Shooting sports are activities in which the entire family can participate and enjoy themselves. Whether the activity is plinking, participating in formal events, or simply obtaining some training; White Horse Center is for you. 

The Center can be considered the Marksmanship Training Center for West Virginia as there are a number of training activities in which you can participate. Examples include High Power Rifle, Smallbore Rifle, Bullseye Pistol, Permit to Carry, and Range Officer training. If you are not familiar with any of the above terms, come by and talk to us.

The National Guard has trained at our facility, and we are also available for law enforcement departments. Various groups (both youth and adult) have come to the range for their first shooting experience. White Horse may be the place for obtaining that shooting merit badge. We can not forget the hunters among us, they normally visit the Public Range to sight-in for hunting season. During the preseason rush (October and November), hunters find that there is some assistance available to sight-in that gun/scope/ammunition. Expert assistance is available to you for zeroing in your rifle. Save time, ammo, and money. Most rifles can be zeroed in three shots or less.

Pistol Bullseye Matches


High Power and Smallbore Rifle Matches

Hunter Sight-In Assistance

Junior Shooting Programs

IBS Benchrest Matches

The use of the Public Range is being provided to you at no cost through an agreement with the WV Division of Natural Resources (DNR), the West Virginia State Rifle and Pistol Association, and the White Horse Firearms and Outdoor Education Center, Inc. State funding is not provided for the Public Range. This facility is maintained by volunteers, contributions for its maintenance and expansion are greatly appreciated. Please consider a donation every time you visit the range. A contribution box is located on the Public Range, or you can send contributions to:

White Horse Center
P.O. Box 2091
Buckhannon, WV 26201

All other ranges are $15 per day or $60 per year. Your annual range badge must be displayed at all times. Range fees allow access to all non-public ranges for either a day, a month, or a year. Facilities are available to groups for a range fee. Range badge applications can be obtained in the range office or by clicking here. Please print legibly when filling out the application. Please mail with a check to our mailing address:

White Horse Center
P.O. Box 2091
Buckhannon, WV 26201

April 1 through October 15
Wednesdays through Sundays
12:00pm - 8:00pm

Mondays and Tuesdays all year
December 24 through December 28
January 1 through March 31

October 16 through December 23
December 29 through December 31
Wednesdays through Sundays
12:00pm - 5:00pm

Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year's Eve
New Year's Day
Easter Sunday
Independence Day
Thanksgiving Day

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NO fully automatic firearms.

NO ALCOHOL - No drinking before coming to the range, and no drinking while on property.

NO .50 caliber or incendiary rounds may be fired at any time.

All bullets must impact DIRECTLY into the backstop.

Read and obey all posted and/or written range rules.

The chamber is empty.

The action is open: bolts back, slides back, cylinders open, break-open guns are broke open, lever-action guns have the lever down.

The internal magazine is empty, or a removable magazine has been removed.

If an action will not stay open, insert a piece of wood or spent cartridge case to keep it open.

1. When changing or posting a target - request the line be made safe.

5. Remind those on the firing line they cannot touch their guns while anyone is down range.

2. Let fellow shooters finish current "string" of shots before requesting the line be made safe.

6. Verify everyone is back on the firing line.

3. Once your gun is safe, move back an arm's length from the gun and bench.

7. To resume firing - "Make the line hot"

4. Verify the line is safe, then let all shooters repair or replace targets

8. As a courtesy, before the first shot is fired, remind others to put on hearing protection. 

Always keep a gun pointed in a safe direction: at the ground or towards the target when on an outdoor range.*

Guns are kept in a safe condition until you are ready to address the target.

Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.*

Do not handle or touch a gun while anyone is down range. This includes, but is not limited to: cleaning; adjusting sights; taking it to the firing line; or removing it from the firing line.

Always keep gun unloaded until ready to use.*

*Denotes NRA basic gun safety rule

Firearms and appropriate ammunition

Staple gun and extra staples

Eye protection

Screwdrivers and/or hex keys for iron sight, scope ring, and scope adjustments

Hearing protection

Binoculars for viewing hits at 25 yards or less, or a spotting scope for distance out to 100 yards or more


WATER - any time of year as there is no drinking water at the Center

Range Rules

Alcoholic beverages and illegal substances are prohibited.
Eye and hearing protection are required.
Always point the muzzle in a safe direction - down range.
Keep the action open and the firearm fully unloaded until ready to use. This means either in position or on the bench. Also, keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to fire - and make sure the range is clear!
Know how the firearm operates, and be sure the firearm and ammunition are compatible.
Carry only one gauge/caliber of ammunition when shooting. Only sight in one firearm at a time.
Load and fire single rounds while sighting in rifles.
The ONLY exception is tube fed semi-automatic .22 rifles. For those rifles, load only five (5) rounds at a time.
NO fully automatic or high rates of fire. This means no high capacity magazines fully loaded.
Do NOT shoot at any target laying on the ground: no bottles, no cans, no rocks, and no boxes.
Ground mounted targets cause ricochets. Use only the backers provided.
Post targets inside the wooden frame, on the cardboard.
Do not staple targets to support posts or wooden frames.
Pick up and deposit all brass in the brass container.
Do NOT place brass in trash cans.
The target placement goal is to place the targets so that no damage is done to wooden or metal target frames by errant shots, and to ensure that bullets impact directly into the backstops. The target frames supplied for your use are designed so that bullets impact directly into the backstops.

DO NOT PLACE TARGETS on the WOODEN FRAMES. Those frames cost money, time, and manpower to maintain. If the cardboard backers are missing, contact the office and we will be glad to mount new cardboard for you.

DO NOT PLACE TARGETS TOO CLOSE to the FRAMES. When that occurs, stray bullets can hit and damage the frames. On the Pistol and Rifle Ranges, mount only one target per target frame, and that target is placed in the middle of the cardboard. Up to four targets can be placed on the Public Range's backers, depending on their size. Again place them in the middle of the cardboard. 
Physical Address

127 White Horse Ln
Philippi, WV 26416

GPS Coordinates
39°07'11.8"N 80°12'54.0"W
(39.119944, -80.215000)

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