Liberty shooting sports team member Tommy Hartman practices at the Liberty Mountain Gun Club. (Photo by Kevin Manguiob)Liberty shooting sports team member Tommy Hartman practices at the Liberty Mountain Gun Club. (Photo by Kevin Manguiob)

USA – -(  More than 200 shooting sports enthusiasts from Virginia and West Virginia are expected to compete over the Virginia Commonwealth Games’ Main Games Weekend this Thursday through Sunday, utilizing the Liberty Mountain Gun Club’s (LMGC) new shotgun, sporting clays, and 3-Gun/pistol and rifle ranges at Liberty University for the first time.

The 3-Gun, rifle, and pistol events are three of the six new events introduced to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Pistol competition will take place on Thursday and Friday followed by rifle on Friday and Saturday, and shotgun (3-Gun and sporting clays) on Saturday and Sunday.

This is the third year Liberty has served as primary sponsor and host of the Commonwealth Games, utilizing the majority of its recreational and Athletics facilities. Most of the 60-plus events will take place this weekend, with festivities kicking off with Friday night’s Opening Ceremonies at Williams Stadium, which is undergoing a major expansion and renovation.

The LMGC is located on a 600-plus-acre tract of land near the Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center. The spring opening of a 100-, 200-, and 300-yard rifle range and a lighted 3-Gun/pistol range complements the facility’s centerpiece, a shotgun setup with five-stand, International and American trap and skeet fields, a 12-station Super Sporting clays course, and an Olympic bunker venue equipped with 15 clay trap machines. Phase one of construction concluded last month with two additional sporting clay courses.

“Shooting enthusiasts of all levels will enjoy the competitive venues, beautifully located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains,” said Brad Butler, Liberty’s development manager. “The Super Sporting clays course offers a number of shooting stations with spectacular vistas overlooking the

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