With all due respect to all who advocate getting younger shooters involved in SASS, I think you are barking up the wrong tree. Do you realize what movies today’s younger adults are watching ? Do you even care?
They are watching John Wick, Mission Impossible, the Marvel Universe—none of these have anything to do with cowboy guns. Heck, John Wick doesn’t even use “normal” semi-automatic rifles and pistols.
I was just watching a couple of gun shows on the Outdoor Channel the other night. The first one, a guy is touting a red dot laser while saying, “You know, revolvers are archaic…” Obviously, he thinks the future of firearms (and shooters by default) doesn’t include revolvers. The second show I watched had a pistol caliber semi-auto carbine competition. It looked like a lot fun and if I wasn’t 69 and had artificial knees, I would like to try it. But then again, everyone shooting it seemed to be 40 or younger. This is what SASS is up against if you want younger shooters. SASS guns just aren’t interesting to young people and no matter how much and how long you say they will come to the sport, it doesn’t matter. Unless you include a category where a person can shoot an AR platform rifle or carbine, and a tricked out 9mm semi-auto pistol, you are just not going to pull any sizable amount of these people into the sport.
And as for keeping SASS going for another 40 years, wake up and smell the coffee. The way things are going in the US right now, Americans will be lucky to be able to own a single shot rifle in 40 years, much less be in a competition shooting game. You’d better off trying to figure out how to keep SASS going for the next ten years, than worrying about four decades into a very uncertain future.
I know I’ll get blasted for this post, I expect it.
It seems to me that the people who are totally against many of the suggestions made here; less than four guns, no overall winner, trying to retain older, more income limited, people, etc, talk a lot about making changes, but essentially saying, “Great, let’s make changes, but don’t change what I like to do.”