 acres. Electric card reader gate. House for youth group,hunters ed and handgun instructors.
March 12, 2010, 11:28 PM
Looks like you have a really nice facility.
We currently have approx. 350 members at River Oaks Range.
Our website can provide more info. than I could describe here.
March 12, 2010, 11:37 PM
Fairfax Rod and Gun has 500 active (voting) members, and 500 associate (non-voting) members.
Numerous shotgun fields, two pistol ranges, several rifle ranges, archery range, clubhouse.
30 miles from Washington DC
March 12, 2010, 11:52 PM
Bristol Wis. Rifle Range
Members --- apx. 2500
30 stations rifle --- 100/200 yds.
10 station indoor heated -- 100/200 yds.
16 station indoor heated --- 25 yd. pistol
12 station outdoor -- 50 yd pistol
5 regulation Trap fields
2 regulation Skeet fields
1 Sporting Clays course
25 station outdoor airgun
40 station outdoor 130 yd. Black Powder
50 acre outdoor Archery
2500 sq. feet Clubhouse
This is one of the last Public Rifle Ranges within 60 miles of Chicago.
Has Bullseye , IPSC , Cowboy Action , High-Power Rifle , Skeet , Trap , Archery , Black Powder , Airgun --- Matches and Leagues.
Daily Rifle/Pistol/Bk.Powder Shooting Fees ---- Members $5 ---- Non-members $30
Trap & Skeet ---- Member $5 --- Non-Member $9
Link to Club ------ http://bristolranges.com/index.html
March 13, 2010, 12:06 AM
I don't know off hand. Rio salado just outside Mesa az. I can tell you that there is 120-170 steel shooters every Tuesday night and the vast majority of them are members. They have 4 pistol bays, public range(300 yards), high power range (500 yards)and 5 stand trapshooting area (haven't checked that one out so I don't know exactly what it set up like).
Ok I'm checking online and it's 140 acres in addition to the previously mentioned stuff. It also has an indoor air rifle range, a small bore range, a long range silloette and rifle range, And 12 position clays range.
One cool thing about my local range, TGO shoots out there damn near every Tuesday. Cool points to anyone who know's who I'm talking about.
March 13, 2010, 12:30 AM
I haven't joined the Wahsatch Shooters Association because my schedule is too erratic. If I had more time, I would trade RSO time for membership.
March 13, 2010, 12:41 AM
In this area of Colorado, we have a number of shooting clubs. nearly all of them are at their maximum member limits. (self-imposed, or city-imposed) What frustrates me, most of the time there is no one at the range. I have been a guest at two of the local clubs, and each time I've visited, my host and I have had the range to ourselves.
So my options are:
A: Join the local indoor club (brand new facility) $350 initiation, $350 annual dues.
B: Join the range 65 miles from my house (public, but they offer memberships which allow you key privileges)
C: Shoot on national forest land 30 minutes from home. Of course, 2 people were shot there last Saturday...
March 13, 2010, 12:48 AM
I'm a member of a small club. I'm not sure , but I think member limit is 200...though it could be 250. Its a rifle club There are target positions at 50, 100, and 200 yds and a steel plate at 225 yds.There are portable target stands for closer pistol shooting.
Best thing... its only 15 min. from the house!
March 13, 2010, 10:56 AM
I belong to three clubs/associations.
The smallest leases land with allowed usage from Friday at noon to Sunday at sunset. Access is problematic. If there is a drop of rain the land owner denies us access. Membership 40-60 members estimated on my part.
I’m a land owner for one association with the club membership comprises of landowners and yearly dues paying members. The nettlesome part is the sixty mile one way drive to get there. None the less 100yd & 200yd rifle ranges, six pistol bays with reactive targets and sporting clays setup for shot guns. Membership under 500 I believe.
Last but not least an association with a limit of 1400 members and a waiting list to join. This year I’ll receive my “Gold Card” no more dues paying. Rifle range 200yds, Pistol 50yds, Skeet, Trap, Sporting Clays, Archery, Fishing Lake and indoor rimfire range. The drive is 437 miles one way with the majority of it West (By God) Virginia.
March 13, 2010, 11:10 AM
Cost about $700 to join, then $100 per year with 1 work day, or $150/year.
4 pistol bays, one with a steel plate rack.
