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Shooters get new training center

The Philippine National Shooting Association formally accredited the Magnus Front Sight Range in Lipa City as its training center for present and aspiring national shotgun shooters.

The certificate of accreditation for the world-class facility was unanimously approved and issued by the PNSA board of trustees, led by PNSA president Rep. Faustino Dy III and PNSA chairman Maj. Gen. Natalio Ecarma III.

Both Dy and Ecarma signed the CoA so that the shooting range, which is just a 90-minute drive from Metro Manila, can serve as a training option for both national shotgun shooters and those aspiring to represent the country in the Olympics.

“We would like to thank the PNSA board led by Congressman Mike Dy for certifying the Magnus Front Sight Shooting Range as another training center for shotgun shooting. This is, indeed, also a welcome development for aspiring shooters,” noted shooter Eric Ang, a member of the team that saw action in the Beijing Olympics, said.

“This range will truly benefit our shotgun shooters, who will be able to train in an ideal, safe and secure environment so they can sharpen their skills further and regularly in our demanding yet exciting sport.”

Built and owned by businessman-sportsman Edwin Lim, the Magnus Front Sight Shooting Range is located on a 15-hectare property within the farm estate of the Leviste family.

With 42 pistol bays, the shooting venue was the site of the 2019 Australasia International Practical Shooting Confederation world practical shooting championships that drew 1,500 practical shooters from around the world.

On the other hand, the shotgun shooting range meets strict International Shooting Sport Federation standards, and there are plans on the drawing board to add more so that international competitions can be hosted by the country there.

There are plans to secure PNSA approval so that the country can host the 2024 Southeast Asian Shooting Association shooting championships at the well-furnished venue, according to Lim.

Making it a conducive environment to both shooters and visitors alike, amenities at the Magnus Front Sight Shooting Range include a huge multi-purpose airconditioned pavilion, clubhouse, separate comfort rooms for men and women, clinic, shower rooms and storage areas.

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