Baker shooting facility offers challenging ranges


Robert Jenkins, standing, and Elijah Bell aim from a shooting tower at K&M Precision Rifle Training in Baker.

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 04:23 PM.

BAKER — "There are several ranges around (Okaloosa County) but nothing that is going to look like this — nothing that is going to be run like this," Elijah Bell, of Jay, said.

He was practicing his shooting skills at K&M Precision Rifle Training’s Feb. 22 open house.

In addition to four pistol-and-carbine shooting bays, the facility has a 1,000-yard range and 10 additional ranges that offer distances from 50 to 800 yards. K&M also offers training courses with topics that range from helping local hunters to helping members prepare for competitions.

"The original intent of the facility was building ... one of the nation’s best shooting facilities," co-owner Shannon Kay said.

However, Kay — who serves with the 6th Ranger Training Battalion at Eglin Air Force Base — and co-owner Bryan Morgan, vice president of Morgan Contracting in Baker, primarily built the facility for competition and training purposes.

"The facility was designed from a training aspect but with members’ needs always a close second," Kay said. "However, it serves both purposes extremely well given the current growth and trends across long range, pistol and multi-gun shooting disciplines."

Range rules and regulations are covered during orientation, which prospective members must attend before joining. A sign reminding members of the rules appears in the pavilion, where members often congregate.

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