Should your post be in Grumpy Old Men? This area is for general shooting related posts only please.
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I also try to get a full-bore zero/testing session in at a more local club once a week if time allows. This stopped for me over Christmas but last week there were fewer attendees, whether the numbers were down due to the cold, CV19, post Christmas blues or a combination I don't know.
A couple of local clubs have reopened with limited shooter availability. This has impacted numbers of course but one club is as full as their reduced scheme will allow. The general older age of most members (with accompanying health problems) may keep some away for now.
Our range is open most weekdays and we have seen a big resurgence of interest in shooting, since the first lockdown ended things have been busy and many new to shooting have come through the doors. A significant number have taken up the sport and joined clubs.
I only know of one old member of a club that has given up, reasons were the pandemic and his (and his wife's) poor health has made him rethink his priorities and shooting wasn't a big one. I can't blame him really and I might have done the same if I was in his shoes.
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We've been using the club pretty much as usual over the last 2 years, (apart from during the lock-downs), with various mask/distancing/cleaning procedures in place.
It's also been noted that a few of the gallery rifle shooters have packed up, which didn't surprise me as a lot of them were only interested in shooting a gun and not real shooters. They weren't even interested in applying for their own FAC
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And there is the other problem; people who ASSUME that just because they read a post on a forum that they know what's going on in that section of the world.
Yes I shoot match rifle every Sunday morning........but I also shoot gallery rifle most Friday nights. I also shoot vermin, fox, deer and black powder flintlock as well as BP pistol. I also shoot air rifles and do a bit of clay shooting, so don't knock any area of shooting.
I was simply pointing out that the real shooters were returning whilst the tyre-kickers weren't.
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Numbers are still down though, we used to have 8 - 20 people of an evening, now it's more like 3 - 6.