NCWRC aiming to improve shooting skills

The Top Shot Challenge is taking place at six NCWRC ranges.

The Top Shot Challenge is underway at six NC ranges

February marks the second month of the 2024 Top Shot Challenge, a 12-month program being offered at six shooting ranges operated by the NCWRC.

The range locations include:

John Lentz Hunter Education Complex in Richmond County

Flintlock Valley Shooting Range in Montgomery County’s Uwharrie National Forest

Odom Shooting Range in Northampton County

Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center

Wayne E. Smith Cold Mountain Shooting Range in Haywood County

Wayne Bailey-Caswell Shooting Range, Caswell County.

The Top Shot Challenge is a 12-month, themed target shooting program designed for shooters to challenge themselves. It offers three categories based on the type of firearm being used (rifle of any caliber, handgun of any caliber, and .22 caliber rifles and pistols).

“Besides target shooting being an enjoyable sport for many people, it creates an opportunity to improve shooting skills and become more familiar handling a firearm, which is a recommended safety measure for firearm owners,” said Josh Jernigan, NCWRC’s shooting range facilities manager.

Noah Secrist is manager of the John Lenz location, which ran an introduction to the Challenge in 2023. He’s excited about participation.

“We’ve seen a sense of camaraderie among the participants. We have every level of experience participating, from people who are new to target shooting, to old pros at the sport,” Secrist said.

Shooters participating in the program receive a themed patch for each monthly challenge they complete. In August, which is National Shooting Sports Month, participants will be able to shoot in make-up challenges for any months they may have missed.

To find out how you can participate, visit

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