This came as a surprise to me a couple of days ago and haven't quite come to terms with it. He's sold off most of his guns and loaders and packed what remains away. I've been struggling with this situation since he told me.
Don't need a reason. Sometimes you just get an assfull.
Most people, myself included, will back away to some degree and not put quite as much time into a hobby. but I can see a certain personality type jputting something down completely if your life is too full.
My dentist is an excellent shooter, P gun, Dillon loader, the works.
He hasn't fired a shot in 3 years. Plate too full.
I guess your next move is to simply ask him what's up.
I run into people all the time that I remember seeing out at the clubs over the years, many just cannot afford it anymore and have traded one hobby for another that fits into the budget ... I have been offered some deals on guns that you wouldn't believe, one guy gave me a reloader and I don't even reload, I told him I would sell it for him and give him what ever money I get for it ... The economy is not getting any better and will probably get much worst before its all over so a lot of people are getting prepared for it as best they can ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
At our club , I have seen about the same amount of shooters slow down as there are new shooters so maybe the whole business will balance out in time . Hope some come back and therefore we will have more income per clubs . The past year was close in income as the year before so the loss of some didn`t have an impact .
We are running out of "Angry Club Geezers" but the exodus continues. I'm not sure that wasn't a convienient excuse. Trap is more of a "shut up and shoot" activity. It isn't that much fun if you are missing and no one can/will tell you why. When I see people who look like they are really having fun shooting trap, they are shooting practice and talking to each other. IMHO Ron
MOST are good people at every club. It's typically just a handful of uncontrolled curmudgeons that drive-off younger shooters. They often play the "safety" card and nobody has the guts to call BS. I consider it my personal responsibilty to get involved every time I see it happen, and anyone else who cares about the future of trapshooting should do the same.
"SHUT UP AND SHOOT." That's golden. Maybe we should add "... even if you can't hit a bull in the @ss anymore and your weiner has quit working."
A few years ago my best friend stopped shooting. I go to shoot by myself now and it is not as much fun. We both don't shoot as much as we once did due to cost of shells and other related expenses. Had some great times together, and now on cold windy days when I no longer shoot, I sit back and recall good times and smile and laugh. Everything good comes to an end.
The secret to enforcing "safety BS" is to keep it from embarrasing the offending "customer". They usually are just unaware of acceptable practices. A smile and an explanation are usually all it takes. Take a page from the auto repair shop and blame it on insurance regulations. Whatever it takes to make it a teachable moment. Ron
A few years back my brother and I was going all over Ohio to shoot, maybe 3 or 4 times a week. We shot lots of buddies etc. When he quit it is no longer the same either. I still shoot trap but have recently taken up Skeet too and I am enjoying that.
If he hung on to anything trapshooting, he isn't done, especially if he is still on the green side of the grass. Sorry to hear he quit but at least he still is a friend you can visit. count your blessings however small.