August 29, 2013
America's New Target Shooters: Younger, Female and Urban
New NSSF® Report Shows One in Five Began Shooting in the Last Five Years
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The face of America's target shooters is changing. New target
shooters--those who have taken up the sport in the last five years--are younger, female and urban when compared to established target shooters, or those participating for more than five years, according to a survey commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation®.
Just how this new segment of target shooters varies from
established target shooters can be found in the Analysis of Sport Shooting
Participation in the U.S. 2008-2012, the findings of which are based on a
survey conducted by Responsive Management, a public opinion research firm
specializing in outdoor recreation issues. The report is available free to NSSF
members as a member benefit.
The demographics of new shooters show they are . . .
- Younger: 66 percent of new shooters fall into the
18-to-34-year-old category compared to 31 percent in the same age category
for established shooters.
- Female: 37 percent of new target shooters are female
compared to 22 percent of established target
- Urban: 47 percent of new target shooters live in
urban/suburban settings versus 34 percent of established target
The report shows that one-fifth of target shooters in America
first started participating in the shooting sports between 2008 and 2012. That
means 20 percent of all target shooters began participating in the past five
"The landscape of target shooters has shifted," said Jim
Curcuruto, NSSF's director of research and analysis. "This is data that
everyone doing business in our industry should be aware of."
Mark Damian Duda, executive director of Response Management,
pointed out, "While mentoring by family members in a generally rural setting is
the traditional pathway for newcomers to participating in target shooting and
hunting, the research shows that new shooters today include many who did not
follow or have access to the traditional pathway."
The expansion of younger, female and urban-based participants coincides with the surge in firearms sales that occurred over the same 2008-2012 period.
The report also covers factors related to why new and established target shooters participate, as well as the types of activities they are participating in.
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation® is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 8,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, visit nssf.org.