Shooting teams to debut shotgun range Saturday versus JMU
February 2, 2018 | Lynchburg, Va.
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.