Most all of my Life, I have been a owner of Guns. Everything from Shotguns, Rifles, and Handguns. I have a Permit to carry a concealed weapon when-ever I choose to do so. I am a Law abiding US Citizen that believes in the 2nd Amendment. Being licensed to carry a concealed weapon does not mean that you can wear your weapon anywhere. Common sense prevails here on this. I have gone thru many hours of gun safety instruction in the US Navy. I know what they can do. I’ve seen what they can do.
I’ve been “snooping around” for a “free” area that you can go shoot. I’m not too happy with joining a Gun Club, pay their dues each year, abide by their rules, have a Range Instructor present, and then have to join the NRA. No Thanks. So, I was told that there was a area up in St. Clair way back in the “empty area” where there is nothing but scrub, coal dirt, and clum. I found it and the person is right. There is nothing here but Coal dirt, and scrub. Who owns this land, I don’t know. I’m guessing that the Anthracite Coal Company does.
Pictured above is the place I was at. There are tables to use, targets to shoot at, carpeting at places where you can even sit and watch. People come here from all over the area just to practice with their weapon. Old tires, cans full of holes, plastic bottles, shot gun shells and empty pistol cartridges are all over the place. There is nothing fancy here. Just a area where you can shoot till you run out of ammunition. The 2nd Amendment is alive and quite well in the Coal Region’s.
However, there are RULES here that you don’t see. The local people here don’t like un-safe practice! If you are caught doing something stupid, you will be told about it by others that watch over this place. Safety is a big factor here, even though you don’t see any signs. Common sense is another!
There are no range posters telling you how far away your target is. You must be the judge of that! However, to the top of that Coal pile in the distance is about 120 yds. To the bottom of the Coal pile is about 100 yds. The Range tables were made by a local resident and donated to the area. All that is asked of you, the shooter, is to Police your brass, and clean up behind you. No beer cans or hard booze allowed, even though people that come here from outside the area, do it. The local’s don’t like that and will tell you to leave if caught!
I enjoyed my time here. I set up a target about 25 yds. away and shot my Ruger .40cal S&W. It shoots quite well. I WILL hit what I’m shooting at. Their is no doubt about that!