Welcome to 2023
It is our desire that your experience at the Second Knoll Target Range be an experience that you’ll long remember and return to enjoy.
We offer the opportunity to participate in eight different clubs. Each club is unique and has its own rules and regulations. Each club has a representative that sits on the Board of Directors for WMSA Inc., which manages the range. If you are interested in starting a club that is not represented, you are welcome to view the Bylaws page of this website. Please refer to Article II, 5 A-D for directions. We look forward to hearing from you.
White Mountain RSVP Spotlight
Showing up for work in inclement weather may be a challenge but what about working outside in 35 degree inclement weather? White Mountain RSVP volunteers do just that.
One of those volunteers is 80-year-old Susie Underwood. She does several volunteer chores for Show Low Senior Center, but her greatest feat – showing up when the weather is bad – is on display when she volunteers as a range safety officer (RSO) at the Second Knoll Target Range. This duty requires being dressed for whatever nature chooses – wind, rain, snow, or sunshine. Any or all can happen in a 4-hour shift.
Susie comes prepared to help in the office, set out targets, sweep the floors, pick up brass, and prep the range, regardless of the weather. This is a public range and safety is paramount. All RSO volunteers serve in groups of 2-3 per shift. Depending on the range activities, Susie can spend almost an entire shift on her feet or an entire shift reading a book.
The Second Knoll Target Range is a public shooting range managed by the RSVP partner agency, the White Mountains Shooters Association. This range is one of 11 Arizona Department of Game and Fish Ranges and provides a safe environment in which to shoot. This six-year partnership protects the environment of the National Forrest by maintaining a neat and clean range – no shot up trash! There are multiple distances of ranges for both locals and visitors to use, and also serves as a training venue for law enforcement agencies.
The volunteers at the range, including many RSVP volunteers, include Nationally Competitive, Olympians, Distinguished Pistol Shots, All Army Champion, and Federal Law Officers. With an 11-member board and 60 volunteers there are no paid staff. The routine maintenance, the cleaning of the range, the paperwork – all is done by volunteers who provide many hours of support. Truly these volunteers enrich lives and strengthen the Show Low community.
On Monday, November 7th, the White Mountain Shooters Association dedicated the 100-yard public range in memory of Seth Nadel, former President of the association and one of the founders of the Second Knoll Target Range. Seth passed away from cancer on July 4, 2021.
Seth was instrumental in working with Arizona Game & Fish, Arizona Dept. of Transportation, and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in the acquisition of a Special Use Permit from the forest service to AZGFD for the construction of the range on the site of an ADOT cinder pit. This process took many years. More than 1.5 million dollars was spent by AZGFD for the construction of the range which opened in August 2016.
Well Deserved Recognition
Fred Parry is our outstanding Range Safety Officer. He was presented with a special RSO vest in recognition of putting in over 100 hours each year for the past five years. Thank you, Fred. We appreciate you!
Publicity Assistant Needed
Linda Gilbertson is currently publicity chairman. Due to recent events, she has taken on the role of President as well. She needs assistance in writing press releases for the White Mountain Independent. If you have a “way with words,” your assistance is greatly needed as we enter our busy season when we want to highlight great events occurring at the range.
Please contact Linda directly at 928-205-2051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The training and competition bays are available for rent for private events..