History of the Joseph J. Brunner Rifle and Pistol Range.
Construction of the rifle and pistol range that you see today began in 2006. One thousand dollars was allocated to begin clearing the range access lane by Rochester Club member volunteers with the use of loaned equipment. The work was interrupted in 2007 for a Lumber company to harvest a timber lease throughout club property.
The entire area of the present range was originally forested with three surface water seeps through out. Two excavation contractor bids were appropriated and the clearing of the land began in earnest.
In 2009 the Brunner Family was excavating a new landfill pit east of the club property. They need a place to relocate the dirt removed that we might be able to utilize. The Club Board of Directors began to lay out a site plan. The board also contacted the Township authorities, The Beaver County conservation District for advice and consent. After months of planning the motion was made and passed by the membership for the Brunner’s to bring fill and landscape the rifle range. Final grubbing of trees and stump roots to be removed by both sub contact and club member volunteers.
Approximately 175,000 yards of materials was brought over from the Brunner property to the club property and carefully “keyed” in to the hill side utilizing the articulated trucks, excavators, and bull dozers. By November 2010 the range layout as you see it today was completed.
Future Range Development
With the concrete pads completed the next project will be range cover over the pads.
The Pistol and the 50yd/100yd range covers will be pursued in 2016.
In 2017 the 200/300yd pad cover is planned along with a 7.5 yard and 10 yard shooting station located on the left side of the pistol range.
If you have any questions, concerns, or observe any misconduct; please call any of the contacts listed below.
Jim Keener, Chairman Range Committee 724 462 5518
Dick Chambers, Range Committee 724 302 6905
Jerry Hooks, Club President 724 60169642