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The niche but solid insurance market for sporting weapons and facilities is ripe and ready for picking by agents, brokers and carriers capable of specializing in this quickly growing segment.

Despite the continued slow economic recovery, folks who love the outdoors are increasingly getting into shooting sports, says Brent Skiles, assistant vice president, underwriting for Philadelphia Insurance Cos. He cites a “nationwide rebirth of outdoor recreation,” with a hard focus on shooting activities, in spite of extensive media coverage this year over proposed state and federal laws seeking mandatory liability insurance for all gun owners.

Skiles, who runs the Outdoor Recreation Division for hunting lodges, guides, shooting ranges, firearms manufacturing, retail gun shops, shops with on-site gunsmithing and privately run gun clubs, says he has seen a huge uptick in sales both from ammunition and firearms over his 10 years with the company.

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