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How to attract 1500 new shooters....

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by roger8918, Feb 10, 2012.

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  1. roger8918

    roger8918 Member

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    Looking to attract new shooters?...here is what a little club in San Luis Obispo California did...<br>
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    SLOSA Expo Draws Over 1,500<br>
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    MORRA BAY, CA - The San Luis Obispo Sportsman's Association (SLOSA) hosted their first annual SLOSA Expo on Sunday, January 29 and drew more than 1,500 attendees who went through nearly 40,000 rounds while trying their hand at a variety of shooting disciplines.<br>
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    Made possible by a grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the range was opened up to the general public with personal instruction, ammunition and loaner guns all provided at absolutely no cost to attendees. Men, women and children of all ages came from as far as 100 miles away to participate in the fun free event just outside Morro Bay.<br>
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    "We were elated at the interest and response from the community." said Art Leach, President of SLOSA. "We expected no more than 500 people to come out for the Expo and were overjoyed to reach over 1,500 guests before 2 o'clock. I would consider the Expo to be a huge success."<br>
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    Boasting more than 15 distinct shooting venues including: archery, sporting clays, action pistol, black powder, cowboy action and much more. The staff distributed 800 pair of safety glasses, 1,500 pairs of foam ear plugs and consuming nearly 40,000 rounds of ammunition, the SLOSA Expo made its mark on California's central coast for years to come. Every step of the way participants were shepherded through safe gun handling practices and procedures by the volunteer range staff before they were taken out to the firing line to experience our sport first hand.<br>
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    "This 1 day event did more to promote the 2nd amendment and the range itself than 20 years of the range simply being open." Said Kevin Wooley of Calguns.org "Kudos to the volunteers who stepped up and served when the call came out."<br>
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    The purpose of the Expo is to raise gun safety awareness and expose non shooting members of the public to what the shooting sports have to offer. Having 150 volunteers manning the ranges and tables, the Expo fulfilled its charter by drawing in 63% new shooters to the SLOSA range with 25% of the participants firing the first shots of their lives at the Expo. The event kicked off smoothly and concluded without a hitch with cease fire being called at 4PM<br>
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    "This is the first event of this magnitude I've heard of ever happening" said Maddy Cooley, Resources Director at SLOSA and author of the Expo grant. "The Expo will forever change the way firearms are viewed by central coast residents"
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  2. 4EVRYOUNG

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    They have a lot more people to draw from but even in a rural area you could 150 newbies and two stuck with it that would be great!!
     
  3. ebsurveyor

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    Good idea.
     
  4. Dr.Longshot

    Dr.Longshot Banned Banned

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    and drank 6,000 Bud Lites
     
  5. roger8918

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    What....could this be to much work for the guys who like to sit on the porch and complain about not having any new shooters?<br>
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    1500 NEW SHOOTERS! This event was organized by a young lady, under 30, using social media and good old fashion hard work.<br>
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    Moral of the story...if you REALLY want new shooters, it takes hard work and thinking outside the box!
     
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    spitter Well-Known Member TS Supporters

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    An Open House, doesn't take a lot of work, but it does take some... first a club has to be willing to open their doors - that may sound simple, but some members will object...

    It takes members to act as range help, instructors, parking help, on-site directions, registration, etc... If you want a couple hundred people, you need 10-15% of that figure in volunteer help.

    You need PR help from various media outlets - print and radio, plus pamphlets or flyers at supportive retailers...

    Been doing them for 15+ years... be glad to help... Our 75th Anniversary Open House will be this September...

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    Jay
     
  8. Big Heap

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    Don't forget to furnish ear protection. I have a 14 year-old who is turned off shooting because of the painful noise of a high-power rifle next to him at the range.
     
  9. Simon Engraving

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    maybe the nra could learn from this and jump on a program like this might enroll a few members .i know they promote shooting sports and fight for our rights times are changing and its time to think outside the box.
     
  10. Claysmoke27

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    No alcohol was served, and yes it took a lot of planning, volunteers, radio advertising, help and participation from local businesses. We are a fairly rural area, but folks came from far and wide. I think a FREE event is a big attraction these days. The biggest problem we had was getting all the folks onto the site as we cannot park all those cars here, and had to bus people over. Everyone signed a waiver, got ear and eye protection before they got onto the bus.
    Next year we are looking to increase participation from manufactures and local businesses. We learned a lot, and they next one will be even better!
     
  11. gridlock

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    Longsquat,
    Another Stupid comment from you as usual.
     
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