Has anyone done analysis of the positive market change?
Different market segments see different patterns of change.
Frequent Flyers and denizens of the top shoots likely think things are fine.
Shooters that generally attend shoots at one or two clubs are especially affected when one or both of those clubs abandon registered shooting.
I like the medium sized shoots. They have been especially affected, losing many of their regional point motivated shooters to shoots with more point potential, and losing the other end of their market to Monthly Targets.
Of the shoots that made my ‘short list’ in 2016, three were cancelled, one changed to a 4x50 format, and one dropped below critical mass and will be a 4x50 in 2017. A shoot that was substituted for one of the cancelled shoots is in doubt for 2017, and as are all of the shoots at that club.
One of the shoots I attended was below 30 shooters in the 12 gauge. In 2003 it had 65 shooters, 53 shooters in 2008.
12 gauge numbers from my state shoot –
2003 – 225
2008 – 195
2016 - 162