Rifle Range


WVU Rifle Range

Monongahela Boulevard
Morgantown, WV 26505
Directions From I-79
 
Take the Star City/WVU (mile marker 155) exit and follow signs to West Virginia University, heading south on US 19 and across the Star City Bridge and through one traffic light. The WVU athletic complex is located on the right at the top of the hill and the WVU Rifle Rangle is directly behind the WVU Coliseum on the top floor of the WVU Natatorium.
Directions From I-68
 
Take the Pierpont Road (mile marker 7) exit and follow signs toward the football stadium by heading West on to WV-857. At second traffic light, turn left (south) on US-119. Drive up a steep hill; the Morgantown airport will be on your left. Continue straight until the traffic circle, where you take the second right on to WV-705 West. Turn left at the seventh traffic light on to Van Voorhis Road. The road becomes Patteson Drive when crossing University Avenue. Proceed up Patteson to the light at Jerry West Boulevard. Go straight at the light into the WVU Coliseum parking lots. The WVU Rifle Range is directly behind the WVU Coliseum on the top floor of the WVU Natatorium.

Home to one of the country’s most tradition-rich programs, the WVU rifle range is a reflection of the long-term success enjoyed by the 16-time National Champion Mountaineers.

The range is highlighted by the presence of 10 MEGAlink electronic scoring systems, the most up-to-date system used by some of the country’s proficient shooters, including two-time Olympian and current WVU coach Jon Hammond, and 2012 London Olympics men’s 50m 3 positions Gold medalist Nicco Campriani.

The technological upgrade at the WVU facility allows for an athlete’s shot to be scored based on sound waves. With the advantage of a computer screen located at the shooter’s stand, team members can view the results of their shots immediately.

The system adds not only an advantage for Mountaineer shooters, but also improves spectators’ view of the match. A large projection screen was installed in the viewing room so fans could follow along shot-by-shot with athletes.

Another unique aspect of the range is the ability for shooters to work simultaneously. Team members can shoot in the smallbore position at 50 foot targets, while others can shoot the 10m air rifle at the same time.

Accompanying the many features of the range is a comfortable student lounge area where student-athletes can relax before and after meets. Other amenities include a gun room and a locker room.

Scoring Information

College rifle competition includes two events: air rifle and smallbore.

Air Rifle

Overview: Competitors stand and shoot lead pellets from .177 caliber guns at targets 10 meters away. The bullseye, or 10-dot, is one-half millimeter wide (about the size of the period at the end of this sentence).

The Rifles: Air rifles can be either air or gas-powered and can weigh up to 12 pounds by NCAA regulations. The rifles have metallic sights.

Course Of Fire: With the new electronic targeting system, competitors have 105 minutes for 60 shots from the standing position.

Perfect Match Score: A perfect score of 600 is the maximum for air rifle.

Smallbore

Overview: In smallbore or three-position rifle, athletes fire .22 caliber smallbore rifles from the prone, standing and kneeling positions at targets 50 feet downrange. The bullseye is a millimeter (slightly larger than the size of a period at the end of this sentence).

The Rifles: Athletes shoot free rifles (weight limit of 17.6 pounds) that can be customized with special accessories and/or alterations that fit the shooter's size and preferences. The rifles have metallic sights.

Course Of Fire: Athletes fire 20 rounds per position for a total of 60 shots. The total time limit is 120 minutes.

Perfect Match Score: A perfect score of 600 is the maximum for smallbore.

MEGAlink Electronic Scoring Systems

The WVU rifle team received a grant from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust in 2007 that allowed for the installation of this state-of-the-art electronic target system.


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