Here at NRA Family, we've talked many times about the importance of getting training in the safe operation of your firearm...and we're not going to stop anytime soon. Just buying a gun is simply not enough to ensure your and your family's safety. However, depending on where you live, getting the best training for your dollar may be intimidating or difficult. That's why the NRA created Whittington U, the training division for the NRA's Whittington Center (NRAWC).
The Whittington Center, a 52-square-mile world-class outdoor facility located in northeastern New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo mountains, offers over a dozen different ranges for pistol, rifle and shotgun shooting and is well known as the "crown jewel" of shooting centers in the United States. If you're looking to get expert training while relaxing in one of the most beautiful places in America, set your sights on Whittington U for 2016. The Whittington U offers courses around the real-world use of firearms in everyday life. They use an educational approach and University-style model which blends relevant firearm instruction with NRAWC's unique training facilities.
There's more to the NRAWC than its shooting facilities...it's a great family getaway, too. There are plenty of onsite lodging options ranging from basic to luxurious, including camping and RV facilities. Additionally, the nearby town of Raton, N.M. offers plenty of Southwestern dining options and things to do after the guns have been put away for the day. Or simply relax and enjoy the fresh air and breathtaking views and wildlife on display at the center. (Check out this awesome video of the Center and its activities!)
Training dates are now open for registration! Here's what they have on offer:
Whittington U Defensive Academy When danger threatens and seconds count, simply reaching for your firearm may not be enough. Get trained by the experts at the Whittington U Defensive Academy. Learn the essential defensive firearm handling and marksmanship skills you need to defend yourself in high-stress situations. Each course features live fire exercises that simulate real world conditions.
Ammunition packages are available for all WU courses. You can also rent a pistol or semi-auto rifle for a Defensive Academy course. Courses range from beginner to advanced.
Whittington U Precision Academy Do you want to take breathtaking shots at 1,000 yards or more with consistency? World Class Instruction by the experts at the Whittington U Precision Academy. Learn the essential skills for long-range shooting, engaging from known distance, high angle, unknown distances, and other precision long-range shooting concepts.
New in 2016: Private Group Instruction Whittington U will be offering private group instruction for the Precision and Defensive Academies and is open to both individual groups and company organizations. Whittington U Courses are great group vacation or corporate retreats for clients or employees.
Contact us at (575) 737-8695 for more information on reserving a private course at the Whittington U!
The Whittington U is coordinated and staffed by Professional Marksmen Inc. Click here for their instructor bios.