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 Rifle Matches
Junior Shooting Programs - Training
Smallbore Rifle Matches - Hunter sight-in assistance
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 $10 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 mail with a check to our mailing address.  Please print legibly when filling out the application.

Open:   April 1 through October 15: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                            October 16 through December 27: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM  
Closed on: Mondays & Tuesdays
Closed: December 28 through March 31.  
Closed on: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, Easter Sunday, July 4 and Thanksgiving Day.
See our Event Schedule page for special closed days and other events.


1. NO fully automatic firearms.

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

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

4. All bullets must impact DIRECTLY into the backstop.

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


1. The chamber is empty.

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

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

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


1. When changing a target or posting a new one — request that the line be made safe.

2. Let your fellow shooter finish his current “string” of shots before attempting to make the line safe.

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

4. Verify that the line is safe.

5. Let all shooters go forward to repair or replace targets.

6. Remind those staying on the firing line that they can not touch their guns while anyone is down range.

7. Verify that everyone is back on the firing line.

8. To resume firing — “Make the line hot.”

9. Before the first shot is fired, you may have to remind others to put their hearing protection on. This is a common courtesy. 


1. Firearm(s) 

2. Proper ammunition for that firearm

3. Eye protection

4.  Hearing protection

5.  Targets

6. Staple gun and extra staples

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

8. Binoculars for viewing hits at 25 yards or less or a spotting scope for distances out to 100 yards or more.

9.  WATER — any time of year as there is no drinking water at the Center. 


(The first three are NRA basic gun safety rules.)

1. Always keep a gun pointed in a safe direction: at the ground or toward the target when on an outdoors range.

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

3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

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

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



Eye and hearing protection are required.
Alcoholic beverages and illegal substances are prohibited.


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. 


127 White Horse Lane
Philippi, WV 26416

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



(304) 623-6093 

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