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about Capitan Shooting Sports

The object of this organization shall be the encouragement of organized rifle and pistol shooting among citizens of the United States, residents in our community, with a view toward a better knowledge on the part of such citizens of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship. It shall be our further object and purpose to forward the development of those characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance which are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism.

Any citizen of the United States may become a member of this organization on vote of the Executive Committee after subscribing to the following pledge and on payment of the usual initiation fee and dues. All members of Capitan Shooting Sports, Inc. shall be members of the NRA.

NRA Pledge

I certify that I am a citizen of good repute of the United States of America; that I am not a member of any organization or group having as its purpose or one of its purposes the overthrow by force and violence of the Government of the United States or any of its political subdivisions; that I have never been convicted of a crime of violence; and that, if admitted to membership, I will fulfill the obligations of good sportsmanship and good citizenship.

Capitan Shooting Sports, Inc. Range Information

High-power rifle shooting has been around Capitan since after World War 2. The range in its present configurations was built in 1957 mostly by a rancher named Grady Eldridge. It was built in the corner of the then, Spencer Ranch. Originally it had 25 firing points out to 1,000 yards, but southeast time and weather took a toll on the pits retaining wall and we have had to cut back to 15 points as we rebuild the retaining wall and the in the pits due to this deterioration we no longer have an 800 and 900-yard line. . Also In the early 1980’s the G Bar F ranch in Lincoln purchased the Spencer ranch and a lease was worked out between the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association and the ranch allowing high power shooting to continue. In approximately 2003, the G Bar F decided to sell off the Spencer portion of the ranch. We, Capitan High Power Shooting Club, Inc. became actively involved in acquiring the property that the range is situated on and was successful in doing so. Capitan High Power Shooting Club was originally a 501c4 organization. In 2018 we changed our name and reincorporated to Capitan Shooting Sports, Inc. and have an IRS designation of 501c3 which now allows donations to the club, to be tax deductible. Capitan Shooting Sports offers several different venues for competition. NRA high-power rifle or sometimes known as “across the course” or “National Match” is shot numerous times throughout the year. A basic match consists of 20 shots for record, slow fire from the standing position at 200 yards, 20 shots for record, rapid fire, from the sitting position at 200 yards, 20 shots for record, rapid fire, from the prone position at 300 yards and finishing the day with 20 shots for record, slow fire, from the prone position at the 600-yard line. A very strenuous test of marksmanship, across the course! We sponsor a monthly league, starting in March and ending in October as well as conducting the State High Power Championship and an NRA Regional Championship during the year. Our long-range program is geared mainly toward F Class style shooting although sling shooters are welcome to compete. A normal league match consists of 3 We sponsor a long-range 15-shot match, slow fire at 1,000 yards. nge league as well as conducting a state championship and an NRA Regional Championship during the year. In approximately 2007, we built a 100-yard Smallbore range with a covered firing line. A conventional Smallbore prone match has 3 or 4 (depending on the program) 40-shot matches, shot at 50 and 100 yards, varying targets, and slow fire from the prone position. Smallbore F Class is also shot alongside the sling shooters. We sponsor a league as well as host a State Smallbore Prone Championship and an NRA Regional Prone Championship. The range is available for use by members of the club when no formal competitions are in progress. Membership in the club can be attained by being first, a member of the NRA, paying yearly dues of $65, and going through an orientation at the range. Please see our schedule of events and programs for all the disciplines listed on this website. And please, feel free to contact those persons listed on the programs for more information.