2/12/21 Update – Special info for 3/7/21 Match

Practiscore preregistration opens this morning at 9:00 AM.  Competitors will still need to check in with the match director when they arrive.

While New Mexico has rescinded their mandatory quarantine requirements, they still have a number of Covid related regulations that Sporting Rifle Match competitors need to be aware of.  For detailed information, please checkout the New Mexico Department of Health Website.  Bear in mind that New Mexico may change these rules at any time.

As a competitor at the Sporting Rifle Match you are personally responsible for your compliance with these regulations.  Failure to do so could subject you to fines of up $5000.

Here are a few particulars that we want to emphasize:

    1. New Mexico has mask and social distancing requirements that apply anytime you are in public except when eating, drinking or in the case of medical necessity.
    2. New Mexico has special mass gathering requirements that limit the number of people in a group to five persons.
      • As such, we are limiting squads to 5 persons and asking that every competitor take responsibility to take whatever action is necessary to prevent groups of more than five people from occurring at all times.
      • We are also eliminating the usual pre-match safety briefing and replacing it with a written safety brief.  You will receive this and additional information via email(s) once you preregister at Practiscore.
      • Also, there will be no post-match awards presentation.  The match fee is reduced to $20 per competitor since there will be no cash prizes.
      • And finally, only registered competitors will be allowed at the match site.  (No spectators, guests, etc.)
    3. New Mexico has significant Covid regulations that impact both the lodging and restaurant businesses in Raton.  It is important that competitors confirm they will be able to get the local services they might need prior to travel to the Match.

Important:  Be sure to check back here before you leave for the match in case there is a match cancellation.  As long as the weather holds out and NM doesn’t create new regulations that impact us, this shouldn’t happen, but check here just in case.


2/10/21 Update

Good News!

New Mexico is dropping their madatory quarantine order as of tomorrow, so it is fairly likey that we will be able to run the March 7 Sporting Rifle Match.

Practiscore sign-up for the match should be up in a day or so keep an eye out for that.

We anticipate that there will special Covid related rules and procedures for the match, but are not ready to say what they will be just yet.

We expect to post another update with more details in a few days, so check back here.

1/6/21 Update

Due to New Mexico’s on-going severe travel and quarantine restrictions, the Sporting Rifle matches are on hold.  We are continually monitoring the situation and will resume matches once the New Mexico restrictions are lifted or at least modified to where matches become feasable again.

It is important to note that New Mexico’s travel restrictions may be lifted for individual states if they meet certain criteria.  In such a case, Colorado would be critical as that is where the match staff reside.

To learn more:  https://cv.nmhealth.org/

Watch here for further updates.

8/27/20 – September Match Cancelled

In her infinite wisdom, the governor of New Mexico has decided to continue the mandatory quarantine order and various other public health orders through at least the 18th of September.  Thus, our final Sporting Rifle Match for 2020 is cancelled.

That said, we are planning a full calendar of matches for the 2021 season including a new Saturday .22 rimfire match.  We can’t say much about it yet except that it will be a field style match with most targets 50-200 yards or so with a few a bit longer just to make for a little more fun.  When we figure out the details we will post them here.  The AR match, which has not drawn enough interest, will be discontinued.  The Magnum Match is planned to continue at a new venue next year, but we and the Whittington Center staff are still working on finding a new site.  Of course, the Sunday Sporting Rifle Matches will continue in the same numbers and format.  And finally, the Team Match is planned for the middle of August in 2021.

Once the proposed schedule is approved by TWC, we will post it here as well.

Hopefully, we will get to shoot a bit more next year.

8/7/20 Update – September 6 Sporting Rifle Match

The various New Mexico public health orders are expiring on 8/28 and with any luck they will not extend them.  So, we are proceeding with registration for the match on Practiscore at 2:00 PM today.

If the health orders are extended again (particularly the quarantine order), it is very likely the match will be cancelled.  We expect to make a final decision on or about 8/29 (after we see what the NM governor decides to do).



August Sporting Rifle Matches cancelled.

All three of the August Sporting Rifle Matches are cancelled due to New Mexico’s various Public Health and Executive Orders pertaining to the Covid 19 virus.  New Mexico remains surrounded by pandemic “hot spots” and we anticipate that these orders will remain in effect for a while longer yet.

  • August 1 Magnum Rifle Match – Cancelled
  • August 2 Sporting Rifle Match – Cancelled
  • August 22-23 Sporting Rifle Team Match – Cancelled

There is only the September SRM match remaining and we will try to get it in if we are allowed to do so.

FYI:  We are starting to work on the Schedule for 2021 and hopefully we will have better luck next year.

April 30, 2020 Update

New Mexico remains under stay at home orders for the Wuhan virus that prevent the operation of the various Sporting Rifle Matches.  The New Mexico order will be effective until May 15 and we don’t know what sort on-going restrictions may come after that.

Thus, on or about about the 16th of May, we will make a decision regarding the June AR and Sporting Rifle Matches.  If we are able to operate these matches legally, safely, and with the Whittington Center’s permission, we will immediately open up registration for these matches on Practiscore.

Stay tuned for more updates.

4/7/20 Update

We have cancelled the May SRM matches, but are hopeful that we might be back in business by the June AR and SRM matches.  Apparently, the Whittington Center is also closed now.  Stay tuned here for further updates.