Exploring the NRA Whittington Center.

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With Miss Kathy.
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And the mine.
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Brings back a few memories. While I lived in Trinidad we used to go use the ranges there. Shot on the 1000 yd, rifle silhouette and the shotgun ranges . We got thrown off the silhouette range for shooting our belted magnums. One of the open house events I volunteered to run the shotgun ranges.
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I've got a large piece of coal from that mine sitting on my desk as a momento of the week we stayed there.
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Thats cool. We ride our horses along an old railroad and there are quite a few really long tunnels. The horses hate it.
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Been there a few times to use ranges, once to hunt, and as a layover stop on vacation. Love it.
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Been going there since the 1990's. In the early days none of the firing lines were covered ..roads were rough ... housing limited. It has come a long way since then! Many more ranges have been added. The roads improved. A LOT of housing has been built .. ranges covered ... toilets .. just a lot of improvements. And well done I might add. Seeing that The Whittington Center is a totally separate organization from the NRA and operates totally on donations and what they raise themselves, it is a testament to the shooters of this country and the shooting industry. The firearms museum at the Center is well worth the stop.

And no, I have no part in The Whittington Center other than being a Member which I pay to be.
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JimT wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:45 am
Been going there since the 1990's. In the early days none of the firing lines were covered ..roads were rough ... housing limited. It has come a long way since then! Many more ranges have been added. The roads improved. A LOT of housing has been built .. ranges covered ... toilets .. just a lot of improvements. And well done I might add. Seeing that The Whittington Center is a totally separate organization from the NRA and operates totally on donations and what they raise themselves, it is a testament to the shooters of this country and the shooting industry. The firearms museum at the Center is well worth the stop.

And no, I have no part in The Whittington Center other than being a Member which I pay to be.
My first trip to the Whittington Center was for my first Shootist Holiday and as I recall, you and I shared a room in the Competitor's housing. Good memories.

I could no longer find the Bannana Rock, but I understand that it has been replaced with a steel version that they lay down except for when the Shootists are there.
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Scott Tschirhart wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:53 am
JimT wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:45 am
Been going there since the 1990's. In the early days none of the firing lines were covered ..roads were rough ... housing limited. It has come a long way since then! Many more ranges have been added. The roads improved. A LOT of housing has been built .. ranges covered ... toilets .. just a lot of improvements. And well done I might add. Seeing that The Whittington Center is a totally separate organization from the NRA and operates totally on donations and what they raise themselves, it is a testament to the shooters of this country and the shooting industry. The firearms museum at the Center is well worth the stop.

And no, I have no part in The Whittington Center other than being a Member which I pay to be.
My first trip to the Whittington Center was for my first Shootist Holiday and as I recall, you and I shared a room in the Competitor's housing. Good memories.

I could no longer find the Bannana Rock, but I understand that it has been replaced with a steel version that they lay down except for when the Shootists are there.
Yes. Great Memories! And yes ... They put up steel targets in various places around that mountainside. Out to 1100 yards if I remember correctly. They paint them and set them up during preparations for The Shootists Holiday.
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I’m looking forward to seeing you there this year Jim. It’s been too long.
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Great memories from there. Have been there only intermittently, but enjoy each trip and the time spent with great people. The "Banana Rock" is indeed no longer fruit shaped, I'd love to have the mineral rights to 50 yards around that rock. There's tons of lead and copper just waiting for extraction. :D The "banana gong" is set at the same distance and gives one a chance to try one's hand. My goal for this year is to ring it with Jeff Quinn's 44 SPL. Had to take a rain check on it last year due to the sights being out of whack and not having time to shoot it on paper first to see where it was lined up. They also set up gongs at 200, 400 and 600 yards, and further, but those are the ones I remember. John K got me on the 400 yard one with my old P17 and cast loads. This year the plan's to have my wife and the oldest grandkids along as well. They'll have plenty of fun hiking the area, I'm sure. Hope my leg's up to the challenge this year, last year was a bit of a drag mobility wise.
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AmBraCol wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:28 pm
The "banana gong" is set at the same distance and gives one a chance to try one's hand. My goal for this year is to ring it with Jeff Quinn's 44 SPL.
Let's do this. I'll bring a couple of Terry Murbach's old guns and my Shootists .44 Special and we will see if we can't find some combination that gets us on the Banana gong.
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Great place to visit Hope to go back soon
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Scott Tschirhart wrote:
Sat Jan 15, 2022 11:56 am
AmBraCol wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:28 pm
The "banana gong" is set at the same distance and gives one a chance to try one's hand. My goal for this year is to ring it with Jeff Quinn's 44 SPL.
Let's do this. I'll bring a couple of Terry Murbach's old guns and my Shootists .44 Special and we will see if we can't find some combination that gets us on the Banana gong.


Looking forward to it!
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Stopped in there 20 years ago or so on a trip to Philmont. The late Robbie Roberts, collections curator at the Whittington, was the first rangemaster at our shooting range here in La Luz, NM.
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Shot there @ the OWSA (Old West Shooters Association's "National Shootout" from '90 to '93. Also competed there for the NRA Nationals for BPCRS in '92 & '93. Great venue, and has consistently improved over the years!
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