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Pistol Shooters Spend a Lot of Money

A new report says tens of millions are being spent annually by a pistol shooters group.

An industry report conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) proves that American members of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) spend upwards of $30 million annually on gear and equipment related to their sport.

The report is titled Profile of International Defensive Pistol Association Shootersand is among the many research projects the NSSF releases to help support the industry and prove its meaning to the rest of the economy.

In addition to that eye-opening amount of money, the report also shows that approximately 91% of members hold a concealed carry permit while 14% are concealed carry instructors in their state.

“Thanks to the help of the research team at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry now has a clear, in-depth look at the profile of a typical U.S. IDPA member. Competitive shooters represent some of the most active purchasers when it comes to firearms and related gear, and this new Industry Intelligence Report from NSSF bears that out,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA, in a blog post from the Association.

Here are some other notable findings:

  • More than six in 10 IDPA members indicated that they are likely to purchase a handgun in the coming year.
  • More than six in 10 respondents indicated that they reload ammunition, primarily for handgun and rifle. A smaller percent age of participants also reload for shotgun.
  • More than seven in 10 respondents are members of a shooting range and pay an average annual membership fee of $163.
  • More than 5 in 10 IDPA members surveyed indicated that they compete in IDPA events 6 to 20 times per year, with 14 events being the average number of IDPA matches/events attended annually.
  • Based on the responses from IDPA members, the average amount of estimated 2013 expenditures for competitive shooting equipment totaled $1,580.83. Equipment includes firearms, accessories, reloading equipment and components.

 To view and download the entirety of the report, click here.

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Pistol Shooters Spend a Lot of Money