Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center
Facilities can go a long way in broadcasting the position a program holds in the eyes of those around it. One can look at the facilities that encompass an athletics program to get an idea of the goals set for that sport.
At Ole Miss, the construction of a multi-million dollar rifle range and multi-purpose facility, in conjunction with the City of Oxford, says a lot about Ole Miss and the City of Oxford’s commitment to the sport of rifle.
It’s not the first time the “town and gown” have come together to provide a facility for use by both groups, nor will it be the last. Ole Miss and the city joined forces to build Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field in 1989.
Vision and attention to detail have been the focus of the rifle range, which is located approximately 10 minutes from campus at the intersection of Highway 7 and Sisk Avenue. The range is one of the premiere rifle facilities in the United States, setting the standard for shooting facilities across the country.
Competed in 2004, the range features a 12-point shooting range and serves the needs of the Ole Miss rifle program with a team meeting room and locker room. Electronic scoring targets provide quick and accurate scoring for the competitors and the facility also boasts an arms room for storage and an observation area for spectators.
The range has hosted the Great America Rifle Conference Championships 13 times as well as NCAA sectional qualifiers.