2016 Trinidad State News

Friendly shooting competitions planned at Prator Gun Range

Trinidad Campus / June 16, 2016 / Written by Greg Boyce

Trinidad State will hold a .22 caliber shooting competition each month through September at Prator Gun Range, located six miles southeast of downtown Trinidad. Events like this are held across the country under the name Rimfire Challenge, as conceived by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Contestants will shoot at a variety of metal targets ranging in size from six inches to a couple of feet. The rifle lanes will be set up at 20 yards and the pistol lanes at 15. Each contestant should bring a .22 caliber firearm and at least 200 rounds of ammunition.

“We expect this to be just a fun day of shooting,” said Cliff Wiening. “It is technically a competition, but we’re really just hoping people have a good time.” It’s designed as a family friendly event which teaches the fundamentals of competitive shooting.

The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for those under 18.

The first Rimfire Challenge happens on Saturday, June 25. Registration is at 9 a.m. and shooting begins at 10. Three more events are planned at the same start times on July 30, August 27 and September 24. During the July event contestants will have to bring 200 rounds of ammunition, but shoot using guns provided by Trinidad State.

Prator Gun Range is located at 42013 County Road 24.6. From downtown Trinidad go east on Main Street to Grey Creek Road (County Road 24.6) and turn south for six miles.

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