Patriot Park – The Extreme Shooting Range of World Shoot Russia 2017

Russia is hosting the first ever Rifle World Championship in IPSC history.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation seems to do everything they can to offer an unforgettable week of rifle shooting.


The heart of IPSC rifle competition will be the “Patriot Park” shooting range, designed for practicing sports rifle, military training, demonstration and testing of small arms. It’s ideal for competitions and training in practical shooting.


The Center includes:

1 shooting bay 1400 meters in length

21 shooting bays 300 meters long

10 shooting bays 50 meters in length

32 shed before every shooting bay with stands for spectators and participants

Center of “Kalashnikov” Concern with weapons storage facilities, changing rooms and restaurant

Asphalt roads and sidewalks along the entire shooting range

Below: Concept photo.


Worth noting is that in IPSC Rifle, the distance to targets is normally 5-300 meters. Only occasionally are there targets beyond 300 meters, partly due to limits with shooting ranges.

To be able to offer over 21 shooting bays with 300 meter potential is extreme, never seen anything like it.


The width of the shooting range – more than 2,500 meters

The height of the protective shaft – from 6 to 15 meters

Capacity of grandstands – more than 2,000 people

Area shooting range – more than 160 hectares

Below: Concept photo 2.


Construction work is now being done and the expected completion date is the end of February 2017.

According to the webpage, there are hundreds of people working everyday to finish the range.

The confirmed dates for the RWC 2017:

May 28 IROA Level II Seminar
May 29 First Aid Seminar – Officials arrive
May 30 Officials at the range
May 31 Final inspection
June 1-3 Pre match
June 4 Opening ceremony
June 5-9 Main match
June 10 Shoot Off and Awards.

After the awards, I guess we can say which is better, the AK or the AR?

See for yourself at the official RWS 2017 webpage.

See you there!

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Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • DanGoodShot

    As I’m not all that familiar with Russian law but, is this somewhere that your average Russian civilian, or any civilian can go… and use it?? Just seems like they wouldn’t have that many people with the need for such a place. The place is nice as heck but it seems to me like giving a starving person a plate, fork and knife but nothing to use it on.(Keep in mind I say this with a bit of jealousy because here in my state where we supposedly have 2a the average range is only 100 yards, 15 ports and costs on average $35 per half a hour.)

    • Henrik Bergdahl

      If it is in “patriot park” it is supposed to open in 2017 and be some kind of bizarre Disneyland for anyone interested in the Russian military complete with museums etc 1h from Moscow~. I suppose a shooting range combined with that is logical. I certainly will be visiting it whenever I am back in Moscow 🙂

      • DanGoodShot

        Heck, I’d love to go myself! I just find it funny that a big Disney(to barrow from ya) like shooting range in a place named “Patriot Park” is located in Russia. Seems like it would be in a part of the world where firearms are more accessible to the average citizens…. Lets see if I can think of a place like that… Oh.. oh I know…. Ameri.. no.. wait nevermind.

    • Lou

      In Russia, you can only own smooth-bore shotguns after an extensive background check and licensing process. If you want to own any type
      of rifle you must first be approved for shotgun and then there is a FIVE year
      waiting period to get approved for a rifle. At that time, you can buy MSR-type
      semi-auto rifles like AR-10, AR-15 type and of course AK type rifles BUT you
      are limited to 10-round magazines. You can only transport the firearms to and
      from hunting areas and shooting ranges and guns must be disassembled – severe penalties if your transport or store them improperly. Handguns are illegal and the only ones the common person can own are ones that shoot hard rubber bullets – they look like regular pistols and ammunition but with rubber projectiles and are in off sizes so that regular ammo will not chamber.

      When all the stories about Putin thinking about allowing CCW hit the USA shooting media last year, the truth is that it ONLY pertained to these rubber bullet shooting guns and tear gas guns NOT standard firearms. Putin is not that “pro-gun”/freedom as many Putin worshiping people in the conservative political circles believe (not all of us have fell for this) and Medvedev is for making Russian firearms laws even stricter. I have no idea how Russian IPSC shooters practice but most likely the real handguns and magazines over 10 rounds must stay at a government approved range. I hope that one day the Russian people will have more gun freedom.

      • toms

        Thank you, I have been yelling what you said for years on this forum. Russian gun laws are anything but friendly to dynamic and tactical sport shooters. Having lived there and other places I can say England is the only worse place I know of. It seemed that competition with semi autos served two purposes in Russia. 1) To generate revenue through shooting tourism for state arms companies and their friends who sell gear, food, rent rooms ect. 2) To give men a taste of weaponry in hopes that the high will entice them into volunteering with the police or army. 3) Allow the ultra rich to enjoy western pursuits without the risks of a more armed populace (keeping a monopoly on violence).

