The NRA Whittington Center
Sporting Rifle Match
Held Monthly Feb - Sept at NRA Whittington Center in Raton NM

1/10/19 - The first Sporting Rifle Match of the 2019 season is coming upon Feburary3, but we have much work to do to get the course re-set. In order to do this we will need some help. The plan is as follows:

Friday 2/1/19 - We will drive to our storage site near Westcliff, CO, load up all of the targets and transport them t o The Whittington Center. We also hope to have time to pre-stage targets, frames, etc. near each of the target array locations at the match site.

Saturday 2/2/19 - We will break into groups and set the course up. We hope to finish in time to have the practice ra nge open by 3:00PM, but this will be challenging. The practice range will probably be open on Sunday morning in any case.

Sunday 2/3/19 - Match. - We need one additional volunteer with a full sized pick-up to help on Friday. We need 6 more people to help on Saturday as well.

The re-setting of the course will require that the match site is relatively dry and the weather accommodating. More so than for a typical match as we will need to be driving off the roads and don?t want to damage property if it is muddy. We will make a call on this as the time nears.

Please note:

- As of 2018, the match has a 3000 fps maximum muzzle velocity requirement for precision rifles.

- Smoking will be prohibited entirely at the Coal Canyon venue for the Sporting Rifle Match.

- The course will be renumbered from 1 on the right through 10 on the left. Otherwise, the course will be the same as it was last year with only a couple of changes. The latest target chart reflects this.

If you have any questions or if you can volunteer to help, you can contact us at srmteam@outlook.com (Michael F.) or 303-882-9213 (Mike K.)

The "Sporting Rifle Match" at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton NM is designed to test a rifleman's skills shooting small targets from approximately 175 to 875 yards in the natural terrain, with what he can carry throughout the course. (The "Sporting Rifle Match" has nothing to do with NRA High Power "Sporting Rifle" class.)

The match format is 10 stages spread over a 2 mile distance. Each stage has 6 targets at varying distances to be engaged with only one shot each. Target distances are known to the shooter. Shooters must complete each stage's target engagements within 3 minutes. No "sighter shots" allowed. Score is total number of hits out of 60 possible. No one has shot a perfect score, yet.

Match entry is $30. There is partial cash payback to winner(s) based on the match turnout. The balance of fees goes to the NRA WC.

Typical equipment used includes: a rifle capable of 1 MOA accuracy; rifle optics allowing precise hold-over for small targets from 175 - 875 yards; binoculars to spot for other shooters; and a backpack to carry water, ammunition, and a couple power bars.

Bring 60 rounds plus whatever you want for Saturday afternoon & Sunday morning sight-in.

Make sure to read and understand the rules.

Here's a copy of the Sporting Rifle Match Range Card