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SGL 109 - Erie Co.

average rating   Rated 5 out of 5.0 based on 1 member reviews.

Address: RT 97

Waterford, PA 16441

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: 41.95111 Longitude: -79.98765


Indoor: No

Outdoor: Yes

Maximum Distance: 100 yards

Firing Points: 13

Handguns Allowed: Yes

Rifles Allowed: Yes

Range Status: Open

Range Fee:



From Waterford, follow Rt. 97 north for approximately 4.5 miles, then turn east onto Sampson Rd. Follow Sampson Rd. for approximately 0.5 miles. The range is located on the south side of Sampson Rd. just west of the railroad tracks.

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: Keith C

Submitted on: February 10, 2020

Erie County SGL 109 Range

Very well kept, grass mowed, sometimes target hangers are in a state of disrepair but usually not for very long. Bench rest for both Left/Right handers. Short Pistol Range roughly 75ish feet, Rifle range has 25yds(1) 50yds (2) and 100yds (4). Opens at 8am and closes at dusk. Sundays Noon until dusk. Very enjoyable range, nice people. Sometimes very busy especially around Deer season. Make sure you have a range pass ($30/Year) or a Valid Hunting License, each allow (1) One guest with you. Game officers do check and will fine you if you don't have a License or Range Pass.