Off target: Industry growth will slow as fears of stricter gun regulations subside

IBISWorld’s Shooting Ranges Industry Research Report offers insight into the market at the national level. Our analysis highlights macro trends in the overall sector and the micro trends faced by companies that do business in the Shooting Ranges industry. Our five-year outlook forecasts explain how the market is set to change and the product segments that will drive growth.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Renewed enthusiasm for firearms led consumers to visit more shooting ranges
  • The industry has contended with competition from alternate forms of leisure and sports activities
  • Although demand has fallen from its 2012 surge, firearm enthusiasm remains relatively high

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Over the past five years, the Shooting Ranges industry has rapidly recovered due to heightened enthusiasm for firearms fueled by fears of stricter gun control in the wake of several high-profile shootings. For example, gun and ammunition sales surged following tragedies in Aurora, CA, and Newton, CT, which has driven demand for shooting ranges from consumers who purchased firearms ahead of anticipated gun control measures. However, such legislation never materialized at the federal level, and demand for industry services has begun to normalize, declining from its 2012 surge, but nonetheless remaining high. Consequently, industry revenue will grow at a slower pace over the next five years...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Shooting Ranges industry has low barriers to entry. Although ranges may be indoor or outdoor, new establishments can set up operations relatively easily. One barrier to entry is obtaining the necessary capital to purchase or rent land to set up a range. Additionally, new companies must be able to afford and acquire liability insurance.

    Other barriers to entry include restrictive zoning laws, lengthy permit processes and a shortage of appropriate real estate. However, leasing operations provides a lower-cost alternative for entry. Additionally, successful industry establishments must be close to other entertainment facilities, but rent can be high due to strong commercial demand. Luc..

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    Additional Insights for the Shooting Ranges Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Shooting Ranges Industry are

  • Easy access for clients
  • Provision of appropriate facilities
  • Business expertise of operators
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as External competition and Per capita disposable income in the Shooting Ranges industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Shooting Ranges Industry?

    This industry provides indoor and outdoor targets for firing weapons, which may include handguns, shotguns, rifles and other arms. Handgun ranges typically have their own indoor stations, while rifles can be shot at disks and a variety of other targets.

    Industry Products
    Handgun shooting
    Rifle shooting
    Clay target shooting
    Industry Activities
    Providing target practice
    Providing shooting lessons
    Providing gun rentals
    Providing protective equipment rentals

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • External competition
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Regulation
  • Time spent on leisure and sports

  • Current Performance
  • Changing consumer preferences
  • Profit and other trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Normalized demand
  • Other trends
  • Table: Shooting Ranges Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Shooting Ranges Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Athletic & Sporting Goods Manufacturing
  • Guns & Ammunition Manufacturing
  • Sporting Goods Stores

  • Products & Services
  • Handgun shooting
  • Rifle shooting
  • Clay target shooting
  • Chart: Shooting Ranges Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Recreational users
  • Hunters
  • Professional users
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Shooting Ranges Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchases and depreciationRent, marketing and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Shooting Ranges

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Shooting Ranges Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Shooting Ranges Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Shooting Ranges Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Per Capita Disposable Income (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Decibel (Db)
  • A unit used to express relative difference in power or intensity.
  • Shooting Gallery
  • A room or booth set up with targets used for recreational and instructional shooting activities.
  • Shooting Range
  • An outdoor area equipped with targets used for recreational and instructional shooting activities.
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