        The average post soviet person often believes that weapons should only be available in service or during times of war. This was a very prevalent mindset and one i am sad to say also exists here as well.

        Anyway the facility looks nice I wish I had something like that here.

        • One point – our law pecifically excludes certain sports (such as IPSC) from magazine capacity limitations, so our “practical” guys have no rpoblems to compete with 30-round magz in their carbines

          • toms

            Ok I stand corrected on the mag thing. Do they have to plug them outside of the range, have a card or waiver ect to possess them? I know I was told getting caught with an ak mag and a gun (even with a permit) would end very badly unless I could make terms pre-booking :).

          • possession of hi-cap magazines is unrestricted; it’s just USING them outside of sporting events is illegal. So, if you want to go out plinking or hunting with, say, your Saiga, you use “short” mags or ones with some sort of limiting plug. If you’re shooting an IPSC match or club training session, you’re OK to use 30-rounders.

      • DanGoodShot

        Never bought into the Putin thing. The dude is old school kgb. He knows psyops. He wants people to watch his left hand while what he wants is being done with his right. I should have been a little more clear. I was more curious if this place might have rentals. But I doubt that. I’m sure the place is more for show and Putins buddies.

  • guest

    Oh boy.

    Now unless russian laws have been deliberately relaxed, going there WITH A GUN will be quite an adventure. Even the match site itself cites import permits.

    This specifically because by russian law NOBODY can go straight to rifles. For even a shotgun (!!!) a whole array of approvals required – shrink, drug addiction report, training, storage conditions, local police approval etc.
    Furthermore a 5 year – if I remember it correctly – long hunter’s membership is required for a rifle and STILL after that max capacity for any firearms is 10 rounds per mag.

    So how the hell one can jump trough so many hoops as a foreigner and just show up with a rifle with 30 rd clips… or more… is beyond me.

    Now I know that amongst EU states there is a kind of “european” weapons permit thing going on and still it’s a hassle, so how the hell going to Russia with a gun will be even worth the trouble is beyond me.

    • toms

      Lets just say that the foriegn competition is less likely to show up so Russia wins!!!

      Lets just say my bung hole would pucker going through customs I bet. Keep a few thousand in your belt just in case “There are irregularities in your paper work”

      • guest

        Yeah but Russia does have some good competitors, so they’d still be likely to win. Those select few that trough a combination of their enthusiasm and connections have some pretty slick guns. Thing is though, same laws (minus the customs hassle) still apply to those who would like to own a competition rifle, so it kinda locks out the sport to a whole lot of people or at the very least makes it much less accessible.
        For handguns it’s even worse as private ownership is not allowed. Clubs can own them, but is also a let-down.
        This situation is little likely to change in the near future, but at least an event like this is likely to sway some political will their way, seing how when the question of who’s best comes into the picture Russian politicians are likely to get triggered (like so many times before) and just MAYBE consider that being best *in that area too* is an advantage.

  • micmac80

    Russian gun laws have been relaxing steadily all the time , and IPSC has quite a following there.

    • toms

      Ahhh no! unless by relaxed you mean that you can have a rubber bullet gun now.
      You may not own a real pistol there period. Loaded 30 round mags are illegal as well. Oh yeah you can buy plugged 30rnd mags but dont get caught loading them full.
      5 year wait on rifles. Russian gun laws are horrible. England and China are the only places worse I am aware of. Even Mexican guns laws are better.

      • Джон Доу

        Do you have any knowledge of russian gun laws or you just ranting?
        You can own a real pistol period. I know at least three ways to get it: govt award, colectible, sports tool.
        30 rd mags are legal for sports, too.

        • guest

          Handguns are NOT allowed for private ownership in Russia last time I checked. With the exception of “awards” that one has to suck somebody off to get.
          So proof of your claim or gtfo.

          • Джон Доу

            Do I really have to proof existence of russian IPSC shooters who own pistols? They cant carry them for self-defence however. But judges, AFAIK, can own and use pistols for self-defence.
            So it’s complicated there but “may not own a real pistol period” is just an ignorant BS.

          • toms

            90% of IPSC competitors store their guns at ranges, they do not own them!! The other 10% are military or police with waivers. Most of the competitors are in fact police, military, intelligence, ect. or rich enough to get a gift gun from senior govenors.

            I lived there stop with the lies.
            Senior, prosecutors, Judges, military and police can have one but that does not count.
            Award guns go to diplomats,spies, Kremlin trolls, “vacationing soldiers” and body guards.

            There are rubber bullet guns that look real enough, like exact copies externally but they can only fire rubber bullets. They are not firearms.