Fear of potential gun legislation spikes shooting course participation

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 07:42 PM.

Choosing a gun

The pistol range seems to be the course’s most popular venue. Myers credits that with the number of first-time gun owners unsure about handling a rifle or shotgun, who opt for a pistol instead.

First-time buyers should be comfortable with the weapon’s feel and the way it fires, Myers said. Just as one make and model of a car won't fit everybody’s tastes, the same is true for guns, Myers said.

The cost of shooting

Shooting’s associated costs vary depending on the weapon.

A low-end pistol, rifle or shotgun costs about $200, Myers said. Most of the mid-range guns sold at Shoal River Sporting Clays are $400-600.

People wanting a concealed weapons permit can pay $50-75 for certification courses.

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