Living in New Jersey you really don't have a choice but to join a gun club to enjoy the sport. Most, if not every town in Jersey has laws outlawing discharge of firearms within city limits. As a member of the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club I paid $400 upfront just to join and now $175 each year. When I visit freinds in the Georgia mountains we walk outside his front door and shoot. Personally I don't get involved in the politics within the club, I just go shoot and leave.