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Results from a 2013 research report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation show new shooters are most likely to be young, and more and more of them are women.

The Analysis of Sport Shooting Participation 2008-2012 survey found that 66 percent of new shooters fell in the 18-to-34-year-old age bracket. The findings also show that 37 percent of new target shooters were women, according to this story from

This finding was in evidence at this year’s Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) National Team Championships, held in Sparta, Illinois from July 13 to July 18, where women shooters represented 18.4 percent of the total 2,800-plus athletes in attendance. They made up 17.6 percent of the 2,466 shotgun shooters and24.3 percent of the 345 competitors on the pistol range.

The SSSF organizes a variety of team-based shooting tournaments as part of its Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and its Scholastic Pistol Program for student athletes in elementary school through college. The SCTP was created by the NSSF, and in 2007, the SSSF was formed.