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Who are the Women Gun Buyers?

In my blog post introducing this series, I asked the question that anyone in this business should be asking: How does the fast-growing segment of women gun buyers impact the firearms industry? The study, Women Gun Owners: Purchasing, Perceptions and Participation, commissioned by the NSSF and released to the membership in January 2015, takes a closer look. In this post, I’ll provide a snapshot of the study’s participants.

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The Impact of Women on the Firearms Industry

If your business is even remotely tied to firearms, you already know that women make up one of the fastest growing segments, if not THE fastest-growing segment, of new gun owners in the U.S. Women and guns – it’s not just a headline, it’s a real phenomenon. What is the impact on your business?

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Where to Find the Hunters, State by State

It’s always interesting to analyze the number of hunters in each state. If you’re trying to target a particular state or region with your marketing message, knowing where to get the most bang for your buck is just plain smart.

Hunter numbers by state aren’t difficult to find. Stats can be based on a variety of reporting methods

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Strong Growth in Female Hunting and Shooting Numbers

Understanding trends in hunting participation is the lifeblood of a successful outdoor business. You have to know who you’re talking to in order to develop effective marketing messages. One emerging trend that is no secret is the rise of female participation in the hunting and shooting sports. But saying there are “more” females in the ranks of outdoors enthusiasts just doesn’t cut it. What does “more” mean? Who’s counting? How are these numbers quantified?

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How Big is the Shooting Market?

The number of participants in recreational shooting activities has been on the rise for the past several years. While most folks within the hunting and shooting industry know this, what does this really mean in terms of numbers? In other words, how big of a market are we talking about here?

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Hunter Numbers are Really NOT a Mystery

How many hunters do we have in the U.S.? Ask any number of sources, including those who should really know, and you’ll get a number anywhere between 12 million and 20 million. That’s quite a difference, and it makes you wonder who’s counting and how they’re doing it. Let’s take a closer look at how various sources arrive at their data.

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