Long Range Precision Range

LRP News:

The LRP now has a shooting shelter!

Construction on the roof was completed on October 8th. The walls are expected to go up during the second week of November.

View from Lot With Roof
LRP Shooting Shelter

The LRP shelter now provides 8 shooting benches and can also accommodate shooters who wish to fire from a prone position.

The Long Range Precision range is open every Tuesday, Thursday, and select Saturdays and Sundays, except when closed for special events. Please check the Calendar of Events if you are planning on making reservations for the LRP. Remember, reservations on the LRP must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Call the range office at (970) 464-1339 to make a reservation.

Periodically the LRP may be closed during construction of the new shooting shelter.


The LRP

The Long Range Precision Range (LRP) provides a series of 35 steel targets ranging from 100 yards all the way out to 2003 yards. Targets at distances over 400 yards have electronic sensors that flash brightly for several seconds when the target is hit, and are easily visible over the entire length of the range, even in bright daylight.

Here is a video of a hit on the 1,000-yard 48″x48″ steel target, showing the flasher system in operation:

This aerial drone video shows a sequence of hits (and misses) on the 1,000-yard target.

The LRP terrain is complex, encompassing canyons and rolling hills, giving rise to sometimes challenging wind conditions. Wind flags are present at various points on the range to aid the shooter in gauging the wind.

LRP Downrange

The image at the top of this page is a view of the Long Range Precision Range with all the targets marked and their ranges identified.

Here is a handy sheet to print out with the map and a target table listing the ranges and GPS coordinates of all the targets: LRP Targets & Table

Here is an 11×17 version for those who want it larger: LRP Targets & Table(11×17)

The Long Range Precision Range hosts a variety of competitive events, including the monthly LRP Jackpot Games

To minimize road damage, 4-wheel drive should be used (if equipped) on the access road up to the LRP (UTV’s are available for rent at the range office). The road is fairly steep in places.

Ammunition Limitations

Due to the presence of our electronic flashers, there is a limit on the muzzle energy permitted on the LRP. Ammunition exceeding a muzzle energy of 5,000 ft-lbs or a power factor of 800 are not permitted to engage any target at a distance of less than 1,000 yards. Use of the .50 BMG cartridge or its derivatives (such as .416 Barrett) is not permitted on the LRP at any time.

You can calculate your ammunition’s muzzle energy as follows:

Velocity X Velocity X Bullet Weight  =  Muzzle Energy in ft. lbs.
 450,240
           

Where the Velocity is given in feet per second and the Bullet Weight is in grains. This information is typically provided on the box. Cartridges of .338 Lapua or less are usually OK.

Power factor is a little simpler to calculate:

Velocity X Bullet Weight  =  Power Factor
 1,000
               

Where the Velocity is in fps and the weight is in grains.

Armor-Piercing, Tracer and Penetrator Ammunition

Conditions on the LRP tend to be very dry, and while fire mitigation has been performed, it is essential that the types of ammunition allowed do not pose a threat of fire.  It is especially important to remember that no tracer, incendiary, armor-piercing (black tip) or penetrator (green tip) ammunition is permitted on the ranges at CSEC as they constitute a fire hazard. This includes M855 surplus ammunition.

Armor-piercing and penetrator rounds have steel cores which cause sparks when they impact steel targets. Additionally, these rounds damage our steel targets, requiring their replacement.

Generally, if the projectile in the round attracts a magnet, it is not permitted. If you have any questions regarding the suitability of your ammunition, please ask the Range Safety Officer or inquire at the range office.

Long Ranger Club

To celebrate the long-range and extreme long-range achievements of our shooters we have instituted the Long Ranger Club. Shooters achieving hits on select targets that are witnessed by a CSEC RSO or CSEC staff will be awarded a certificate as follows:

      1. Gold – 2,000 yards
      2. Silver – 1,760 yards (one mile)
      3. Bronze – 1,000 yards

In addition, their achievement will be recorded and listed on the Long Ranger Club page for bragging rights.

LRP Master Challenge

Do you seek the ultimate long-range and extreme long-range challenge? Come try the LRP Ultimate Challenge. In this contest you will be required to get a hit on each and every target on the LRP range. 35 targets range from 100 to 2,003 yards. And that last target is an 18″x24″ IPSC torso.

For more details, check out the LRP Master Challenge page.

LRP Pictures and Videos

Here is a video of a hit on the 2,003-yard 48″x48″ steel target, showing the flasher system in operation:

Here is a video of a hit on the 2,003-yard 18″x24″ IPSC torso steel target, showing the flasher system in operation, (the flasher is a little difficult to see due to the wind vibration of the spotting scope):

LRP Firing Line
The LRP Firing Line (prior to the construction of the shooting shelter)
LRP Firing Line
The LRP Firing Line from above (prior to the construction of the shooting shelter)
The rod to the top
The road to the top
Looking down range at the LRP
Looking down range at the LRP (prior to the construction of the shooting shelter)
600 yard target
600 yard target
LRP 600 yard target backside showing flasher system
LRP 600 yard target backside showing flasher system
Shooter at an LRP Bench
Shooter at an LRP Bench
LRP 1000 yard target
LRP 1000 yard target
LRP 2000 yard target showing flasher in operation
LRP 2000 yard target showing flasher in operation
Looking up range toward teh LRP firing line from 2000 yards
Looking up range toward the LRP firing line from 2000 yards
Long Range Precision range firing line as seen from the 1000-yard steel
Long Range Precision range firing line as seen from the 1000-yard steel (greatly magnified)