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Shooting teams to debut shotgun range Saturday versus JMU

February 2, 2018  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Liberty team members and guests demonstrate their skills during a Dec. 8 meet-and-greet event at the Liberty Mountain Gun Club. (Photo by Andrew Snyder)

Liberty University's first-year shooting program will stage its first collegiate competition at the new Liberty Mountain Gun Club (LMGC) on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. when it hosts James Madison University in an Association of College Unions International (ACUI) shotgun match.

A total of 10 members of the Flames' and Lady Flames' 37-member team will compete against 10 representatives from the Dukes in five disciplines of shotgun shooting — 5-stand, American skeet, wobble trap, super sporting clays, and an introduction to the bunker trap.

"All of the disciplines will be going on simultaneously," Liberty Head Coach and LMGC Executive Director Dave Hartman said. "JMU's team does not have access to a bunker, so we're going to open it up to them to see what it's like," in an exhibition competition.

The five-stage event, which will likely conclude after 4 p.m., is open to the public to watch for free.

"JMU has a good team so it will be a good competition," said Hartman, who hopes to host one or two more events in March, including a dual match with the University of Maryland.

Liberty is preparing to send a team of 8-10 to Fort Benning, Ga., on Feb. 26 for an ACUI and USA Shooting qualifier for the international trap and international skeet events at the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships, set for March 26-31 in San Antonio, Texas. A total of 8-10 student-athletes will represent the Flames and Lady Flames at nationals, in both international and American shooting events.  

The LMGC will offer open range time for Liberty students starting in mid- to late-February and will be open to the public on a pay-per-use basis in late spring.

 An aerial view of the Liberty Mountain Gun Club shows the shotgun shooting range in the top section and the archery fields on the right side with the sporting clay fields to be built higher on the mountain in Phase 2 of the project. (Photo by Kevin Manguiob)

Shooting Links

No events scheduled for this team.

Apr 1
at ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships
2nd - All American

Mar 31
at ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships
3rd - High Overall

Mar 30
at ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships
3rd - American Skeet

Mar 29
at ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships
2nd - Super Sporting

Mar 28
at ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships
2nd - Sporting Clays

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