Iconic Stoni Athi Range permanently closed

By eric odanga
Feb 12, 2021
  • Kenyan full-bore shooters at the UK Bisley. It is unlikely the annual tours will be honored after the closure of the Stoni Athi Range. (SNA File Photo)

  • Full-bore shooters at the Stoni Athi Range which was closed late last year. (SNA File Photo)

  • Kenya full-bore champion Edward Legei is carried shoulder high by fellow shooters. Such scenes will not be repeated following the closure of the Stoni Athi Range. (SNA File Photo)

The shooting range at Stoni Athi has been closed and the Kenya Regiment Rifle Club will have to look for an alternative venue.

Yesterday, sportsnewsarena.com established the piece of land on which has been the home for full-bore shooting for many years was donated by the former Chief of General Staff Mulinge. The range was closed towards the end of last year after the family decided to sell the prime land to a developer.

It seems there have been discussions with KRRC for some time and the closure was expected. The small-bore and pistol range will however be available for KRRC.

Alternative venues which are being considered is the Lion’s Hill Range and Ngong Hills. But at the moment, the KRRC will have to suspend the full-bore which has produced some of the finest snipers.

The range was also used by the Kenya Defence Forces for their rifle shooting championships which sometimes included shooters from the other East African countries.

In the short term, this means that more than 70 shooters from the Kenya Defence Forces, Kenya Police and civilians will be without a sport. Also, the annual visits to the prestigious UK Bisley will not be possible.

Kenya shooters are also unlikely to be invited to the World Long Range shooting competition - Palma Match. By yesterday, sportsnewsarena.com had not received any rejoinder from KRRC officials. The only other alternative for the shooters is to take up small-bore shooting which has an indoor range at the Sailing Club and also at the GSU range in Embakasi.