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10m Range Upgrade


USA Shooting Completes $450K Range Upgrade


Backed by a tremendous outpouring of support and sac- rifi ce from the shooting sports family, USA Shooting can fi nally welcome in a new dawn.


That


new dawn comes in the form of completely transformed 10-me- ter ranges at the U.S. Olympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The range got its fi rst major test the week of December 2 as


is used for elite and resident athlete training, competitions, national championships, coach- ing seminars, camps, committee meetings and local clubs. Three separate ranges provide 29 fi r- ing points from 50 meters and 70 fi ring points from 10 meters for training and competitions. It also houses the administration offi ces, a gunsmith room and locker rooms for resident and


held at the Olympic Shooting Center but also make competi- tions more effi cient and specta- tor friendly with more accessible results. The upgrade included re- placing all 70, 10m fi ring points with electronic target systems, upgrading the lighting system for all ranges and installing state-of- the-art technology. Financing for the project was made possible with contribu-


$1,000 apiece. More than 70 contributors stepped forward to offer their support and over $80,000 was generated to help make the range upgrade a reality. “USA Shooting’s sponsors,


supporters and donors have been directly responsible for the USA Shooting Team’s contin- ued success on ranges around the world,” said USASTF Execu- tive Director Buddy DuVall. “USA Shooting is continuing to grow


The range got its fi rst major test the week of December 2 as USA Shooting welcomed over 250 competitors to the 2013 Winter Air- gun Championships. A reception to celebrate the range upgrades was held Thursday, December 4.


Pictured right: Remnants of the old range.


USA Shooting welcomed over 250 competitors to the 2013 Winter Airgun Championships. A reception to celebrate the range upgrades was held Thursday, De- cember 4.


USA Shooting chose Mega- link to help in the effort by providing 70 electronic target systems. The Norwegian-based company is a leading producer of electronic targets in the world. Built in 1985, the Center


is the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and the third largest in the world and


visiting athletes. Approximately


25 resident and day-use shoot- ing athletes train at the Olympic Training Center during the year. Over the years, USA Shooting has made investments in outfi t- ting all 25, 50m fi ring points and ten of the 10m fi ring points. Ad- ditionally, twenty 25m Rapid Fire and Sport Pistol targets were converted in 2010 with the help of the Shikar Safari Club. Electronic targets are impor- tant to USA Shooting’s train- ing programs and will not only increase the number of events


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tions from USA Shooting, the USA Shooting Team Foundation (USASTF) and the U.S. Olympic Committee. USA Shooting put forth $300,000 of the $450,000 needed to completely refurbish the ranges.


In addition, the Founda-


tion organized a campaign to help complete the fi nal phase and bring the Olympic Shooting Center range up to world-class standards. The campaign asked donors to LEAVE THEIR MARK on the Olympic Shooting Center by sponsoring fi ring points for


and develop not only its team, but also to invest in the main- tenance of world-class facilities like the Olympic Shooting Center. We couldn’t be more thankful to our fans and supporters for get- ting behind this unique oppor- tunity and to leave their mark at the Olympic Shooting Center and investing in our tradition of success.” Many USA Team alums con- tributed to the project spanning 50 years of team participation including Gary Anderson, Ernest Vande Zande, Connie Petracek, Ruby Fox, Glenn Dubis and Ray Carter. To no one’s surprise, our part-


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