The NRA Whittington Center, located in Raton, New Mexico, is providing outdoor ranges for USA Shooting athletes to prepare for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Abby Gordon, a USA Shooting National Rifle Team member, recently visited the center for 50m Rifle 3-Position training. The NRA Whittington Center has more than 33,000 acres and 25 ranges for a vast array of shooting disciplines.
“We used the Coors Benchrest Range where she got in some excellent wind training,” Pete Durben, USA Shooting national rifle coach said. “The housing situation there is great, and the staff was helpful and friendly.”
The Coors Benchrest range is used for special circumstances and can accommodate shooting up to 300 yards. Other ranges on the property include the shotgun center, multiple pistol ranges, high power ranges, smallbore rifle ranges and an archery range.
USA Shooting is excited about this blossoming partnership with the NRA Whittington Center as we continue on our Path to Paris. The facility is an official Southwest Regional USA Shooting Training Center. The Paris 2024 Olympic Games are less than a year away and receiving quality training is a top priority for athletes.
“USA Shooting is very fortunate to have a world class facility so close to Colorado Springs,” Craig Kozeniesky, chief executive officer of USA Shooting said. “This growing partnership with the NRA Whittington Center is promising. Their vision for growth and expansion aligns with USA Shooting’s long-term plans for Los Angeles 2028 Olympic preparations. Training at the NRA Whittington Center will be an important fixture in these plans.”
The NRA Whittington Center has so many unique ranges for use, but the fun doesn’t stop there. The center hosts a wide variety of events for their members to include guided hunts, youth programs, training courses and the Women’s Wilderness Escape, just to name a few. The facility also has many options for lodging such as competitor housing, campgrounds, cabins and hook ups for recreational vehicles.