I heard my name called at the KY State Shoot in the mid 1980’s and was given a life membership courtesy of Mr. Bill Hunter. He used to give away many life memberships to new shooters at state shoots. He also used to have a big advertisement for his pallet business on the back of Trap and Field.
I believe that you always get a Grand American program with a life membership, whether you shoot the grand or not.
A life membership makes you feel like you are a charter member of a fine sport. A life membership makes you think about shooting more next year if you shoot only a little or not at all during the current year.
I plan to go to the grand as I only need another 600 targets in the current year.
The life membership has kept me shooting ATA ever since I won it.
If I were a new shooter, I would definitely buy one.
Its a good way to clean $500 out of your bank account and have something to show for it for the rest of your life, and you get a gold membership card ... When I bought mine it was $50 but it seemed like $500 way back then ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
I was given mine in lieu of pay for working three days as a scorekeeper at the Inland Empire shoot in 1946. (The puller worked a rod to pull the targets and the scorer was a separate job.) Three 10 hour days at $20 per hour = $600 for the Life Membership. (The club paid $25 to the ATA for the membership.) The money went toward paying off the mortgage on the facility at Vandalia, which seemed like a worthwhile cause.
when i bought mine if i remember rite, $10.000 worth of life insurance came with it, i have no idea if ya still get that. i bought mine when we rode horses to a shoot, & loaded are guns threw the muzzle, & hade to change the flint every few rounds.