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Utah target shooters spend big bucks to enjoy their sport
Study » Utah target shooters spend more than $243 million and support 2,536 jobs.

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"We would love to see more state-run shooting facilities," he said, adding that "bigger is better when dealing with politicians."

Trapshoot enthusiast Mark Greenhalgh of Nephi, who helped build a small 10-acre facility west of his town, said that he thinks the economic downturn has slowed growth in the sport. He thinks there are currently enough facilities in Utah to meet demand.

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Curcuto said recent surveys have shown an increase of 34 to 40 million shooters, an 18 percent increase, since 2009.

"Now the NSSF’s job is to make sure those new target shooters become old target shooters and that they go more than once," he said.

The report said that target shooters ($8.2 billion) and hunters ($8.4 billion) spend nearly equal amounts on equipment common to both pursuits, such as firearms, ammunition and accessories. Hunters tend to spend more on fuel, lodging and transportation.

"The Target Shooting in America and Hunting in America reports give us a more complete understanding of the economic importance of the shooting sports to America," Sanetti said. "We’ve long known about the recreational benefits of these activities, and now we know how much they contribute to our country’s financial well-being."

The report showed that informal plinking (shooting non-standard targets such as tin cans or water bottles) and sighting-in were the two most popular activities enjoyed by handgun and rifle shooters. Shotgun users reporting sighting-in, sporting clays, trap and skeet shooting as among their most popular activities.


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