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What is the actual cost to be a trap shooter?

Shotgun ... at least $1500 for a new one.
Shells ... average of $40 a flat or $4 a box.
Range membership ... lets just say $100 a year.
Range fees at club ... lets just say $3 a round.

Now lets say you shoot only 4 rounds a week. This would make your first year cost you an average of almost $15 a round to shoot or $60 a week. We aint figured gas to and from the range yet either.

Now during this first year of shooting you realize you need a better gun, you need to shoot more, you need this and that and the costs just keep rising for each and every week of shooting.

Now sit back and ask yourself with the current costs of shooting why is the sport not really growing.
 

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If people looked at the actual cost of trapshooting most would quit, and never look back ... Travel, Guns, ammo, clothes, shoes, food, accomidations, entry fees (options), daily fees (both state and ATA), entertainment, and all has to be in the neighborhood of $3-5 per target ... All cost from the time you leave home until you get home in one way or another are related ... I used to keep records and gave up on that, it was making me sick ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
 

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Ya know who said a dang thing about the ATA?

I was not aware that you have to be an ATA member to shoot anything else other than an ATA event.
 

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I can think of numerous hobbies that are more expensive than shooting trap. In the shooting sports alone, both Skeet and Sporting are more expensive. How much do you think a decked out Bass boat costs? Hunting gets pricy if you hunt in other than your own back yard. I'm currently eyeballing a '40 Ford Coupe hot rod for $45,000. Then there's the hobby (or is it a sport) of drinking and chasing women. The chasing women part alone makes a $30,000 K80 look like a bargain. What about those idiots chasing balls with sticks at their country club? Nah, in fact, trap shooting has lagged rather far behind inflation.... it's a keeper.
 

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I once had a thread on how much people spend per year trap shooting. It came out to about $500 per month on average, less the gun and travel costs.
 

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The late Gene Hill (great author for those of you too young to know the name!) said in one his stories something to the effect of....


The old man was on his deathbed...the end was near and the family was gathered. He summoned his stregnth and said "I've been a horrible father and husband. The times I should have been here I was out chasing birds or shooting targets. I've spent money on these hobbies that probably should have been spent elsewhere. I've neglected all of you in one way or another to spend time doing the things I love."

"But on the other hand, I have shot a helluva lot of ducks, geese and targets!!"

I've probably done a (very) poor job of rephrasing the end of the story.

But hey...it's not about the money. It's about time spent with a daughter or a son learning to shoot. Time spent together in the car driving to and from. Time spent reloading and shooting the bull with friends. I CAN'T wait until my 3 year old daughter can shoot...she already picks up empties and can call "lost" with the best of them. But then she gets a lot of practice at that!!! I hope when she's 4 she can pull for me.

If you're counting the DOLLARS SPENT or the TARGETS BROKEN or the TROPHIES WON, you're probably not counting the right thing. Broken targets and trophies are nice by-products, but just that, of time well spent with friends and guns and kids.

IMHO.

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This past year I kept every receipt that I had for trap shooting.


15K rounds shot @ $.51 for every trigger pull, oh..that doesn't include any travel. If it did, I would add 25% more.

Compared to what I spent a year in my girls sports.

An example..her last year in club.

Clubs dues $2400 or $200 a month.
Uniform 250, home and a way $500.00
Shoes 2 sets $225
Travel dates 2 weekends 6 months, 3 days food for 4>
Rooms $225x12 $2700
Food 8x4 32x3x2 $192x12 $2304.
Gas $43x12 $516
Total $8645

another year add another 3k for international travel..

the memories are priceless!!!

Bottom line I can not and will not put a price on the time I spend with my friends traveling and shooting trap.

If I thought about it..I would never breakem all!

Good Shooting.
 

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LIFE TOO SHORT, ENJOY DOING WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!! YOU ALWAYS CAN MAKE MONEY IF YOU HAVE TO, BUT YOU CAN'T BUY LIFE!! ENJOY LIFE ON THIS EARTH WHILE YOU CAN, I'VE BEEN SHOOTING TRAP FOR A FEW YEARS AND I'VE NOT MET A SINGLE UNWORTHY PERSON. EVERYONE IS A FRIENDLY PERSON WILLING TO HELP ANOTHER.
ALOHA NUI LOA, HOWARD
 

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I agree with some of the others. No matter what sport you choose to pursue they all cost $$$. I just try and keep my wife involved that way its easier for her to justify my needs........or wants..
 

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Some (hobbies?) cost more than others.

It is only worth the value of the one participating in it. If you are in it for the money take up pro wrestling.

What is your enjoyment worth? There are a lot more expensive pastimes than trap. Try horses, boating, car racing (participant).

Like most hobbies there is a start up cost that can be as much as you have to spend. But the every day shooting is cheap by todays standards. Just price a round of golf with cart. You can shoot and have money for lunch too.


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This is certainly not the place to discuss the cost of trapshooting. No public place or forum is an appropriate place to discuss such matters. These issues are to be disussed between shooters in locations devoid of spouses or better halves. Publically, no shotgun costs over $500. Club dues are worked out and no money is required for membership. Shells are simply throw-aways that can be reloaded from scrap lead and such for pennies. Targets are simply low cost pitch and when we factor in the ones missed and picked up to rethrow make targets an incidental expense. Travel expenses are tax deductible and actually help pay for food bought when the peanut butter sandwiches we always pack are just not enough. As there is no smoking or drinking allowed at the club it is a very helthy sporting event. Any women that might present themselves at the trapgrounds are either escorted by burly husbands or they are virignal religious fanatics. This has always been the policy at our club and we stick to it unswaveringly.

Several years ago some "wise acre" at the Grand told my wife that all that is required to be a good shot is a lot of money to spend. Took me years to overcome that remark and to this day I would like to repay the "gentleman" that made that statement.

What happens at the trapclub stays at the trapclub.
 

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Not sure why you started this thread. Hobbies are expensive. most people are bright enough to figure out that shooting is not cheap. But I like to shoot. It is my money and I will spend it the way I want and I will not look back.

I believe you are way off base when pointing at money as the reason for no growth. The potential for growth of shooting sports is unlimited. The population counter of the US is over 301,474,555. Only a few thousand of those shoot Registered Trap. As a percentage of the total population the number of trapshooters is negligible. There are more millionares in the US than Registered Trapshooters. There are lots of people with plenty of money for trapshooting - we just have to figure out how to capture a few more.
 

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Life is a game you are allowed to play, but never allowed to win. Knowing the the outcome, I have found the game a lot more enjoyable if I don't keep score.

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DA ... not frothing at the mouth but just wanted a few thoughts about possibly why trapshooting numbers are on the decrease instead of staying steady or even increasing.

This hobby along with other hobbies can be expensive and some just dont have the money. How many times has it been said upon this board about a new shooter wanting to get into the hobby but wants to know what people think of the Spartan, Stoeger or Mossberg O/U's? Most of those posts get a majority of responses to the effect of they are all crap and they should be purchasing guns that all begin in the mid $1,000 and up ranges if they really want to shoot this game. That right there gives the impression that this sport is high dollar and I actually wonder how many possible new shooters we ourselves turn away from the game.

Like I said ... not frothing at all but just wanted a different view as to why the sport is slowly slipping into the grave.
 

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Archery and kayaking can be cheaper. For men to sleep at nite it is best they know not what gummint does, what goes into sausage or what trapshooting costs!! I consider myself fortunate.
 

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A death bed story similar to the Gene Hill one above: When asked what he regretted doing in his 100+ years on this earth, the dying man replied that he did not regret what he had done but the things he did not do.
 
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