June 9, 2016
The Air Force Academy's athletic program has been significantly enhanced by several state-of-the-art facilities benefitting numerous Falcon athletes.
In February 2014, the Air Force rifle team moved into its new home. Construction on the range began in March 2013, with final completion of the facility in January 2014. Once the final touches were completed, the Falcons were ready to move into the new home in time to host the Nevada rifle team on Feb. 1.
The range has 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 six 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 display the athletes' targets and their scores. Spectators are able to follow the action during the competition. The team room is also available for spectators to relax and watch the competition on two 60" plasma TV's.
The facility accommodates the coaches' office, gunsmithing room, an armory, and separate male and female locker rooms.
"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.
Record Setters: In 2015, a range record 600 points was set by TCU's Mindy Miles in the Patriot Rifle Conference air rifle championship match on Feb. 8.