In America, there are countless days (and months) of celebration, and now the shooting sports have a month of their own. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has declared August to be National Shooting Sports Month. A time to celebrate one of America’s great pastimes — target shooting — and to encourage newcomers and experienced shooters to #LETSGOSHOOTING.
An estimated 50 million Americans participate in target shooting sports, and millions more have expressed interest in learning about rifle, shotgun, and handgun shooting, according to NSSF research. “With so much going on in people’s lives today, the shooting sports offer an opportunity to tune out distractions, learn a new skill, socialize, and share their experiences,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “It’s important to remember to pass on our traditions and to reflect on our unique freedoms that make participating in them possible.”
How Can You Get Involved?
As shooters, you serve a critical role in the continued growth of gun ownership and shooting sports participation. We urge you to join us this August for National Shooting Sports Month. There are a variety of ways you can help ensure the success of this inaugural celebration. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:
- Introduce a family member, friend, or a group of friends to the shooting sports by taking them to a local range—many will be hosting events throughout August
- Help spread the word to family and friends, and encourage them to get out to the range this August
- Encourage the ranges & retailers near you to host an event this August and promote it on the Shooting Sports Month website so others can participate
To help people find ways to celebrate, NSSF has launched www.ShootingSportsMonth.org. Among its many interactive features, the site contains an easy range search by state, events, and sales and promotions; as well as many other resources for target shooters of all skill levels.
Safety, of course, goes hand-in-hand with enjoying the shooting sports. Following safe firearms handling procedures, and securely storing firearms when not in use, are priorities for shooters. You can find out more about firearm safety on the Shooting Sports Month website.
“It’s going to be fun month,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director of Shooting Range Services. “And we want to know how everyone is celebrating. Tell us on our Facebook page; share your Instagram and Twitter posts with the hashtag #LetsGoShooting.