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Southwestern/Central PA clubs/ranges?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by NineseveN, Jul 29, 2005.

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  1. NineseveN

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    Hey all, here's my dilemma.

    I recently took a job in Johnstown, PA and moved from Pittsburgh. The sportsmen's club I am a member of is north of Pittsburgh and currently a 2.5-3 hour drive...not very conducive to frequent range visits. The guy I normally shoot with lives about 1/2 hour east of Pittsburgh, so he's about 1-1.5 hours away from me. Were looking for a range/club that isn't too expensive in between the Monroeville and Johnstown areas (the more central between the two the better to equalize travel time for the both of us).



    Requirements:

    Must not be prohibitively expensive
    Must be allowed to use your own ammunition
    Must have a rifle range (min 100 yards, longer is better)
    Must have pistol lanes (preferably somewhere to shoot anywhere from 7-10 yards out to say, 25 or more).
    Must not be afraid of Evil Black Rifles or semi-auto handguns
    Must be either open on a weekend or both weekend days and/or evenings after 5:30-6:00.

    We'd prefer one that was kinda not too busy on the evenings or weekends if possible. My old club rarely had more than a few people on it.


    So, those of you in PA around those areas, care to help a couple of shooters out?

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
  2. anapex

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    For close to half-way between Monroeville and Johnstown look in to the Indiana County Bow and Gun club. Last I knew the membership price was $30 for the year. Here's some contact info for it:

    Indiana County Rod & Gun Club
    P.O. Box 217
    Shelocta, PA 15774
    (724) 726-1111

    You should also look in to the Hollidaysburg Sportsmens Club, while not as close to being in between both places it is a good place to shoot.

    R.D.#3 Box 310
    Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania 16648
    (814) 695-8138

    I'm also expecting some other still-in-PA board members to fill in the gaps.
     
  3. NineseveN

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    Oh wow, good info man, I appreciate it. Are you/were you a member at either of those? Would be nice to see some THR folks once in a while. :)
     
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    Was never a member of any of them, by the time I had really gotten in to shooting I was in MD already. I have done a .22 pin shoot at Hollidaysburg and have an uncle who is a member at Indiana. If you watch the Rallying Point we usually have a SW PA shoot 2 times a year or so (we should do it more then that *hint hint*).
     
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    Awesome, good info, will call them and get some details. Thanks again!
     
  6. NineseveN

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    Update:

    After some less than stellar discoveries, I still need a range. Slight update that the closer to the Johnstown area, the better.

    The sentiments in the initial post still apply, though the other shooter is less of a consideration, he'll travel all the way out here if need be.

    The orignal two suggestions are still viable, just wanted some other input. After 3 months of trying to grin and bear the commute to Ambridge, PA, enough is enough for me. I need something closer to Johnstown.

    I can search NRA ranges and such, but I won't have a clue what any of them are truly like, so I'm looking for some first or even second-hand advice here to help me out. Thanks again in advance.
     
  7. Kurush

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    Did you check wheretoshoot.org? Also call the game commission and ask if there's a state range out there, there are a bunch of state parks right around Lingonier.
     
  8. NineseveN

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    I did check Wheretoshoot.org, gave me three listings, 2 of them already suggested to me. But even if I have the range names, the best I can hope for is that when I call they give me an accurate depiction of the scene there...which is why I'd hoped to get some intel from people of like-minded interests that have some knowledge of the areas.

    FYI: I have belonged to a number of clubs, most of them were just tailored for folks who hit the range to sight-in their hunting rifles and people that shoot trap and skeet. If those were my interests, I'd be fine anywhere. It just seems that the ranges that are a good fit for someone like me (doesn't hunt, shoots evil black rifles and doesn't want to bother anyone or be bothered himself) are a rare breed these days. Having conversations all day long with a fellow shooter, even one of disimilar interests is cool, perhaps you both learn something. Having folks approach you every 5 minutes and asking to see your membership ID (even though you've been a regular member there for years) and asking what you need a FAL for or if you have a permit for those 'assault rifles' is just more than I can bear.

    Wheretoshoot.org is a reat resource, perhaps someone will be introduced to it by reading this thread, so good add! Thanks.
     
  9. Kurush

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    Wish I could help you, but I don't head out that way very often. Have you tried asking around on HuntingPA.com?
     
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    Oooh, HuntingPA.com? Never been there, good idea! Thanks. :)
     
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