The purpose of White Horse Firearms and Outdoor Education Center is to educate our fellow citizens in shooting sports and to provide a safe location to practice those sports. Classes are conducted, formal matches are held, and several ranges are maintained. We are a place to learn about shooting sports, practice for competition, compete, obtain training, sight-in, or just plain plink.

White Horse is a non-profit organization and the money for the operation of the range comes from donations, range badge fees, shooting match fees, and an occasional grant from the NRA.

 Everyone associated with the range is a volunteer. 

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 Education Center, Inc. State Funding is not provided for the Public Range. Since the facility is maintained by volunteers, contributions to its maintenance and expansion are greatly appreciated.

Please consider becoming a member, or making a donation every time you visit the range. A contribution box is located on the Public Range, or you may send contributions to:

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

Public Range
The public range is open to the public and is free of charge and accommodates shooting 7, 25, 40(shot shell only), 50, and 100 yards. You must bring your own target and hang them on the target holders. 

1000 Yard Range
Our 1000 yard range has 14 bench rest tables. This range is only available from 0800 – 1100 the day before a 1000 yard competition. If you are not shooting in the competition, one must be a member or purchase a daily range pass. 

Shot Shell
The 40 yard Shot shell section is on the public range and is free of charge. 

Cowboy Action
Our cowboy action range is not available but during monthly competitions. To practice or shoot on this range you may email to schedule a time.

600 Yard Rifle Range
Our 600 yard rifle range has 10 bench rest tables. The 600 yard rifle range is available for use by members or by purchasing a daily range pass during our normal operating hours unless there is a competitive match being held.   

Our Brassmasters range is a private range for Brassmasters only. Visit the Brassmasters page by clicking here.

KD Range
The KD range accommodates 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 yards and is available for use by members or by purchasing a daily pass during our normal operating hours unless there is a competitive match being held 

The Center has been considered the Marksmanship Training Center for West Virginia. A number of training activities are available such as High Power Rifle, Bullseye Pistol, Conceal Carry Permit, and Range Officer training.

The National Guard and enforcement departments have trained at our facility. Our facilities are available for group training.

Freedom Benchrest Matches. 600 yard and 1000 yard

300 yard .22 Rimfire
F-Class Matches

600 yard Mid-Range Hi Power/F-Class Matches

Training & 
Junior Shooting Programs 

Public Range is free


Facilities are available to groups

All other ranges are $15.00 a day per person or $60.00 per year membership. Your annual range badge must be displayed at all times.

Range badge application can be obtained in the range office, from a range watcher or by clicking here. Please print legibly when filing out the application and mail with a check to our mailing address: White Horse Range, P.O. Box 2091, Buckhannon, WV 26201

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

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

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

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

Range Rules for White Horse Center

  • No unattended children are allowed on the range at any time.
  • No fully automatic firearms.
  • No .50 caliber or incendiary rounds may be fired at any time.
  • Alcoholic beverages and illegal substances are prohibited. NO USE of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances.
  • All bullets must impact DIRECTLY into the backstop.
  • 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. 
  • Do NOT shoot at any target lying on the ground: no bottles, cans, rocks, or boxes. Ground targets cause ricochets. Use only the backers provided.
  • Post targets inside the wooden frame on the cardboard. Place targets in the middle of the backer. If a cardboard backer is missing, contact the range watcher.
  • On the pistol and Rifle Ranges, mount only one target per target frame, and that target is placed on the Public Range’s backers, depending on their size. Place the target in the middle of the cardboard.
  • Pick up and deposit all brass in the brass container. Do NOT place brass in trash cans.
  • Pick up and clean up your trash.
  • Read and obey all posted and/or written range rules.  
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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