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SGL 106 - Berks Co.

average rating   Rated 4 out of 5.0 based on 1 member reviews.

Address: Pine Swamp Rd

New Ringgold, PA 17960

Range Type: Air Rifle, Small-Bore Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, Rifle, Muzzleloader, Air Pistol, Small-Bore Pistol, Black Powder

Hours: 8 a.m. until sunset, Monday through Saturday, and noon to sunset on Sundays

Days Open: Monday thru Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Latitude: 40.68155 Longitude: -75.99895

Phone:

Indoor: No

Outdoor: Yes

Maximum Distance: 100 yards

Firing Points: 10

Handguns Allowed: Yes

Rifles Allowed: Yes

Range Status: Open

Range Fee:

$30.00

Directions:

From Eckville (located along road from Drehersville to Albany) take Pine Swamp Rd South (dirt road) follow about 1-1/2 miles, cross over little bridge then watch for road on left leading to range. Rte #78 East of Hamburg, take the Lenhartsville exit, Rt #143, go north approx. 4 miles to Hawk Mountain Rd, turn left on Hawk Mountain Rd, go approx. 3 miles turn left on Pine Swamp Rd.

Range Rules:

Beginning April 1, 2011, those who shoot firearms at one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission?s State Game Lands public shooting ranges must possess and carry with them either an annual $30 range use permit or a current general hunting or furtaker license. Individuals without a range use permit or hunting or furtaker license may be fined.

For your shooting enjoyment and to make you a better hunter, the Game Commission maintains numerous public shooting ranges across the state.

Unless otherwise posted, these ranges are open year-round, from 8 a.m. until sunset, Monday through Saturday, and noon to sunset on Sundays. And with stable benches, large backstops and well maintained grounds, they're great places to sight-in your rifles, test ammunition and hone your shooting skills.

Especially prior to the bear and deer seasons and on weekends, these ranges can be busy places. Users should review and follow the posted regulations, and be considerate of others, too. Of course, all rules of safety need to be followed, and by all means wear proper eye and ear protection. Also, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by someone 18 or older.

Users should also practice good shooting etiquette. The regulation, for example, that limits a shooter to having no more than three rounds in a rifle (six in a handgun) may not seem to make much sense.

What it does, though, is give shooters a chance to check their targets without having to wait for those who may want to shoot long strings. This same regulation prohibits people using firearms with large capacity magazines from monopolizing time on the range, and also causing inordinate damage, particularly to backstops.

The Game Commission has completed lead remediation and safety upgrade projects at all public shooting ranges. However, routine maintenance at these ranges will require closing them for several hours every month. This routine maintenance includes rebuilding target-line stations, cutting grass and other clean-up activities that vary depending on range use. Please contact the appropriate agency Region Office to check the daily status of the range(s) you wish to visit.

Shooters also should show consideration for others waiting for an open bench. It's not uncommon, especially leading up to the bear and deer seasons, to find an adult teaching a youngster how to shoot, or to find someone having difficulty sighting-in a rifle. Show some patience in such circumstances, and if it seems appropriate, offer some assistance.

Groups may reserve ranges from January 1 through October 1 by calling the region office at least 20 days in advance. The range is closed to individuals when it is reserved, and signs may be posted at other times indicating a closed range.

More than $200,000 is spent annually on shooting range maintenance. So providing this service is not cheap. To help keep maintenance costs down, which will allow these funds to be diverted to other projects and programs, there are some things we, as users, should do:

First, don't shoot up the framework used to hold the backstop material. Second, clean up your spent cases, remove targets from backstops, keep shooting benches clean and dispose of all other litter.

Offering shooting ranges is a valuable service the Game Commission provides. Use them, take care of them, and by all means, enjoy them. After all, they're provided for your shooting enjoyment.

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Submitting member: Anthony C

Submitted on: May 15, 2014

Good range

With a lack of public ranges in Berks County, this is definitely not a bad range to practice rifle and handgun shooting. It can be especially busy leading up to hunting season and on the weekends and you may experience wait times, so if that does not appeal to you, go during off times (early morning, middle of week, etc). You can not do long range shooting here, as you can only shoot up to 100 yds, but that should be adequate to sight in rifles for hunting purposes. While this is a public range, you will still need a range permit or a hunting/furtaker license.

Overall, a good range to get practice in but be wary of peak range use times and seasons.