Posted 06 May 2008 - 01:35 PM
One factor that must be considered is the cost of general operations.
NJ, We lease our range, it is EXPENSIVE to lease and insure.
Our indoor facility is ours, but also is expensive to keep up. It is expensive to heat in the Winter and cool in the Summer. Plus Taxes and Insuarance.
Still membership is only a dollar a day!
Our section has a set fee schedule of $20 for USPSA members and $25 for non members, Clubs may offer a discount to shooters for a variety of reasons.
Consider the cost on the ground for a 7 Stage match (our standard at Old Bridge)
100 targets per match, water for the shooters, tape, printing for scoresheets, USPSA fees, Prizes.
Annualized cost of fence secctions for walls, sticks to attach targets, maintenence of steel, movers, tractor, trailers, website, etc.
How a club can build even a 4 stage all paper match for $7 is byeond my understanding. Even if I owned the range and donated it's use. I would still have to have an insuarance policy that would have some cost, again unless there is a Daddy Warbucks in the background.
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