Jan. 31, 2014
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Air Force rifle team will host Nevada-Reno in the final home match of the 2014 season in the new Air Force Cadet Rifle Range on Saturday, Feb. 1. Construction on the range began in March 2013, with final completion of the facility scheduled for January 2014. Final touches will continue through the next few months, but the rifle team is ready to move into its new home and host the Nevada (Reno) rifle team on Saturday, Feb. 1.
No. 7 Air Force is looking to improve on its season record of 5-5 as it moves towards the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships in February. Air Force lost two to Nebraska (Jan. 25-26) in Lincoln. However, several Falcons improved on their season scoring during the two days, and Air Force set a new school record in team scoring with a 4,671. The smallbore team also set a record with a total of 2,332 points against the Huskers.
About the New Range: The new range will have 16 points versus the 10-points that the old range had, all equipped with the most advanced Megalink electronic target system. The backstop is made of granulated rubber, which will help to reduce noise and lead dust contamination. The additional 6 points will allow Air Force to host the NCAA Rifle Championships in the future.
The range features a viewing area of the entire firing line with stadium style seating. Positioned directly above the viewing area are two TV screens, which will display the athletes' targets and their scores. Spectators will be able to follow the action during the competition. The team room will also be available for spectators to relax and watch the competition on two 60" plasma TV's.
The facility will accommodate the coaches' office, gunsmithing room, an armory, and separate male and female locker rooms.
The coaches have been busy setting up the new targets and making everything ready for this Saturday's competition.
"The rifle team was training at the Olympic Training Center, and they are extremely excited and cannot wait to start training at the new range," said assistant coach Mike Anti.