Plinking bay for shooting household garbage & such. 75 yard.
Bullseye pistol range.
100 yard rifle range.
Smallbore rifle range.
2 skeet ranges.
Competition of some sort 2 or 3 weekends a month.
March 13, 2010, 11:16 AM
I belong to a club with 2,000 members. When I joined I was worried it would be really crowded, but every time I go to the range I only see the same 10 people. I think 90 percent of the members just go once or twice a year to sight in their rifle before hunting season.
March 13, 2010, 11:41 AM
There are 3 private clubs that are about a 40-minute drive from me.
Membership size ranges from 250 (uncapped) to 2500 (with a waiting list).
Fees and facilities are proportional to membership size:
$50 -to- $500 for first year.
Pistol only -to- All disciplines (including an indoor range, competitions galore, and work days)
Membership requirements vary as to NRA membership, background check, recommendation from a current member, interview with membership board, etc.
All require a safety orientation and liability waiver.
Some allow unlimited guests, some don't.
One size doesn't fit all, so it's nice to have some choices.
March 13, 2010, 11:59 AM
I think I was number 102 they told me. We are a small club but we do have a local cowboy action shooters group that calls our range home.
March 13, 2010, 07:32 PM
We have about 400 members, but only about 10-15 show up for the monthly meetings.
March 13, 2010, 08:56 PM
About 700 members, 300 yard & 100 yard rifle range, 7, 25, & 50 yard pistol, and a couple of trap stations.
March 13, 2010, 09:02 PM
BTW, I have a pistol/plinking range off my back porch so I only "go to the range" when I need to wring a rifle out or shoot in a match, and I still think it's a bargain to be a member.
March 13, 2010, 09:10 PM
but only about 10-15 show up for the monthly meetings.
You got that right --- as I posted , we have 2500+ Life/Yearly Members --- about 50 people MAX. show up for the monthly meeting --- out of those 50 , 25 are BODs/range Officiers !!!!!
March 13, 2010, 09:18 PM
I have a setup on BLM land, so about 300 million or so. ;)
We have about 45 members in our club. Membership is restricted almost exclusively to highpower shooters and all are or have been competitive shooters. Our clubs focus is on conducting and promoting highpower competitons. We have determined over time that by restricting membership to competitive shooters we have almost no problems with property getting damaged, missuse and housekeeping. Liability is a big issue and competitive shooters are inherently safety conscious due to safety practices required in competition.
March 14, 2010, 12:24 PM
Over 600. I think right now it's closer to 700 than anything else.
Indoor handgun shooting club, with a crossbow section that doesn't get used much. It's not the only shooting club in the city (there is two), but it's the only one that isn't in a police station.
March 15, 2010, 04:32 AM
Two, the wife and I. Our shooting range is about quarter million acres of public land starting around two hundred yards from the house.
A few dozen active members participant in weekend shooting contests. There are as many as three different shooting contests going at one time. Currently just over 1,000 members roughtly half of whom joined in the wake of Obama -not so much because they are recreational shooting enthusiasts as because they wish to be responsible and skillful gun owners. The range facility has been expanded to a degree that allows fair access to the general, non competition membership during the weekend. Weekdays are usually uncrowded except before and during deer season when it is physically dangerous to be on the range as many of the deer hunters are not competent gun handlers and many of them feel entitled to spill over onto the pistol ranges disregarding range use rules.
The range property is long paid for and the dues are quite a bargain. Membership also requires NRA or State Rifle Association membership. For the first time in history, the membership is presently closed but will open up again when/if the Obama scare subsides and the membership falls off.
March 16, 2010, 01:02 PM
We have a VERY nice club down here. Currently around 800 members, however new memberships have been suspended while a new vetting process is worked out.
Current requirements to join are:
Current NRA membership
Proof of firearms training( military discharge counts)
Dues @ 200/yr $250 Initiation fee
Quarterly meetings and workdays
It's a very nice range with:
USPSA/NRA Action pistol range
pistol steel range with housing
additional general pistol range
Rimfire range with silhouettes " Silhuetas Metallicas " style matches
100 High power rifle
200 High power rifle
300 High power rifle
The only other option within 20 miles of town is a public range owned by the National park service. It's unsupervised and horrendously unsafe at the best of times due to the ghetto crowd going out there to shoot up a TV with AK's.