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How many members in your local shooting club

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hso, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    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?


    1,200-1,500 members

    Facilities 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?).
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2010
  2. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Feb 16, 2003
    Ft. Worth
    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.
  3. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 28, 2005
    Lewisberry, PA
    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.
  4. jfh

    jfh Senior Member

    Aug 28, 2003
    Maple Plain, MN
    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.

    Jim H.
  5. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Apr 24, 2008
    Hot and Humid FL
    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
  6. oldfool

    oldfool Senior Member

    Jul 18, 2009
    Thomasville, Georgia
    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 ?
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2010
  7. GLA

    GLA New Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    East Texas
    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.

    Last edited: Mar 12, 2010
  8. Hud

    Hud Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    Central California

    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.


    Regards, Hud
  9. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Mentor

    Sep 26, 2006
    all over Virginia
    Fairfax Rod and Gun has 500 active (voting) members, and 500 associate (non-voting) members.

    555 acres.

    Numerous shotgun fields, two pistol ranges, several rifle ranges, archery range, clubhouse.

    30 miles from Washington DC
  10. Gunfighter123

    Gunfighter123 Participating Member

    Oct 26, 2005
    IL/WIS State Line
    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
  11. Clifford

    Clifford Active Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    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.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2010
  12. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Elder

    Jun 5, 2006
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    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.
  13. tooltech

    tooltech New Member

    Dec 27, 2009
    Mead Colorado
    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...
  14. Hardtarget

    Hardtarget Senior Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Nashville, Tn.
    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!

  15. Hangingrock

    Hangingrock Participating Member

    Mar 10, 2010
    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.
  16. bottom shelf

    bottom shelf Member

    Dec 24, 2008
    Near Raleigh, NC
    How many members?


    300 members
    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.
  17. MAKster

    MAKster Senior Member

    Jul 8, 2006
    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.
  18. btg3

    btg3 Participating Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    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.
  19. ljnowell

    ljnowell Mentor

    Jun 21, 2008
    The Peoples Republic of IL
    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.
  20. Starter52

    Starter52 Participating Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    Northeast USA
    We have about 400 members, but only about 10-15 show up for the monthly meetings.

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