By Kyle Jillson | August 25 2012 19:05

Wind at the NRA Whittington Center is unlike anywhere else

Flags blow wildly in the wind at the NRA Whittington Center

Raton, New Mexico - Shooters are on the 1,000 yard firing line for the final leg of this year's 2012 Creedmoor Championships and saying it's windy is putting it lightly.

Surrounded by mountains, the 1,000 yard range at the NRA Whittington Center is known for its extremely windy conditions.

"We've never seen conditions like last year for Creedmoor," Ron Walters told me. "The wind was coming 35 mph one way from our canyon and the cross canyon was coming in as hard from the other direction."

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"Oh the flags were just going up," Barb Walters added.

"Steve Rhodes and Kenny Wasserbuger taught us a little about getting your zeros," Ron said. "After every shot you go back to what you think your zero is. You don't correct off the last shot because so many things go on here from one side of the range to the other."

Sounds like some pretty tough wind.

"The wind here is an incredible challenge," Dave Wallinger said. "On my last shot two years ago at a thousand yards, I had all of the windage my side would take and I needed more. That's was 27 minutes left. And I was holding off."

"There are afternoons when it just hollers," Bill Wallinger told me.

Wind flags at the NRA Whittington Center often blow in different directions

And just how does this afternoon compare?

"t's tough," said last year's Creedmoor Champion Keith "Doc" Lay. "I'd say the wind is 20 to 25 and gusts are about 35."

"Yeah I'd say it's gusting at 35," Dan Theodore added.

As you will see, scores at 1,000 yards weren't too great. And to boot, the Walters may have a tie for the worst wind they've seen.

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